Who should buy the KEEN Venture Mid Leather WP

The KEEN Venture Mid Leather WP has enough tricks up its sleeve to make converts out of many. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking boot that is engineered with lightness and optimal hiking performance in mind.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that can keep moisture locked out thanks to its proprietary waterproofing system.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that delivers enhanced walking comfort on flat or level terrain.

KEEN Venture Mid Leather WP logo

Excellent traction on slippery terrain

The Venture Mid Leather WP enables adventures to remain surefooted over slippery terrain with its durable rubber outsole, called KEEN All-Terrain. It is capable of producing and maintaining enough surface traction on soft-soiled surfaces, thanks to its 4-mm thick multi-faceted lugs. 

KEEN Venture Mid Leather WP outsole

Excellent heel brake

The shoemakers over at KEEN gave it a moderate heel brake to help owners take on descents with a bit more control. They also made its front end extra protective with KEEN Protect.

KEEN Venture Mid Leather WP heel brake

Excellent arch support

Where the terrain turns rugged and uneven, trail enthusiasts can rely on the Venture Mid Leather WP’s cushy yet resilient midsole. This long-wearing component, which is made of EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate), is designed to stabilize the foot with as much comfort and shock absorption as possible. Its ability to support the user’s arch is enhanced by the lightweight shank built into its medial zone.

KEEN Venture Mid Leather WP arch support

Adequately tough yet springy

Placed right on top of this stout layer is the hiking boot’s supportive footbed. Its entirety is made of PU or polyurethane, making it an adequately tough yet springy component.

KEEN Venture Mid Leather WP midsole


Since it is infused with eco-friendly anti-odor technology, it can last many hikes without getting stinky.

KEEN Venture Mid Leather WP insole

Waterproof yet breathable

The mid-top main shell of the KEEN Venture Mid Leather WP is made mostly of waterproof leather. It is crafted with a mesh liner to make its interior sufficiently breathable. Its comfy bootie is built with KEEN Dry, making virtually every inch of the shoe watertight.

KEEN Venture Mid Leather WP breathable

Supportive heel zone

The Konnectfit heel-capture system engineered around the heel zone of the upper adds to the overall supportiveness of the boot.

KEEN Venture Mid Leather WP heel

Secure lockdown and quick lacing system

Making up the hiker’s fit management system are combination eyelets and synthetic lace. This particular lockdown system encourages quicker lace-ups thanks to the open design of its uppermost eyelets.

KEEN Venture Mid Leather WP laces

Facts / Specs

Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Collection: KEEN.DRY
Features: Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Heel brake, Antimicrobial
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.