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After years of working on my feet all day in a large big-box store, on concrete floors, I developed plantar fasciitis. This is when my search for comfortable, light, and cool work shoes started.... and it brought me to KEEN Utility Men's Atlanta. I am super happy with them, and highly recommend them!
PROS: 1. COOL (very important when you are on your feet all day in Australian heat) 2. COMFORT - I bought the KEEN Utility K-30 high-arch insole, and (together with OOFOS recovery shoes worn at home), I attribute this to my plantar fasciitis going away! 3. TRACTION - super grippy
CONS: 1. FIT - Run full size too large. Go one size down, unless you plan to wear thickest socks (which defeats the purpose of cool shoes) 2. LACES - these will wear within 6-10 months
I've worn these daily for 8 months in a factory, with lots of walking, and I agree with pretty much all the positive reviews, with one important exception: The lacing system.
1) The webbing on the #2 inside loop on the Right shoe has worn through. The webbing on the #2 inside loop on the Left shoe is wearing through, as well, so it can't be a random cut. The web loops cannot be repaired and the fit is now sloppy with the broken web, so I'm going to replace them with Keen's, but not these. I believe a web lacing system is a bad idea for work shoes. I'm going to stick with either leather or traditional eyelets. 2) The plastic loop retainer is unusable when you replace the laces. You simply can't reassemble them as new. Minor issue.
The soles do not grip well in oil, but the sole is not a "grip" sole. So I don't recommend these for walking on concrete that has oil spills.
I've had this shoe about 6 months now. Overall, it's a solid shoe. Don't get me wrong. However, there are some pitfalls to them. First, the shoe laces that are built into the shoes are not good at all. They loosen a lot and I think they are way too long. I've sort of just let them be and the shoe fits me extremely loose now. I don't bother sinching the cord up anymore.
Second, the soles. They aren't as slop resistant as I'd like and they also seem to wear out very quickly.
The shoes are comfortable so I feel there are always trade offs.
Comfy, very light weight & Durable. Lots of room in the toe pocket, even with the steel toe. Only negative was the "drawstring" laces, the spring loaded plastic piece does not keep them pulled tight and they need to be re-tightened or tied off once they are comfortable.
This was my first keen shoe I have purchased and I am impressed with these shoes. I am writing this review today because I am ordering myself another pair as my first pair has worn out after several years of rugged use. I use these shoe to wear around the yard or anything that I am involved in that requires manual labor. My feet have a tendency to get to hot and sweaty and so I have to be careful with what shoes I wear. These shoes not only are quick to be able to get on, but they fit like a glove and my feet are always very comfortable. These shoes have solved my quest to find a nice work boot/shoe that I could rely on.
Perfect for trucking. Required to wear steel toes by my employer and was tired of hot swollen feet at the end of my shift. These are my favorite pair of steel toes, hands down. Keen makes incredibly comfortable shoes, which is why I own 6 different pairs of Keens, 2 of those being steel toe. (The Pittsburgh steel toe is another great option for full foot protection.) I can't rave enough about these boots. Keen's rock!
Overall these are pretty much the best work steel toe shoes you can get...But as others have mentioned they are at LEAST 1/2 size larger than any other shoe you have ever bought at your size. Trust me downsize 1/2 size on order at least.
*edit* second review as my old pair wore out over time. Still amazing new set is even better than the first.
Style & Appearance: The shoes look nice and feel okay at first. They are light yet seem sturdy. The soles are rugged and offer nice traction.
Comfort: After wearing them for about a day at work it became apparent they were not going to work. The issue is really the sizing. They are much too narrow in the toe region. I don't have wide feet, but my toes are somewhat longer than most for my size. Particularly these were pretty painful around my small toe. There is also a seam that runs along the inside of the shoe at this same spot my small toe was located adding to the discomfort. The insole is non-existent and there is no arch support. You'll need an insole.
Fit: Aside from being too narrow around toes, these shoes fit pretty loose. You would think that would be great for adding an insole. The problem is, you can't really adjust the tightness of the shoe with the laces. I found my insole made the shoe a bit too tight. Unfortunately, even loosening the laces completely didn't offer any more wiggle room.