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: 15.6ozWomen: 13.3oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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74 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews
The Keen Voyageur did not score very high overall in our tests, but that doesn't mean it's not a good shoe for certain applications. In fact, if you live in the desert and have wide feet, these might be your perfect pair.
I can’t sing their praises enough.
After several weeks of hiking, the upper's sturdy leather hide, the rock-solid stitching, and the company's trademark brawny toe bumper showed virtually no signs of wear.
The Voyageur is so trail friendly and such a good fit for my feet that I was genuinely disappointed to find it anything less than perfect.
Updates to Keen Voyageur
- The S3 Heel Support Structure — S3 referring to Shock, Suspension and Stability — is a technology developed to give firm support while providing soft cushioning. It addresses pressure upon impacts and helps prevent accidental twisting of the ankles.
- KEEN Voyageur uses a compression-molded EVA for cushioning and a metatomical footbed that provides support. The ESS shank promotes stability on uneven grounds.
- The anti-odor technology used in the Voyageur is from Cleansport NXT which ensures that the feet stay fresh and odor-free all day. The method it uses is 100% natural with no harmful effects on the environment and the user.
Keen Voyageur size and fit
Men’s sizes range from 7 to 17 with half sizes until 11.5. Women’s sizes are whole and half sizes from 5 to 11. These versions are offered in standard width. The shoe is true to its size. Toes can have enough wiggle room inside the wide toe box room. The classic lace-up closure with leather eyelets allows a customized and snug fit. Keen Voyageur also has a heel wrap that locks the foot in for steadiness.
Keen Voyageur has a non-marking carbon rubber outsole. It features 4mm multi-directional lugs that grip onto rocks, sand, mud and other terrains. The aggressive lugs deliver reliable traction. This shoe also has Keen's patented rubber toe bumper that safeguards the foot and toes against accidental bumps and abrasions.
The midsole of the Keen Voyageur is a dual density compression-molded EVA. This type of midsole is designed to absorb shock and cushions for extra comfort. The process of creating this type of foam includes compressing EVA foam inside a metal mold. The material adjusts to the shape of the mold and expands when heat and pressure are applied. Release agents hinder EVA foam from sticking to metal surfaces.
Keen Voyageur also features an S3 Heel Support Structure. This configuration is engineered to support the foot by dissipating shock on impact. The heel is locked in place by the contoured heel cup. These measures reduce the chances of spraining the ankles.
The supportive ESS shanks provide torsional stability on uneven grounds. This will allow the shoe to have better control of foot rotations. It also has a metatomical footbed designed to provide better support using an anatomically designed insole and last. This footbed is built with the overall shape of the foot in mind and puts more consideration on the big toe (metatarsal joint). Metatomical is a synthesis of metatarsal and anatomical.
This shoe is also equipped with Cleansport NXT which acts to control odor naturally. The microbial enzymes are bonded to the fabric using an exclusive technology and they remain latent until activated by perspiration which contains odor-causing bacteria. Cleansport NXT enzymes flourish on those bacteria, subtly removing the odor biologically. This cycle will recur every time moisture is present. The process is natural, hypo-allergenic and environment-friendly.
The Keen Voyageur features a leather upper with polyester mesh lining. The water-resistant leather makes the shoe more durable while the moisture-wicking mesh lining maintains its breathability and flexibility. As a result, it dries quickly after soaking on wet surfaces.
The Voyageur also has a gusseted tongue to keep debris away. It utilizes a lace-up closure for a secure and comfortable fit. The pull loops located on the heel and top of the tongue facilitates hassle-free entry of the foot and fit adjustment.
- Keen Voyageur has a mid-rise version for both men and women.
- When caring for the shoe, it is recommended to use a soft bristle brush or a hand towel to remove dirt and debris. Stains can be removed by rubbing a gum eraser in a circular motion then light brushing afterward. Tough stains are removed by mixing water and a little vinegar. This process may cause slight discoloration to the area.