These are my new favorite street/out-on-the-town shoes, hands down. But…I gotta start with the one con (I’m a bad news first kind of person): They are really hard to break in. It took me a month or so to get them to the point where the leather has softened and stretched to my foot. However, once they have been broken in, they’re super comfy.
Keen Bailey zip boots
One of my favorite things about these boots is the durability. They are made of Better leather from LWG-Certified Tanneries with strong environmental practices. I can tell these boots are going to last a lifetime. Buying these boots isn’t just a purchase, it’s an investment.
These will take care of your feet by keeping them cushioned and dry. The leather incorporates closed loop water treatment which makes them perfect fall boots for morning dew and afternoon showers. I’ve spent several mornings walking through wet grass and these boots really lived up to their waterproof promise.
The heel pocket is really secure keeping your foot from popping out while walking. They also feature 2 zippers, one on the outside of your ankle and one on the inside which further guarantees foot security. They’re glue free, PFC free and solvent free giving them an all natural look and feel.
Keen Bailey zip boots
I’m no fashionista but I think these look damn good, and I know thats true because I get tons of compliments on them. If you’re looking for some cute boots to get you to work, to the grocery store then out to a nice restaurant later, you found ‘em. $160
Growing up snowboarding and hiking in the bitter cold winters and humid summers of northern Vermont, Eliza learned how to beat up gear and quickly became infatuated with new technologies. After moving to Colorado in 2015 to pursue a degree in recreation and outdoor education at Western Colorado University, her passion for the outdoors grew exponentially. Soon after, she picked up rock climbing, telemark skiing, backpacking, canyoneering, and is slowly learning to love rafting. Through these learning processes, Eliza began to understand the importance of the right gear and hopes to share her experiences and knowledge with others through Engearment.
Now working for Beacon Guidebooks as the ‘Wearer of Many Hats’ (yes, that is her official title), Eliza has learned the ins and outs of the outdoor industry. She has also worked on marketing teams, as a photographer, media coordinator, outdoor instructor and as a wrangler. She is especially excited to encourage other women in the outdoors and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion.