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Great comfort, Good looks, Poor quality sole construction.
on December 10, 2014
This is my third pair of Keen boots, and, for the most expensive pair of Keens that are Made in America, they have the WORST sole construction ever. The Lugs on the outside of the sole seem to be coming right off the boot, as if they are a different type of rubber on the outside of the lug than inside? If I even have 30 days of actual work in them since I bought them in September (3 months ago!), I'd be surprised! I attached photos for evidence. I've owned tons of different work boots over the years and have never had this issue with any other boot. Vibrams soles wear evenly and don't chunk off anywhere near as easily as this.
I do have to say though, that these are the most comfortable boots I've owned. The last high top pair of Keen workboots were also great, but were a little hot for summer, so I bought these. The other Keen boots had a stitched outsole which was different construction and seemed to hold up much better than these.
As owner of a construction company, I need these for work, but even on days where i'm in the dirt it's a minimum compared to how hard some other guys use their boots. I have a feeling if I was a full time laborer who depended on my boots for 8-10 hour days, these wouldn't fit the bill. I would be surprised if mine are even still waterproof at the end of this winter at this rate. I wouldn't gripe about any of this for a 90-100 dollar boot, but for almost 200 bucks? They're not a good deal.
The funniest part about this is I've had a pair of Keen "Newport" Leather Sandals that I have worn religiously (every night after work, most of the summers, hiking, and yes, even on dry winter days) for 2.5 years now and show barely any sort of wear. I would buy them 100 times over, but for workboots? I guess my next pair may be Chippewas again.