Choosing hiking boots is not the easiest task, but with some patience and time, I am sure you will be able to find one that best fits with how and where you hike.
Initially, I thought hiking boots were ugly, bulky, and just simply not very stylish. After completing half a snowy hike in Mt. Rainier spring of 2019, I decided that it’s time to invest in a proper pair because I was literally slipping and sliding in my Nike running shoes.
The first thing I did was to go to a local REI store and tried on all of the styles that were available in-store. I asked the REI staff a bunch of questions and tried on a lot of the shoes with the thick socks that REI provided. Then I went home and did more research online. There were tons of helpful reviews on other outdoorsy retailer websites as well as blogs. In addition, advice and recommendations from my outdoorsy coworkers as well as my IG followers also helped me a lot in figuring out which brand and style to go for.
Trust me, this process seems intimidating, especially if you’re a newbie and that you’re shopping for your very first pair. It is totally okay to hike in your Nike or Adidas shoes because, in fact, a lot of them are very comfortable and will serve your day hiking purpose just as well.
So as you might know if you’re following me on my blog and Instagram, I ended up going for Keen, a Portland-based footwear brand, and the style was the Women’s Targhee III Waterproof Mid.
Good luck in your boot buying journey. Make sure they are the right ones for you and your needs. If you need additional questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section or reach out to me in my DM. Other resources that I highly recommend are linked below.
Keen is an independently owned and values-led, Portland-based footwear brand. Their shoes are known for fit, durability, and performance.
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Sizing: I’d recommend going for 1/2 size larger than your actual size. I am a 7 -7.5 in US shoe size and wear these in size 7.5. I honestly wish I got these in size 8 to start with. With my thick Darntough or Smartwool socks, the 7.5 fit me great, however, my toes started to hurt after about 9+ mile hike, especially when hiking downhill.
Women’s Targhee III Waterproof Mid hiking boots are best for day hiking and recreational hiking.
So far, I have only done day hiking in my boots, longest is an all-day 11 – 12 mile hike. They do great on all terrains such as groomed trails, rocks, snow, and muddy areas. Please note that I have yet to wear mine in water and snow for a long period of time, so I cannot give you a review of that!
It’s been about two years since I purchased mine, and I have not noticed any tears nor faulty design on the boots. Despite all of the dirt that the shoes have picked up over the years, they are in pretty good shape and conditions. I’ve hand-washed them once in my bathtub some detergent and let them air dry. And I’d say they took about 2 days to dry completely.
Final thoughts: I genuinely love and highly recommend these Keen Women’s Targhee III Waterproof Mid hiking boots. I love the design of these boots and how well they wear and age over the years. Although I wish I got 1/2 size larger, I think my boots fit me well with room for my toes to wiggle. I love that they are high ankle and waterproof, and the color combo makes them super versatile and easy to style. I have yet to experience any slippage nor wet spillage accident. Excited to wear these on my future backpacking trip which is to come, so stay tuned for my updated review then!
Enjoy some previous hiking photos wearing my Keen Targhee III. Let me know if you ever have any questions, be safe and happy hiking!
Look who’s copied me and got the exact same pair of KEEN Targhee III? His are the low ankled ones.
Disclaimer: This blog post is not sponsored. I bought my Keen Targhee III with my own money. I’ve recently become a Keen affiliate partner, and that means I can link products from keetfootwear.com and refer you to buy directly from the brand instead of other retailers. If you decide to buy to support me and Keen, the brand will pay me a small commission, and you will not pay any additional cost. I love my Keen boots and have recommended to a few of my followers, and they love them, too! So take advantage of their current Labor Day weekend sale and snag a pair. Thank you for your constant support!