After a ton of researching online and trying hiking boots on in-store, I decided to go for the brand Keen. Keen is a Portland-based footwear brand, and a lot of their hiking boots do live up to their hype, perform well, and last so long.


For the very first pair of day hiking boots, I went for the Women’s Targhee III Waterproof Mid in the color Brindle/Quiet Harbor. I’m a 7.5 and think they do run true to size!

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about KEEN:

Keen is an independently owned and values-led, Portland-based footwear brand. Their shoes are known for fit, durability, and performance.

Women’s Targhee III Waterproof Mid

Technical Specs:

  • Height: over-the-ankle
  • Closure: Lace-up style with easy-adjust hooks
  • Upper: Oiled nubuck leather. Leather mud shield for durability.
  • Lining: mesh
  • Insole: Removable insole with CLEANSPORT NXT odor control
  • Midsole: dual-density EVA
  • Internal Support: ESS shank for lightweight support. Resilient, internal shank.
  • Outsole: 4mm traction-enhancing multidirectional lugs. Injected TPU heel capture system for stability.
  • Weight: 1 lb. 12.4 oz.
  • Waterproof: Yes. KEEN.dry breathable, waterproof membrane.
  • Features: Cleansport NXT™ for natural odor control
  • Sustainability: Contains leather from a tannery rated gold by the Leather Working Group (LWG)


I’d recommend staying with your regular size, and if you’re in between a full size and a half like me (I’m between 7 and 7.5), go for 1/2 size larger because you’d need to leave some space for thick socks.

With my thick Darntough or Smartwool socks, the 7.5 fit me great, however, my toes started to hurt after about a 9+ mile hike, especially when hiking downhill.

I think for backpacking trips that I’m planning to do in the near future, I might have to consider some added insoles or just go for a different pair!


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 condition.


I’ve hand-washed them once in my bathtub with some detergent and water. It’s best to leave them soaked before going in with a toothbrush. Make sure to remove the laces and insole. And lastly, I’d say they took about 2 days to completely dry.


So far, I have only done day hiking in these, and the longest hike is around 11 – 12 mile hike. I always change out my shoes and give my feet a break whenever I get back to the car.

They do great on all terrains such as groomed trails, rocks, snow, and wet muddy areas. Yes, they are waterproof, and I don’t notice any leakage when hiking through streams and wet areas on trails. For snow activities, get yourself a pair of actual snow hiking boots.

Final Thoughts:

Women’s Targhee III Waterproof Mid hiking boots are best for day hiking and recreational hiking. I genuinely love Keen as a brand, and I think they do boots with great grip. I love the design of these boots and how well they wear and age over the years.

If you’re clumsy (like me) and tend to kick your feet a lot and are looking for your very first pair, go for these Women’s Targhee III Waterproof Mid high ankle boots!

I love my Keen boots and have recommended them to a lot of my friends and 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!


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