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Let me preface this by saying that I work in a warehouse for 10-12 hours a day, 5 days a week, and probably walk about 10 miles per day on concrete. Overall, this is a fantastic shoe. I have flat feet and these really help to lessen the pain in my arches. It's a very hard shoe, with a very sturdy back of heel support, as well as covering a big area with the steel toe. I've already had a pallet jack run into the back of my foot, and the shoe was strong enough that I didn't even feel it.
The biggest issue with these was the laces that they come with. They come loose very easily and I found myself having to retighten them at least once per hour. I don't know who tested these, but they clearly didn't walk in them for more than an hour. I cut those laces off and put some normal laces on from my running shoe and problem solved. Besides the functionality issue with the laces, they look pretty stupid as well. The plastic bit on the end of the lace by the toe also bounces up and down while you walk and makes a slight clacking sound from hitting the shoe, which is kind of annoying.
If you're buying these with the intent to be walking around in them all day, do yourself a favor and order some normal shoe laces with them.
The only other issue was that sizing stops doing half sizes after 12. I initially got a size 12 EE, thinking they would size the same as my running shoe, but they were just a bit too tight. A half size up would have been perfect, but instead I had to go a full size up, which isn't terrible, but it is slightly looser than I wish it was.
Again, these are fantastic work shoes, but whoever thought up this fancy lace design has probably never walked more than an hour with them.
I have to wear safety toed shoes for work and I usually walk around 2-4 miles a day on concrete floors. I have had a pair of non safety toe Keen shoes before and really liked the look at fit of them, and they were very similar to these shoes. I read some other reviews about the keen high arch support insoles, so even though they were like $44, I got them at the same time and just immediately put them in, so I never tried them with the inserts that came with the shoe. I love the high arch support of the inserts, but that's for a different review. I got the wide version, and have been happy. The only thing I don't love is the tie-free laces
I must have gotten a bad pair, after three days wearing them I found out they were tearing the hell out of my left foot. The entire front bottom of my foot was one big blister (I have diabetes so I didn't notice the extent of the damage until I went to pull my sock off and the front was soaked from the weeping sore). The right side was a little damaged but nowhere near the left.
I wouldn't recommend these and am now wearing the original wore-out pair of keen shoes that seem to have been discontinued. I bought a pair of boots from WalMart which have been much easier on my feet.
Significant other bought these for work. He has issues with his feet getting sore and requires arch support. He is able to wear these shoes all day without any insoles and his feet do not give him any issues. He also likes that they are like a shoe, and not a boot. It helps keep him cooler when working.
My first pair of these I wore every day for 2 years. I liked them so much I bought another pair. This pair however has a stitching issue in the left heel that keeps a spot on my ankle constantly rubbed raw. I haven't figured a suitable way yet to prevent that.
So, I would like to begin by saying that I am very, very picky when it comes to my shoes as I have very sensitive feet. My priorities, in order are safety, comfort/fit, durability, design, cost. So, yeah, cost is the last thing I look for when I'm looking at shoes. Normally, when I go to a store, I begin trying on shoes regardless of their looks until I find the right fit and comfort. I have to say, when this shoe, I was blown away on how good they feel on my feet. I honestly have to keep checking to see if I'm wearing safety toe shoes because they do not feel like it at all. Also, normally, I do not wear safety shoes all day because in the past I have never found any that didn't kill my feet before the day is out. Not these shoes. They fit phenomenally well and are very comfortable.
As for the durability, I've only had these shoes for 3-days now, but I can say I am very pleased on the feel of the construction of the shoe especially with the back of the shoe where the heel goes. It doesn't look like I'll have to worry about it wearing there as I walk as most shoes I've worn do.
The fit/comfort is there as well as the feel of durability and now to the design, this is a good looking shoe, so I would not hesitate to pay what they're asking. I'm sold. I'll definitely be a KEEN customer from now on.
Just like many of the other reviews.....the lacing system sucks!!! The fit is right, but you can never tighten up the laces to feel like the shoe is on you foot more than a pair of slippers. I removed the lacing system, added an arch support and better laces and that took up some of the slack. Shoes still feels loose in the heel area but is bearable. I would love to purchase again, because the fit it right, but won't do to the lacing system.
I currently own and wear a pair of Keen steel tow work boots and I absolutely love them, all day long without a problem. Now on to these shoes. Unfortunately the toe box in the shoes is narrower than in their work boots. I wear a wide size in Keen's work boots, but these had to go back as for some reason they made the show wide but didn't follow through with the toes. Wanted to love em, oh well, looking for another brand for work now.