Verdict from +100 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • The Keen Austin is a very durable pair. Some added that their shoe lasted 3 to 4 years before having to replace it.
  • It is available in a number of neutral colorways that are easy to work into any outfit.
  • Most users claim that the shoe fits true to size.
  • Majority of the wearers raved about how comfortable this pair is.
  • It is water-resistant.
  • Plenty of wide-footed consumers were pleasantly surprised with the shoe's spacious toe box.
  • Some added that the Keen Austin is the only footwear that's comfortable enough for their wide feet.
  • Its materials and construction are considered to be of excellent quality by most purchasers.
  • The kick is slip-resistant.
  • Some consumers with high arch mentioned that it provides adequate support for their condition.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A lot of wearers said that the upper required break-in time.
  • Some complained about squeaking noises every time they stepped.

Bottom line

Grounded in the love of the outdoors, the Keen Austin exudes a rugged yet casual style with a sophisticated flair. Its durable leather upper lends a touch of refinement to the shoe's classic sporty silhouette making it a versatile pair that's easy to dress up and down.

Aesthetics aside, users prefer it for its water-resistant functionality, superb comfort, durability, and wide toe box. Available at $110, most find this pair a great product with excellent value for money.

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Good to know

The Keen Austin is exclusively offered in men's sizes that range from 7 to 17. Ladies who fancy a pair should go 1.5 sizes down from their standard shoe size. Most customers find this style true to size but note that the leather upper requires some break-in period.

This pair uses a classic oxford lace-up design for its closure that provides a secure, lockdown fit. It also features a Metatomical footbed design for an in-step support system that is engineered to provide excellent arch support and contours after the natural shape of the wearer's foot.

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 exude 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.

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.

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.

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's designed for urban exploration. It is available in a number of neutral, earth-toned colorways that will make pairing a breeze.

  • 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.


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