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Keen Terradora Ethos

£85 www.keenfootwear.com

There is no denying that the Terradora Ethos shoes have been designed for comfort. They are cushioned and flexible with an incredibly soft insole. Developed for warmer climates, the ventilation holes in the sides mean they allow your feet to breathe. The reduced instep means there isn’t much support for your arch. I needed to use my own insoles which didn’t fit and would definitely have covered some of the ventilation holes and reduced the comfort in terms of cushioning. The elasticated upper helps the shoe fit to your foot and there is an elastic drawstring closure for extra tightness. This works well but I found the excess elastic and toggle needed to be stowed under the laces otherwise it flapped around and might snag. I’m a little confused about what and where these shoes are for. They could be used for walking or running on easy trails in warm climates, although nothing too loose as stones would get in through the holes – boots or trail running shoes would be better. They could be useful for backpacking in hot countries as a protective shoe with some ventilation, although there are many sandals which would offer better ventilation. My best use for them was a bike ride in the sunshine.

► Verdict: Comfortable and breathable for easy terrain.

► Best for: Somewhere warmer than the UK!

Review by Jen Roberts @jenroberts70