Verdict from 2 experts and 32 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Most people who review the KEEN Venture Vent are pleased by how comfortable it feels right from the box.
  • Several hikers who have used it for backpacking are convinced by its phenomenal support.
  • It's a great shoe not just for hiking but for everyday wear as well, according to some.
  • The majority of reviewers find the KEEN Venture Vent hiking shoe very durable and suitable for rugged trails.
  • Lots of users are impressed by the grippy outsole that suits rugged terrain.
  • Despite its rugged construction, this hiker has a nice design that looks almost like a casual shoe.

1 reason not to buy

Bottom line

A rugged hiker designed to keep you going in warm climates, this vented shoe from KEEN gets amazing remarks for many reasons. Topping the list are its out-of-the-box comfort, unbelievable support, and grippy sole. And despite its ruggedness, this hiker still has the look and feel of a casual shoe which is why it has become the favorite go-to footwear by many. 

Overall, the KEEN Venture Vent trail shoe is an incredible hiker that's best worn in the summer season when your feet need plenty of air to stay cool and comfortable.

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Good to know

  • The KEEN Venture Vent is the more lightweight and breathable version of the KEEN Venture. It features a full mesh upper for optimal breathability. The TPU overlays help keep the structure of the shoe and enhance its durability. It also has the KonnectFit heel-capture system for a locked-in feel.
  • This shoe is equipped with the All-Terrain rubber outsole that delivers good traction on varying terrains, and an EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning.

The KEEN Venture Vent is a low-top hiker available in men's and women's sizes. The breathable mesh lining is soft and stretchy, wrapping the foot snugly. Meanwhile, the tongue and collar are lightly padded for an even more secure and comfortable fit. This shoe also has a pull loop at the back for easy on and off.

Unique to the KEEN Venture Vent is the KonnectFit heel-capture system which keeps the heel in place regardless of your movement.

This shoe has the KEEN.All-Terrain rubber outsole with 4mm lugs for grip and traction. The semi-aggressive tread pattern helps you traverse soft ground, including mud, grass, and loose dirt. This rubber outsole from KEEN is made of a durable rubber compound that sticks well on varying surfaces.

For its cushioning system, the Venture Vent uses EVA foam. It's a soft, bouncy foam that is comfortable and supportive. EVA is very flexible as well, which promotes balance and stability on the trail. This trail shoe comes with a removable PU footbed with arch support for long-lasting comfort. Even more interesting is the fact that KEEN insoles are treated with probiotics that work by naturally breaking down odor-causing particles in sweat without emitting heavy metals or hazardous chemicals.

Designed for hiking or trail walking in warm climates, the Venture Vent by KEEN is constructed with performance mesh which is not just breathable but also durable. While the entire upper is made of mesh, it has TPU overlays for added durability, structure, and support.

Completing the upper is a lace-up closure that is connected around the heel for a more secure fit.

-Keeping your KEEN Venture shoe in its best condition is easy. It's important to clean dirt and debris gently using a soft brush and damp sponge. If there are stains, treat them with a gentle cleanser.


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