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.
WidthMen: Narrow, Normal, WideWomen: Normal
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This is a very well-built shoe.
The Keen Venture WP is a sleek hiking shoe built to give wearers a weather-protected ride on the trail without sacrificing mobility. It has odor management thanks to Cleansport NXT. Its water repellency is also PFC-free.
Its sole unit is rockered both at the rear and the front, delivering improved walking comfort over level ground. It is made up mainly of the Venture WP’s cushy midsole and Keen-exclusive outsole.
Keen’s Venture WP is a low-top, fairly true-to-size shoe designed specifically for male day hikers. It comes in standard width in a range of half and full sizes. A customized lockdown may be achieved in it using the footgear’s lace-up closure with heel-locking KonnectFit technology.
In this gear, trail lovers can safely traverse slippery surfaces thanks to the Venture WP’s Keen.All-Terrain outsole. A layer made entirely of rubber, this heavy-duty outsole provides sufficient traction over different types of terrain, especially on loose soil with its 4-mm multi-directional lugs. Its front end has a cupped construction, giving the shoe enhanced structural soundness at the forefoot.
The Venture WP from Keen uses a light-but-tough midsole for cushioning underfoot and terrain balance. Since it is made of EVA (short for ethylene-vinyl acetate), this component has a great shelf life and is capable of bearing considerable stress and weight. Keen engineers made it extra hardy and supportive by coupling it with a lightweight stability shank.
Doubling down on comfort is the shoe’s dual-density footbed. It is made of polyurethane (PU). Besides cushioning, this removable footbed also grants additional arch support.
Most of the Venture WP’s low-cut upper is made of breathable mesh fabric. As it comes built with Keen.Dry (a company-exclusive liner also seen in the Keen products Targhee III Waterproof and Saltzman WP), the shoe is both adequately breathable and waterproof. At its front end is a sheet of toe rand for extra forefoot protection. Its heel, on the other hand, comes with a toe loop for a more convenient on and off.
The shoe’s lacing system makes the upper’s utility come in full circle. It consists of a synthetic lace and durable non-plated eyelets. It works in conjunction with the footgear’s KonnectFit system, which is made up of a sturdy cord and plastic casing.