Verdict from +100 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • Most users prefer the Keen Citizen Keen Waterproof for its versatility in function and style.
  • The shoe is available in some neutral colors that make for easy pairing with a myriad of outfits.
  • Some reviewers commend the pair's excellent grip, especially on slippery surfaces.
  • A significant number of reviewers like its style and design.
  • It is waterproof.
  • The pair's materials and craftsmanship are considered to be of superior quality.
  • A handful of wearers claim that the shoe provides adequate arch support.
  • It is very comfortable and ideal for all-day wear, according to the majority of shoe users.
  • This sneaker from KEEN is sturdy and durable, based on most consumers' opinions.
  • Some commenters say it is quite lightweight.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A significant number of wearers complain about the shoe’s excessively long shoelaces.
  • A few share that the colors of the pair in photos are not accurate.

Bottom line

Donning a casually rugged aesthetic, the Keen Citizen Keen Waterproof shoe is packed with features that make it an ideal footwear choice for people who love spontaneity and adventure. Its durable and waterproof construction coupled with a metatomical footbed provides the comfort of a sneaker with the function of a work cleat that could take you from the urban streets to the countryside.

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Good to know

The Keen Citizen Keen Waterproof is exclusively offered in men's sizes. Women who want to buy a pair should go 1.5 sizes down from their normal shoe size. This kick features the brand's signature metatomical footbed design, which is engineered to shape after the contours of the foot and provide excellent arch support.

Versatility in style and function are the Keen Citizen Keen Waterproof’s main assets. Its casual ruggedness is appropriate for both the city and the trail and could save you the time and effort to change footwear during spontaneous trips to the countryside. Dress it in jeans, walking shorts or slacks for a casual day walk in the mall or opt for outdoor apparel for a weekend spent in the woods.

This low-top pair's multi-textured upper combined with the hiker-style laces exude a stylishly rugged look that most found appealing. Its waterproof finish attracted practical users that needed a shoe ready for any weather. Finally, its exaggerated toecap provides a heavy-duty aesthetic while offering toe protection against bumps and abrasions.

Initially established based on the challenge of whether a sandal can protect your toes, Keen is an American footwear company founded by Martin Keen in 2003. Keen was a sailor and an outdoor enthusiast who preferred wearing sandals on his adventures and it gave him the idea to create a company that provided the answer to the aforementioned challenge. The result of their efforts is the Keen Newport sandals, which became very successful and made Keen a household name in the US.

Today the brand is mainly a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with their products inevitably expanding to more than just sandals. The company now offers apparel, accessories, hiking and heavy-duty work footwear for men, women, and kids. One of the many Keen footwear products is the Keen Citizen Keen Waterproof, which features heavy-duty functionality but with the comfort and looks of a sneaker. It is offered in a couple of neutral colorways that make for an easy pairing with most casual ensembles.

  • It is also called the Keen Citizen Keen Low Waterproof to differentiate it from the mid-top version.
  • The shoe's upper is crafted from full-grain leather and suede.
  • It is seam-sealed for all-weather wear.
  • It features the company's Cleansport NXT for natural odor control.
  • The kick has pull-tabs on both the tongue and heel as an aid for easier entry.


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