Keen Women's Targhee II

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The Targhee II by Keen is 4-wheel drive for your feet. Revamped with eVENT waterproof barrier to keep your feet dry and comfortable. The Targhee II features a 4mm lug aggressive outsole to bite into terrain, providing excellent traction. The ESS Shank provides torsional stability for a secure ride.

FEATURES of the Keen Women's Targhee II Shoe.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Keen Women's Targhee II Shoe.

Support and Cushioning:

  • Innovative lace design wraps the shoe around the foot for all-day comfort and support
  • Metatomical footbed design cradles the natural contours of the foot and provides excellent arch support
  • Removable metatomical EVA footbeds are shaped to provide cushioning and arch support; can also accommodate orthotics
  • S3 (shock, suspension, stability) drop-in heel inserts support the feet on impact, dissipate shock and help reduce the chance of twisting an ankle


  • Non-marking rubber outsole


  • KEEN.DRY waterproof/breathable textile membrane keep yours feet dry and comfortable.
  • ESS shank provides torsional stability for comfort and security on uneven terrain


  • Waterproofed nubuck leather and flexible nylon mesh uppers offer ample durability, flexibility and breathability for comfort on the go


  • Dual-density EVA midsoles supply shock absorption and padding for all-day comfort
  • Dual-density, compression-molded EVA midsole provides cushion, stabilizes the foot, and allows natural flex


  • Secure fit metatomical design
  • Secure-Fit lace capture system gives you the secure and snug fit that you desire.


  • Webbing pull loops at heel and tongue allow easy entry/exit; padded, gusseted tongues keep out debris and moisture while relieving lace pressure


  • KEEN.DRY™ waterproof breathable membranes keep feet dry while allowing perspiration to dissipate before it saturates the inside of the shoe

Traction and Grip:

  • Keen Targhee II women's hiking shoes feature nonmarking rubber outsoles with aggressive 4mm multidirectional lugs for reliable traction
  • Nonmarking rubber outsole with multidirectional 4 mm lugs for traction, grip, and safer descents


  • Patented rubber Toe Guards protect feet and uppers from impacts and abrasion


  • 4mm multi-directional lugs
  • Keen.Protect rubber toe safeguards against abrasion and mild impact for durability and protection
  • Four-wheel-drive performance for your feet.
Let your outdoor anticipation build in the KEEN Targhee II day hiker. This women's hiking shoe has a waterproof leather upper and features patented toe protection for all-terrain confidence. The removable metatomical footbed cradles the foot with every step, while the S3 Support Structure absorbs impact shock upon heel strike. A breathable eVent membrane creates a waterproof seal, expanding your avenues of adventure in the KEEN Targhee II trail shoe. Fit tip: This style runs a half-size short. KEEN recommends ordering a half-size up from your normal size (if you normally wear an 8, order an 8.5).

Rock/Creek Outfitters

Keen's Targhee II is a 4-wheel drive for your feet. This trail shoe has been revamped with KEEN.DRY waterproof barrier to keep your feet dry and even more comfortable. The aggressive outsole has 4mm lugs to bite into the terrain, providing excellent traction. The ESS Shank provides torsional stability for a secure ride, for your next hardcore trail epic, this is the shoe for you!

Appalachain Outdoors
The women's Targhee II Shoes from from KEEN were made to take you off the beaten trail. Grab your pack and a friend or two and escape to the woods for the weekend.

The Targhee II hiker from KEEN is ready for your off-road challenges. The KEEN.DRY membrane creates a waterproof seal. A removable metatomical footbed quickly molds to your foot's shape for personalized comfort. Breathable and durable, the leather and mesh upper lets you meet challenges with confidence.



Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
Cover miles of trails with Keen's Targhee II. A waterproof Keen.Dry membrane, reliable traction, and shock-absorbing comfort let you meet challenges with confidence.

Country of Origin: Imported


Waterproof and versatile, the Keen Targhee II hiking shoes offer multisport utility, dependable protection from the elements and good support to keep you comfortable.

These boots tend to run small. When ordering, please select a half size larger than your normal street size.
KEEN.DRY™ waterproof/breathable textile membrane keep yours feet dry and comfortable.
Non-marking carbon rubber outsole with 4mm multidirectional lugs.
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Also available for: Men
Average footwear weight (pair):1 lb. 10 oz.
Avg. Weight (Pair):1 lb. 9 oz.
Fit:This style runs about a 1/2 size small
Fit tip:Keen finds this style runs about a 1/2 size small
Foot Volume:Low
Footwear closure:Lace-up
Footwear height:Ankle
Forefoot Width:Medium
Forefoot Width Measurement:3.448 in.
Heel Width:Medium
Heel Width Measurement:2.501 in.
Lining:KEEN.DRY waterproof breathable membrane/nylon
Measurement Note:Our measurements were taken using a Women’s size 7 US (37.5 EU). Measurements may vary by size.
Midsole:Dual-density EVA
Rubber:Non-marking rubber outsole
Shoe Lining:KEEN.DRY waterproof breathable membrane
Shoe Sole:Non-marking rubber outsole
Shoe Upper:Leather and textile
Support:Nylon shank
Type:Hiking Shoes , Waterproof
Upper:Nubuck leather/nylon mesh
Volume Measurement:485 ml
Weight:13.74 oz/390.22 g
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Keen Targhee II Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

I bought these to replace a many years and many trails (mostly in the rugged Adirondack High Peaks) worn pair of LLBean mid-cut leather Gore-tex hiking boots. I wear orthotics for collapsed arches, heel spurs, and intermittent bouts of plantar fascia. My priorities are fit,good support,Gore-tex for muddy trails, roomy toebox,and sticky soles for wet rock. Of course, durability is important. I decided to try a low-cut hiking shoe because I have wide ankles and a higher cut always caused rub and rash issues. First the pros: These have a nice roomy toebox with the same kind of toe bumper that my Bean boots have...great for rocky trails. The soles have good grab on rock face and seem pretty stable. They accomodate orthotics. So far, the Keen-Dry system (Keen's version of Gore-tex) is holding up. I intentionally stepped in a stream and stayed dry. But, of course, because they have low tops they will not be as reliably dry as a mid-cut or higher. The low top is very comfortable. The color choices are great. I really like my choice of slate black/seneca rock, a nice medium brown with a muted plum trim.The cons: My lasat shoes were 9.5; these are size 10. I'm not sure how durable the lacing system will be because there are no eyelets through the leather or any metal at all. Instead, the laces run through a series of woven straps. The lace system does not allow for adequate adjustment for heel snugness, which I need because the heel cup is rather wide. I find myself stopping to adjust laces frequently to snug in the heel without creating too much tightness over the instep. I have a narrower heel and wider forefoot. I thought they were the best choice of several boots I tried on, but after actually hiking in them I am worried about the heel slippage as I hike uphill. I'm hoping that as they break in some more they will become more flexible and the heel will work with me better. A heavier sock is not an option unless I can find a sock with a thicker heel and normal weight toe.I like the shoes except for this heel issue. If I had felt he heel slip, I might not have kept them. but it's very hard to test a hiking boot in the house. Only a hike will tell, but then they can't be returned.I guess the bottom line is if you have a narrow heel, try a different model.
Anonymous - customer at on 08/15/2011

Don't hike without these!

These shoes are amazing! I finally purchased my first pair of official hiking shoes after hiking around Mt. Rainier in Nikes - ouch! I literally tried on about 25 pairs over two days with help for the patient REI associates. I couldn't find the perfect fit so I just went with what was the most comfortable. These are fairly wide and I consider myself to have narrow feet but they definitely work. I went up a half size and most recommend that for Keens. As others stated, there is no break in period, just lace up and you're ready to go!

I don't do intense hiking, day hikes here and there. I have worn these at Cowles Mountain in San Diego and Golden Canyon/Gower Gulch in Death Valley and they have been great. The traction is so good - I don't have much to compare too but I was climbing on loose rocks and did not slip. I haven't used them yet in wet weather so not sure how they hold up. On my Death Valley trip I kept saying I'm so thankful for my Keens! It's like walking on air. After hiking about 4 miles, the last 2 over golf-ball sized rocks/pebbles, my feet were starting to get sore but the pain went away when the terrain flattened.
jlynn1123 at REI on 11/11/2011
Targhee II vs. Targhee Mid II - There were only 3 reviews when I bought these shoes 2 months ago, and it was a tough decision between Targhee II and their high top cousin (Targhee Mid). I only wanted to buy one pair, and I chose the Targhee IIs, because I thought I would get more use out of them after my big 4-day backcountry hiking trip. My biggest concern with these, however, was that they wouldn't give enough support. They held up, and my feet felt great. More importantly, they have such a thick base/sole, that while I knew it was a risk backpacking without ankle support, I felt safe in them for the most part. These hikers can take rugged wear, but they are probably best for any kind of day hike and short sleepovers in the backcountry. To be honest, I doubt I will carry a 40-60 pound pack using these shoes again, simply because while they felt good, I still had to concentrate not to make a mis-step more than usual. Overall, they did a great job, and I've gotten a lot more use out of them since. (I did order 1/2 size up and it was fine. I like wearing thick socks to hike, so no complaints).
Erin - customer at on 10/08/2006

favorite shoe

This was my third pair of Keens (also have the Targhee's with mesh and Keen sandals). My original pair of Keens was also bought at REI. They started coming apart (rubber sole was peeling away from the shoe) after less than 1 year of use. I took a picture, submitted a claim to the Keen company directly, and they gave me a voucher for the price of a new pair of Keens! Not only did I get to keep my original, still wearable, Keens, but I got a new pair as well! Amazing customer service from Keen. The shoes themselves are great. I wear them all the time for day hikes, walking the dogs, traveling, you name it. Everyone in my family now has at least one pair of Keens, and everyone loves them. They are super comfortable, have great medial-lateral stability, and good traction when its slippery. Also are waterproof, so splashing through puddles or small streams is no problem. My only minor quibble is I wish Keen would come out with more color combinations for this shoe. I will be buying these shoes again when my most recent pair wears out in a couple years.
scv at REI on 02/02/2013

Great 4 people who can't wear high boots

I'm training for Mt. Kilimanjaro - tried the Solomon Quest which was fantastic boot - but my ankles are super sensitive and I'd be limping after 2 hours. Went into my local REI and this was the only option in rigid, low-rise, waterproof hikers. Lucky for me they were comfortable and I found a pair that fit. I normally wear a 7 or 7.5, but I bought an 8.5 to avoid mashing my toes into the toe-box.

The REI guy showed me how to lace them so my heels would stay locked in on the descents - and it works-ish - but it the tongue of the shoe and the tight laces get a bit uncomfortable on long, steep descents - but what hiking shoes don't?

I haven't been in wet conditions so can't comment on waterproof-ness of shoes. Just hiked yesterday to a ~35-40 deg summit and my feet were warm enough.

These are really a great alternative hiker for those of us who can't wear boots above our ankles.
cgPT at REI on 11/11/2012

Great Hiking Shoe

I bought these shoes for the fall hiking season. The first weekend I had them I did a 3 mile flat hike and a 5.6 mile hike with 2,281 feet of climbing, the shoes were great. I really love how tough and stiff the soles are, it made hiking on rocky patches a breeze. I also really like the look of them, for a hiking shoe, they look good. I received several comments about how cute they are. I did go up half a size, my feet are normally 7.5-8, I bought 8.5 shoes. Also, the first pair of 8.5 shoes I tried on seemed a hair small and they did put a pressure point on the top of my left foot where the tongue of the shoe sits. Had I bought those, I think it would have been very uncomfortable. I tried on another pair of 8.5 shoes and the pressure point was gone and the size felt slightly roomier. I bought the second pair of 8.5 shoes and haven't regretted it.
Irene SLC at REI on 09/09/2012

Great Entry Level Hiking Shoe

After taking my girlfriend on several backpacking excursions, she was able to see that the sneakers she had been wearing did not prove to be adequate in the backcountry. A couple months before planning our next trip out into the Ventana Wilderness, I was able to convince her that it was time to retire her old shoes and let me buy her a new pair of decent hiking shoes. We spent a few hours at our local REI having her try on multiple boots/shoes and eventually landed on these. After several hikes breaking them in they've proved to be a great pair of hiking shoes. She did explain to me the smaller sizing issue others have mentioned, but after they were broken in a little more they've proved to be a sturdy set of shoes. Eventually she wants to upgrade to a pair of mid-boots once we start doing longer backpacking trips, but for now, they're great for day hikes and quick overnight trips. Keen has come through once again!
The Backpacking Fanatic at REI on 07/07/2013

Fantastic Hiker!

I lead a hiking tour in Alaska and just a few days prior to departure my regular hikers split a seam. I jumped into REI, tried these on first and took them home. The next day I wore them to the office and on a walk during lunch, then departed on my trip the next day. These were solid shoes that held up to my 16 hour days with clients doing 5-10 miles per day plus activities. At the end of the day my feet weren't sore, sweaty, wet or cold. They took me through low stream crossings on slippery rocks, snowfields, to the edge of a glacier, scree slopes, spongy tundra, and hard pack trails with no issues whatsoever. In addition they were easy to clean off at the end of the day and looked brand new once again. 10 days and my feet never complained!
My only complaint was that if I didn't tie the shoelaces tightly, they seemed to loosen after an hour of hiking.
robynandbatman at REI on 08/08/2012

Love these Shoes

I just bought my second pair of these! I am still using my first pair but I wanted a backup and they were on sale.

I tried on a ton of shoes but when I put these ones on I knew I was sold. I have worn these shoes in every situation possible. This was also the only footwear I had during a 2 1/2 month backpacking trip and they held up wonderfully. I hiked up rivers, mountains, soggy terrain, you name it. I wouldn't be suprised if I have hiked over a thousand miles in these shoes and I have never had issues. I was also very suprised how they didn't rub at all when they were wet all the way through.

The only downside is that the grip is not good. Sometimes scrambling up rocks is necessary and these shoes make me be extra careful.
TiffTaff at REI on 12/12/2013


These are my second pair of this shoe and I love them. My feet are a little wide- Keens tend to be the only shoe that work for me, and they feel a little tight. They've loosened up over the few weeks I've had them, but are constricting with thick socks. Keep this in mind if you have wide-ish feet like I do. I really wish that outdoor shoe manufacturers would recognize that not ALL women have narrow feet!

I love how rigid these are- I always feel supported, but the insoles are still cushy. It's a great combination!

The tongue is designed the way it is for water resistance. When the tongue isn't attached like it is, water simply seeps through. The reason you guys are having trouble is that Keens are too wide for your feet.
rockgeek824 at REI on 01/01/2013

Negative Reviews:

Poor tongue design = pain on top of feet

As a couple other people have mentioned, the tongue is actually attached to the sides of the shoe and will not tuck comfortably. No matter how I tried, I could not get this shoe to stop hurting the top of my feet. I wonder if this is an issue mainly for people with mid to high arches, because I see other reviewers love these shoes. If you have low arches, they may be worth a try. The rest of the shoe fit great once an REI employee showed me how to lock in my heel with a different lacing technique. I just wish Keen could have figured out a way for the sides of the tongue to not be so lumpy and push down on the top of my feet. Unfortunately, I will have to return these, I cannot keep trying to break them in at home and feeling this pain.
srzepka at REI on 03/03/2012

Not like other Keen shoes

My feet turn in the shoes when in the mountains on boulders, soft tundra, side hills etc.. Other Keen low hikers and even the Keen sandals work better than these. This shoe could not be tightened in a way that holds the foot on uneven or soft terrain, any attempt to tighten resulted in numbness or pain. I noticed a fellow hiker had the same shoe, her review is the same as mine. If you hike on fairly even trails this shoe will probably be fine but for any off trail hiking I would suggest another choice.
upandup at REI on 08/08/2013

Not too keen on these shoes :/

I was really excited about these shoes as everyone said Keens have wide toeboxes. I have a slight case of hammertoe so the height of my toes are larger than normal. These shoes seem to have a tight, short toebox height. This is a bit hard to explain. The laces and tongue also dug into the top of my foot while hiking. I think they'd be fine for people with normal feet. :)
Amy The Adventurer at REI on 04/04/2013

Had to Return

I really wanted these to work. They looked great, and they felt great ... until I walked in them a bit. My heel kept slipping out. I wish shoe manufacturers would realize that women's feet are different than men's, and make the heel a bit narrower while keeping the toe area as wide or even wider. Only one shoe brand seems to know this (and they only make women's shoes). Ah well ...
Pattyoboe at REI on 03/03/2012

Beware--soles have deep lugs

I bought these and liked them at first, until I went on a hike in the Columbia Gorge. The trail was rocky, and the small stones kept getting caught in these shoes' deep lugs. I fell four times and turned my ankle twice--on a fairly level trail! I admit to being a klutz sometimes but not to such a degree.
Helen Odille at REI on 10/10/2011

way too wide for my feet!

I bought these shoes as recommended by other reviewers: half size up (I'm normally a 6). They were HUGE! Too wide for my feet, and my feet aren't extremely narrow. Tried tying them and walking around, they were slipping off. They seem like decent hiking shoes but individuals with somewhat narrow feet beware!
love2bfit at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 05/05/2011

Painful tongue construction for hiking!

I threw these out after one hike. The tongue is attached to the sides of the shoe in such a way that it creates lumps and therefore painful pressure points at the tops of the feet, no matter how you tuck or try to overlap.
CS12093478078q234 at REI on 12/12/2011

Keen Targhee

Ordered online and had to return them. The fit was just off and they didn't feel right. Plan to go into a store to try on and check out what else is out there.
Deb the Hiker at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 01/01/2013

Not happy with this shoe.

This shoe has a very comfortable foot bed but the laces/tongue construction cause a lot of pain over the top of the foot. Really regret purchasing these.
ToriR at REI on 02/02/2012

Had to return them

They where way to big! I tried on different KEENS and they all varied in size no mater what I chose.
Walker girl at REI on 11/11/2013

Neutral Reviews:

feel great but don't last

The high arches feel great. They are very warm in the winter but in the summer your feet will sweat too much. I bought them for winter hiking and ended up using them at work. I'm on my feet for 10 hours a day on a concrete floor. They were water proof for about three months until the stitching in the toe came undone. I will probably buy another pair but it's disapointing when you spend over $100 on a pair of shoes and they fall appart so quickly. I noticed some other reviews that said "my 10th pair I love them" If they would last you wouldn't need a 10th pair. In the 90's I wore Dr Martens everyday for about 10 years and only had 2-3 pairs. Still I like the keens and will buy them again
Meli at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 01/01/2012

Didn't fit

I own the Targhee mid-rise boots and love them so I assumed the low-rise shoe would fit the same and offer a cooler alternative for easy summer day hikes. Unfortunately the fit was not the same. The shoe was narrow/smaller across the arch/instep. Bottom line, after a few hours of wearing this shoe on pavement my feet were killing me, something I've never experienced with a Keen product before. These are going back. :(
volknitter at REI on 06/06/2013

Take some time to break in

Bought these for day hiking. I like them and they have lots of room in the toe box but they are being difficult to break in. I would prefer a lighter more flexible shoe.
Angel at REI on 05/05/2013