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  • Hit the streets in the lasting comfort and everyday style of the Keen® Austin.
  • Water-resistant full grain and nubuck leather uppers.
  • Traditional lace-up closure.
  • Protective toe rand.
  • Breathable mesh lining promotes a great in-shoe feel.
  • Removable, metatomical, recycled foam footbed.
  • Compression-molded EVA midsole.
  • Non-marking rubber outsole.
  • Imported.
  • Measurements:
    • Weight: 14 oz
  • Product measurements were taken using size 9, width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.

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Fit Survey:

84% Felt true to size
  • 2% Full size too large
  • 8% Half size too Large
  • 84% True to size
  • 4% Half size too small
  • 1% Full size too small
86% Felt true to width
  • 86% Felt true to width
  • 3% Felt narrower than marked
  • 11% Felt wider than marked
51% Excellent arch support
  • 51% Excellent arch support
  • 47% Moderate arch support
  • 2% No arch support

Item Information

  • Video Description View the Video Description for this product! (Please note that the color shown in the video may no longer be available.)
  • Hit the streets in the lasting comfort and everyday style of the Keen® Austin.
  • Water-resistant full grain and nubuck leather uppers.
  • Traditional lace-up closure.
  • Protective toe rand.
  • Breathable mesh lining promotes a great in-shoe feel.
  • Removable, metatomical, recycled foam footbed.
  • Compression-molded EVA midsole.
  • Non-marking rubber outsole.
  • Imported.
  • Measurements:
    • Weight: 14 oz
  • Product measurements were taken using size 9, width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
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Keen Austin

Average rating is 4 out of 5 from a total of 380 reviews.

Top Positive Review

8 people found this review helpful.

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There is something wrong with me. I've never been into clothes or shoes. I usually bought my shoes at JL Coombs in Freeport from the discount rack. Blemished, seconds, whatever. Had a great pair of LL Bean shoes that I resoled and re-soled for a decade. Then my fiancee suggested I get a pair of these hideous looking "Keens". I bought the Austins, black, size 10.5 One year later: I own 5 pairs...I'm turning into the Imelda Marcos of Keens, and I'm a straight guy. I just ordered another pair of sandals, and when the soles started showing wear on my original Austins and they couldn't re-sole them, Keen said I could get another pair. I've never worn anything on my feet so comfortable. I wake up in the morning and I can't wait to put on a pair. How is that for an endorsement?

Read more » « Show less April 26, 2012 by Joe u
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Top Critical Review

3 people found this review helpful.

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I have owned 4 pairs of Keen Austins over the past 6-7 years. I walk about 3 miles per workday on concrete/pavement. I have also used them as my everyday/runaround shoes. My first 3 pairs of Austins were amazing: 1) Great arch support that lasted roughly 1.5 years each pair. 2) Wide toe box is perfect for my feet. 3) Sturdy construction for the type of abuse I dish out due to my gate. 4) Look and feel good for a long time. Unfortunately, my latest (4th) pair have fallen short on the overall quality I have come to expect from Keen. I have owned them for roughly 10 months and this is what I have experienced: 1) 5 months into usage they started to squeak. This is exceptionally annoying and distracting. I can live with squeak because I am a function guy ... but I don't like it. 2) The arch support has fallen dramatically in this pair. I feel as though my feet are being ripped apart. I still own pairs 2 and 3 for yard work and they are more comfortable than pair 4. 3) I have also noticed the stitching is giving way much quicker than the other pairs. I thought that maybe since I have owned 3 other pairs of the Austins that maybe it was a fluke. It isn't. I discovered my father-in-law has a pair of Austins and has experienced all 3 issues I am reporting. I suspect they have made changes to their manufacturing/quality control practices and the end result is a lower quality shoe. I am very disappointed. I also have a pair of Keen activity sandals that are roughly 6 years old. I have been a loyal Keen customer. With my latest experience, I was hesitant to give Keen my business again and moved to another manufacturer and have been very pleased with the decision. My father-in-law is looking to do the same. I have written them about my experience and have yet to hear back... I sincerely hope they look at what detrimental changes have been made with this product and correct them.

Read more » « Show less November 25, 2013 by Anonymous
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Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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Received these shoes from Zappos about 3 weeks ago, have been wearing them every day to work (as a locksmith I spend most of my time on my feet) and I couldn't be more pleased. They look great, they are truly some of the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn (that was my main goal) and they seem to be holding up just fine (though it's only been 3 weeks). No squeaking, no white ooze, no falling apart. I own a pair of Keen Bronx Mesh shoes. Bought them 11 years ago. They literally went through Hurricane Katrina, after which I cleaned them up and kept wearing them. Though they're looking pretty ragged, I still wear those shoes a lot. They are the reason I bought the Keen Austin. It was the closest available match. I almost didn't buy them because of the few negative reviews I read. I'd advise ignoring them. These are my 4th pair of Keens and they continue to be my favorite brand of shoe. The first day I wore my Austins I had a coworker ask me where I got my shoes. He's the type of guy who you'd think pays no attention to other men's clothes (loves Rush Limbaugh, etc, etc.) I think he asked because they're perfect shoes for locksmiths. (Don't ask me to explain that comment, but it's true. They're perfect shoes for locksmiths.) A few days later I made a comment to another coworker, our receptionist/accountant, about having walked my "arse" off on that particular day. Showing no sympathy (she sits in air conditioning all day), she says, "So. You're wearing those comfortable shoes. You'll be fine." So another coworker noticed my Austins. And she was right, they are comfortable. There was no breaking in period. I started wearing them to work the day after I received them and I didn't have any negative issues with them at all. They stayed comfortable all day. Because my job can get dirty sometimes (a lot of hole sawing and key cutting) I've been using a shoe brush to clean them off after work. An easy clean, and they still look new. Except for some of the trim, most of the shoe is a type of suede, so I'd recommend keeping some suede cleaner on hand. I have something called Lincoln E-Z Cleaner, which I already had on hand. Haven't had to use it yet, but the time will come. So, yes, I highly recommend the Keen Austins. And I have no ties to Keen, Zappos, or anyone in the shoe business. I just like these shoes and want to share my experience. I will say that I emailed Keen about issues I read in a few comments regarding these shoes, namely the squeaking and the durability. They responded quickly and thoroughly. They are an environmentally conscious company and try to use materials and processes that are environmentally friendly. I really felt that their response was BS free, which is pretty good considering our world is about 95% BS. The guy who responded to my email said he happens to own 2 pair of Keen Austin, and because of the details he gave me, I believe he was telling me the truth. Just the fact that a human being actually responded to my questions promptly and thoroughly says a lot. There wasn't much he could say about the negative comments, though if the shoe is worn for, say, rock climbing, it might not hold up for as long as you'd like. I wouldn't recommend it for a jogging shoe either. But for a comfortable, casual, everyday shoe, the Austin Keens can't be beat. This is a purchase I'm very glad I made. And they're cool looking. Unique, but not freaky unique. Enough.

I'd also recommend: Born, Timberland, Clark

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  • - customer
  • from Madison, Mississippi
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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My initial reaction is that I like the style. It is not your typical looking boring office shoe. It is spacious. In most shoes I wear a 9.5W or a 10. I still have plenty of room in a regular 9.5 to wear some thick socks if needed. After a couple days of wearing them to work they have been comfortable with no hotspots or blisters.

I'd also recommend: Merrell

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  • - customer
  • from Memphis
Overall: Rated: 1 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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I am heartbroken. I have purchased Keens for years, and rave about them to anyone with wide front feet - they are the most comfortable shoes that I have ever owned, and so durable! I am 210 pounds and on my feet all day, and they stayed wearable for over a year! But now that all appears to have changed. The last two pairs that I have owned, an Austin and a Utility, both immediately began to separate between the uppers and the soles. My Austins only lasted five months! I am not sure why - perhaps cheap glue, less stitching, or maybe they thought less durable shoes would be good for their bottom line. I am going to give Keens a third try before casting around again for something that holds up better.

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  • - customer
  • from mendocino
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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It's my pleasure to offer a review of the Austin shoe. Most comfortable shoe, ever. Big toe box for wiggle. Great support. I'm hoping for a sale and will buy more.

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  • - customer
  • from Philadelphia
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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I like the shoe for comfort. It feels very wide at the toe but overall it's a great shoe. I will buy more Keen in the future.

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