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Design Flaw Could Lead to Injury
on June 25, 2015
These shoes have one critical design flaw that I could not overcome: the laces tie too low and cause a loose fit. The last lace attachment point is too far down the shoe, so rather than the laces tying high across my foot at the base of my ankle as with most hiking shoes, it was about an inch down from there. I simply could not tie the laces tight enough so that my foot would not have excessive vertical movement within the shoe when I stepped. As any hiker knows, movement within your shoe/boot is a recipe for blisters and injury because on uneven ground your foot and footwear will go in different directions.
An additional anchor point for the laces would have solved this issue, and I can't believe testers for Keen didn't note this issue. It's almost like the shoes are missing an extra lace point. I did not have this issue with my previous pair of Keen shoes, which have a lace eyelet above the four webbing lace points. I could not go a size smaller because then the shoes would have been much short and my toes would have been cramped.
I'll give one star above the minimum for good looks and probable comfort of the sole, but Keen needs to address this issue before I'll buy again.