Great daily winter boots
Reviewed by MD from Ann Arbor, MI on Tuesday, December 18, 2012
I absolutely love the Keen brand. Their footwear is well-made and the most comfortable brand I have ever found. I am extremely picky when it comes to shoes because I am constantly on my feet. These boots lasted me for 2 years of constant wear from about October until April, and my feet never started to hurt while wearing them and they are very warm without being stuffy. I used them for walking around on campus and town in the snow, ice, rain, whatever. Didn't even have to take them off when I went indoors because they didn't make my feet overheat, but my feet are always cold, so I may be alone in that. My biggest complaint is the zipper. It is not very strong and I started having problems with it splitting after I had zipped it up about 1 year after I got the boots. Given, it never stopped being easy to zip up, but it definitely isn't quality. The stitching is also coming apart pretty significantly, holes have been rubbed in the heels and backs of ankles, and the sole is coming away from the toe. The leather is nice and soft, but scratches easily and does not buff out well. My boots look pretty beaten up. I would say that they are worth buying, but don't expect as much use out of them as you may get from a pair of Merrells. I love Keen for the comfort and style and Merrell for their longevity. My Keen shoes also got rubs in the heel and back of ankle sooner than I think they should have, and I just bought a pair of Clara high boots (just wanted to try a different style) and was disappointed to find that Keen has still not fixed their zipper problem.
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