KEEN Footwear for the Hiking Family

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I received these items at no cost to facilitate my review. All opinions remain my own. 

The last time we bought hiking boots was in early 2012, right before a month-long car-camping trip in the Maritimes that had us hiking over 200km in all sorts of terrain. Since then, we’ve put easily another 400km on those boots. We took well enough care of them, cleaning and waterproofing them, but it’s safe to say we were in dire need of an upgrade. And with Huckleberry doing more and more hiking on his own two feet, he needed some sturdy kicks of his own.

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It had been so long since our last hiking boot purchase that I wasn’t quite sure where to begin in terms of shopping. I started paying attention to what other people were wearing, what they were talking about, what brands they trusted for their kids and themselves. Time and time again the name KEEN came up. My father-in-law trusts his KEENs for all of his adventures from the everyday to hiking and canoeing. Fellow Hike it Baby parents had KEENs on their own feet and on their kids’ feet. Even the less outdoorsy people bragged about how their kids outgrew KEEN footwear before they wore them out – that the same pair of KEENs were worn by all of their children and were then passed on to nieces and nephews. It seemed to me that there was only one answer: KEENs for the whole family!

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Our first impressions of our own boots? Genuinely surprised at how light they were! In the backcountry, every ounce counts. And no one wants the extra weight to be on their feet. Our first test drive (and this was not our best decision, lol, read on to learn why) was a 4km hike into a backcountry campsite with about 50lbs on our backs, and I was lifting my knees up to my chest in excitement over how light my feet felt!

So why was that not the best choice for a test drive? Well, one typically needs to break in new boots with shorter easier hikes to make sure the fit is right, to avoid blisters, etc, but we went big right away. This worked really well for Trail Dad in his Gypsum II Waterproof Boots but was not great for me. My feet weren’t sitting quite right and had too much room to move. The constant rubbing of my heels against the back of my Terradora Waterproof Boots left me with two large tender blisters. I was heartbroken. I wanted to love my beautiful new KEEN hiking boots but wasn’t sure they would let me hike back out to the car at the end of our camping trip. After some quick googling, I learned that lacing my boots a little differently, in what was called a “heel lock“, could solve all of my problems. And it did!

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Other than that slight fit issue, we have been nothing but impressed by our KEEN footwear. We love how durable and supportive, yet lightweight, low-profile and attractive they are. They are also waterproof! And Huckleberry LOVES his Chandler CNX Shoes. They are ridiculously easy to put on (not long and he’ll be doing it himself) and quick to dry when he puddle-jumps. We are so happy with our KEEN hiking boots that we’ve since purchased KEEN sandals too! Well, Huckleberry and I have, and now Trail Dad is jealous and wants KEEN sandals AND shoes! I don’t see us buying anything other than KEEN footwear anytime soon!

The Stars of the Show: KEEN Footwear featuring…


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Men’s Gypsum II Waterproof Boots

  1. Sling on the tongue to aid in pulling the boots on.
  2. Cushion around the ankle for comfort and support.
  3. Curved boot lace hooks to keep laces secured in place and boots tight.
  4. Sling on the ankle to aid in pulling the boots on.
  5. Breathable mesh section of upper.
  6. Waterproof nubuck leather section of upper.
  7. Stability shank (stiffens the boot under the arch which makes the middle portion of the boot more resistant to torsion and flexion to help balance your backpack).
  8. Non-marking durable rubber outsole.
  9. 4mm multi-directional lugs provide a tight grip on tough terrain.


  • Heel support structure to stabilize load.
  • Cleansport NXT™ for natural odour control.
  • KEEN.DRY™ waterproof breathable membrane lets vapour out without letting water in.
  • KEEN.Zorb strobel (an addition to the footbed that offers flexibility and strength to the insole).
  • Removable metatomical dual density EVA footbed (anatomically engineered to provide excellent arch support and cradle the natural contours of the foot)


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Women’s Terradora Waterproof Boots

  1. Sling on the ankle to aid in pulling the boots on.
  2. Cushioned ankle panel takes pressure off the Achilles.
  3. Curved boot lace hooks to keep laces secured in place and boots tight.
  4. Women’s specific fit and design provide all-day comfort.
  5. Lightweight breathable mesh and synthetic upper.
  6. ESS stability shank for support (stiffens the boot under the arch which makes the middle portion of the boot more resistant to torsion and flexion to help balance your backpack).
  7. 4mm multi-directional lugs provide a tight grip on tough terrain.
  8. Non-marking durable rubber outsole.


  • Cleansport NXT™ for natural odor control.
  • KEEN.DRY™ waterproof breathable membrane lets vapour out without letting water in.
  • Breathable mesh lining.
  • Dual density PU footbed.
  • Low-density EVA midsole.

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Toddler’s Chandler CNX Shoes

  1. Sling on the tongue to aid in pulling the shoes on. The tongue can be pulled to open the shoe all the way up for ease in putting the shoe on.
  2. Sling on the ankle to aid in pulling the shoes on.
  3. Reverse strobel construction and breathable mesh lining provide streamlined interior that is flexible, light and secure.
  4. Hook and loop strap over instep for easy “lacing”.
  5. Quick-dry synthetic upper with lots of lightweight performance mesh for breathability.
  6. Elastic lacing system keeps shoes snug and secure on little feet.
  7. Contoured arch for added midfoot support.
  8. Multi-directional lug pattern for increased traction.
  9. Non-marking durable rubber outsole.

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What we love about our KEEN Footwear:

  • They are lightweight! I mentioned how delighted we were at how light our KEEN footwear is. Every ounce counts on the trail and packing extra weight on your feet is not fun. These boots are lightweight enough to add a skip to your step, light enough that you’ll want to wear them everywhere!
  • They are waterproof! We hike rain or shine. We ford creeks and small rivers. We canoe and we aren’t very good at it. All of these things mean that we’re bound to get wet boots, but that doesn’t meet we have to suffer through wet feet! Note: the Toddler’s Chandler CNX shoes are not waterproof.
  • They are rugged and built to last! Built for adventure, wild terrain and some serious use and abuse, KEEN footwear is tough! The rubber outsoles are thick and durable. The tread is phenomenal. The upper, insole and midsole materials are performance quality. We expect to put a lot of miles on these boots.
  • They are easy to put on! This goes for our boots as well as Huckleberry’s shoes. The slings on the ankles and tongues are large enough to for even the fattest of fingers, and then a simple tug is all it takes. Huckleberry can almost get his own shoes on and I enjoy not having to wrestle my feet into boots.
  • They are activity specific! When you shop KEEN footwear, you can shop “boots”, “shoes” or “sandals” plus also “hiking”, “casual” or “work”. And each product has a short list of suggested activities. So you can get just what you need for backpacking, trail running, paddling or otherwise.
  • They are versatile! Despite being great for particular activities, KEEN footwear is versatile enough to support more than what you bought them for. Lightweight and fashionable enough for downtown trekking, rugged and comfortable enough for peak bagging, flexible and waterproof enough for paddling, we are happy with the versatility of our new footwear.
  • They come in half sizes! This is my biggest peeve when shopping for footwear. Size 7 is always too small and size 8 is always too big. But KEEN footwear comes in 7.5! This is a huge selling point in my books!

What we would change if we could:

  • Kids’ waterproof shoes start at size 8. When Huckleberry really started walking on his own, he was a size 6. We grabbed him some KEENs in a size 7, knowing that would give him a little room to grow. And although his Chandler CNX Shoes are quick-dry, they are not waterproof. In the spring, I think we’ll grab him some Oakridge Waterproof Boots in a size 8 for all of our outdoor adventures.

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Are you ready to outfit your entire family with KEEN footwear? If so, you can head to or check our their online retailers list and shop away! If you want to support my blog with your online KEEN purchase, shop*.Their sizing information is accurate and easy to work with (you can access the size chart on every product page).

If you prefer to shop for footwear in person, you can use their store locator. And if you are local to the Kingston, ON area, I highly recommend heading to Trailhead Kingston for amazing customer service and because we love to support local small businesses!

Where will your KEENs take you?

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KEEN Canada and I are offering up TWO pairs of KEEN footwear to ONE lucky winner! That’s right, one of you can choose 2 pairs of anything available on KEEN Canada’s website. Grab yourself hiking boots and sandals. Outfit yourself and your favourite adventure partner with new hiking shoes. Grab matching footwear for you and your little one. Or deck out two kids in new kicks. The choice is yours! Enter using the widget below. The giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, and will close at 11:50pm EST on July 23rd. Good luck!

Terms & Conditions: Open to residents of Canada and the USA, 18 years of age or older. Confirmed winner(s) will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Prize fulfilment is the responsibility of the sponsor(s). Canadian winners must successfully complete a skill testing question. For questions or to see your product featured on Maman on the Trail blog contact Monica at


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120 thoughts on “KEEN Footwear for the Hiking Family

  1. Sufia

    What a great post and information. These tips and idea you shared is really great. I have hiking with this boots. Want to get one pair very sooner rather than later. Thank you so much for sharing this post. I really appreciate because there are only a very few people do such type of work what you are doing

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  3. Stacey h

    We like to do a lot of day hikes. My keen sandels are great and would love to add a pair for winter hikes

  4. Teresa Y.

    My Keens take me everywhere. From the beach to the grocery store and back again. Such a versatile shoe. I happen to own one hiker and one casual pair. Love them greatly. You can never have too many Keens!

  5. Karla Sceviour

    My keens will take me to the beach,the hiking trails,the river,the park,everywhere!! I have actually been looking for a good pair of sandals for hiking and walking over rocks,,these would be so great!!

  6. Sab Edwards

    I do a lot of walking, to and from work every single work day, and on weekends I grab the Skechers and walk for health reasons. Also, in aug we are going to camp, and I’ll be walking as well.

  7. kristen s

    Our local trails and conservation area’s! I have heard amazing things about Keen products! Thanks for the chance!

  8. Merianne Fess

    Watching my grandchildren wear their Keens makes me want to wear them too! They must be comfortable!

  9. Kim K

    KEEN’s will take me on all my fun adventures from hiking, to camping, walking my dogs and everyday! Thanks for the chance.

  10. Lori L.

    I’d love to take a hike through Assiniboine Forest that’s close to home and also the hiking trails at Grand Beach, MB!

  11. Candace Ortiz

    My family loves to hike outdoors but being in a wheelchair I cannot join them. If I win I’ll be sure they carry those boots to amazing heights on my behalf! Kananaskis is right near by!

  12. Rekha

    My tot had Keen’s for summer sandals when she was 1… would love another pair, they were great! Especially in my size, haha! if we had Keen shoes, we’d take them hiking along the escarpment in the greater Toronto area.

  13. Leeanne C

    I would take my Keens on an adventure of a lifetime take them to Cape Breton Nova Scotia to travel the amazing trails they have. Those Keens sure would get some working in.

  14. Heather Howard

    My KEENS would take me on many nature walks and hikes. We will be exploring NS this summer and I plan on getting my kids outside as much as possible!

  15. Heather M

    Thanks for the giveaway! I have always had Merrell hiking boots for no particular reason and would love to try a Keen pair! We are planning to go to the Adirondacks and I would love some new boots!

  16. Andrea Amy

    My keen’s would take me everywhere including to BC this summer! I have keen sandals and they are ALL i wear all summer long and this would be amazing!

  17. Wanda Tracey

    I love Keen’s footwear!If I were to win my Keen’s would take me from Ontario(all over Ontario) to The East coast out to New Brunswick this summer.I love to travel and we travel a lot in the summer camping,#hiking and biking.I could really use some #KEENCanada footwear to enjoy my traveling in sheer comfort and style.
    Thank you for this amazing opportunity and chance. #GetOutside 🙂

  18. Florence Cochrane

    I will take my Keens hiking to Gros Morne National Park and on all my other hikes this summer.

  19. Ryan B

    We are surrounded by trials and Waterfalls around here. A nice pair of new shoes sure would help out!

  20. Wendy

    I would love to gift this to my daughter and son-in-law who love hiking and are now taking our grandson with them on their adventures. Lots of local trails to be explored!

  21. Brian

    I love my Keen hikers and my son is growing out of his and my daughter will need a pair soon! We’re definitely a Keen family, lol.

  22. Mandi

    My Keens take me everywhere! I have sandals, boots, shoes…you name it, I have it! Since they don’t wear out, I just seem to collect them!

  23. Jocelyn Paprocki

    Will love to start hiking with the little one, now that she can walk on her own. She loves to climb!

  24. Tannis W

    Keen work boots protect my husbands feet at work each day. I might like a pair of sandals for everyday wear or walking.

  25. M Hobson

    We love our son’s Keen sandals so might want to get another pair of Keens for his next pair, and maybe a pair of sandals for me!

  26. Kris Van Luven

    If I were to win these awesome Keen shoes, my family and I would wear them on our camping and hiking adventures in our favourite Ontario Provincial Parks

  27. Kim D

    I already have some keens and I love them – been on canoe trips, hikes all over and trips to the cottage. They are wearing out though and I could really use a new pair!

  28. Ali

    Our son (3) has a pair of Keen sandals, which we love… except for the smell. Have you noticed the Keens smelling more than other shoes?

  29. Melissa

    I love my keen boots! I have been wearing the same pair for years now and while the tread is almost gone- they are still going strong! I convinced my mom to buy a pair after discovering their greatness.


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