‘1 Million Steps’ In KEEN Durand Boots

What will a pair of hiking boots look like after 1 million steps on some of the toughest trails around the U.S.? This summer we’re going to find out!

The ’1 Million Steps’ project kicks off on the Pacific Northwest Trail (map above) this week

GearJunkie today launches a project to hike a literal 1 million steps in a single pair of boots. We’ve partnered with KEEN to conduct the massive wear-test with the brand’s just-released Durand boots.

The project kicks off this week in Montana, where GearJunkie contributor and thru-hiker Jeff Kish shoulders a pack and heads onto the Pacific Northwest Trail.

Kish will hike 125 miles — or about 250,000 steps — in the Durands before shipping them onto the next tester in the line.

GearJunkie contributing writer Jeff Kish is the inaugural ’1 Million Steps’ backpacker

In total, we will put about 500 miles (1 million steps) onto the same pair of boots over the next couple months.

The treks will span America, from New England to the Pacific Coast. Along the way we’ll update readers on the boots both in images and testimonials from the hikers as they put mile upon mile on the KEENs.

Watch for weekly “boot updates” on the GearJunkie blog and social media. We’ll use the #FollowYourFeet hashtag on Twitter.

Out of the box we will hike 500 miles in this very pair of KEEN Durand boots over the coming weeks

About the KEEN Durands: New this summer, and built one by one in a factory in Portland, Ore., the Durand boots are designed to last for years. Indeed, the root of this project is a claim KEEN makes around “1 million step” durability.

The durability comes from solid overall construction and a resilient polyurethane-injection process, which forces the quick-hardening PU in between the upper and the sole during manufacture.

We got an inside look at the process and the building of the KEEN boots live at the Portland factory earlier this spring. See our full coverage of the boot in the post KEEN Footwear ‘Built In The USA’.”

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.