Keen Targhee Low 2009

The Keen Targhee Low is another well-proven multi-activity shoe that sets itself apart from others by having a very wide forefoot and toe box area. The sole rubber wraps around the toe box to offer a seam-free durable bond between upper and sole. The Targhee has a new Keen Dry waterproof lining provided for 2009 to replace the eVent waterproof lining of last year. The upper is a blend of leather and synthetics, as are most shoes here. The lace loops benefit from reflective trim, for a little extra safety at night. The upper is generally a substantial design that protects the foot from knocks and supports the foot on uneven terrain. Underfoot you get excellent cushioning and stiffness, plus 4mm multi-directional lugs to provide grip in mud. The result is a shoe that feels very comfortable on the foot and is ideal for general outdoor activity on pretty rough terrain.  But some have found the toe and forefoot area too wide for their feet, so try the Keen Targhee Low before you buy if you have narrow feet. It is a little ‘clumpier’ than some others, so it’s not ideal for fast action or scrambling. A slightly deeper heel breast on the sole would add extra braking power on descents.


Upper suede leather and synthetic mesh, Keen Dry waterproof lining
Sole rubber, EVA cushioning
Sizes 6-13 (men’s); 4-8 (women’s)
Weight 1004g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 120

Verdict: The Keen Targhee Low is ideal for walking and trekking outdoors, and very comfortable if you prefer a wider forefoot area.


Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2009