Facts

  • Subcategory

    Hiking Sandals

    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.

    Hiking Shoes

    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.

    Hiking Boots

    Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.

    Mountaineering 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.

  • Use

    Day Hiking

    Shoes or boots for hikes that only last for half a day. Flexibility and lightness are the highlights of these kinds of footwear. See the best day hiking shoes and the best day hiking boots.

    Backpacking

    For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots

    Speed Hiking

    Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.

    Winter Hiking

    Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.

    Multi-sport

    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.

  • Cut

    Low

    Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.

    Mid

    Boots with an ankle-height cuff. They provide extra ankle support. See mid-cut hiking boots and mid-cut mountaineering boots.

    High

    Boots with a cuff that goes above the ankle. In the case of insulated ones, they may reach the calf. Also grants extra ankle support. See high-cut hiking boots and high-cut mountaineering boots.

    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.

  • Price
    $120
  • Weight
    Men: 10.6oz
    Women: 8.4oz
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
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Summary

We spent 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

4 reasons to buy

  • Many wearers admired the innovation brought by Keen to the Versago. They said that the integrated tongue provided a much better fit.
  • A significant number of users appreciated its right-out-of-the-box comfort.
  • The Keen Versago offered sufficient breathability, as experienced by a majority of wearers.
  • After walking for miles using the pair, a handful of wearers valued it for being lightweight.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of wearers disliked the shoe’s sole which was thin and prone to punctures.
  • A low percentage of disappointed users experienced drawbacks because of the Keen Versago’s quality. Some of its parts were peeling away. The interior was tearing apart. There were also visible glue excesses.
  • Some shoppers bought half a size smaller per Keen’s recommendation but later discovered that it was too small for them.
  • The shoe wasn’t suitable for hikes, according to a few users. They mentioned that the support required for a hike was not enough, as opposed to what Keen claimed.

Bottom line

The Keen Versago provides a lightweight and breathable feel to its users. Many admired Keen’s creativity with the tongue’s design. Although a bit different from the usual, it was still able to deliver an improved fit. What left a number of wearers disappointed were the shoddy construction of the shoe and the thin sole that is predisposed to puncturing. Consumers were also upset about the sizing recommendation and with the lack of support needed for a hike.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are hikers, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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85 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 100 / 100 | Vancouverscape

    I've come to depend on KEEN’s out-of-the-box comfort and I’m happy to report that the Versago passes the test.

  • 70 / 100 |

    The light, breathable construction makes this an ideal day-walking shoe on dry, warm summer days. It’s very comfortable and decently cushioned with a trainer-like fit.

  • First look / Unboxing | TV Walk Tall

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Updates to Keen Versago

  • Structure, Stability and Suspension—the S3 Heel Support System was developed to promote support. It takes care of landing impacts and prevents ankle sprains. The technology also functions as a cushion.
  • For an odor-free and fresh feet for long hours, Keen has incorporated the Cleansport NXT technology in the Versago. It guarantees an all-natural, eco-friendly process that has no detrimental effects on both the environment and user.
  • The outsole is made of non-marking rubber. It delivers traction on trails. It also extends all the way to the front to shield the toes.

Keen Versago size and fit

The men’s version of the Versago is offered from sizes 7 to 15 with half sizes until 11.5. The women’s variant has whole and half sizes from 5 to 11. Keen notes that this shoe runs a half size bigger. It is advised to purchase a half size smaller than the wearer’s usual size. The integrated tongue construction gives wearers a sock-like feel.

Outsole

The Keen Versago uses a non-marking rubber outsole that grips on the ground. It has the signature Keen.Protect which adds protection against bumps and thumps. It extends to the front and is connected to the toe cap. This reinforcement shields the toes when stubbed on rocks and tree roots.

Midsole

To provide cushioning that absorbs shock from impacts, Keen’s Versago uses a dual density compression molded EVA midsole. This material is lightweight and flexible. Its flexibility allows it to adapt to the foot for added comfort.

This shoe is also embedded with the S3–Structure, Stability and Suspension–Heel Support System. This technology addresses the shock received from impacts. The heel cup is responsible for locking the feet in place. These features reduce the chances of having sprained ankles. 

The Metatomical footbed of the Versago provides arch support and cradles the natural contours of the foot. This mechanism is anatomically engineered with an emphasis on the metatarsal. The big toe area is reinforced for improved support.

The Cleansport NXT natural odor-control system is an additional feature of the Versago. It works on a molecular level and is activated when perspiration becomes present. The good enzymes eat the odor-causing bacteria until they are removed. They remain latent until stimulated by sweat.

Upper

The Keen Versago is both lightweight and breathable. It features a synthetic and mesh upper. It has an integrated tongue construction with elastic reinforcement. It is a wrap-over, where one side is joined with the rest of the shoe while the other has a regular opening. This style prevents unwarranted shifting of the foot.

This hiker also features the secure fit lace capture system. It includes a single, elastic cord that uses a clasp at the top of the tongue. It automatically locks the cord in place.

Reinforcing the back of the shoe is an EVA heel counter. It also firmly locks the foot in place. The pull tab on the heel allows easy on and off.

Additional Info

  • When caring for the Versago, Keen recommends using a soft, damp sponge to get rid of loose dirt. In case there are stains, a gentle cleaner should be used immediately to remove them.