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Keen Venture Shoe

£130 www.keenfootwear.com

The Venture seems to be the brand dipping their toe into more of an approach style – there’s both a shoe and a boot on offer – I tested the former. There’s little of the bulbous toe look here, but it’s still a rugged and protective offering. The upper is lightweight and ‘waterproof’ and kept my feet dry on shorter walks, although like most shoes with a membrane they can be overly warm in summery conditions. There’s plenty of arch support and some stiffness around the heel, with a very flexible forefoot – where my approach shoe analogy ends rather abruptly. The traction offered by 4mm lugs and soft rubber is really superb and inspired plenty of confidence on slick rock, mud and grass. However, I was confused by the fit. There was too much room in the toebox (and I have wide feet) and I experienced heel rise on both shoes. Any security I gained from the grippy sole unit was lost as my foot floated around inside.  

▶ Verdict: Very grippy and stable, but a confusing fit – try on in the shop!

▶ Best for: General outdoors – short and long walks in the cool and wet.

Review by David Lintern @davidjlintern