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Keen Austin Reviews

337 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

0%Rated 5 stars

60%Rated 4 stars

20%Rated 3 stars

20%Rated 2 stars

0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

87% "Felt true to size"

91% "Felt true to width"

78% "Excellent arch support"

Additional 217 Austin Keen Reviews

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1 person found this review helpful  

June 3, 2012

Anonymous

from Southern California

These are excellent shoes for what I want. Comfortable, durable and weather resistant for an upcoming holiday to various cities. They broke in quickly. Stylish for what they are, which is why I gave it 4 stars there.

Brands I'd also recommend: Pikolinos

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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April 5, 2012

Joshua K

from San Francisco, CA

The Austin a handsome, water proof shoe that's great for a city walking shoe and perfect for the colder, rainy months. I've noticed that the leather just after the laces is bunching up a little. I'm not sure if that's because of getting worn in and my step or because there's too much leather in the shoe. It's a minor fault for a generally great shoe.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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January 7, 2012

Anonymous

 

These shoes are great for walking. I just wish they would make a wider width for those of us who have fat feet! They could do without the "Keen" logo tab next to the laces, too.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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January 1, 2012

Anonymous

 

I have got fairly wide feet, so trying these shoes was a gamble. They started off feeling narrow at the broadest part of my feet, but with some thick socks and gentle wear, the initial break-in was promising. Now they are coming along nicely. I am looking forward to wearing these for a long, comfortable time.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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December 25, 2011

Anonymous

from Astoria, OR

Just a little tight at the front near the tongue on the inside during breaking in, requiring I tie them looser than usual. Otherwise another excellent Keen product free from the problems with other cheaper Keen versions with plastic lace eyes that break or cloth eyes that wear within a year of heavy use.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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October 18, 2011

Glenn B

from Surprise, Arizona

For years I've worn Birkenstock Alpine hiking shoes that no other shoe has come close to in comfort until now. The Keen Austin feels very accurately sized. They have great arch support from the orthopedic insoles and are very comfortable and lightweight. The toe box gives your toes plenty of room in which to move and be very happily comfortable. The Keen socks are also very comfortable and supportive and keep your feet cool due to the wool material. I would rate them a 4++

Brands I'd also recommend: Birkenstock, and Lowa

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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September 16, 2007

Atp

from Jamestown, North Dakota

Will be great for travel and touring - I bought these to go on my honeymoon to Europe. We haven't gone yet, but I am amazed at how comfortable these shoes are. They look a little goofy, the toe is fairly wide. But they have grown on me in the last few weeks that I have had them.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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September 15, 2007

J I

from Baltimore

A Pretty OK Shoe - As a high school teacher, I am on my feet for most of the day, so I need a shoe that can keep my feet comfortable. I used to be a tried and true Dr. Martens fan - but I have switched allegiances. The style is what it is - geek chic. My shoes do not win any popularity contests with my inner-city students - but neither do they mock them. I started wearing keens last year and they hold up pretty well to the daily abuse I inflict upon them.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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September 6, 2007

Cm

from New York

Maybe a little too much room in toe box - Very comfortable, but I'm still getting used to spacious toe box. To me, they feel larger than marked, but I think it's the roominess that throws me and I think the 1/2 size smaller shoe would be just slightly too small. I need a 9 and 3/4. :)

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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July 11, 2007

Anonymous

from Washington DC

Keens rock! Worn these shoes for about 4 weeks at work, on travel, and around town. They are great, comfortable, and good looking.

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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April 5, 2007

Doug

from Maryland

Great Shoes, but... The shoe strings were too short. Had to go to Wal-Mart to get proper length strings.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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February 23, 2007

Bert

from Hendersonville, TN

This is a very comfortable shoe that is very well made. I need a very durable casual shoe. In the past I have worn several Columbia models, but I have found the Keen Austin a wonderful alternative. I would but a Keen shoe again and receomend it to my friends and family. Once I find a shoe that fits me well I tend to stay with it until it gets discontinued (ha, ha) and this one fits the bill for now.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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February 21, 2007

Anonymous

from Chicago

Bob Weston of the Shellac of North America band suggested these shoes. He claimed they were very comfortable, rugged and wide. I now agree.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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January 16, 2007

Michael S

from Columbia, Missouri

Nice but a little off - These look cool, and they have the same ergonomic footbed as other Keen shoes, but the size is inexplicably just slightly off. I wear a 13 men's and my feet are wide. Keens are just about the only shoes I can squeeze my feet into. While the Bronx fits me like a glove, the Austin is a little tighter- so much so that I feel some fatigue at the end of the day. My question is, why?

Brands I'd also recommend: bronx

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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December 24, 2006

Tonys

from Pittston, PA

Quirky & Shy - For a $100 shoe Keen has missed one mark: decent shoe laces. This is my first pair of Keen. I became interested in Keen after seeing my trendy friends sport their sandals. The Austin looked like it fit the bill for around town comfort, and it does with almost flying colors. This shoe has quirky good looks while providing rugged wear, and that makes it a nice package. But, something about this shoe isn't right with the width ~ it seems to run narrow, and thereby seems to barely cover the topside of the foot. The laces too are barely long enough to tie a decent knot. After changing out the laces and some breakin all is fine with this shoe. However, what's with the short laces?

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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April 21, 2012

Anonymous

 

I'm not sure why everyone says these shoes are so comfortable. They are stylish. I am a camp director and these shoes seemed like they'd be durable and tough. They have turned out to be quite durable; however, they have no cushioning. My rainbow flip flops have more protection between my foot and the rocky/uneven terrain I have to walk on. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure they are fine on pavement. It's just the dirt roads I walk on that these shoes aren't meant for. My feet feel like they've been beaten with a sack of rocks.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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April 13, 2012

Richard E

 

Very comfortable shoe, light weight with toe protection, but it is advertised as Anti-Slip, but the Anti-Slip is terrible. I wear these shoes in a workshop, on tiled floor, and when wet, I am lucky to stay on my feet. These are very slippery, unlike safety shoes with Anti-Slip and oil resistant grading. Very disappointed .

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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September 21, 2011

Anonymous

 

Comfortable, easy walking, and fairly stylish but the heel and sole wore out in about 6 months.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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July 31, 2007

Anonymous

 

Toe Collapse! I returned two pair of these shoes because the toe collapsed/separated on both pairs. I don't know why, but it happened the same way on both. I now have a pair of the Ventura, and the Briggs (to replace my Bronx). Whatever went wrong with the new toe design, I'm steering clear of it.

Brands I'd also recommend: Briggs, Ventura

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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May 4, 2007

Anonymous

 

These run hot - This is a fairly comfortable shoe that is casual and works well with other clothes. But I find my feet getting hot in these shoes, and, although still new, the shoes smell like I've had them for a while. This is partially my fault—I have hot feet—but the shoe doesn't vent heat at all.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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November 3, 2013

Ryan

from USA

Wore these for a month or so, the right shoe developed problems (and I'm easy going on shoes). The interior toe area (lining/leather) separated and fell into the shoe rubbing the tops of my toes (painful). I've owned Keens prior and have not had any trouble. I don't think I will try the Austin (or similar) style again.

Brands I'd also recommend: Danner, Hanwag, Kennetrek, Lowa

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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June 4, 2013

Anonymous

 

I feel like I need to chime in here with my opinion about the Keen Austin. These are great looking shoes, and they fit comfortable right out of the box, as others have pointed out. However, as another reviewer mentioned, the sole from my shoes began to separate significantly from the leather after owning these shoes for only a couple of months. It happened a few days after I went for a hike and was caught in a moderate rainstorm. I kept hiking. The shoes got wet. No big deal. But a couple days after that, I noticed that the glue holding the sole to the shoe (on both shoes) had failed at the point where my foot bends. I was bummed and perturbed to say the least. I mean, after spending a hundred bucks on shoes, you expect them to last more than a couple of months. Now, I have owned the shoes for about six months, and I continue to wear them. They still feel great, and I still love the way they look. Thankfully, the sole has not continued to separate to the point where it disconnects entirely from the shoe. In other words, they are still wearable. But my point is that a "high quality" leather shoe at this price point should have some longevity and durability to it, and that is just not the case with these shoes. This is not my first pair of Keens. I like them, and despite my grumblings, I may decide to purchase from them again in the future. I just feel like I have to let others know that these shoes (specifically my pair and those of the other reviewer) seem to have a manufacturing defect according to the design and materials used.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

July 19, 2012

Anonymous

 

Buyer beware - the current incarnation of Keen Austin's is different from the same shoe as sold about 2 years ago. The primary difference is in the way toebox/front part of the shoe is designed. Where the old shoe was slick, just the right size and very elegant, the current design is larger and somewhat shapeless. This results in a very unattractive, cheap looking shoe that also does not fit well (too much space for the forefoot, letting it slide around). If Zappos allowed it, I would have posted a photo of new and old Austin's side by side - the difference is obvious.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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April 16, 2012

Anonymous

from Seattle

Overall I do like these shoes, but I do have a couple comlaints. 1. The included laces don't stay tied very well at all, I have to retie them several times during the day. 2. They stain my white socks black. 3. After wearing them 4 out of 5 days for 9 months, the sole on one of them is starting to separate.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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November 25, 2011

Larry D

 

I purchased these shoes and took them on a two week vacation. There was a leather binding defect next to the toe of the right shoe. Many miles of toe pain due to rubbing from this on my toe.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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