Best Keen Work Boots- Reviews & Buying Guide 2020

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KEEN Utility Men’s Milwaukee 6″ Steel Toe Work Boot

I’ve always liked the Keen Boot Company. I believe they make boots which are durable, stylish, and also comfortable. And these are all the factors that you’d need and expect from a good quality shoe. So, today we’re going to review the company’s Milwaukee 6 inch Steel toe. Going by the boot’s name,the product itself is quite rugged and tough looking.

Comfort levels

Just like any other Keen Boot, the Milwaukee also feels great when you try them on for the first time. There is absolutely no need for a break in period. In this particular Keen Utility Men’s Milwaukee Work Boot, the shoe has a snug fit, and it also possesses a detachable dual density EVA foot bed, which can provide you with the all important impact safe protection. However with the weight of 2.6 pounds, the shoe is a tad on the heavier side.

You can either select steel or a soft toe variant of the Keen Utility Men’s Milwaukee Work Boot. The steel one is just a bit heavy; however both the variants come with the fabulous slip resistance sole and are covered with electrical hazard safety protection. But sadly both the shoes variants don’t come with puncture resistant and avoiding soles.

Critical Reviews

With just a single look you will understand that the Keen Utility Men’s Milwaukee Work Boots are designed for the rough weather. The ‘top tech’ allows the shoe to be pretty much bullet proof. The waterproofing on the Keen Utility Men’s Milwaukee Work Boot is excellent and during a rainy day, it can totally live up to the mark. The insulation levels are also good. It would keep your legs warm in the cold but using it with light socks would be advisable during the summers.

After months of use, I could still say that my Keen Utility Men’s Milwaukee Work Boots look just like new to me. The build quality looks good however this facility only comes with the Steel toe version. Many people have criticized the build quality of the soft toe version. There might be some kind of design defect also.

The Steel toe version of the shoe has got all the accolades, unlike the soft toe version. In hundred reviews the steel variant has gained around 4.4 stars out of the maximum 5. The people and the users have loved its comfort levels and the lack of break in period. However, the users have mentioned disadvantage about the shoe’s heavyweight.

If you are looking for a comfortable, insulated and stylish work boot, then the Keen Company’s Milwaukee can be your automatic choice. However with the price tag of 150 dollars, you may be overspending a bit. Still thanks to the build quality of the Steel toe variant, the money might be well spent after all.

Keen Utility Brief Company History

Although beginning as a revolutionary sandal manufacturer, Keen has branched out into various styles, including work boots.

Keen’s design team set the company apart from the rest with their unique approach to the design of shoes. They mixed both their extensive knowledge of shoes and research and engineering to create some of the most comfortable shoes on the market.

Within the industrial line, the boots are soft-toed, steel-toed or composite-toed. The boots may look like hiking shoes, but they offer foot protection comparable to the other leading companies in the industry. Boots within Keen Industrial include:

  • The Pittsburgh (available in soft toe and steel toe)
  • The Portland (composite toe)
  • The Detroit Mid (available in soft and steel toe)
  • The Cleveland (steel toe)

A number of technologies are employed in each style. The Keen grip ensures you “hold your ground” with its slip and oil resistant outsoles, which meet, sometimes exceeding, the American Society for Testing and Materials F1677-96 MARK II non-slip standards.

The left and right asymmetrical steel toe provides a roomier toe box with its anatomically correct steel-toe design. It meets ASTM F2412-05 and F2413-05 I/75 and C/75 standards. The Keen waterproofing system has a waterproof, breathable “membrane that lets vapor out without letting water in.”

Most importantly, all of the boots have the metatomical footbed design, which offers superior arch support and cradles the contours of the foot. Anatomically engineered, the footbed makes wearing work boots more bearable.

The work boots come in sizes 7-15. Extra wide widths can be ordered.