On the first day of our trip we had three pretty difficult portages, on the second portage I was just about to tell my brother-in-law that these shoes were awesome when I started to feel a blister on my heel. This was not good. Then I started to feel a blister on my other foot. Arg!! Just what I didn’t want to happen, happened. At first I was angry with the shoes, but then realized I should be wearing SOCKS! I had the idea in my head that since my Keens were water shoes that I didn’t need to wear socks. That was a big mistake. Rule number one when wearing your Keens hiking; wear some type of wool socks!!! After borrowing a pair from my brother-in-law and taping up my blisters, my Keens Cimarron II were AWESOME!!! They were great on the long portages and were even better in the water. I will definitely be bringing my Keens back to the BWCA or any other hiking trip that involves water. The one thing to remember is to wear some type of wool socks.
Must wear socks to avoid blisters!
Don’t have to worry about getting them wet
Good ankle support
Overall, these keens were great. Even though you need to wear socks with them, I highly recommend them for everyone. These are my new shoes for the BWCA.