The Keen range of footwear has one strong theme throughout and that is the brand’s dedication to its unique toe profile and protection design. Slip these multi-activity shoes on and the space for your big toes is unprecedented. Furthermore, the sole rubber wraps around the toe box to offer superb toe protection. These two features give all Keen footwear a refreshing feel, and in the Targhee the result is a shoe that is ideal for walking and hanging out in the outdoors. There is a waterproof lining, provided by eVent fabric. The upper is a blend of leather and synthetics, but the leather is well-positioned for maximum effect on durability. The lace loops benefit from reflective trim, which makes these glow under car headlights, which is ideal for evening walkers. The upper is generally a substantial design that protects the foot from knocks and supports the foot on uneven terrain. Underfoot you get excellent cushioning and stiffness to take the pounding out of hard surfaces and rocky paths. The outsole lug pattern is fitted with 4mm multi-directional lugs. The result is that the Keen shoe is exceptionally comfortable and just feels right when use for walking over rough terrain. It’s tough enough to scramble up scree yet light enough to wear all day. However it is slightly ‘clumpy’, so it is not ideal for fast action or scrambling. Some shoes have a slightly deeper heel breast on the sole that will add extra braking power on descents. There are multi-activity shoes that are lighter. Do you really need a waterproof lining? If not, then this is not perfect for you. Mainly it will be those who want a more scrambling-orientated shoe or a non-waterproof shoe who should look elsewhere.
Upper: suede leather and synthetic mesh, eVent waterproof lining
Sole: rubber, EVA cushioning
Sizes: 6-13 (men’s); 4-8 (women’s)
Trail fit profile: forefoot 2; heel 2; volume 2; length 2
Weight: 1004g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in UK: England 230; Wales 13; Scotland 29; Ireland 6
Verdict: Buy it if you want an exceptionally comfortable, functional outdoor shoe that is at home when walking, backpacking, trekking and generally being out and about outdoors.