Zappos' speedy service astounds me once again. Brilliant concept, a steel toed Keen
, I love these shoes though I have not had them long. This is the first shoe I have ever purchased that is strictly for yard work/yard projects, and it seems to be the perfect choice. I live in Phoenix and I am always out in the back yard digging, cutting wood, hanging fenceboards, painting, shoveling tons of dirt and topsoil, pouring concrete footings, planting trees etc. Last weekend I spent all day working on my feet, my thermometer read 115 to 118 in the shade, and my feet did not feel any hotter in this shoe than they would have in a well ventilated running
shoe. This is the perfect shoe for trips to the orange or blue home
improvement megastores as the toes are always at risk of getting run over by flatbed carts or having something heavy fall off the racks. I have found myself kicking scraps of lumber rather than picking them up, and using my toes where I once would have had to use a heel kick, hammer or fist to knock things into place. I took the advice of the other reviewers on sizing and it worked out great. I wear a 10.5 US in just about every shoe or boot, and the size 10.0 Keen
fits perfectly. I always wear orthotics
; however, the footbed is so good in this shoe I can go without them, even for extended wear. I will never go back to using old tennis shoes
for yard work.