Keen footwear tends to have a very spacious forefoot area, which provides a different type of fit to other footwear that is often quite narrow for a more precise fit when climbing. The Alamosa also benefits from Keen’s wrapover toe bumper that extends seamlessly from the sole over the toe. This adds a good degree of durability and toe protection for rockier ground. The upper is a mix of leather and mesh, and while it does not have a waterproof lining it is relatively durable thanks to the areas of leather. Underfoot there is an aggressive pattern of lugs for a decent grip without clogging. Also there is good stiffness for rockier ground. The general feel of this shoe is one of stability as it has a relatively wide sole unit compared to others. It feels great for walking but you can also move fast in the hills with it, and bike and scramble around on rock. But the Keen Alamosa has no waterproof lining, so this limits its use a little to dry ground and treks abroad where rain is not expected. The wide profile is not ideal for precise foot placements when climbing, and other shoes are better for purely running. So like most true all-rounders it does not excel at specific activities.
Upper nubuck leather, synthetic overlays, mesh
Sole rubber, EVA cushioning
Sizes 6-12 (men’s); 2½-8½ (women’s)
Weight 980g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 85
The Keen Alamosa is a good general outdoor shoe. It is not waterproof but it is great for travel, trekking and moving fast in drier conditions.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2011