These are the sturdiest shoes on test and are real heather-bashing tanks. The sole is thick with deep, with fat lugs. More than an inch of protective rubber sits all the way around the edge, with a solid, slightly squared-off heel and a thick rubber lip rising up over a generous toe box. You might think they sound clompy but I didn’t find that at all, though the footprint is wide. The upper is huge, yet flexible; it consists mainly of leather, with padded textile around the opening and tongue. Keen’s in-house membrane does a good job of preventing water ingress too. They might feel stiff at first, but they soften up in one walk, with all that hardness moulding into comfortable support. After two walks they’re perfect. One last thing: Keen reckon these come up a half-size small but my narrow feet found a smaller sizing generous. Keep that in mind if you're buying online.
Sizes: 3.5-8.5 (including half sizes)
Outsole: Dual compound rubber
Weight per pair: 1,068g
Men’s version: Yes
Contact: 00800 22 55 53 36
Solid, grippy, comfy and protective. Built like tanks but without clumsiness.
Tested by Sarah Ryan
Country Walking June 2015