Take a look at the mid-cuff height boots in our Trailhead category of day hiking styles. The Targhee II Mid has a great track record of loaded hiking all over the globe. A day hiker is not technically a backpacking boot. What defines a backpacking boot depends on whom you ask. Backpackers usually look for a stiffer, heavier sole, designed to support more weight (you and your loaded pack weigh more than you and a small satchel). The upper is often less flexible than a day hiker. The uppers are usually quite stiff with a medium to very stiff outsole. Such boots take a bit of time to break in and get comfortable in. Consider the following: 1) How heavy is your pack? 2) What kind of terrain are you planning on hiking, and in what climate? 3) How much time do you have to break in your boots? (If you're going on a trip next weekend, buying brand new traditional hiking boots is not advisable.) 4) Which shoes/boots fit you the best? This is the most important item of all. Shoes that don't fit well cause blisters, pain and fatigued legs. This is more important than any other feature or benefit the boot may offer. The best approach is to have a knowledgeable shoe and boot fitter assist with finding the perfect boot for your needs, well in advance of when you need them.
Many of our shoes feature removable insoles. Add in the roomy KEEN toe box and you have shoes ready for aftermarket insoles. Custom orthotics are compatible with any shoe featuring our removable, Metatomical foot bed and most styles with a fully enclosed heel cup (not just a strap around the heel) are custom orthotic-compatible. Although your custom insoles should fit, we strongly encourage you to make certain the KEEN insoles are in fact removable and then test fit your orthotic in the shoe before making your purchase.