Gear Review: KEEN Alamosa WP for Toddlers
KEEN makes fabulous kid shoes. We have owned quite a few pair of them now and have never been disappointed. They truly are just mini-versions of their adult-counterparts and are built up to the same rigorous standards. They are the kind of shoe you pass on from kid to kid and family to family because they last that long.
I have stated previously that kid shoes are one of the things that we choose not to skimp on. Yes, they outgrow them quickly and yes, you can buy them much cheaper. However, I would rather spend $65 on a pair of shoes that will last through four or five kids (meaning ~$15 per kid) than go through the hassle of buying new shoes for each one.
Keen’s Alamosas ($65) are made for rough and tumble fun in varying conditions (including the wet of fall and winter). They are built for the mountains (and streams, fields, and playgrounds.) They are J’s new go-to hiking shoe (meaning the one he tends to choose most) when he needs the extra support of a good shoe, but would prefer the minimal bulk of a low rise (though the Alamosa also does come in a MID design too).
What we loved:
- They are sturdy and well-built.
- They are waterproof
- They are light and comfortable (according to him) despite the “beefiness” of the tread and sole
- They are a low rise (which means more freedom of movement.)
- The no-tie quick lace means J can do them himself
- The color hides dirt and the material cleans up easily.
What we weren’t so crazy about:
- Because they are so sturdy, they are also a bit more “chunky” (or “beefy”….)
- The sole is stiffer than a regular gym shoe (I am thinking school here) so they are better suited for hiking, jumping exploring than running around in a gym.
- They do have a bit of a break-in period where it was hard for him to get his foot in by himself (at age 3) until the shoe relaxed just a bit over time (again, usually an indication of a good shoe…)
KEEN generously provided these shoes for this review. However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own!
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The Bottom Line
Another fabulous shoe by KEEN that will last for years and years (and kids and kids!)