Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.
The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.
Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.
Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.
Good to know
For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.
For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 17.4ozWomen: 14.2oz
WidthMen: Normal, WideWomen: Normal
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[T]hey are a winner on good terrain but aren’t made for off-trail scrambling or carrying loaded backpacking packs.
For the average hiker, who wants a good boot and a good value, and does not need top performance in stability, this competitor is a great choice.
Eco-friendly leather and a supportive ankle make this a boot that made us feel good about our choices.
Whether you’re hiking to a crag, backpacking through the boreal forest or need a good hiker for long portages, we recommend the Keen Targhee III.
Updates to Keen Targhee III Waterproof Mid
- Keen’s Targhee III Waterproof Mid has a more streamlined overall look than its predecessor. Its mid-cut collar has a snappier design compared with the previous one’s rounded profile.
- New in this version are leather mud shields. They are leather overlays that run across the upper, giving the boot improved durability and abrasion protection.
- Keeping the wearer’s feet odor-free is the Cleansport NXT. This technology was not part of the Targhee II Waterproof Mid.
- It inherits the ESS shank that the previous iteration had. That said, the Targhee III Waterproof Mid comes equipped with an additional internal shank which its older brother lacked.
Keen Targhee III Waterproof Mid size and fit
The Keen Targhee III Waterproof Mid is an over-the-ankle, fairly true-to-size day hiking boot for men and women. Its sizing options include a number of full and half sizes. Widths include regular and wide for men and regular for women. The boot’s closure system with ankle-hugging lace loops permits users to set their desired fit.
Keen’s Targhee III Waterproof Mid supplies wearers with adequate surface traction through its All-Terrain rubber outsole. Its 4-millimeter lugs are formed into a geometry that allows for multi-directional grip. Its ridged heel and forefoot tip grant users more control while tackling challenging inclines and slippery slopes.
For cushioning and balance, Keen engineers gave the Targhee III Waterproof Mid a compression-molded EVA midsole. Its dual-density construction offers a more persistent kind of stability, especially useful during transitions. For extra medial support, the engineers embedded the midsole with two kinds of shanks—an internal shank and the lightweight ESS shank.
Contributing to the amount of comfort the midsole provides is the boot’s metatomical footbed. This removable dual-density insole offers additional arch support besides extra cushioning underfoot.
The Targhee III Waterproof Mid owes its brawny looks to its part waterproof leather, part breathable mesh upper. Its equally breathable mesh liner is imbued with Keen’s very own waterproofing technology—Keen.Dry. A sturdy toe cap called Keen.Protect is at the forefront of the boot’s upper. This yet another company-exclusive tech shields the forefoot from bumpy and abrasive hazards. Both of the upper’s sides are engineered with leather overlays (mud shields) which further reinforce the boot and give it extra scuff protection.
Its lacing system is fairly standard with its synthetic laces and combination eyelets. It, however, allows users to quickly configure the top laces as the closure system’s top eyelets are easy-access open hooks.