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: 14.8ozWomen: 12.3oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
Updates to Keen Targhee Vent
- The Targhee Vent is made for day explorers who wish to stay comfortable in arid environments without compromising performance. Its name appropriately mirrors one of its key features—vent panels made of mesh for breathability.
- This shoe has ample water repellency thanks to its water-resistant nubuck leather upper. It also has proper protection against odor as it is imbued with Cleansport NXT.
- It promises a stable ride on the trail with its dual-density EVA midsole. Its ability to stabilize the wearer’s footing is bolstered even further by the shoe’s injected TPU heel-capture system.
Keen Targhee Vent size and fit
Keen’s Targhee Vent is a low-cut day hiker for men and women. Its adequately true-to-size fit is intended specifically for adventurers with standard-width feet. It is offered in a decent number of full and half sizes. Its lacing system provides a secure lockdown, thanks in large part to its specially designed ankle lace loops.
The Targhee Vent’s response to slippery and tricky backcountry surfaces is the Keen All-Terrain rubber outsole. With its multi-directional lugs having a depth (or height) of 4 millimeters, it is capable of producing and maintaining traction in nearly every direction. Those who take on trails with moderate elevation will have ample control, whether descending or ascending such places, thanks to its treaded heel and forefoot zones.
With the shoe’s dual-density, compression-molded EVA midsole having double the shank (internal and ESS shanks), wearers are promised a stable, cushioned, and arch-supported ride on the trail. The underfoot comfort and support it offers are further enhanced by the footwear’s anatomically designed Metatomical footbed.
Keen’s Targhee Vent encloses the foot in its water-resistant upper made of oiled nubuck leather. Both its sides are engineered with breathable mesh panels. Its toe box, on the other hand, is built with Keen.Protect—a brand-owned technology that shields the toes from bumps and abrasions.
The wearer’s desired fit may be set using the shoe’s lacing system. It consists of sturdy lace loops in place of standard eyelets. The top pair of lace loops gives extra support around the ankle region.