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Keen Terradora II Mid WP Walking Boot | Review

Keen’s take on the casual-look, wear all-day and every-day hiking boot is back with new look

Why We Chose The Keen Terradora II Mid WP: A progressive update on a much-loved favourite

The first Keen Terradora boot went down well with our Test Team when it was launched back in 2016. Well enough, in fact, to make it into our Outdoor 100 series that year. Now for 2020, this second iteration has also impressed us enough to be included – even though the updates are fairly minor. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…

Who Is The Keen Terradora II Mid WP For?

First things first, this is a boot that’s specifically designed for women. What that means is that it’s built around a last (or a model of a foot) based on the average shape of a woman’s foot.

Due to its low overall weight and light, nimble feel, the Terradora II is primarily best-suited to trail walking. We’re talking about lighter, well-maintained paths – not anything super technical or rough. It’s highly cushioned, comfortable and quite casual looking as well so it’ll serve well as that option for daily life; whether that’s walking the dog, doing yoga in the park or commuting to the office.

The KonnectFit heel-capture system delivers a locked-in feel. Photo: Mike Brindley


With its combination of a lightweight mesh, a Keen.Dry waterproof membrane and internal backer fabric, the upper is just about as breathable as waterproof boots get. On hot days they will still get a little clammy, but that’s something that’s pretty much inevitable with any membrane lined boots. Still, the lightweight mesh does make a difference.

There’s not too much in the way of protection for this fabric, just a modest toe bumper and PU strips which also add a bit of extra structure. As we’ve kind of already said, you’re not going to want to be wearing these over any terrain that’s especially rough.

“For anyone who’s looking for a boot for light hikes during the summer, this, we’d say, would be a good option to bank on.”

The comfort underfoot comes through the combination of a removable EVA foam insole, an EVA midsole and then a shank that brings a slight bit of rigidity while also stopping any sharp stuff from being felt.

The outsole, which features Keen’s proprietary rubber compound and a tread with 4mm deep lugs, offers enough traction for any dusty or relatively muddy tracks. Keen claim that this model is grippier than the last one, but we wouldn’t say we noticed much difference. After all, the lug depth hasn’t changed, they’ve just redesigned the pattern.

An update on the much loved original. Photo: Mike Brindley
The boot features a Keen.Dry waterproof membrane. Photo: Mike Brindley
Multi-directional lugs for grip on the trails. Photo: Mike Brindley


Over the last couple of years here at Outdoors Magic, we’ve all definitely noticed a big stepping up of Keen’s efforts to lower their environmental impact. There’s still plenty of work to do, but at least they’re doing something. In the case of this boot, they’ve made sure that no PFCs are used as part of its water repellency and with the anti-odour treatment on the inside, that all works by naturally breaking down odour in sweat without the use of heavy metals or hazardous chemicals.


For anyone who’s looking for a boot for light hikes during the summer, this, we’d say, would be a good option to bank on. It’s light, it doesn’t run too hot, it’s cushioned and it gives just enough grip while still retaining a casual look. As we mentioned at the start of this review, it’s not radically different to the original. There might be a tiny bit more grip but it’s mainly the style that’s changed. Fortunately, however, that’s not reflected in the price as the old and new are both level with each other (at the time of writing).

Like the original Terradora, the Terradora II also comes as a shoe if you want something slightly more casual.

Trade Secrets

Selim Say, Product Manager, KEEN EMEA

“Feet are sort of our thing. KEEN really care about them. And since each foot is a little different, after over 15 years of making great outdoor shoes we know the importance of finding a pair of boots that feels good day in and day out, which is exactly how the Terradora II collection came to be. Women’s hiking boots are often built for men, and sized for women. So we thought, let’s create a killer pair of hiking boots specifically for women’s feet. We started with a women’s specific last for a more contoured shape, added in a low-density EVA midsole that caters to the female foot, and finished it off with a super comfortable athletic-shoe type feel. Plus we included loads of features for trail performance like grippy multi-directional lugs, comfy arch support, and notches at the heels to alleviate pressure on the Achilles tendon – these were all carefully adapted to the specific needs and anatomy of the female foot.

“We are super proud that the Terradora is now also more sustainable than ever.”

“The second series of the Terradora II sisterhood launched in Spring 2020 and the new collection very much embodies KEEN’s consciously created approach by committing to choose materials that favour sustainability, do not disrupt the natural order and do not harmfully impact the environment. We are super proud that the Terradora is now also more sustainable than ever.”

Keen Terradora II

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