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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2014
First off, I should say that this is my very first pair of Keens, so I'm coming from a place of having zero experience with the brand and unique characteristics of Keen shoes. However, I'd heard many good things from friends who swear by them, so I opted to try the waterproof version of the Marshall as my entry point. I wanted a light trail shoe that would keep my feet dry, and after looking at various comparable brands' offerings, I was intrigued to try the Marshall simply because it's such a great looking shoe that seemed to get pretty good reviews. I'd also heard that Keen has a pretty good customer service dept that could address any problems with their products.

After lightly wearing the Marshall WP's around the house and on a few treks outside, the first thing I noticed was that these do not breathe very well, and within an hour or so of activity in them, my feet would start to get really clammy and uncomfortable feeling. Despite the fact that I always wear some sort of wool sock, my feet seemed like they were getting prone to hot spots in these shoes because of the friction caused by the sweat situation. I've never, ever dealt with sweaty feet before, so this was a bit unsettling. You can tell the shoe is waterproof also due to the "crinkly sound" the material makes as the shoe flexes with your feet. Secondly, the size seemed a bit off. The shoe didn't feel a full half-size too small, but maybe just under a half-size too small. My thicker wool hiking socks made the shoes feel cramped, so I had to wear thinner, less cushioned socks. One other thing about the size issue, was that the right shoe of my pair seemed as if it was even smaller than the left. After 10 days or so, I made the call to Keen customer service, and they issued me the return info.

I decided to give the Marshall a second chance, and opted to try out the standard (non waterproof) version. After a couple of days in them, I'm convinced the size issue I had with the first pair (WP) was just due to anomalies, or defects in the quality as the new pair feels really good and do not seem as small. The new ones breathe a lot better too.

It's a bit disappointing that the waterproof version did not work out for me, but I probably would've exchanged them for another of the same kind if the breathability issues weren't so noticeable.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2013
The shoe sizes run small. I am normally a size 12 and the size 13 I bought fit just right. Size 12 would have been too small.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2014
Standard Keen sizing. Buy 1/2 size (US) larger than you normally wear. Light weight and great sole that molds to your foot.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2014
This is my first pair of "Keen" shoes and as of now I have only done one hike in them so I can't speak about their longevity yet but I can say they seem to perform very well and I am definitely satisfied with them! Although my experience with these shoes is very limited as of now, I did put them through quite the test on my recent hike through the Olympic Wilderness in Washington state. The hike was about 20 miles in distance and began in the rainforest then ascending to an alpine ridge and descending back into the rainforest. During this, I encountered rain, mud, abrasive and loose rocky terrain, and other various conditions that are common in the Olympic wilderness. These shoes did surprisingly well through it all and I was particularly impressed with how well they held a grip on slippery rocks and wood! There were many times when I came across large wet rocks and pieces of wood that should have been very slippery but to my amazement these shoes held a grip on those surfaces! At the wettest points on the hike the "waterproof" grid material did absorb a very small amount of water that dried super fast and never came close to soaking through. From my experience, there is no truly waterproof material out there really - even "Gore-Tex" treated materials will eventually begin to absorb water - so I'm not at all surprised that these shoes took on the tiny amount of water they did considering the conditions I was in! As far as a "waterproof" product goes, these get a 7 or 8 out of 10 in my opinion.

I would say these shoes fit relatively true to size and they are certainly wide in the toe box - which I appreciate! Overall, I found these shoes to be comfortable, supportive and enjoyable to wear. They probably aren't the best for the kind of trek I took them on but I don't personally like heavy duty boots so they work for me. In terms of durability, I feel these will last a fare amount of time and get me through many wilderness journeys! Upon inspection after my hike, they did appear to have held up very well against all the sharp rocky terrain I traveled over.

I would recommend these shoes to others!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2013
Shoes feels smaller than other Keen shoe's I'm wearing. Other wise they feel good, they look really sharp, not to bad
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2014
I bought a size larger than normal. I'm a 12 and bought a 13. It fit perfectly. So keep that in mind when purchasing. It's a very comfortable shoe but I have yet to take a significant hike in them. I expect them to perform well.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2013
Great so far! I haven't tried them in any weather conditions yet but they seem like they'll do the job. I'm a big Keen fan and these haven't disappointed. I'm glad I made the purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2015
Picked these up as a last minute shoe for a trip to Japan and was I glad I did. Its been raining continuously for the past 5 days and the shoe has been a wonder. Perfectly waterproof and fit true to size from the time I put it on. I"ve probably walked an average of 8-10 miles per day without any issues. Perfect travel shoe. While I may not recommend them for mid summer anywhere it may be very hot, its a perfect shoe for the wetter spring weather.
Only issue I've ever had with Keen products is that some of them have an area which seem to put pressure on the top part of my foot (where the laces cross at the top where you tie them). These didn't and so far after 5 days of continuous use, I couldn't be happier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2014
Fits very well, sits lower than similar competitors (Merrell, etc.). Two significantly different length of shoes string (left vs right shoe). Had to replace shoe strings day one. Feet stay cool in very warm weather. I like the shoe. A little over priced, you can buy it cheaper at your local chain sporting goods store who sells high quality hiking shoes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2014
These shoes fit. I have a problem finding a shoe that's good looking and comfortable. I've tried Merrill, Teva's and these are superior to all the others!
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