Recently Keen has diversified, putting out alternatives to their American toe-bumper designs, and the Aphlex is part of this trend. It’s nevertheless got quite a trans-Atlantic feel with its sturdy uppers and wide cushiony fit. The heel cup is deep and supportive, although a bit bulky for my taste. Underneath the foot, a dual density EVA midsole provides lots of shock absorbency, whilst the outsole has a proper tread for traction on mud and gravel. A Keen.dry waterproof membrane protects against wet grass and puddles. It’s a chunky shoe, but that is the trade off for such reassuring robustness. It’s definitely worth a look if you suffer from foot problems or don’t get on with ultra light footwear but prefer a shoe to a boot.
Review by Lucy Wallace @