Keen Marshall Mid-top review

About ten years ago, while perusing the shoe section at REI, I discovered a truly unique sport sandal that I quickly became enamored with…the Over the past decade, Keen has come a long way from their modest foray into the competitive shoe industry. Today, Keen is a leading sporting goods company producing a huge array of sport shoes, boots and apparel.

Apparently, my enthusiasm for Keen has not gone unnoticed, as I recently received a pair of one of their newest boots in the mail to review…the Marshal Mid.

The Keen Marshall comes in both a low or mid-top version and doesn’t feel like your typical hiking boot. In fact, they are quite lightweight and extremely comfortable.  The comfort actually didn’t surprise me since I own about half a dozen pair of Keen shoes, where comfort is an underlying theme. The Marshall Mid is a great everyday hiking boot that is, surprisingly, quite breathable. I have not used them in cold weather, but don’t think I would if temps were below freezing, due to their modest insulation value. They are however, a great 3-season boot.

It’s always a good idea to break-in a new pair of boots before you venture out on a long hike—and while I did wear the Keen Marshalls around town a bit before hiking in them, it was a pretty minimal break-in. I felt so confident about the initial fit-and-feel, that just a few days later I took off for a four-mile hike up Vulture Peak just outside Wickenburg, Arizona. This hike is pretty steep with some rocky areas that required me to do a bit of scrambling—I made it back without a single hot-spot or blister. I almost felt as though these Marshall boots were an extension of my feet, rather than something covering them. Thus far I have only used the Marshall Mid for day hikes and am not sure if the mid-sole would provide enough support for multi-day backpacking trips, however that has yet to be determined.

One of the great things I’ve learned about Keen Footwear is that the comfort they build into each pair of shoes doesn’t mean less function. During my initial use of the Keen Marshalls, I always felt like I had plenty of grip, support and toe protection. Granted, I have not used them on wet surfaces yet, so I can’t attest to that.

Bottom line: The Keen Marshall Mid-tops are comfy, lightweight, great value, ready-to-wear hiking boots.  The only animus thing I can say is the colors are a bit flashy for me…I tend to like more subtle/neutral tones in my hiking boots.


Price: $140
Weight: 15.1 oz
Lining: Moisture wicking textile
Upper: Textile
Sole: Non-marking rubber
Features: Waterproof breathable membrane, moisture wicking lining, removable EVA footbed, solid rubber high-traction sole, TPU stability shank and waterproof mesh upper
Type: Hiking boots for sun, rain and/or snow

If you own a pair of the Keen Marshall Mid-top hiking boots, please leave a comment below and let my readers and me know what you think.

The Keen Marshall doesn’t feel like your typical hiking boot. In fact, it’s almost more comfortable than some shoes I own. The Marshall Mid is a low-profile mid-top hiking boot  for your everyday hike. While wearing it in 30 degree weather, I had to switch over to the Keen Revel II (review coming soon) for more insulation. It’s so breathable that it’s perfect for 3-season use.

This shoe may offer enough midsole support for some hikers, I would prefer a bit more support for long distance backpacking. The Marshall Mid can definitely tackle some serious hikes and is perfect for everyday adventures. Due to its great breathability, I think this shoe would be a great option for summer hikers looking for a lightweight boot.

Price: $120
Weight: 12.5 oz.
Best used for: Three-season hiking, from town to trail hiking.

Mike Shubic

Mike Shubic is a seasoned road trip travel video blogger, traversing the byways of the world looking for those hidden gems of the road. From unique destinations, unexpected discoveries, creative cuisine, intriguing inns to exciting attractions…the road is his page. The experiences are his ink. And every 300 miles, a new chapter begins. Whether you live vicariously or by example, Mike will do the exploring so you can have an adventure.


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