Here’s another in the breed of lightweight, flexible mid-height boots that have more in common with multi-activity shoes than traditional stiff and heavy walking boots. As a result, they’re at their best when used in a range of low-level terrain, without too many challenging features to get in the way. Grip levels are good for drier conditions and some mud, although the relatively shallow lug pattern does mean things slip a bit in the deeper stuff. The tread can be cleared quickly and easily, however. The fit follows Keen’s usual last, with a wide fitting at the forefoot section. This allows plenty of space in the front for your feet to breathe and move, while also holding your heel in place. They’re a good option if you like a bit more space up at the front of your shoes. The mid-height, although comfortable, does mean these don’t offer as much support as a true boot, though.
Upper: Waterproof nubuck and mesh
Lining: Keen.Dry membrane
Sole: Non-marking rubber outsole
Women’s version: Yes – Shasta
Contact: 0800 2255 5336; www.keenfootwear.com
*Published in Country Walking magazine, April 2012