Size and fit

KEEN Lorelais are women’s sneakers with sizes ranging from 5 to 11. The shoes are true to width and size, but they’ve got flat soles, so there’s no support for your arches. However, since the sneakers are reported to be roomy enough for custom inserts, you may just purchase a pair separately and use these.

The uppers, although made of leather, are quite thin and may not provide enough lateral support for extended walking activities. 

Fit adjustment is done through the shoes’ traditional lacing system which utilizes flat laces and a network of 5-eyelets on each side of the eyestays.

Keen Lorelai Style

These low-top KEEN shoes have a simple and spartan look that is just versatile. It’s easy to switch from ultra-casual to dressy when you’ve got minimalist kicks on your feet.

The shoes come in five colorways, which include London fog, brindle, black, blue mirage, and elderberry. The shades are fun, and the shoes have a nice satiny sort of sheen to them.

Denim shorts look really good with these sneakers, but a lot of other casual clothing will also do such as jeans, pants, skirts, and dresses. Don’t be afraid to mix and match and play with colors.

Notable Features

KEEN utilizes its Luftcell technology—an air-based tech for weightless comfort—a lot in these Lorelai shoes. The polyurethane footbeds are treated with it as well as the outsoles for superior cushioning without the heavy weight. 

The leather used for the uppers is sustainably-sourced from Leather Working Group-certified tanneries. KEEN also uses probiotic technology on their insoles in keeping up with their practice of eliminating as much pesticide and biocide from the environment as they can. 

With a goal of reducing the impact on the earth and in keeping with Keen’s high environmental standards, the brand has made these shoes water-repellant by turning to alternative chemistry instead of utilizing Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs). A direct-attachment construction fuses the uppers to the soles and eliminates the need for glue.

Keen Lorelai History

In 2003, the founders of KEEN wondered, “Can a sandal protect your toes, especially when you’re on a sailboat?” The wanting to find out set them on their quest to create the perfect sandal, and it all started from there.

The brand’s Newport sandals debuted in the Fall of 2003, just in time for winter. The unconventional nature of the sandals turned some people very curious about the product, which in turn led to retailers who were looking for something different to snap these up.

It has been a success story for Keen since then. In later years, the company would evolve to designing and manufacturing not only sandals but work cleats, hiking footwear, and lifestyle shoes as well. Keen Lorelai sneakers fall into the last category.

Lorelais are contemporary sneakers with a straightforward design. These lace-up shoes are able to balance style and a huge amount of comfort seamlessly. A slip-on version called Keen Lorelai Slip-Ons would be released afterward bearing much the same details as the original minus the laces.

Additional Info

  • Keen Lorelai sneakers use premium leather uppers with unlined interiors. 
  • Each shoe (not pair) weighs a light 255 grams.


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