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I'm done with Keen footwear
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 May 2019
I've owned various Keen boots over the years and they've all failed for similar reasons. So, why did I end up buying another pair? Two answers to that.
1. They have been the most comfy brand ever with little to no break in period required which, in hindsight, might be the problem.
2. Up until this pair, I kept buying higher up the product chain hoping for better quality and longevity.
I decided this time I'd buy the lower, slightly cheaper model, and use them for light dog walking duties on mostly dry, none muddy days. For bad weather I wear wellies or wide fit boots of another brand. My tactic hasn't worked. I don't baby my boots, but I do clean and nourish them with Nikwax products regularly and also let them dry naturally.
As can be seen from the pictures, in eight months (really only four or five of actual use in mostly dry conditons) they have started to fall apart. Oh well, I sort of knew they would, but perhaps not this quick!
In my opinion the construction is cheap and the materials are not good enough. My other non-Keen boots which cost only about £50 more than these, but not so of the Keen Durands, that also fell apart, are still in excellent condition after a couple of years heavy use; same care level but used in all weathers and through mud and other rough terrain.
It's not acceptable that, in this short time, the soles should start splitting away at the rand. A rand which is obviously very thin and of shoddy quality. Also, a common complaint with Keen's, the lugs on the soles seem to make a bid for freedom sometimes too.
I've decided not to send them back, but to try and wear them out over the summer in the hope that the soles wear out before the tops disintegrate. I understand why people might choose to buy Keen boots, but the longest any pair I've owned have lasted, before being not fit for purpose is about fourteen months. If you need the comfort and can get them cheap in a sale and are prepared for them to disintegrate in less than a year then that's your choice.
This will, however, mark a turning point whereby I vow never to by another Keen product.