Price Paid: $75
Comfortable shoe with Keen's characteristic broad, roomy toe. The fit is just a bit loose for scrambling and day hiking, but perfect for casual use. The leather is relatively thin, though it has held up so far. The matte finish does show scuffs, but that is part of the look.
They are about as water resistant as unsealed leather shoes would be. They are fine for running in and out to the car in the rain, but not much more. The midsoles are relatively soft and squishy, which for me means they are acceptably comfortable without special insoles. They don't breathe very well, which is to be expected of thin leather shoes (because there is not enough leather to absorb moisture.)
The weak spot is the sole, which will wear out faster than the rest of the shoe. It is relatively soft and sticky, though not deeply lugged.
They are good on bare rock, okay on dirt, and not so good on sand or heavy ground litter. Keen could improve them by giving them a slightly more aggressive, harder sole.
These shoes are sooooo comfortable. I've worn the hell out of them--they're not so pretty anymore, but I still prefer to wear them out hiking over my $200 hiking boots.
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When it precipitates, grab the Keen Men's Austin Shoes and head to class without getting your feet wet. The waterproof leather uppers ward off rain and snow, so your dogs stay dry. The moisture-wicking synthetic lining moves perspiration away from your foot, and the Classic Oxford Lace Design gives you an intelligent look.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
Utility footwear that is equally at home in the office and urban landscape, the Keen Men's Austin Shoe traverses the concrete jungle with big hearted attitude. A classic lace Oxford design, this shoe features a modern twist in waterproof leather trimmed at the cuff with a refined, padded leather collar with a moisture-wicking synthetic lining. A little more squared than other popular Keen models, the low-profile Austin sports the patented toe protection the brand is known for. This casual shoe has a removable metatomical footbed that you can pull out for a drying refresh of the shoe, or replace with your own orthotic for a custom fit. With a non-marking carbon rubber outsole, this shoe offers exceptional traction and minimizes wear on uneven streets and toe bending objective hazards. The Keen Men's Austin Shoe is a versatile urban shoe that's is tough like trail or athletic footwear, but with the benefit of distinct styling.
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version
Description of Keen Austin Hiking ShoesAt Keen, theyre an active outdoor company made up of people just like you...creating possibility, playing outside, and caring for the workd we live in. They believe that the outdoors is any place without a ceiling and create innovative prodcuts, allowing you to play in the outdoots, wherever that may be. Through our leadership and commitment to social and environment causese, we hope to encourage and empower other to do the same. Too hip to keep locked up in an office, the Austin from KEEN was made for urban exploration. The classic lace design gets a modern twist with waterproof leather. The removable metatomical footbed adds cushioning in all the right places, making sure your feet enjoy the trek around town. FeaturesClassic oxford lace designLeather and moisture-wicking textile liningLeather upperRemovable EVA metatomical footbed
- US Outdoor Store refers to the men's version
Keen Austin (Mens) Too hip to keep locked up in an office, the Austin from KEEN was made for urban exploration. The classic lace design gets a modern twist with waterproof leather. The removable metatomical footbed adds cushioning in all the right places, making sure your feet enjoy the trek around town. Please note - the Black Olive color way is a Brown. Features Classic oxford lace design Leather and moisture-wicking textile lining Leather upper Non-marking rubber outsole Patented toe protection Removable EVA metatomical footbed Specs Weight: 15.66 oz / 443.953 grams Fit Tip: We find this style runs pretty true to size. Lining: Leather moisture wicking textile Upper: Water resistant leather Rubber: Non-marking rubber outsole. Activities: City Streets Type: Shoes, Lace Up Weathe
- River Sports Outfitters refers to the men's version