Why We Chose The Keen Innate: Good materials, comfortable, light
Weight: 491g (per shoe)
More info: keenfootwear.com
Keen have joined forces with Sherpa to create a walking boot that does good for the world. The men’s and women’s Keen Innate Leather Mid WP is a mid cut with all the virtues of a decent boot for light trails, but on top of that, there’s eco-friendly thinking behind it, along with a lovely initiative as well. That’s because for every pair of these that are sold, €15 will go towards supporting child literacy in Nepal through a charity called Room to Read.
For hiking and mountaineering brand Sherpa, supporting the Nepalese people has always been one of the main focusses of their business. Founded by mountain Sherpas and based in the Himalayas, they’ve long been donating a proportion of their sales to help children within their country, and currently provide meaningful employment to nearly 1000 local people.
Room to Read itself is an organisation that seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. That €15 from the sale of a pair of these could therefore do a world of good.
Onto the boot itself. The Keen Innate Leather Mid WP is made in Europe using leather from a Leather Working Group (LWG) approved tannery, and what that means is that it meets a number of ethical and environmental standards of production. 80% of leather is tanned using chrome, a highly toxic process that results in a significant toxic waste being released into waterways, and serious harm to industrial tannery workers. But with approval from the LWG, you can rest easy that steps have been taken to ensure none of this occurs. It also means that the leather can be fully traced back to its source.