Updates to KEEN Laurel Mid Waterproof

  • The KEEN Laurel Mid Waterproof features a blend of textiles which contribute to its rugged yet feminine appeal. It is also equipped with materials that are designed to promote women’s natural biomechanics. The brand added their KEEN.Dry technology to provide waterproofing and breathability.
  • This day hiker from KEEN uses a direct-attach PU midsole which offers impact protection and long-lasting cushioning. Its molding technique yields a more durable and bonded structure. On the other hand, ground adhesion comes from its non-marking dual-compound rubber outsole.

Size and fit

A women-specific hiking boot, the KEEN Laurel Mid Waterproof runs true to size. It is offered in B - standard width and comes in full and half sizes. Its lace-up closure enables users to customize the fit.


This mid-cut day hiking boot uses a dual-compound rubber outsole which grips on most types of terrain. The brand also added KEEN.Protect feature, which acts as a toe bumper for protection against accidental knocks.


The KEEN Laurel Mid Waterproof has a direct-attach polyurethane (PU) foam midsole. During its manufacturing process, it immediately connects to the upper and eliminates the need for sewing. As a result, its structure becomes more stable and secure.

The midsole is integrated with a PU heel cushion which absorbs negative ground impacts for a more comfy ride. Also, it has a stability shank which promotes a steadier gait. The removable metatomical footbed cradles the foot for arch support.


Protecting the user’s foot from the harsh outdoors is a combination of suede, nubuck, and breathable mesh. It is also equipped with KEEN.Dry, a brand-owned waterproof membrane that safeguards the foot from any wet elements while allowing it to breathe.

Round laces pass through fabric eyelets and open hooks to lock the foot in place. Its collar and tongue are padded to give an extra cushioned feel. Its rear pull tab makes on and off easier while the rubber rand which wraps the lower part of the boot reinforces the upper. 

Nice to know

-Users looking for other mid-top boots from the same brand can check out the KEEN Targhee III Waterproof Mid.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 462g
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.