Keen Austin Reviews

449 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

68%Rated 5 stars

20%Rated 4 stars

4%Rated 3 stars

0%Rated 2 stars

8%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

84% "Felt true to size"

83% "Felt true to width"

50% "Excellent arch support"

Additional 404 Austin Keen Reviews

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February 12, 2016

John Y

from SE Minnesota

I ordered these shoes about 2 weeks ago and have been wearing them since. They are very comfortable and have plenty of width for my feet. My toes have room to stretch out, it's like Kramer's luxury lanes for my feet. So far I'm very happy with these shoes. I'd recommend them to others.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 4, 2016

Steve R

from Idaho

This is my sixth pair of Keens. These are the first all leather Keen shoes that I have purchased. I have only worn them one time so far and I can say the fit is just as I have come to expect and like from Keen. These are very comfortable shoes and despite them being all leather I can tell they will not require a long break-in period, on first wearing as they are comfortable. In the other Keens that I have worn I have had to use arch inlays because I have very flat feet and the Keens prior have not provided enough support. I am going to try these without for a while because it seems there may be a bit more arch support in this pair. Time will tell. Obviously this lack of support has not discouraged me enough to not buy more Keens. I really like their shoes.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 3, 2016

Anonymous

 

These are very comfortable. I have foot pain from plantar fasciitis and plantar plate tear 2nd metatarsal in both feet. Give these a try. Very roomy in width and in the toe area. My only problem with these is the tongue presses against the top of my foot. I may return these for that reason alone. I'm hoping the tongue will break in because I'd rather keep them. The arch contours are very good for me. I was hoping these felt like my Keen sandals arch support-wise, and they do! Very happy with them expect for the tongue pressure point.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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January 25, 2016

Dan M

from Chesterfield, VA

These are great shoes! I was pleasantly surprised to find that the toe box was very wide (I ordered D width). With a bit of arthritis in my big toes, it makes the shoes very comfortable to wear all day as they do not pinch the toe joints when walking. Room for my toes to wiggle around, while holding the rest of my foot snugly. Overall, they are darn comfortable shoes. One slight detractor is that due to the width in the toes, they look a bit mis-proportioned compared to my other shoes (width-to-length ratio seems "off"). But comfort far outweighs looks in my book.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 20, 2016

Jeff

from Pinckneyville, IL

I am on my seventh pair of Austins. They are not the most stylish shoes, but what they lack in looks they make up for in comfort and durability. My wife says they look hideous which makes them even more enjoyable to wear. I found that with Austins, I will wear out the laces before I wear out the rest of the shoe.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 14, 2016

Anonymous

 

This can pass for a street shoe, a comparable design not found with other popular hiking and mountain boot manufacturers. The tread is not heavy and pronounced like a hiking boot, but ample for terrain beyond the street. Light, comfortable,with good support, no pressure points, and a removable inner sole for use with an orthotic which is what I do. Sheds and holds up well to moisture but it's probably best not to immerse the shoe above the rubber sole too often. The shoe may be too wide for less than a D width in that the box toe area is spacious and can become a little too spacious, requiring the laces to be pulled extra tight, as the leather stretches with age. I went 5 years with pair #1 and just purchased pair #2. And of course there is the fine Zappos service.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 13, 2015

Cheryl B

from Palmer Alaska

I wear wide in women's. I buy men's shoes because they just fit me better. They are great for wide feet and orthotics. This is my first pair of Keens. I found them when looking for an alternative to New Balance sneakers. I had worn them for years because they were very comfortable. The last two pairs were worn out after a short time. The Austin has a nice big toe box, which I love. I have been wearing them just a few hours, and they feel like they are going to be my favorite shoes. They feel a little stiff, because I have worn nothing but sneakers for years. The full grain leather looks good and leather always softens after a bit of wear. I walk in the snow allot so the waterproof is going to be a plus. Also, the soles look like they will give me some good tractions.

Brands I'd also recommend: Finn Comfort and Rockport

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 9, 2015

Bryan

 

I have a confession. I've been ruined by "comfortable right out of the box" shoes. Most of my recent shoe purchases seemed to form directly to my feet and move with me, right out of the box. These.... don't. In fact, these are down right uncomfortable. The shoes showed up on my doorstep the day after I ordered (thanks Zappos) and I popped them on my feet. Immediately I noticed the leather upper is very stiff. So stiff in fact that at first I left the laces a little loose... bad call. They didn't snug up on my feet at all and my heel was bouncing around. Next a cinched them down good and tight. Great, now my foot doesn't slosh around in them. But the leather is so stiff that I can hardly stand it. Imagine wearing a shoe made of wood. That's how stiff they are. The good news is that this is my only complaint. The insole is deliciously comfortable and the rubber sole is tough as nails. Side note, I ordered the chocolate brown and they aren't the rich brown leather shown in the picture. They're a darker, softer brown. I don't mind at all. I've read many of the reviews here that praise the comfort once they're broken in, so I'm going to stick with them and see how things look in a few weeks.

Brands I'd also recommend: Merrell

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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December 7, 2015

John t

from Denton texas

I have had several pairs of these sandals. These shoes have same footbed and are totally great. I love these shoes!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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December 5, 2015

Anonymous

from Oklahoma

These shoes look and feel great, except for the tongue where its edge touches my ankle; it hurts somewhat there (I have bony feet) so I put a piece of foam with double stick tape around the edge of the tongue; somewhat mitigated the problem. I sometime wear size 9½; chose 10 on this one due to heavy socks I wear; nice fit.

Brands I'd also recommend: Crocs

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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December 3, 2015

James W

 

Nice wide toe box. Your toes won't be scrunched which is good if you have a neuroma. Comfortable and stylish. Great for city hikes or tailored trails.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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November 25, 2015

Steve M

from Eureka Springs, AR

This is the third time trying to find correct size. I usually wear size 11 - was way too big; tried 10.5 and it was still too long. Tried 10 and it was too narrow. Great looking shoe; just didn't fit well for me.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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November 24, 2015

Ted B

from Los Altos, CA

I was excited to receive these shoes, but when they arrived I knew pretty much right away by looking at them that they weren't going to work. Two things: they're so wide in the front my foot is swimming in them. My foot is a bit narrower than average, and with these shoes being quite a bit wider than average it was not a fit. Secondly is that they don't look the same as in the picture. In the picture there's a brown strip that runs through the lace eyelets, and a secondary beige color in the background. The shoes that arrived had the same brown strip through the lace eyelets, but he background material was brown as well. So instead of getting that nice contrast between the two colors, the shoe just looks like a brown shoe.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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November 10, 2015

Steve

from NYC

Probably because of the style the toe area looks even more bulbous than a shoe like the Targhee. These actually fit and look like clown shoes but I can't say they were uncomfortable.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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November 6, 2015

Anonymous

 

I love these shoes. The arch support is actually less than moderate though so I use orthotics which fit nicely. Gargoyle was my favorite color but recently it has changed to a very dark gray/brown, not the color that is in the current photograph at all. I talked to a Zappos rep about this and doing their usual good work they are going to investigate the color change.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 31, 2015

Anonymous

from San Francisco

Very comfortable street shoe. Good for people who spend a !of of time on their feet, especially walkers. Stable with roomy toe box.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 28, 2015

Anonymous

from Midwest

This is a great shoe for someone who is on their feet all day. I was looking for a shoe that was comfortable, supportive and had a roomier toe box and I am very happy with with the fit and look of the Keen Austin, both slip on and tie versions.

Brands I'd also recommend: Brooks Adreneline

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 13, 2015

Anonymous

from Pittsburgh, PA

This is my third pair of these and I love them. I wear them for work every day and they hold up better than most. I need a wide toe box and removable insoles due to foot issues and these work really well. I normally wear a size 11, but this latest pair came in a half size smaller than the last two pair even though they were sized the same. I had to go to an 11.5 to get the same fit as my previous 11. I thought that was strange, but Zappos handled it with ease.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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October 9, 2015

Gary

from LV

Comfort wise the shoes are good, unfortunately Keen uses inferior materials and does not stand behind their product. In just a few years the soles have hardened to the point they are DANGEROUS to wear, I can literally slide across my kitchen floor like I'm on ice! I contacted Keen to see about getting the shoes fixed and was told there is nothing they would do - I should buy a new pair. I own 3 pairs of Keen's but after this interaction I will no longer be a Keen customer. Buyer Beware!

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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October 7, 2015

Terry H

 

I buy this shoe over and over again. It fits perfectly, wears well, is comfortable and looks good too!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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September 23, 2015

Deb S

from Seattle, WA

These are great looking shoes but they were too big width wise. The other pair of Keens that we purchased in the same size fit much better. I bought them for my husband.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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September 21, 2015

Anonymous

from Warren, michigan

Delivery was prompt, shoes were in excellent condition. Enjoying the shoes.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 13, 2015

Dale w

from Sarasota

I have wide feet and the Austin fits me. Got a pair that chafed me, sent it back, got a new pair which are great. No problems, no questions asked. Hard to hate this company. Easy to love them.

Brands I'd also recommend: dont know any

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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September 9, 2015

Anonymous

from Pittsburgh

I wear a size 9 and that is what I ordered. When I tried them on they felt a little tight but comfortable. I believe they will be perfect once they are broken in.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 26, 2015

James K

from Madison, Mississippi

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.

Brands I'd also recommend: Born, Timberland, Clark

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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