Top positive review
88 people found this helpful
4 Months Later
on February 7, 2013
I will begin by saying that these DO NOT fit like traditional work boots. They are rugged hiking boots to the core, I was first put off by the fit only because I was a 4 year Red Wings boot wearer. Anther note, DO NOT purchase them from Amazon, you will not save enough money in the process, even if you are a Prime member, to regret the boots and not have the ability to return them after wearing them for a few days. Purchasing from the Keen site directly gives you what looks to be a 90 day no questions asked return policy and the price is within 10ish dollars of Amazon. Also, have your foot sized, they seem run to the exact size of your foot. Now for brevity I will list pros and cons
Pros: Awesome steel toe (left and right specific), tough rubber toe cap (should take a long while to wear through), *laces stay put! (also a con, more later), Light weight (my Red Wings were 2.5 lbs each, these are half that), Aggressive tread (grabs very well where my other boots would have slipped) Very water proof (was on a job that was a mud hole for weeks) Comfortable (my back would tell me otherwise very quickly) Fit well/feel good right out of the box
Cons: Compared to traditional work boots, walking in them takes a day or so to get use to them. *They have a set of what I will call 'locking lace hooks' they will not let up if you tighten the laces too tight, I did tighten them much too tight (from how I tied my previous Red Wings) and my feet suffered much from that, on that note, tying them to a comfortable tension yielded a very good fit. The water proof lining tends toward not breathing well, could also tend toward getting hot on really hot days. Not resole-able (still a hiking style boot) The insole could be better but they haven't driven me to get new ones yet. Might replace them some day with the Red Wing insoles I liked so much. Realistically can't tell you if they are truly worth the money until I have been completely through them.
I am in construction and have been for 14 years (framer for 14 and now an electrician) the pair of Red Wings I laud and mention in this review is an apple compared to the orange that the Keen boot is. They are just too different in fitment to say one is better than the other, so I can't and won't. I will say that I am walking all day (lots of varied uneven terrain)and up and down a ladder very much all day (electricians will understand) LIKE the Red Wings, or any boot for that matter, with these Keen boots I do not think about the boots, my feet, calves or back at all throughout the day, if I am not having to think about that stuff then in my opinion the boots are doing their job. I have put these boots through 10 hour days 6 days a week since first putting them on.
Bottom line, I would recommend them to workers who are on there feet and on the move all day, but who also are brave enough to try something new AND different, as they are not your typical work boot. I will give them my full vote of confidence upon them lasting at least 2 years. We'll see! Hope this helped.