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Question about Keen boots


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Thanks to some very helpful advice on other threads here, I have narrowed my choice of boot to one of two Keens -- one is the Targhee II, the other the Oregon PCT.

I had a very bad heel problem on my last Camino and in addition to getting new silicon orthotics, I am looking for the boot with the most shock absorption in the heel.

The Targhee is a "mid" boot, pretty light, and its description says it has great heel suport, nothing about cushioning.

The Oregon PCT is a higher, standard hiking boot, heavier, but it touts special cushioning in the heels unlike the Targhee.

I have worn both lower and standard hiking boots on Caminos before and don't have much of a preference one way or the other so long as the shoe is comfortable. Both of these are, though of course the lighter one feels lighter on the feet.

My local sporting goods store is an army surplus kind of place -- they have all the fancy brands, but the sales staff tends to be more expert in army fatigues, camouflage clothing, and gun supplies than they are in the nuanced differences among hiking boots. So I didn't get much information or advice from them. I've brought home the Targhees, and they feel fine, but just wonder if anyone has more specific advice about the heel differences in these boots (or if you have a different favorite boot, that does miracles on the heels, I'm all ears). Thanks much, Laurie
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Keen's are the boots I wear and they have been especially good for my sore heels. I can't remember which boot they are, but I won't consider another brand now. They wear well and are too comfortable.

The style of shoe (boot vs. shoe) is really one that is best dictated by the trail to be taken. Mountainous, hilly, rocky/pebbly paths demand the support of boots. Those trail that are less challenging are as well served by hiking shoes, etc.

You won't go wrong with either Keen.

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I just got some Oregon PCTs. They are really nice. They have great heel support and cushioning and are pretty heavy duty for a Keen. They do not run small the way other Keens do.

Altrec is a good place from which order them if you can't find them locally

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