We have been testing out all kinds of waterproof shoes over the summer. The Keen Versatrail Waterproof shoe surprised us.
It is quite lightweight (11.5 oz) thanks to mainly mesh body. This was a nice change of pace from the more “rugged” waterproof shoes out there. The mesh and strap system really work to create a supportive fit. The shoes also have a comfy footbed with a 8mm drop. True to Keen, they have a bumper on the front, though not as pronounced as most Keen designs. Nice feature for stumbling around and not worrying too much about stubbing your toes. The heel has an overbuilt chassis – for lack of better word. We believe the idea is to have additional structural integrity to keep the foot from rolling. Pretty forward thinking!
The shoes have a speed lace system, which we always love. If you are not a speed lace lover – no problem, the shoes come with laces as well. Very thoughtful. The waterproofing comes from Keen’s own KEEN.Dry proprietary waterproof breathable membrane. Some people get concerned about waterproof breathable membranes in trail running shoes, claiming that they get clammy. Not the case with these shoes. We used them for workouts inside the gym as well as trekking around the mountains. No problem with breathability. The traction on the bottom might not look as aggressive as several other manufactures out there. We did not mind that at all. It was kind of nice to have a pair of shoes that we could use in the gym, wear to the grocery store, hit the trail and walk the dog in the morning dew.
The Keen Versatrail Waterproof shoe is a kind of “do it all” shoe. It may not be the best for trail running but it sure did the trick for us on most occasions. The crazy colors are a nice variety too. We would recommend them!