• I have set up a new section of the forum that is called "Tales from the Camino". You can find it here. (You need to be logged in to be able to read this section)

Search over 55.000 Camino Questions

A donation to the forum removes ads for you, and supports Ivar in his work running it

Advertisement

Question about Keen boots

peregrina2000

Moderator
Staff member
Hi,
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
 

MichaelB10398

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago de Compostela, Lourdes to SdC, SJPP to SdC
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.

His Peace,
 

newfydog

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Pamplona-Santiago, Le Puy- Santiago, Prague- LePuy, Menton- Toulouse, Menton- Rome, Canterbury- Lausanne, Chemin Stevenson, Voie de Vezelay
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
 

Advertisement

Booking.com

Camino Conversations

Camino Conversations

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Forum Donation

Forum Donation
For those with no forum account, it is possible to donate here as well. Thank you for your support! Ivar

Follow Casa Ivar on Instagram

Most downloaded Resources

When is the best time to walk?

  • January

    Votes: 16 1.2%
  • February

    Votes: 10 0.8%
  • March

    Votes: 56 4.3%
  • April

    Votes: 200 15.2%
  • May

    Votes: 327 24.8%
  • June

    Votes: 95 7.2%
  • July

    Votes: 24 1.8%
  • August

    Votes: 27 2.1%
  • September

    Votes: 380 28.9%
  • October

    Votes: 158 12.0%
  • November

    Votes: 17 1.3%
  • December

    Votes: 7 0.5%

Camino Forum Store

Camino Forum Store
Top