What if that 12-mile hike could feel more like 8? That's the joy of flex. KEEN took the trusted fit of their iconic Targhee hiker and paired it with the new KEEN.BELLOWS FLEX.
-Removable PU insole for long-lasting comfort
-Speed-lace webbing system for comfortably snug fit
-Quick-dry lining for active use
-Compression-molded EVA midsole for cushioning
-Eco Anti-Odor for natural odor control
-5mm multi-directional lugs for traction
-Heel-capture system for added stability
-Stability shank delivers lightweight support
-Environmentally preferred premium leather from LWG-certified tannery
-PFC-free, durable water repellent
-Waterproof leather and performance mesh upper
-KEEN.DRY waterproof, breathable membrane
-KEEN Comfort Heel Control for Achilles padding and a more secure fit
-High-abrasion rubber tip for added durability and protection
-Original Fit-Iconic KEEN fit with generous space across forefoot for toes to spread out
-KEEN.BELLOWS FLEX in the upper for more bend and less wear
These shoes fit as indicated and felt great as I walked around the living room. Did not get an opportunity to try them outdoors though. There was a small defect inside one shoe around the toe area. It was like something was drooping down, because you felt it with your toe. I returned them and hope to get the same pair again without the defect.
I love Keen shoes. I've been wearing their shoes and boots for 15 years, or so. They are not without flaws, however I remain loyal because the comfort level is unmatched by any other shoes I've worn. I had high hopes for these Ridge Flex shoes but right out of the box I could tell they would not hold up over time. The Flex material makes the shoe feel worn out and kind of weak, and I feel it will tear or get caught on something and just rip open. I'm sending them back. Sorry Keen, still love ya, but this ones a flop for me....
This is the best, most comfortable and stable low cut hiker I have ever owned. The heel lock and flex are great for rocky, rough and uneven trails. The fit is true to size and very well constructed. Very pleased!
I like the baffles and the shoe is quite flexible. I will see how they hold up long-term. The shoe has the the traditional wide toe Keen fit. Usually I stay away from waterproof shoes due to the heat that is retained around the foot but the Ridge Flex is more comfortable than most waterproof shoes. Still I hope that Keen will produce a non-waterproof Flex.
I use Keens as they have a wide fitment, strangely although once on they have the normal wide fit the entrance to the shoe is ridiculously tight. I am sure they will give a little but the fitted tongue makes them very difficult to put on. Also in the "would I recommend question their should be a not sure option
The shoes are very comfortable when the tongue aligned. When the shoes are stepped into and tied with the tongue off to one side the thick edge of the tongue puts pressure on the top of the foot and it becomes uncomfortable after a mile or 2. The water proof actually works when the water does not go over the top of the shoe.
I loved these shoes for an early season hike, bits of snow made for wet and slippery travel, yet the shoes held dry and firm on the surface. I really like how comfortable these shoes are for your feet, the toe square is always amazing. The soft flex makes the shoe feel even more natural and fast.
I have had these hikers for just over a month and a half now, I loved the fact that the ridge flex was so much more comfortable than the standard. However I noticed this morning when I put them on that the ridge flex bellows have broken in different places on both shoes. For something that is supposed to last for a million flexes, it sure didn't last long at all. Super disappointed especially given how expensive they were.
I got the regular not wide in a half size above what I normally do. They ended up being very tight on the top of my foot and sides. Ended up exchanging for the wide which fit much better. There is a band near at the tongue of the shoe for water proofing that is kind of in the way and I could see how that would rub on some people's feet if they have large ankles.
My last few pairs of shoes have been Keens, they've been great. I didn't try on the ridge flex before buying, because I've been impressed with their product. At first, the "ridge" pushed down on my feet and was pretty uncomfortable. After a while, that issue went away and they now fit great and are comfortable. I'm glad I didn't return them.
These are nice shoes and are adequately comfortable. But there's too much room in the toe box, and I have wide feet, so the fit is a little sloppy. They are too heavy for a low top shoe to feel athletic. The bellows are less comfortable than the regular keen and in my opinion are a total gimmick, and actually detract from the functionality of the shoe. The left shoe had multiple construction flaws and was not up to the standard I would expect from 160$ pair of shoes.
The shoe has become my go to everyday foot gear. I live rurally and do daily walks in the forest. Whether up hill or down the shoe gives me exceptional support and comfort. I have more energy and I do not get as tired as i did before I got the shoe. They are great and I highly recommend them for anyone exploring out of doors.
My first pair of Keen hiking shoes, been using Salomon and Merrill for years. Shoe offers excellent comfort, support, good grip and Gortex works great keeping my feet dry in spring hiking conditions. In the first two weeks of owning these, I have put in about 30 miles of pretty intense spring New England trail hikes. They rank up there with any of the higher end hiking shoes I have used. What I like about the Keen is the heavy duty toe, being older, I stumble a lot and I like the extra rubber up front to reduce the impact. The only thing I could recommend for improvement are the laces. I'm used to Salomon's quicklace system and would love to see something similar with Keen. I would also drop a 1/2 size next time. I've been in a 9 forever in other companies but would go with an 8 1/2 next time with Keen. Otherwise I think the Ridge Flex is an excellent shoe and depending on durability will most likely purchase these again.
Bought to supplement the Flex trainers I acquired two weeks previously so confirming how pleased I am with this innovative design: for me, the flex innovation works. Pleased that these shoes fit in a similar. used-to way as traditional Keens and upsizing to 10.5 gives a great spacious fit using the intended thicker socks (for hillwalking). Like the new trainers the shoe protrudes further out around the sole at the heel which takes a bit of getting used to: I’ve scuffed kerbs etc. so need to adjust to prevent tripping up.
They’re perfect for intended use - summer season hillwalking (ruined a pair of Targhees when winter walking submerged in mud - couldn’t restore so will use wellies or heavier duty boots in future - want to look after this pair)
Haven't worn them much yet as it's still winter here, but I like the features and fit of these Ridge Flex hikers. Followed the advice in reviews and went up a half size. I usually wear 9.5 in hiking boots, so I went with 10 and they fit perfectly!
I like the width of the toe box. That's what keeps me coming back to Keen. Unforturnately, I'm a little disappointed with the heel. There is a seam where the waterproof membrane is sewn to the inner fabric which creates a spot to rub against your heals. It would be nice if there were some padding in the heel cup to elimanate this rubbing while hiking. So far no blisters, but slightly annoying. The waterproofing works well and the traction is great.
Finally found a proper fitting shoe. The toe box is roomy and doesn't squeeze my toes. The heel cup cradles my foot providing stability. Most important for me is there is excellent arch support. I have a high instep and other brands do not lace over the instep securely. They are the best dog walking shoes and my other dogs, Left and Right, really appreciate the design, quality construction, attention to comfort and proper fit. The added feature of being waterproof makes this product a winner. Well done!!
I am hoping this was just a manufacturing flaw because i was excited about these shows, but I could barely stand to keep them on. The right foot felt ok, but in the left shoe where the water proof lining is stitched in to the top near my ankle, it was sticking out so much and pressing against my ankle that I just couldn't wear them. That is the risk of buying shoes online though.
I use to think that keen shoes are as soft as a running shoe, but these are NOT. They are more like a vibram sole, which some really love when hiking, but I use mine for walking my dog (thats why I want a waterproof shoe). The sole inside the shoe could be better, it says arch support, but I had to buy my own soles with a good arch support. Otherwise than that they are as good as keen shoes always are - I just miss the softness.
Been buying Keens for years! The particular model I wore for work where discontinued! I am very particular about my work shoes, I’m 62 years old, my feet have arthritis, and Bunyan’s and I’m on them all day! These shoes have breathed new life into my feet! Thank you Keen & please keep these around!
Great shoe! So far this shoe takes the best parts of Keen's boots and puts them into a sturdy and waterproof shoe that can speed things up on the trail, or just feel good and look good while out for a walk with the dog in the neighborhood. Standard Keen styling that I expect, great fit, amazing arch support, and a comfy shoe that is from the ilk of its bigger full size boot kin. It all comes together as a light and fast hiking shoe that doesn't know that it isn't a boot. Very happy about this pick-up!