KEEN-parison: Which Walking Shoes for Everyday Strolls?
Nothing clears our heads like a long walk. Whether it’s a peaceful stroll down a street you’ve visited 10,000 times before, or an invigorating daylong tour exploring an unfamiliar city (when we can travel again!), walking is stimulating for the body and relaxing for the mind. We’ve got walking shoes for the dedicated dog walkers and day trippers among us. These pairs will all still be outrageously comfy at the end of the longest walks. KEEN shoes are designed to let your feet spread out and be the feet they were meant to be.
But which pair should you pick? We made this quick-reference chart to help you figure it out:
|COMFY WALKING SHOES||Extra breathable||Certified better leather||Trail ready||Removable insole|
|Presidio / Austin shoes||X||X|
|Venture Vent / Terradora Vent||X||X||X|
|Targhee III / Terradora II sandals||X||X||X|
|UNEEK sneaker sandal||X|
But charts can’t say it all. In our own words, here’s what fans love about each pair (and where they like to wear them):
Presidio/Austin casual shoes: The Presidio (for women) and the Austin (for men) are very similar. They’re both sturdy, durable all-leather lace-ups with plenty of arch support, the protective KEEN toe bumper, and that roomy toe box for a comfy, toe-wiggling fit. Say you’re going on a trip and you’re planning to walk for hours on a taco crawl (like a pub crawl, but with a taco and a cerveza at each stop) – fans tell us they trust these to still feel good by hour 11 of the tour. These shoes have earned such a loyal following that many fans buy them in different silhouettes and colors. Check out women’s Presidio styles and men’s Austin styles.
Terradora II Vent/Venture Vent hikers: Ditto on the Terradora II Vent and the Venture Vent shoes – they’re both vented, light hiker sneakers, but one’s for women and one’s for men. What makes them special? The performance mesh upper is breathable so you get a closed shoe that won’t overheat. Both the Terradora II and the Venture Vent are technically hiking shoes with a stable, locked-in feel, so you can wear them on the mountain and around the neighborhood (you know how much we love versatility, right?). Shop the Terradora II Vent for women and the Venture Vent for men.
Targhee III/Terradora II sandals: For those who like a more open feel. The Targhee III sandals (for men) and Terradora II sandals (for women) are created for hiking – but both double as comfy footwear for walks along riverbanks, footpaths, or just down the sidewalk. Wear them with socks or without, and walk easily for miles either way. The Terradora has sturdy webbing straps that are made from recycled plastic water bottles (by the way, we also make a dog collar and leash from the same recycled material – just in case you have a furry friend who wants to get in on this walk).
UNEEK sneaker sandals: And what if you prefer casual shoes that are laid-back but slightly funky? Meet the UNEEK collection of hybrid sneaker sandals. UNEEK is the packable, walkable shoe with off-kilter style that feels fashion-forward in all kinds of settings. The free-moving cords give it an open-air feel and a flexible, personal fit, while the cushy support and razor-siped outsole make it a versatile shoe for any and all outings, especially when your walk takes you to a beach, boardwalk or dock.
Whichever walking shoe you choose, it’ll have the foot-cradling KEEN contoured insole to keep your feet happy and Eco Anti-Odor for an unsmelly experience (phew). All these shoes were made for walking – so slap on some SPF, and enjoy the fresh air.
Men's Venture Vent hikers