Keen vs. Merrell Shoes???

Aug 22nd, 2006, 07:18 AM
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Keen vs. Merrell Shoes???

Does anyone have any opinion on either of these shoes? Since I have to order a pair of comfortable walking shoes online, I'm trying to save time and money by only ordering one pair. I've heard good things about both, but I prefer the style of Keen shoes. Any suggestions???
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Aug 22nd, 2006, 07:24 AM
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Neither fit me well. Keen tend to be too wide and Merrell just don't fit. If at all possible try on before you buy.....

I do love Born and Ecco walking shoes (these fit me well)
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Aug 22nd, 2006, 07:38 AM
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I think it depends on your own foot. I loved that my Keens are wide, but mine didn't have enough arch support and caused me lots of problems on my trip. They are pretty though - I still wear them around town. Maybe with those arch inserts...


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Aug 22nd, 2006, 07:39 AM
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If you're a woman, read on. I wear a size 11B. I too needed good walking shoes for my trip to London. I'm leaving this Sunday! Woo Hoo! I went through about a half dozen pairs already. Thank goodness for free shipping. Here's the breakdown of the Merrell's I tried:

Meta Stretch - true to size, very comfy, casual looking, but cute style. I got them in black.
Caper - true to size, great traction, fun looking shoe to wear with shorts or capris. I love the desert sage color. They're keepers
Samba - Very cute shoe, but way too narrow....they gone!
Spire Emme - very cute shoe, great for skirts and dressy slacks. I liked the brown, but they run way too big. The 10.5 is still too big and I'm sure the 10 will be too small. Sorry to say I had to sent them back.

I also tried a pair of Ecco shoes in the style called Active Tie. Very cute shoe but boy was it small. Felt more like a 10 or even a 9 1/2.

I was still searching for a nice pair to wear with skirts or dresses and I don't want to take sandals for fear it may be too chilly and rainy while there. Last night while working, I ran across a pair of Ecco shoes called Casual Strap. It's a Mary Jane. Very comfy and true to size, but a bit clunky.

I also tried a couple of Danskos - Roxy and Rose. I bought the Rose because it's more dressy than the Roxy or the Ecco. I paid a bit more, but I'll be wearing them a lot.

Hope this helps.
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Aug 22nd, 2006, 07:56 AM
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Thanks everyone! I really liked the design of Keen's, but everyone has said they are wide. I have narrow feet with barely any arch. I am going to search for more Merrell's and possibly Echo walking shoes. I'm also planning on brining a pair of running shoes and black pumps to go out in. I hope 2 pairs of shoes in my bag aren't too much!
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Aug 22nd, 2006, 08:06 AM
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Just 2 pairs?! I'm trying to keep mine down to 4. LOL
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Aug 22nd, 2006, 08:07 AM
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I mean 4, plus what I wear to the airport.....
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Aug 22nd, 2006, 09:10 AM
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What has everyone found to be the least expensive on line site to buy Merrells? I love them but they cost so much!!!

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