Our verdict


Loved for its sturdiness over time, the KEEN Austin earned praises from most wearers. Owners also admire its comfort, stylish design, and outstanding construction. On the other hand, the shoe needs some breaking in, as observed by most users. But overall, this offering by KEEN is deemed by many as a worthwhile investment. Thanks to its many positive characteristics.


  • Highly durable
  • Wide range of neutral colorways
  • True to size fit
  • Comfortable
  • Water-resistant
  • Spacious toe box
  • Great for wearers with wide foot profile
  • Excellent materials and construction
  • Slip-resistant
  • Adequate arch support


  • Requires a break-in time
  • Produces squeaking noise

Who should buy the KEEN Austin

Most wearers of the KEEN Austin find this footwear true to size. However, its leather upper requires some break-in period. This pair uses a classic oxford lace-up design for its closure. It provides a secure lockdown fit. It also has a Metatomical footbed design for an in-step support system which provides excellent arch support and contours after the natural shape of the wearer's foot. It is a solid option if: 

  • A shoe with colorways that match well with any outfit is what you prefer.
  • Footwear aesthetically appropriate for urban settings is what you want.  
  • You are after a shoe that offers adequate forefoot space for extra comfort. 

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Style of KEEN Austin

The KEEN Austin's style incorporates the perfect balance between a hiking shoe and a casual lifestyle pair. Its full-grain and nubuck leather combination exudes a fusion of sophistication and ruggedness perfect for people who love a mature, adventurous look. Its subdued colorways make it easy to work the shoes into any ensemble, from casual to smart casual. Pair it with jeans or walking shorts with a polo shirt for a casual stroll around the city or dress it in slacks, a belt, and a button-down polo for a meeting or a special occasion.

KEEN Austin Style

Notable Features

According to shoe users, the kick's best feature is its spacious toe box, durability, comfort, and water-resistant upper. Its functionality is what sold this pair to most purchasers. Aesthetic-wise its overall casual ruggedness gives it character and personality and aptly represents the brand. Stitching details serve a dual purpose as it provides added durability and stylish texture to the shoe. Last but not the least, the overextended midsole in the toe part offers protection against bumps and abrasions.

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History of KEEN Austin

KEEN is an American footwear company that was initially established based on the question "can a sandal protect your toes?" Founded by Martin KEEN, a sailor and outdoor enthusiast who loved wearing sandals during these activities set an agenda to create a company that manufactured sandals that protected toes. Hence the KEEN Newport sandals were born. It became such a success that the company became a household name in the US.

KEEN Austin History

Today the company has grown and has inevitably expanded its product range. The brand now offers hiking and heavy-duty work footwear for men, women, and kids. One of their many offerings is the KEEN Austin, which is a men's exclusive lace-up kick that performs well during urban exploration. It is available in a number of neutral, earth-toned colorways that makes pairing a breeze.

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Additional info

  • It is offered in Medium width.
  • The lining is crafted from a mesh
  • The footbed is removable.
  • It features a non-marking rubber outsole.
  • Gently brush your footwear with a soft-bristled shoe brush to get rid of loose dirt and debris. Stains can be removed by lightly rubbing a specialty shoe gum eraser in circular motions.

KEEN Austin Additional Info