Summary

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8 reasons to buy

  • A large percent of wearers advised that this mid-top delivers moderate arch support.
  • Many of its users confirmed that the Keen Austin Casual Waterproof men’s Cleat is comfortable right away.
  • The shoe could be utilized for lifestyle use and in the workplace, according to several purchasers.
  • Its water-resistant quality has been commended by a good number of commenters.
  • A couple of buyers praised the roomy toe box of the Keen men's Austin Casual Waterproof shoes.
  • One flat-footed customer highlighted the stiff leather and eyelets because it delivers ample support.
  • Despite its bulky looks, some shoppers are surprised that it is fairly light on foot.
  • A person who has bone spurs on his feet advised that this mid-top doesn't need orthotics to experience the optimal comfort.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A substantial number of reviewers have complained that the laces are too short and quite stiff.
  • Many of its wearers concluded that the Keen Austin Casual Waterproof Cleat runs larger than the regular size.

Bottom line

Like the original Keen Austin, this mid-top version has gained acclaim from reviewers due to its water-resistant properties and versatility. Wearers attested to its comfort and support, even to those who have sustained various foot-related issues. 

The Keen Austin Casual Waterproof Cleat delivers all the essentials, whether used casually or while working. However, its laces are a different story as many have complained about its qualities.

Facts

Base model: KEEN Austin
Top: Mid
Inspired from: Casual
Collection: Keen Casual Shoes
Closure: Laces
Material: EVA, Leather, Rubber Sole
Season: Winter
Features: Waterproof
Price: $140
Colorways: Black, Brown
Special editions: 1 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
Fit
Tight Loose
Support
Neutral Stable
Flexibility
Stiff Flexible
Breathability
Warm Breathable
Cushioning
Firm Plush
Durability 8/10
Comfort 8/10
Traction 8/10
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The mid-top Keen Austin Casual Waterproof Cleat is available from 7 to 17, in US sizing. Many commented that it runs large. It would be advisable to reduce at least a half size from the wearer’s usual measurements to get the most desirable fit.

Custom orthotics can be used on this mid-top, because of the removable metatomical EVA insole. This footbed provides moderate arch support and molds to the shape of the user’s foot. 

Under no circumstances, the Keen Austin Casual Waterproof Cleat is considered eye-catching. It doesn’t have any intricate detailing on its water-resistant premium leather upper. Still, its straightforward design has endeared a lot of customers. By having the appearance of a hiking cleat or a work shoe, it definitively raised its rate of wearability. With its monochromatic color options, the mid-top blends in naturally with casual or semi-formal clothes.

As the name implies, the sneaker provides a remarkable degree of water resistance, thanks to the PFC-free water repellent aspect of the premium leather upper. Keen has used Cleansport NXT on most of its shoes for natural odor control, and the Austin Casual Waterproof Cleat is no different. For added comfort, a breathable mesh lining is situated on the interior.

The Keen Austin is one of the pioneer shoes of the brand. It was originally released in 2003, the inaugural year of the Keen company itself. Since its introduction until today, the Keen Austin has remained in production, thanks to the overwhelmingly positive responses it got from wearers. Numerous follow-up models have been released over the years. One of the recent additions, the Keen Austin Casual Waterproof Cleat, is a mid-top water-resistant variety of the 2003 classic.   

  • The leather upper came from LGW-certified tanneries.
  • Its midsole is made from compression-molded EVA.
  • Color options are Black / Raven and Chocolate Brown / Black Olive.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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