Comfortable shoe with Keen's characteristic broad,…
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…
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.
The Keen Austin shoes are the ultimate urban explorers, bringing style and comfort to your everyday wear. Water-resistant full-grain leather uppers are supple for a comfortable, stylish fit; nubuck leather accents and contrast stitching complement the hip styling. Classic Oxford-style lacing secures instep while padded collars and tongues enhance comfort. Leather-lined heel pockets and polyester mesh linings in the forefoot area enhance comfort and moisture control. Patented rubber Toe Guard and wraparound heels protect feet and uppers against bumps and abrasion. Removable Metatomical(TM) EVA footbeds are custom shaped to provide ample cushioning, rebound and arch support; will accommodate orthotics. Compression-molded EVA midsoles support and buffer feet against shock and fatigue. Keen Austin shoes feature durable rubber outsoles that supply ample traction in a variety of environments.