The Alamosa is a real all-rounder of a shoe, with a medium stiffness in the sole that allows for cycling and other sports as well as giving you the ability to move quickly and lightly through the countryside. Although the uppers aren’t particularly rigid, with mesh panels, the Keen Protect system at the front really helps to protect your toes. It’s a large rubber rand that extends from the front of the outsole up and over the toe that also helps the shoe keep its shape at the front. There is no waterproof membrane and, although there is water-repellence to the nubuck, you will get wet feet on muddy ground. Of course on dry days the mesh is great, making these a good bet for overseas travel. The sole unit is surprisingly sturdy, and gives great grip on rockier ground and can shed a bit of mud.
Materials: Waterproof nubuck leather/mesh
Sole: Rubber 4mm lugs
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 01572 772500; www.keenfootwear.com
• Review from Country Walking magazine, June ’11