Its gear review time! I recently bought myself some real hiking boots and I am so excited to share with you my thoughts on these boots.
First, I am a day hiker. I was searching all over the internet for a recommendation, watching videos and comparing different brands and styles. I decided to go with waterproof material, and a midpoint height. I hate to be THAT girl, but yes, color and style are important to me.
I finally took the plunge and ordered the Keen Terradora Leather Mid WP boots in the Mushroom/Magnet color combo. I love the color. I love the flexibility they have and the light weight. They weigh 1lb 12.2 oz. according to the REI website.
I took them out and hiked about 9 miles. First thing I noticed was the size I bought was too big. I don’t wear thick socks I hate them! But I bought an 8 when my true size is 7.5, thinking that walking all day your feet probably swell a bit.
Next thing that was the toe box was too roomy. With every step I could feel the crease in the toe area hit my toe nails. It was a strange feeling.
My feet don’t have a very big arch, and for that reason the shoes I buy most of the time are neutral type. Theses boots have great arch support! The heel cushion is a plus… but for me the arch was too much and my feet were not happy!!
I returned these boots and tried on the smaller size in store before I went to order them again. I was disappointed and had to give up on these boots as much as I wanted to love them.
Keen Terradora Mid
- Moisture wicking
- Heel Comfort
- High Arch (for my neutral foot)
- Toe box