Verdict from +100 user reviews

4 reasons to buy

  • The air cushioning unit in the KEEN Grayson Oxford impressed many reviewers because of the comfort it delivered.
  • A lot of purchasers appreciated the style and colorway of this KEEN footwear because it went well with casual and work clothing.
  • The trainer was deemed reasonably priced because of how durable it was.
  • Several individuals enjoyed the lightweight nature of the footgear because their feet didn’t feel tired at the end of the day.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The tongue and collar of the KEEN Grayson Oxford were not padded and caused discomfort around the ankle.
  • Several wearers complained that the seams of the unlined interior caused chafing or blisters.
  • The footgear was stiff and had an extended breaking in period than other KEEN trainers.

Bottom line

This pair of hiking-inspired shoes feature technologies that ensure comfort and surefootedness. Included in KEEN’s lifestyle collection, the Keen Grayson Oxford was lauded for its style. The price was also well-received given its quality build. 

However, some shoppers pointed out that the collar and the tongue bit their skin. But in the end, though there were complaints about the stiffness of the trainer, it still came highly recommended because of the comfortable footbed.

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Good to know

The KEEN Grayson Oxford is crafted to accommodate the size and width of men’s feet and is available in US sizes 7 to 15, including half and full sizes in between. Widthwise, the trainer only comes in a D - Medium profile. 

The lacing system on the midfoot allows for fast customization. Consumers should note that the collar and tongue on this model are not padded. The trainer has been marked true to size and width.

Oxford shoes are usually associated with formal wear, but over the years, footwear manufacturers have updated the design to make it more versatile, like the KEEN Grayson Oxford which has a more rugged aesthetic. For a casual look, pair this footgear with cuffed pants with a polo shirt and a blazer. Wear relaxed pants with a crew-neck shirt and a jacket or a plaid shirt for a mountain-trekker inspired look. 

Engineered for comfort, the KEEN Grayson Oxford features the Luftcell dual-density polyurethane (PU) outsole which helps steady the foot. The sole unit has been infused with air for enhanced shock absorption. There is also a direct-attach PU midsole for an added layer of underfoot protection and comfort. As for the upper, it employs an American leather hide which is hard-wearing.

Boat enthusiast Martin Keen came up with the KEEN Newport sandals after growing tired of always bumping his toes while sailing. He needed something that protected the front of his feet but was still water-ready. Over the year, the brand expanded its offerings to cold weather footwear when the company moved its operations from California to Portland. KEEN now offers all sorts of footwear from cleats, to sandals, and casual shoes like the Keen Grayson Oxford.

  • The interior is unlined to maintain flexibility.
  • To clean the KEEN Grayson Oxford, brush it with a soft bristled brush or a dry cloth to remove surface dirt. For stains, use a gum eraser rubbed circularly then brush off the debris after.
  • The lugs on the outsole provide traction on trails and pavements.


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