The Keen Marshall WP is a very modern style of shoe with a low weight of just 970g (pair, size 11), which gives it instant appeal on the shelf and in the hand. The upper is a mix of synthetic material and an external rubber skeleton with a particularly large rubber bumper. A Keen Dry waterproof lining is provided, and this combination does appear to be useful for wet conditions as well as giving some rocky ground abrasion resistance. For grip there’s a good set of deep, widely spaced lugs, particularly under the forefoot. But there is a less pronounced heel breast than on some other shoes in our test, so there’s less braking grip available on wet grass slopes. The main problem with this shoe, though, is that it is very flexible. This will be welcomed by those seeking a more natural and unrestricted feel underfoot; but once you’re on rocky paths it places more physical demands on the foot, and I did find it felt more tiring on such ground. The fit is typically Keen in style with a wider forefoot and a very comfortable but secure heel area. When used on level paths the Marshall WP is an extremely comfortable option, but it’s less well-equipped for more challenging terrain unless you’re looking for lightweight, more natural-feeling footwear, which does have benefits of course.
Upper material synthetic closed mesh, leather overlays
Waterproof lining Keen Dry
Sole unit high traction rubber
Men’s sizes 6-13
Women’s sizes 3-8
Weight 970g (pair, size 11)
The Keen Marshall WP is waterproof and durable with good grip for level muddy surfaces, but on rock you may prefer a shoe with more sole stiffness.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine May 2014