Kavita from Campbell, CA.
My feet are a pain -- literally! I have low arches, and if I wear any kind of arch support
, they become unbearably painful. They are also painful without arch supports when I am active. Crazy, I know! I bought running shoes
at a store that records one's stride and makes calculations to find the "perfect" pair of shoes, and even they didn't get it right (not even close!). I think that I would love snowboarding, but the only time I ever tried, I failed miserably because my rental boots
killed my feet. People are often shocked to hear this because snowboarding boots
are apparently known to be much less painful than, say, ski boots
. All of that being said, I truly cannot believe how great my feet felt in these hiking boots
! Against my better judgment, I wore them for a >10 mile hike right out of the box. We had actually planned on a much shorter hike, but I was more than happy to extend it because my feet felt so great. My right ankle started hurting a tiny bit in the last couple of miles, but nothing unbearable. The pain was of the surface variety, caused by the stiffness of the upper. I'm sure that the boots
will soften as I wear them more. As far as sizing goes, I typically wear a size 9. I wondered if I should order a size 10 in these boots
to accommodate foot swelling and hiking socks
, but ended up going with a 9.5. I'm glad I did because 9.5 fit perfectly with medium hiking socks
. This could be a fluke because I have read in a few places that Keen's
sizing isn't consistent. I don't know how accurate that is. I highly recommend these boots
! I don't know what makes them severely hurt some ankles and not others, and as I said, I'm not sure about the consistency of the sizing. All I know is that the pair that I received is wonderful for my problematic feet. They make me want to hike more!