KEEN Men’s Targhee II Hiking Shoe buying Guide-Review

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Finding a new replacement pair of KEEN Men's Targhee II Hiking Shoe proved daunting later on, and there were tonnes of options at my disposal. Luckily, men's keen hiking shoes Targhee II came across my radar and revealed themselves to be just what I had been looking for. The outdoors can be a place of emotional and spiritual rejuvenation, and nothing allows you to leisurely enjoy them more than hiking.

I was reminded of this as I took my weekly hike in my city's major park feeling the cool breeze and warm sun on my face as the birds chirped around me. I could have hiked all day had my feet not started to hurt. My worn out hiking shoes were starting to slip on the rocks underneath me and my ankles became sore.

How to Choose Targhee II men's keen hiking shoes

Waterproof Seal 

When communing with nature for any extended period of time, you're going to encounter moisture in some form or another - whether it be rain or crossing a river or stream. The drawbacks of moisture seeping into the lining of your hiking shoes not only can cause added odour and discomfort, it can also hinder your ability to stabilise yourself over rough terrain. This fact makes the waterproof seal that comes with the Targhee II even more essential. It allows you to hike in rainy weather and to cross shallow bodies of water without your socks ever getting wet.

Anatomical Foot-bed 

Another reason hiking shoes fail their owners is a severe lack of comfort. Many designers of hiking shoes are primarily concerned with shielding you from the elements or ensuring your stability over any kinds of terrain. This usually translates to increased pressure and strain on your ankles and footbed. But only do the Targhee II shoes come with plenty of ankle support, they have a meta atomical footbed that provides torsional stability and cushions with your feet as you walk, making it much easier to hike for increasingly extended periods of time.

Aggressively Lugged Outsole 

The main important feature of any pair of hiking shoes is stability over rough terrain. If your out-sole doesn't have enough gripping power over dirt, rocks and undergrowth, most of the energy you expend while hiking is used for stabilizing your feet underneath you. This always cuts down on the distances you're able to traverse while hiking. These shoes come with an aggressively lugged out-sole that gives you extra grip on virtually any variety of terrain and stabilize your feet underneath you while in motion. This translates to longer hiking distances. To those for whom hiking is their primary form of exercise this is vital.

Nubuck Leather and Hydrophobic Mesh Lining 

Finally, having the ability to seal out moisture is useless if the material used cannot breathe. This only encourages additional moisture to gather from trapped heat inside the shoe. Keen has made the Targhee II shoes with both waterproof leather outer material and a hydrophobic mesh lining that both prevents any moisture from penetrating the outside lining while allows air to flow inside and allow trapped heat to escape.

Key Features

  • Waterproof Seal
  • Nubuck Leather and Hydrophobic mesh Lining
  • Lugged Outsole
  • Metatomical Footbed
  • Dual Density Compression Molded EVA Midsole


  • Breathable material
  • Stable while hiking over variety of terrain
  • Waterproof construction
  • Easy Pull-on Heel
  • Comfortable for soles of feet while walking


  • Tighter across tops of feet
  • May wear out over extended periods of time if not taken care of
  • Soles need constant care after a year of use


  • Q1. Are these shoes good for walking in snow?
  • A1. Yes, they can prevent moisture from entering while having good traction over ice and snow.
  • Q2. Can you put in new insoles and is the foot-bed removable?
  • A2. Yes on both counts.
  • Q3. Can they be worn without the sock and keep bare feet dry?
  • A3. Yes, those your feet may get blisters without the added sock cushion and absorption.

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Though these shoes may be vulnerable to wear and tear after extended use, this can easily be prevented with regular maintenance measure. These include storing these shoes in a dry, well-ventilated place and not using them for any type of sporting activity that can put too much strain on the seams of the soles and laces. As long as you use them primarily for hiking, the Targhee II keen hiking shoes should last you a significant amount of time before needing new ones.