Who should buy the KEEN Koven

The Koven from KEEN is an ideal choice for individuals who are:

  • looking for a pair of hiking shoes that offer stability and support on and off the trails.
  • looking for low-cut hikers that enable your foot to breathe for optimal comfort.
  • looking for a robust outdoor gear that has the look and feel of a sneaker.

KEEN Koven brand logo

KEEN Koven notable features

This hiker from KEEN features a durable leather and textile upper construction that is long-wearing and breathable. These materials also make a good protective covering against dirt and debris.

The midsole is made with compression-molded EVA foam for support and cushion, along with a Tetra PU stability shank that reinforces the structural integrity of the shoe.

Lastly, the 4mm multidirectional lugs make KEEN Koven hikers suitable for less challenging terrains.

KEEN Koven multidirectional lugs

Size and fit of Keen's Koven

The KEEN Koven low-cut hiking shoe is available for men and women. It has a leather-mesh upper that conforms to the shape of the foot and a traditional lace-up closure that allows for easy adjustment of the fit.

Koven’s non-marking grippy outsole

The KEEN Koven soles are made with durable rubber. They are non-marking, which means you can use them for indoor activities like tennis.

KEEN Koven outsole

The lug patterns across the entire outsole differ, depending on the area. This is to ensure that the shoe creates grip and traction where needed.

Flexible and sturdy midsole of KEEN’s Koven

This hiker is constructed with a molded EVA. Such material is highly touted for being flexible which is an essential quality needed for a safe and smooth journey on the trail. EVA midsoles have many other characteristics that make them ideal for hiking footwear, such as durability, lightness, and impact reduction.

KEEN Koven heel support

Both the men’s KEEN Koven and women’s KEEN Koven come with a removable footbed which is also made of EVA. 

KEEN Koven shank

Furthermore, this model features a PU stability shank which gives the shoe enough stiffness so it flexes at the ball of the foot even when loaded. This results in less fatigue, especially when taking long hikes or backpacking.

KEEN Koven’s durable upper

For this model, KEEN has combined mesh and leather for increased protection, durability, and breathability. The shoe overlays are all made of high-quality leather.

KEEN Koven overlays

Overlays aren’t just there for design purposes (although they really do make a hiker look cool). They actually provide structure to the shoe. In the KEEN Koven, the leather overlays are double-stitched for maximum durability.

KEEN Koven breathable upper

The rest of the upper is made of mesh which is highly breathable. It keeps your feet from getting too warm in summer days and preventing them from getting cold when the temperature drops. But of course, it should be noted that mesh doesn’t provide as much warmth as winter hiking boots.

KEEN Koven ghillie lace-up closure

This hiker features a ghillie lace-up vamp and a protective cap for the toes.

KEEN Koven heel pull tab

There’s a lace loop on the heel and another one on the tongue so you can get right into (and out of) the shoes easily.

KEEN Koven tongue pull tab

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 407g / Women 347g
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Width: Normal
Construction: Lace-to-toe

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