Whether you’re a delivery driver, remodeler, or fulfillment specialist, not all jobs require the extra coverage and ankle support that work boots provide. KEEN Utility work shoes are designed to meet the demands of light industrial work while offering the fit and support of sneakers.
Because trips and falls are the number one workplace hazard, all of our work shoes come standard with an oil- and slip-resistant rubber outsole that exceeds the Mark II and SATRA slip standard testing. It’s also EH-rated to provide protection against electric shock underfoot. For on-the-job safety and a roomy fit, KEEN Utility work shoes have an asymmetrical toe design engineered specifically for your left and right foot. Whether you choose a KEEN.PROTECT soft toe to shield against minor impact or a steel, aluminum, or carbon-fiber safety toe for heavy impact protection, KEEN Utility offers a variety of options to meet your needs.
Which KEEN Utility work shoe should you choose? Ask yourself which of the following statements rings true for you:
“I work in a hot and humid climate.”
If airflow is at the top of your wish list, the men’s and women’s Atlanta Cool II Work Shoe delivers. Mesh panels on the leather upper provide ventilation, and a moisture-wicking textile lining helps keep feet dry on sunny construction sites or when you’re working with heated equipment. A lightweight KEEN.ReGEN midsole cushions every step and returns 50% more energy than a standard EVA midsole to keep you going strong all day. Other lightweight and breathable models are available in the Atlanta collection.
“I'm a woodturner and was looking for some comfort and protection. Dropping a gouge or a bowl blank on your foot can make for a BAD day. These shoes are comfortable and give me the kind of protection I was looking for. The vents make them cooler as well.” - Steven A.
“I didn't think I would find steel-toe safety in a shoe that was also cool and comfortable in the hot and humid seasons of Florida, but these are fantastic.” - Jack D.
“I clock a LOT of miles in a day.”
A lightweight, athletic member of the Flint II collection, the men’s and women’s Flint II Sport soft toe work shoe is built for those who spend long days on their feet. It comes equipped with a KEEN.ReGEN midsole that returns 50% more energy than a standard EVA foam midsole to make the last hour go by as quickly as the first. A KonnectFit heel capture system provides a locked-in feel.
“I needed a shoe that would protect my toes while I kneel, climb ladders, and generally move around a construction site all day. I am a remodeler and these shoes have paid off in the first week of use. I have had issues in the past with boots that are too loose and the wear on my feet at the end of the day is painful. These keep my toes protected and are very comfortable around the work site.” - Gordon
“Love these safety shoes. I’ve been wearing them for two weeks on a 9 story concrete construction project and they felt right from the very first day. It's been 90+ Degrees every day with no air conditioning and my feet felt fine all day long compared to my mid- top steel toe safety boots.” - Jim K.
“I’m looking for support without the work-boot weight.”
From the warehouse to the manufacturing floor, the men’s and women’s Sparta aluminum work toe shoe is a great choice for anyone who does light industrial work. It has a lightweight and breathable mesh and synthetic upper and a moisture-wicking textile lining. Its athletic design includes a KEEN.ReGEN midsole that returns 50% more energy than a standard EVA midsole for all-day wearability. CLEANSPORT NXT™ provides natural odor protection. The men’s Sparta XT aluminum toe work shoe adds an abrasion-resistant, non-mutilating synthetic upper and a KonnectFit heel capture system for a locked-in feel.
“I like this shoe for one great reason, it walks on a concrete floor like I’m walking on a Tempurpedic mattress. It’s that comfortable. I don’t even notice the aluminum toe cap at all.” - Frankie G.
“I'm tough on shoes, but love this lightweight but durable shoe. Also, the grippy soles really help me when I work on roofs.” - CJ
Whether you’re delivering packages or framing a house, the fan-favorite, athletic build of the men’s and women’s Vista Energy carbon-fiber toe shoe will keep a spring in your step from clock-in to clock-out. The KEEN.ReGEN midsole returns energy to every step, keeping you feeling light on your feet. The KonnectFit heel capture system keeps the heel secure to help prevent blisters and chafing. The carbon-fiber toe won’t set off metal detectors. An ESD-rated version lets you choose your level of protection.
“From working a series of warehouse and production jobs with a lot of standing time I tried these out. I was burning through sneakers after only about a month. These give me much better energy and support.” - Joe
“By far one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes I have owned. I work retail and spend about 10 hours a day pounding concrete. Even after that my back and knee pain have reduced significantly.” - Kelly
Work shoes made as tough as work boots
Work boots are great when you need them. But for lots of jobs, work shoes can provide the protection you need in a lighter weight and more streamlined fit. KEEN Utility offers so many choices, there’s bound to be a work shoe that’s right for you.