Review: The Keen Trillium

I have finally got round to writing a post about the Keen Women’s Trillium slip-on shoe, which as I have said before is a rather unusual but intriguing beast. For all it’s quirks though it’s a great concept, and one that I think will catch on this autumn/winter season.

The Women's Keen Trillium - blending the looks of sneaker and slipper stylishly
The Women’s Keen Trillium – blending the looks of sneaker and slipper stylishly

The concept is that they provide the comfort and ease-of-wear of a slipper, with the traction and stability of a true shoe (a sneaker, to be precise). Comfort and warmth (i.e. cosiness) is generated by a fleece inner lining and soft wool felt upper, which does indeed give the feeling of a slipper when worn – so I’m told anyway, I don’t make a habit of trying on women’s shoes, honest… The outsole, where the outdoor adaptation lies, is actually the same as that seen on the Keen’s Coronado sneaker that Webtogs stocked last season; so it really is genuinely fit for outdoor use. It’s a good outsole too, grip being generated by Keen’s standard, sticky and non-marking rubber, complete with decent tread for all-round urban grip. Under-foot comfort is generated by the KEEN.Cush footbed, constructed from memory foam and PU, which absorbs shock admirably and extends the slippery comfort to areas of the foot.

The tread of the Trillium - which it shares with the old (but good) Coronado Sneaker
The tread of the Trillium – which it shares with the old (but good) Coronado Sneaker

Obviously Keen have focused a lot of attention on making the Trillium look as good as possible in addition to it’s novel ‘crossover’ appeal. Its wool felt upper gives a great textured appearance and feel, along with vibrant colour, complemented by stitched pattern detailing across the toe. They get the nod of approval from Sue here at Webtogs – which is high praise. She says she’d probably wear them more as an indoor shoe: but then that’s the beauty of the Keen trillium, they give you a choice of uses and adapt to both equally well!

If the Keen Women’s Trillium sounds like your cup of tea, then check them out at Webtogs… Keen Women’s Trillium Slip-on Shoe

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