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Comfy, but not warm enough

    I bought these boots for the snow. I didn't buy them for walking the dog or running errands around town, I wear them snowshoeing and this weekend wore them at the X games standing in the snow all day. They say they are good to -35F but I have my doubts. While they are super comfortable, they do not keep my feet warm. Also, I have trouble with the zipper as others have mentioned. That being said, I do continue to wear them I just have to be careful if I'm wearing them for a long period of time in deep snow.

    Great Boots

      I love these boots..warm, easy to take on and off, and I had no problem with the ankle/calf area being too small. Although these aren't the cutest boots ever, once you put your pants over them, they look fine. They do pull your socks down though so make sure you have some nice high socks to wear with these.

      Great store, great shoes!

        I've got them few months ago. Love them! Warm, dry, good looking too! Always thought, that shoes doesn't have to be ugly when warm and functional!
        Backcountry is a great store, very reliable, shipment was fast and everything was as it is supposed to be!


          These boots are warm and I don't need to wear gaiters with them when I wear snowpants. However, for hiking around they are not superb. The laces are basically for show and don't tighten. I have a narrow foot and so I wish the laces were more functional. They are great for going around town if you get cold feet.


            I live at the top of the worlds steepest driveway! While my car can't get up it in the winter, I have no worries walking up it in these boots - they are fantastic. They fit true to form. No room for big thick socks, but you don't even need them. They are wicked warm and super cute with the most amazing traction. Nice work making a snuggly winter boot so damn fashionable!

            Nice boots, but should've come with a zipper pull

              When I first received these, I was a bit skeptical. They looked a bit goofy and clunky, but I love Keens, and I knew they wouldn't disappoint me. I tried them on, and I loved them. Incredibly comfortable (and I ordered many different kinds - did not like the Solomon's at all - very uncomfortable), and they fit me like an old pair of gloves (or boots). I really like how the boots are snug against my heels without slipping.I took them out on 18" of snow, and they kept my feet toasty. These boots had the warmest rating of all the boots I tried on. I did have some slippage when I was climbing a steep hill, but many would. I'm usually a 5 without socks (sandals), 4.5 dress shoes, 5.5 regular shoes, and 5.5 or 6 running shoes. The 5.5 I ordered was perfect. The only thing that's a design flaw is that it's missing (and why 4 stars and not 5) a pull tab for the zippers. I just stuck some string on it so I can grip the zipper better (like a jacket zipper). Other than that, I really do like the boots. Very comfortable, snug fit, warm, and Keen-like.

              You can create your own personal pull for the zipper. Just get a metal charm or your name in metal, or a large bead and a couple of split rings to attach the charm to the zipper pull. It is easy with just some needle nose pliers to attch your own personal touch.

              Great all around boot

                Ideally I fit into a size that doesn't exist. The size 8.5 packed out a tad so to make me heel stay in place best when snowshoeing (so I don't get a hot spot) I wear thicker socks. The size 8 is too tight. I probably should wear a shoe with a little bit more specific lacing adjustments then this for snowshoeing though.
                But these boots are very warm and very easy to put on. I love them. Someone on here said they have good traction on ice, but I think that it could be improved. If you walk very slowly on ice they are great, but could use a little bit more gripping on the ice.
                Can be used on light snowshoeing and light hiking adventures, but if anything more extreme- I would use footwear that has a less loose/comfy fit, and a more dialed in lacing setup.

                just waiting for the snow....

                  Can't wait to try these out on my -40 winter bike rides...
                  Little big around the shins but i guess all the more room to be tucking the thermals into and of course will keep the bottom of your trousers out of the snow.
                  I got the half size up as recommended - and maybe didn't need to as i have narrow elfen feet apparently. Will stick with them though to allow for extra sock-age. Have you ever noticed how cute shoes look in the shop when size 5/6 are displayed?....trying on a size 10 usually makes me want to perform foot surgery - so i say good job Keen - even in a size 10 i don't look like i am ready for my first moon landing.


                    these boots are great for cold, snowy weather. i wear them with a pair of jeans around town on snowy days, never get cold or wet. they are great for hiking and snowshoeing in the snow as well. keen managed to make a clunky winter boot cute!

                    Wish they were made for real people

                      The package arrived none to soon, I was waiting since the minute I confirmed the purchase. The Vail Keen boots that I ordered were going to be my savior for the rest of the winter, here in Alaska. They finally arrived.....YEAH!!! They are very stylish and slipping my foot into them (or any Keen footwear for that matter) was like heaven on my soles!! I went to zip the side so that I could walk around and show them off at work. To my suprise the zipper only made it up an inch. The part of the boot that goes above the ankle up the calf was so small, I couldn't even get the two sides to touch one another, let alone zip. This was a HUGE disappointment, and I wish that Keen made boots for real people.

                      great Keen quality

                        fit like a typical snow boot-kinda loose around the upper ankle unless you wear super thick socks. Nice grip on ice/snow. Wish they designed a nicer pull on the side zipper. Its a bit small to grab on to with gloves or frozen hands! But still a fantastic boot. I am happy with them.

                        Keen Vail boots

                          Wore these boots snow hiking and snowmobiling. Warm and comfortable. I had to order a 1/2 size UP. They are not as stiff in the shins as many other boots I tried on - and I tried on a lot! Highly recommended.

                          Write your question here...Do these boots...

                          Write your question here...Do these boots have inner liners?

                          No, the Soft wool linings keep feet and ankles warm and dry. The 200g of PrimaLoft® insulation ensures warmth and comfort in cold conditions during active use; 400g in toes adds even more warmth and the Waterproof leather and nylon uppers withstand the abuse of winter So you'll be nice and dry and warm. So you don't need removable liners.

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                          I have a high toe box and a narrow foot....

                          I have a high toe box and a narrow foot. Which women's keep boot is better. I was thinking I could tighten the shoe more with the winthrop. Also, how is it sized?

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                          I have a high toe box and a narrow foot....

                          I have a high toe box and a narrow foot. Which women's keep boot is better--the vail or winthrop. I was thinking I could tighten the shoe more with the winthrop. Also, how is it sized?

                          I absolutley love keen footwear. The only...

                          I absolutley love keen footwear. The only problem is you do not make womens shoes in a large enough size. Your size 11 fits sometime but not always which I then have to go to a mens shoe which is to wide. Could you and would you please take it up woth your designers to make a size 12 or 13 in womens shoe sizes so that I and many other women whom I know personally can continue to wear. Your design of shoe is fantastic it is only the sizing that is an issue, I have a narrow foot so you understand the dilemna when purchasing a mans shoe. The colou choices also in womens wear is so great it bothers me to not be able to take part in them. Thankyou Sherri Jowitt

                          Are these shoes good for apres ski wear?

                          Are these shoes good for apres ski wear?

                          I'm a size 8.5/9 Australian in shoes. Whats...

                          I'm a size 8.5/9 Australian in shoes. Whats the equivalent in US sizing?