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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2013
Size Name: 9 D(M) USColor Name: Dark Earth/Neutral GrayVerified Purchase
Been wearing these shoes regularly for over 18 months now and very happy (I updated this review). The fit is true to size, and very comfortable. Good value for money. I already have 3/4 and tall hiking boots. Wanted something lighter for daily wear, with good support and comfort, but tougher than sneakers or trainers.

I use them as everyday walkers, jogging on soft turf and concrete, regular hiking, paintball, and dry and wet weather. Have performed great! They broke in quickly, and use both thick hiking socks in winter, and thin business socks in summer.
Have used them often in dry bushland, and rocky mountains. Also while travelling in Vietnam and Philippines, I went hiking in the jungle in both countries. I'm quite surprised they have held up from all this use and abuse.

The overall quality is tough and well made:
The grip is excellent, proved themselves on steep loose gravel, rock climbing, and wet jungles;
Rubber toe and reinforced design offers great protection from scuffs, bumps, and outdoor activities;
The support is excellent, thick heel style and mid-sole shank support;
The nubuck leather is good quality, tough wearing, and I condition it with neutral shoe polish;
Inside the moisture wicking lining, and upper padding is executed very well, so comfy;
They do breath well, but naturally a little warm in summer.
I prefer a well supported shoe so I don't get sore feet, ankles, and knees. This is why I chose this style, and very pleased with it.
I'm surprised more manufacturers have not figured this stuff out. I've spent hundreds on shoes and boots that are not comfortable and don't last under hard use.

The only thing that could be improved are the Keen removable insoles (footbed), and the soft compound out-soles tread. The insoles are simple, thin, and flimsy. Not much foot padding, so not much shock absorption when jogging, hiking, or training. I removed the stock insoles after 1 month. I have flat feet so replaced them with generic diabetic insoles, a dense polyurethane style padding. Also the out-sole grip and general performance was good. But after hard use and regular hiking they wore out much quicker than my boots with Vibram or harder compound out-soles. 'Keen' if you see this review: improve your insoles with a "diabetic" style dense padding, and use a tougher out-sole. They will be perfect after that.

Overall I am very pleased and surprised. Exceeded my expectations of a great hiking shoe at an affordable price. My budget was around $100. I'll have to retire them eventually from all the use and abuse. They better stay affordable or I'll have to find another shoe style to torture.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2013
Size Name: 10 D(M) USColor Name: Brindle/Tawny OliveVerified Purchase
I have always been a Merrill fan, but the last pair of Merrill's I had fell apart and the shoe separated from the sole. After that experience, I thought I would try something new. I ordered these Keens and they fit great! I ordered a half a size larger than normal to accomodate a thicker sock for day hikes, but these shoes are super comfortable and they look great. I still like my other Merrills, but it's always nice to bring in another nice shoe to the mix.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2013
Size Name: 10.5 D(M) USColor Name: Dark Earth/Neutral GrayVerified Purchase
I usually buy the Voyagers but have always found them to be too soft for hiking. Theses shoes are firm and work great for hiking. They have good support, I am glad I gave these a try.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2013
Size Name: 11 D(M) USColor Name: Dark Earth/Neutral GrayVerified Purchase
I've purchased Keen hiking shoes in the past so I know about their quality. The deciding factor was the reasonable price through Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2013
Size Name: 11 D(M) USColor Name: Dark Earth/Neutral GrayVerified Purchase
Replaced some worn out Targhee II with these. At first they seemed a bit stiffer than the Targhee's but within hours they had molded to my feet. I took them on a serious bit of stomping around right out of the box, which was probably not the smartest thing.
I wear 10s in most shoes. Both the Targhee II and Gypsum fit small, I wear 11 in both.
I think these fit a little higher on the ankle than the Targhee II.
I have a very high instep and a wide foot. I also tend to toward plantar fasciitis.
I don't add any orthotics.
Also both are very light.
Keen has a new (I think new) motto on their box/display etc. regarding a "combined" or "unified" life. I think they mean you can wear these on rough hikes (I do), city walking, (yes), work (yes), church (yes).
They are tough enough that the come through looking fine. The Targhees looked fine after many years, if a bit shinier than new. No broken or even worn lace straps. The soles finally wore through and seemed to break down cushion wise, but absolutely no complaints considering the mileage I put on them. If I get the same out of the Gypsum I will be happy.
As far as rough hikes in these, if you turn an ankle you were going to turn it anyway, very stable. If you slip you were going to slip anyway, great traction. If your feet get beat up, really how? these are insanely protective.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2014
Size Name: 10.5 D(M) USColor Name: Cascade Brown/Tawny OliveVerified Purchase
I have other keen shoes, size 10.5 and they fit perfect unfortunately this pair is to small. The shoes good but I can't wear them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2014
Size Name: 13 D(M) USColor Name: Shiitake/BrindleVerified Purchase
I have a wide foot and it's hard to get a consistent good fit from many brands.

Normally KEEN is a brand that I can wear right out of the box due to it's generous width and even more generous toe box.

Unfortunately, the Gypsum is narrower than other KEENs I've had (including my current KEEN Targhee II pair) and my foot actual sat on the edges of the foot bed. Ouch.

So, if you have a not-so-wide foot, then the Gypsum appears to be a step up from the Targhee. Otherwise, stick to the Targhee or other KEEN lines that keep the width.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2015
Size Name: 7.5 D(M) USColor Name: Shiitake/BrindleVerified Purchase
Wish I was able to return them, but given that I live in Spain the option is not available. After 10+ years as a loyal Keen lover I was seriously disappointed. Even more frustrating is that I purchased the same style 2 years ago and loved them. I have hiked in the previous version around the world without a problem so my disappointment was even greater to receive this inferior quality shoe which has obviously changed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2014
Size Name: 8.5 D(M) USColor Name: Black Olive/Bossa NovaVerified Purchase
We made sure to go try it on in advance with the proper socks before purchasing to ensure it would fit well.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2012
Size Name: 10.5 D(M) USColor Name: Dark Earth/Neutral GrayVerified Purchase
Overall this shoe is very comfortable. I have never wore a shoe from Keen before but was advised to try them from a doctor after I talked about how my feet hurt often. These shoes seem to have great stability and support for the whole foot. They are more structured then other shoes and are taking a bit to get used to them but overall I like them. I will try this brand in the future as well.
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