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I bought these work shoes for my husband who works in a manufacturing facility. He has typically purchased steel toe work boots for around the same price and they last about a year and he complains that his feet hurt at the end of the day. When the box arrived, the first thing I noticed was the stylish appearance. They look good. That is hardly a priority but it's nice. I read reviews about the laces sliding and being difficult. This was probably due to the fact that they are the cinch tie that are common now in triathlon shoes. My husband has no complaints about them and has said he would just swap them out if they begin to bother him. The true test, and why these shoes got 5 stars, was his recent 18 hour day where he was on his feet the entire time. He had no pain in his feet, legs or back, so they passed the test. They seem like they will last at least the average year. No problems with heaviness or driving or anything like that. My husband complains really little and is pretty tough and rugged, so please take that into consideration.
They fit superbly--just as I had expected and hoped. I have worn virtually all other brands (such as Red Wing, Hytest, Skechers) and I am very pleased at how they feel like wearing tennis shoes. I spend most of my time in plants as a Controls Engineer where safety toe shoes/boots and other PPE are mandatory so I practically live in my safety shoes. My last 2 pair were Skechers which felt a little more comfortable than the Keens but they wore out fast. This was not a shocker but I need to get at least a year so that I can keep pace with company reimbrsement. I would have given this a solid 5 stars except for the fact that these shoes aren't ideal for driving. My commute is about an hour and my feet start to get tired by the end. The Skechers were a little more comfortable for driving but again, they didn't last.
If Merrell (my fave shoe brand hands down) were to make steel toe shoes/boots, I could imagine that these Keens are what they would feel like. As far as brands such as Red Wing, etc. these shoes are heaven. Red Wing and Hytest put out some sturdy shoes, but they are murder on my feet when working on concrete floors for long periods. Plus, these Keens look cool...j/s
I have a couple of problems with my feet. I've got peripheral neuropathy which gives me nerve pain and plantar fasciitis. I wear insoles in almost all of my shoes. I have not had to do that in these shoes. I do handyman work and also work around horses so having protective shoes is pretty much a must. I have work boots that I wear nearly every day which I like but I was wanting something that was closer to a hiking shoe that I could wear with shorts during the heat of summer. I already have owned a couple pairs of the Keen sandals and have loved them. I liked that these were water repellant and was intrigued by the lacing system.
Well, after having and wearing these shoes for a little over a week I can tell you that these are very comfortable and I have not replaced the insole. Good arch support and comfortable cushioning. These are a bit heavier than typical hiking shoes due to the steel toe protection. It is not felt while walking though. Water protection is there but since these are low profile shoes you will have some moisture get in over the top edge. Water does seem to run off when I hose off the bottom of my shoes after walking around the pasture in mud.
The lacing system is something I'm not fully decided on yet. It does make putting the shoes on and lacing up quicker. The loop is a bit long and stretches out to almost the toe box when cinched up. I have found that I can remove the clip on the end and shorten the laces if I decide to. By the way, these are laces and not an elastic cord such as what is found on the Keen sandals. There have been a few instances of the laces becoming loose. It is also possible to remove the lace and clip and replace with normal shoe laces. Will be curious to see how well these hold up. From first appearances they look and feel very sturdy and should do well. That has been the case with my Keen sandals.
I was using a pair of redwing pro-comfort. They were very comfortable but I think I like these better. I haven't put them through the paces yet but walking around the neighborhood they are very comfortable. I will be using them on a flightline for 12hrs a day soon and will update.
I can't believe these are steel toe! I bought these for work because occasionally I go to job sites that require them, but these have become my main pair of work shoes. They're light enough to wear around the office, plus I can easily slip them on and off as they're laced but on a sort of "quick release" system. Saves me time in the morning. The perfect summer shoe.
Keep in mind, these aren't waterproof, but if your work conditions are usually dry, then this is a great shoe!
This is my husband's third pair and he LOVES them. Super comfortable, and not as unattractive as most steel toes. He wears his every day for 10 hours of standing a day and they last about a year before they start getting uncomfortable.
I have worn Doc Marten work shoes for well over 10 years, with the last 2 pair a set of low oxford, steel-toe shoes and a pair of steel toe boot. I am now certain that I will switch my preference to Keen shoes—I already own a pair of Keen sandals and rubber boots, and know the quality. Now these work shoes are light, well made and comfortable from the 1st moment you put them on. Well done Keen—don't go down the road Doc Marten did by making your gear less durable. My last 2 pairs of Doc's had real issues that certain parts wore out much sooner than the sides or the soles. I guess though, the "silver lining" is that if they hadn't, I wouldn't be enjoying these Keen so much now!