Whether the Durand is truly a three-four season boot is debatable – it’s certainly not one that many people would use in rugged mountain terrain in winter – but as an all-round winter boot for everything from easy hill walking to ambling from ski chalet to bar it’s a great option; and it looks good too.
What’s more, laboratory controlled compression testing on the Durand’s PU midsole demonstrated that even after one million steps it had compressed by just 3 percent versus more than 50 percent compression in a traditional EVA midsole, so if you want comfort above all else the Durand is a serious contender.
Other features include a unique direct-inject construction technique that attaches the premium nubuck leather and breathable mesh upper directly to the midsole for added durability. At the back, an integrated heel cushion locks directly into the insole to support the foot where most needed.
The outsole has also been thoughtfully designed - the outer rubber edge is engineered to maximise edging and grip, and the centre unit features a modified rubber blend to maximise durability in high-wear areas.
You also get a ‘Keen.dry’ water-proof, breathable membrane to keep your feet dry and comfy, and no breaking in is required at all.