A busy shift or extra overtime hours shouldn’t mean uncomfortable feet at the end of the day. From warehouse floors to backcountry research sites, our KEEN Utility soft toe work boots and shoes are built for long-lasting wearability and on-the-job safety.
Our men’s and women’s soft toe work boots and shoes are built to keep feet protected against minor impacts with left and right asymmetrical KEEN.PROTECT soft toes. They come standard with an electrical hazard (EH)-rated, oil- and slip-resistant outsole for surefootedness on slick metal decking, rocky pathways, and everything in between. And since every job is a little different, we offer a range of durable footwear to tackle all of them.
Fit to work hard
KEEN Utility shoes and boots have a fit made specifically for the work environment. We adapted our popular hiker fit (a spacious toe box, a contoured arch, and a snug heel cup) to create pro-grade work boots with a long-lasting supportive feel. The snug heel cup keeps your heel secure as you move. The roomy toe box gives toes room to spread out and flex naturally.
Our women’s boots are Tradeswomen Tested
Over the years we’ve heard from lots of hard-working tradeswomen that wearing men’s boots on the job is uncomfortable and feels unsafe. Since safety is key to a reliable work boot, our women's-specific footwear has a fit that supports the unique foot structure and biomechanics of women’s feet. Wherever you see our Tradeswomen Tested logo, you know hard-working women wear-tested the product and approved it for the rigors of their work.
Read on to find the best work boot for your jobsite.
“My 10-hour shifts mean I’m standing for 10 hours straight.”
Whether you’re working the assembly line or framing up walls, our men’s and women’s San Jose boots are made for long days on your feet. The air-infused KEEN Luftcell midsole is ultra-lightweight and won’t weigh you down during a long shift. It’s made with unlined leather, so there’s no break-in period needed. Siping on the oil- and slip-resistant outsole adds extra traction on wet surfaces. It’s available in a water-resistant version for men and women, as well as a fully waterproof version for men.
“They are like walking on fluffy clouds all day on my concrete work floor.” - Heather M.
Looking for a heavy-duty wedge boot option? Our women’s and men’s Cincinnati boot is ready to take on tough work indoors and out with a waterproof barnyard-resistant leather upper. The durable Goodyear welt construction combines with a KEEN Luftcell air-injected midsole for a supportive all-day feel that’s also lightweight. Whether you’re harnessed up doing roof repairs or supervising an early morning concrete pour, the nylon shank and shellback heel design keep your feet supported hour after hour. Additional padding at the ankle helps limit chafing while keeping the ankle secure. For even more ankle support, check out the 8-inch version for women.
“These boots are absolutely RIGHTEOUS!!!! I wear them at work, I do landscaping and remodeling. Them being waterproof helps tremendously!!” - Tyler B.
“I need a durable slip-on boot that’s still supportive.”
When you need protection and great feel in a slip-on, find it in the women’s and men’s Seattle Romeo boot. A compression-molded EVA midsole keeps feet feeling good while a nylon shank offers midfoot support. Durable front and back loops make it easy to pull the boot on with cold hands or while wearing work gloves. And it won’t slip off while you’re working hard, thanks to the 90° heel that helps catch and lock the foot in place.
“I have literally hardly worn any other shoe since I received these boots. They are perfect. They fit like my other favorite KEEN boots/shoes, they are comfortable all day, they have a fantastic tread, and look great. I love them.” - Nancy
“My work requires me to work indoors and outdoors.”
The men’s Detroit XT boot or shoe have the grip to tackle any terrain, from freshly sealed concrete to muddy construction sites. KEEN.KEY-TECH FLEX offers contoured underfoot support and structured stability for long-lasting wearability on the job. A dual-density compression-molded EVA midsole and moisture-wicking lining help keep feet feeling their best all day. Designed to protect you in a variety of work conditions, it comes in a waterproof, breathable style as well as a water-resistant, ESD-rated version that helps reduce excess static electricity.
“I’m in construction and some other things. These have held up well with what I put them through, from paving and being on 300° asphalt to standing in one spot flagging all day. A year and a half later they are still going strong.” - Jack B
“I need a boot that can hold up to wet conditions day after day.”
If you’re after superior ankle support and protection from the elements, we recommend the men’s Pittsburgh boot. Whether you’re flagging all day or digging out trenches, the durable, waterproof nubuck leather upper combines with a breathable, KEEN.DRY membrane to help keep feet dry and feeling fresh. For added stability on uneven terrain, the 90° heel helps the foot stay in place, while the KEEN.KEY-TECH full-length TPU shank offers support from the heel to the forefoot.
“Yes, this boot is amazing. I use it for work. I am an outdoor line construction worker. I am on my feet about 10 to 12 hours, 6 days a week, and boy do my feet feel good in these boots, even after a long day. These boots won’t let you down.” - Al M
American Built using quality materials from around the world, our men's Braddock boot and shoe are made with wet days in mind. Waterproof leather resists rain and snow, while a heat-, oil-, and slip-resistant rubber outsole keeps feet right where you want them as you work. Laying underground pipe or installing precast concrete walls, the textile lining wicks moisture so you stay cool and dry no matter the task. The direct-attach PU midsole and TPU shank offer support and keep feet feeling great hour after hour, day after day.
“Warm, waterproof, slip resistant. Great boot for working outside in the cold and snow.” - Kevin
“Walking, standing, climbing ladders. At my job, I’m always on my feet.”
When you’re faced with jobs that require hours of back and forth, up and down, or standing in place, our men’s and women’s Flint II boot is the right tool for the job. Equipped with an external stability shank and an innovative compression-resisting KEEN.ReGEN midsole, every step is cushioned and supported so you feel good through it all. Siping on the outsole adds traction in wet weather. Lighter weight than our original Flint boot, it comes in a low-cut shoe and mid-cut boot option.
“I've been wearing these two weeks, and they are amazing. I work 12-hour shifts, and my feet would ache at the end of the shift along with calf pain. NO MORE!! Thanks to these amazing shoes. They are lightweight, offer support and comfort. Highly recommended.” - Susan
Project schedules don't wait for good weather. Keep working through the rain and the muck in our men’s Chicago boot. The KEEN.DRY waterproof, breathable membrane ensures feet stay dry crisscrossing the construction site. A locking heel and stability shank add midfoot support and help reduce heel slip. The lightweight KEEN.ReGEN compression-resisting midsole helps keep feet feeling energized.
“I purchased the Chicago style boot and love it! The KEENs were comfortable right out of the box-unlike others that needed both a break-in period. I do construction and logging in NW Wisconsin. I wear them every day and they still look brand new. BEST BOOT I have owned in 10 years!” - Peter
When there’s work to be done, you need a boot or shoe you can rely on. No matter the terrain, weather, or task at hand, the durable KEEN Utility soft toe collection has an option to keep you covered.