Keen Alta Mid Review
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Although the Keen Alta Mid boots aren’t hiking grade boots, they are perfect to compliment your stylish adventures out on the town. The Keen Alta Mid is a full grain leather boot that goes up just above the ankle, i.e. reasoning for calling them a mid. The Alta Mid boots use Keen’s waterproof breathable membrane, Keen Dry, that keeps out melting snow, slush, and water. Even though a waterproof liner keeps out the elements, it also does a good job and keeping in some of the heat. This isn’t what you would look for in the warmer months, but for the colder winter months it’s perfect. I personally live in an older home where the cold likes to invite itself in, so having a pair of boots to keep my feet warm is a nicety for me. They also come in handy for cold car rides up to the mountains.
I’ve been testing out the Keen Alta Mid’s for a few months now. The looks of the boots seems to be holding up, although I am not one that likes to clean my shoes all the time. One thing that I do notice is that the white midsole tends to get a little dirty easily. Once again, if you clean them off and on, they should stay a little more white. For me, having a shiny white midsole isn’t all that important. Having dogs, I like to have a winter boot that I can slip into when taking them for a walk around the block. Given these boots are slip on’s with no laces, they lend themselves to quick trips around the block with the dogs or a short trip to the grocery store well. I have also worn them out a number of times while going out to dinner and grabbing beers with friends and they tend to fit the bill. The soles of the Keen Alta Mid boots are non-marking which I haven’t found a use for, but in case I feel like a game of racquetball last minute, I should be all set.
The Keen Alta Mid Boots retail for $100 and I feel this is a fair price for a full grain leather winter boot. For more information on the Alta Mid and other Keen footwear, please visit www.keenfootwear.com.