I am so excited. Today the temperature was above 10 degrees. I can feel—and smell—that spring is in the air. Which means that I’m ready to take up a new hobby. No, I’m not going to build model airplanes. I’ve decided to take up hiking. You heard me. A sport. I’m going to do a sport. Hear me out. I have my reasons.

Yes, health and wellness is a primary motivator. Hiking trails is a fun way to get some cardio and conditioning training in while enjoying the beauty of nature and livin’ in the moment. When I’m out walking, I just feel so at peace.

Brazen Loves: Keen Terradora Hiking BootsBut I also have a second motive for taking up hiking. And it’s the gear. Far be it for me to turn down an opportunity to stock up on a wardrobe suited to a new hobby. If you look the part, you live it too, right?

My first step was footwear, of course. It’s always all about the shoes. And did I ever find a pair. One of our fave outdoor shoe brands, KEEN, just launched their first-ever athletic hiking shoe that is designed specifically for women.

And did they ever hit a home run (wrong sports reference?).

From the moment I laced up, I knew I was a hiker. My cute blue and purple booties told me so, and my feet agreed. These babies infuse style with all-terrain versatility and performance. Plus they feel so good that I could wear them all the time. Everywhere.

WHY KEEN HIKING BOOTS ARE DIFFERENT

  • They’re designed just for a woman’s unique anatomical needs, with a nimble, glove-like fit. The lower collar height encourages freedom of movement, whilst a cushioned panel reduces pressure on the Achilles.
  • Brazen Loves: Keen Terradora Hiking BootsThey have a narrower last throughout the heel which provides stability for steep inclines and added cushioning that hits all the right places for protection and comfort downhill.
  • The shoes feature a contoured heel lock for stability in unpredictable terrain and a molded collar and dual density PU foam footbed for comfort.
  • A low density EVA midsole provides cushioning and a lightweight ride.
  • An all terrain rubber outsole provides reliable grip with multi-directional lugs able to bite into the terrain when traversing more demanding surfaces.

WHY WE LOVE KEEN HIKING BOOTS

  • They make us want to hike.
  • The lightweight mesh upper provides protection and structure and the breathable mesh lining keeps feet fresh and dry in warm conditions.
  • They’re light as air to wear.
  • They come in adorable colour combinations so we don’t have to sacrifice style for a great fitting, functional hiker.

The Terradora is available in mid, low or a WP version with KEEN.DRY for the most inclement of conditions. Prices range from $165 – $175 CAD. Find out where to buy them right here

Lucky for us, these shoes launched at the perfect time. With KEEN’s partnership with The Great Trail (TGT), which is set to be complete in summer 2017, just in time for Canada 150, I can explore the trail in style and comfort in my Terradora hikers. 

Want to jump on your local leg of the trail in a pair of Terradoras?  You’re in luck! You could win yourself a pair. Enter below!

About the author

Mara Shapiro

Mara Shapiro is Co-Editor, Community of BrazenWoman. She is proof that it's never too late to reinvent yourself, and also that you cannot have too many pairs of shoes and lipglosses. A Social Media addict, Community Manager, and insatiable lover of movie popcorn, Mara is always on the hunt for the next best thing. You'll often find her laughing and dancing, phone in one hand, and a glass of red in the other. The only time she's not talking is when she's sleeping.

  • Amy Heffernan

    I would hike the east coast trail here in Newfoundland! Thanks!

  • Darleen Witmer

    Super cool boots. I will hike Kitchener area and Port Dover.

  • Jenn Annis

    I’d hike all the trails near my cottage, and in the national parks that I ordered the pass to for the summer.

  • DanaQueen

    There are so many more places I plan to hike in beautiful BC. There’s our local Abbotsford Grind with amazing views and then Teapot Hill which is fun with the kiddos. We want to explore Manning Park this spring and summer too! A pair of Keen Terradoras would be great lightweight support!

  • imagineme

    I’d get them for my daughter who likes to hike and would give these boots a lot of use.

  • Jennifer Alger Morse

    I’ll hike the Royal Botanical Gardens trails that are practically in my back yard!

  • Am in need of active outdoor footwear!

  • angela mitchell

    There are so many great hiking spots where I live. I’d love to some hiking on the Sunshine Coast Trail!

  • elaing8

    I would wear them on the walking trails near by us.

  • Christine Murray

    On the trails near my home.

  • Janet Meisner

    We have hiking trails near our home so i will do more exploring.

  • rosehaven

    love keens for hiking around monte lake

  • Lushka Smith

    I would hike around some trails in my neighbourhood

  • Soozle

    I would like to hike the trails in the park near my home

  • Michelle Berg

    I am going to Iceland in the fall and have just started researching waterproof hiking boots. all signs have already pointed to Keen footwear. I would love to win the boots, and go hiking up some glaciers and down some defunct volcanoes

  • Melinda Jana

    hiking on the Bruce Trails!

  • All over Saskatchewan this summer

  • Natalie

    Whistler! High Note trail!

  • Juliee Fitze

    Will hike along the river with the kids.

  • Vanessa Bondy

    My husband has always wanted to do Mount Marcy so that would be our goal!

  • Krista Miller

    Our family will be hiking up near Rocky Mountain House this summer & I’d love to be wearing some Keen Terradoras!

  • Nicole Jubleew

    I would hike the Niagara Escarpment

  • Marra

    I’d love to hike in Cape Breton Island!

  • Kim

    I’m blessed to have hiking trails adjacent to my property in Georgian Triangle. I would get a lot of opportunities to use these hiking boots if I won. Thanks for the chance!

  • Pam Wood Humphrey

    I am walking the Camino this summer (two weeks) and I would love some Keens to help me on the way.

  • jemrah

    I would like to hike through Gatineau Park with these fabulous shoes from Keen !

  • Missycat11

    I will hike around Rolley Lake in BC

  • Wendy Hutton

    I would hike on our local river trials

  • Maritess

    There are a lot of nice nature trails around Kananaskis and Canmore area in Alberta.

  • aliasmith06

    I just moved to abc so really excited to get out and get hiking this spring!

  • Doris

    I’d hike the local Etobicoke trail.

  • Jonnie

    I would go hiking in the mountains around Jasper

  • Jenness M

    I’ll be hiking on the trails near my cabin.

  • Em Vee

    we’re going to go to Rattlesnake Point

  • ivy pluchinsky

    We have so many hiking trails here where I live I would hike that!

  • Natalie

    The Halton area has a lot of parks and conservation areas – I’d love to hike them all!

  • Judy Cowan

    Would like to go hiking at Pinery Provincial Park in a pair of these!

  • Tara Betterley

    I will go hiking at Algoniun Provincial Park and will use them when i go down east this summer..

  • Diana Powell

    In our local conservation area with our dogs.

  • Heidi C.

    We will go for a hike in our local Conservation Park.

  • Alayne Langford

    I will be hiking at Presquile Provincial Park and along our waterfront trail!

  • Allie Futterer

    In the ravines of Toronto!

  • karla

    I will hike in our town!!

  • Mel

    I would hike in Canmore.

  • fossie55

    I would hike the trails in Newfoundland. We have so many.
    Florence Cochrane

  • blessedta

    At the park

  • nicolthepickle

    I’d hike some Fundy trails.

  • sibley_h

    I will hike in the gatineau hills with my dog Sam

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