- January 16 2012
sore foot relief
After a year of daily use at work - on my feet, in and out of smooth and rough walking suface conditions - these are finally wearing out. The quality and comfort are excellent, but what has sold me most is the fit of these shoes. At age 60, my feet have begun to change - and not for the better, I have to say. I have never had to wear a particularly wide shoe, but one foot is developing a particularly ugly bunion, and both tend towards heavy plantar calluses. The wide toe box of Keens in general, and these in particular, makes being on my feet all day bearable and even fun. Good arch support has mostly eliminated formerly nagging sciatic issues. Hard to ask for much more!
- November 13 2011
Great boot -- though return was necessary
I recently bought from Altrec a pair of Keen Klamath hiking boots, size 13 mens, as a replacement for a pair whose inner lining wore out. I was forced to go from 12s to 13s and to try a boot with a nice, roomy toebox -- which the Klamath offers -- during recovery from foot surgery (bilaterial cheilectomy) over a year ago. The Klamath is a great boot: without doubt, the most comfortable Ive ever had, largely because it places no lateral pressure on the big toe. Other than protecting them, it leaves my toes alone. It even gives them room to spread slightly when I take a stride. Before wearing these, Id probably never been properly shod before in my life. The boots wore out in a little over a year, but I wear them constantly, so I have no complaint about that. Downside: the pair I received had a defect -- inside lining was buckled in roof of toebox in left boot, causing boot to press somewhat against top of toes. I had no problem with the Altrec returns process, sent off the defective pair from a FedEx office yesterday, and am ordering another pair from Altrec (same boot) as soon as my return is confirmed.
- July 7 2011
This is my second pair of Keen shoes. I've hiked about 15 miles and pavement-walked another 20 in these boots. I think these boot are sturdy and comfortable. They offer good ankle support in rougher terrain, and the wide toe box is good for my odd shaped feet (hammer toes). All I've ever worn in the past were trail shoes and not boots, and you might find these a little heavier. You certainly feel the difference after 8 miles or so. But, the fact that they are so hard on the outside and soft and dry on the inside balances out. They stay dry, and yet I haven't had an issue with my feet getting sweaty or needing breathing. And as I read from other reviews before buying these, I also found the tongue is a little weird. Because it's sown together with the outside and not left loose, it doesn't tuck like I'm used to. It bothered me the first time I wore them, but they're pretty well broken in now and I don't notice it.
- May 4 2011
My favorite boot... :)
I am a big Keen fan and these boots may be the best of the best of my Keen collection. These boots fit great out of the box. Interesting is that several of my friends also showed up with the same boot and the same conclusion without even talking to each other. I will buy the same boot in the future and thankful that once Keen gets a winner they stay with it for all us satisfied members of their fraternity. Thank you Keen.
- February 3 2011
Rcvd my Keen Klamanth Mids about a week ago and they haven't left my feet. Admittedly it's 20 below here in CO or I'd be out hiking. But time for that. One thing i wanted to stress was the sizing. Of course others comment on the fact they consistently run a 1/2 size small. I took their advice and ordered up 1/2 size. Glad i did. I placed the shoes sole-to-sole with a pair of Nike running shoes, which tend to run abt a qtr of a size small. The Nike's were 10.5 Men. Sure enough, the Keen's, size 11, were exactly the same length. A clue to this quality control problem may be in Keen's sizing chart and the shoe tag show American 11 being equivilent to Eur 44.5, when in fact Eur44.5 equates to 10.5. Thanks to forums like this the buyer's can be advised and money saved all around shiping them back for re-sizing up. Anyhow, great shoe. i will be climbing some fourteeners in them. Finally, Altrec Exec's! Pack your bags! You could justify a nice expense-paid trip to China to wise them up on the sizing! Of course by now everyone knows their sizing is off. You'd hv to spend millions in some ad campaign announcing the Chinese finally got it right. "Keen's...It's Okay...Order your true size now!"