Work. It’s what puts food on our tables and gets power to our homes. It’s what improves roads and communities. Work can be cold, messy, and downright hard, but that’s why we make a work boot for every condition. Because regardless of the job, someone’s counting on you to get it done. Check out some of our most popular hard-working boots and shoes to find the perfect pair.
Fit for work
A comfortable fit is key for long days on your feet. All KEEN Utility boots feature a hiking-inspired fit, with a spacious forefoot for natural toe flexion and a snug and supportive heel cup. And since a work boot is only perfect if the fit is perfect too, every boot we build comes in a regular or wide fit.
“I need a pair of lightweight, ultra-grippy work boots.”
Wrapping pallets, doing a job walk, or pulling wire, we built the men’s San Jose 6" Series for those jobs that have you constantly on the go. And since every jobsite is different, there’s a San Jose Boot for every one of them. To ensure you have the right pair for your work, choose between waterproof or unlined, and soft or aluminum toe. Either way, the lightweight, air-infused KEEN Luftcell midsole and oil- and slip-resistant outsole work together to keep you safely and comfortably on your feet hour after hour.
“Absolutely exquisite. By FAR my favorite boots. Extremely supportive and evenly planted. The sole provides firm, confident footing, and the upper feels evenly and appropriately snug around my entire foot. I am prone to ankle rolls, and these boots have helped a great deal.” — Sloggett
“I’m looking for a classic wedge work boot that holds up to wear-and-tear.”
A favorite of ironworkers, asphalt pavers, carpenters, and farmers alike, our men’s and women’s Cincinnati Boots are bestsellers for a reason. Built with a lightweight KEEN Luftcell air-infused midsole and a stitched-down Goodyear welt, they’re as comfortable as they are durable. The barnyard-resistant leather upper means that no matter what you throw at them (Oleic acid? Ammonium hydroxide? A little cow pee?) they’ll hold up and keep working as long as you need them to.
Pro tip: For even more on-the-job protection, choose the Cincinnati Boot with a lightweight carbon-fiber safety toe.
“The best boots! They fit like a glove and I can wear a medium sock with them. These boots are amazing!! I am on my feet 14-15 hours a day and these boots hold up to the challenge. They’re so comfortable it’s unreal but real!! Thank you KEEN for these boots. The best! Oh and they really are lightweight.” — Boog527
“It’s important to me that my gear is built in America. Got a boot for that?”
Yep. We actually have a whole collection for that. One of our favorites? The men’s Portland Boots. Whether you spend your days crouching down to read water meters or squatting to access that hard-to-reach wire tray, KEEN.BELLOWS FLEX technology bends with your foot as you move. Added safety features like a carbon-fiber toe and a EH-rated outsole that’s oil- and slip-resistant give you peace of mind as you navigate the jobsite. Plus, each pair is assembled with pride right here in Portland, Oregon, using the finest materials sourced from around the world.
“My glass slipper. Out of the box, this pair was instantly the best boot I’ve ever worn. Plenty of wiggle room for my toes and occasionally will look down and laugh because they’re so comfortable.” — Cody W.
Another popular American Built boot (a bestseller, in fact) is our men's Dover 6" Waterproof Boot. Designed for cold and wet outdoor work (but transitions well indoors too), they’re made with a KEEN.DRY membrane for waterproof protection that still lets feet breathe. Icy concrete or slick boom lift, the oil- and slip-resistant rubber outsole keep you steady on your feet while the carbon-fiber safety toe offers lightweight protection.
“Great pair of boots — I work for a plumbing company and own a drain cleaning business so these boots are on all day every day. You won’t regret buying these. Take it from me, they're built for hard work in all conditions.” — Sawyer
Pro tip: For jobsites that expose you to extra cold temperatures (we’re talking as low as -55°F/-48°C) check out our men's Dover 8" Insulated Waterproof Boot. They have all the same safety features but come equipped with lightweight KEEN.WARM insulation too.
“I’ve got to have a boot that’s as comfortable as it is tough.”
When overtime or incentive pay are knocking on the door, look no further than the men’s Pittsburgh 6” Boot. Made in a steel or soft toe version, these rugged work boots are outfitted with a grippy oil- and slip-resistant rubber outsole for on-the-job protection. KEEN.KEY-TECH, a TPU plate that locks into the midsole, adds additional support, stability, and comfort. Oh yeah, and did we mention they’re waterproof?
“You will not find a more comfortable boot!! I have been wearing this same pair of boots for almost 3 years. 6 days a week, 10 hours a day. Only thing I've done is replace the insoles once and the lace on one of the boots. Very comfortable! Feet stay dry!” — Woody
If you're looking for a work boot that feels more like a sneaker, check out our men’s Lansing Low Shoe. Built to keep up with the demands of the jobsite, they’re made with a waterproof leather upper, asymmetrical steel safety toe, and an oil- and slip-resistant rubber outsole. Whether you’re a landscaper unloading a late delivery of sod or an aircraft marshal signaling on the tarmac, the arch-support insole keeps you comfortable and reflective details add extra visibility.
“The benchmark! Love this shoe, work requires safety toe shoes, but these look great as well as keep me safe.” — Hans G
Pro tip: If you’re in need of some additional ankle support, check out our mid-cut version, the men's Lansing Mid Waterproof Boot.
We believe that when you work hard, you feel good. Unless of course, your feet hurt. Built for safety and comfort on and off the jobsite, our KEEN Utility boots for women and men are made to finish the day feeling good.
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