Whether you’re bugging out, camping, or hiking, having the right shoes is extremely important. Having poor fitting, cheap, or worn down shoes can lead to injuries ranging from blisters to sprains from falling.
Regular tennis shoes aren’t meant for conditions worse than flat concrete on a sunny day. They’ll easily tear, get soaked, and won’t handle dirt well at all. You need shoes that are strong and comfortable, and have good grip.
KEEN is a trusted brand that’s been making high quality outdoor shoes for over a decade now, and their line of Targhee hiking shoes won’t fail you. KEEN Targhee II is an ideal hiking shoe for most people.
The deep grooved rubber sole has great grip, allowing you to walk on rocky, steep, and wet terrain. If you try to climb up that terrain with flat soled shoes, they’ll just keep slipping.
The soles also give your feet a lot of clearance for walking through mud, so instead of your shoe getting muddy, only the soles will. KEEN Targhee shoes are also water resistant, so they’ll be perfectly fine in rain.
That doesn’t mean that you can dunk them in water and keep dry, but rain will run off of them just fine. There are two different designs available for the Targhee II’s: shoes and mid-sized boots.
The shoes come up just below your ankle, whereas the mid-sized boots come up above your ankle. This makes the shoes a bit lighter and cooler, but they don’t protect against as much.
The mid-sized boots also provide better ankle support in rocky, steep areas. Both options have the same great traction, and both are made from high quality leather. The mid-sized boots are available in several colors, while the shoe is available in eight.
They come in most sizes, and are available in both men’s and women’s styles. While KEEN Targhee shoes will keep you warm in cooler weather, they’re well ventilated, so you can wear them in warm weather as well.
They have low profile lacing that makes them more comfortable. It’s worth investing in a solid pair of insoles if you plan on wearing them for extended periods of time, especially if you have high arches.
KEEN sells a variety of insoles specifically for their shoes, ranging from high to low arch support in various sizes. The back and sides of these shoes have reflective surfaces on them, so you can use them for night walks and night hikes and still be seen.