When you’re constantly on your feet fulfilling orders or assembling components, you need supportive footwear that can keep up. Designed for the day-to-day rigors of light industrial work, our men’s and women’s KEEN Utility Sparta work sneakers are ready to tackle long shifts spent standing, walking, and lifting. Each pair in the series combines the features you’d expect from a work shoe with the comfort and performance of your favorite running sneaker.
Ideal for the warehouse, assembly line, or shop, the lightweight KEEN.ReGEN midsole provides up to 50% energy return with every step, so you feel energized no matter where you work. An oil- and slip-resistant non-marking rubber outsole keeps feet right where you want them, whether you’re loading skids or delivering packages. And since hard work tends to build heat, each pair comes equipped with a breathable mesh upper and moisture-wicking textile lining so feet stay dry and fresh all day long.
Fit to Work
KEEN Utility work sneakers incorporate our signature hiker fit, adapted for the demands of the jobsite. A contoured heel cup helps keep your heel supported for all-day comfort and surefootedness, while a spacious toe box gives toes room to spread out and flex naturally. Each pair is offered in a regular or wide width, so it's easy to find the right fit.
We also make a fit specifically for the tradeswomen out there. To support the distinct biomechanics and structure of women’s feet, we’ve created styles with a snugger fit in the heel and a more spacious toe box for added comfort and stability at work.
To find the Sparta work sneaker that’s right for you, choose the statement below that best aligns with your needs:
Lightweight Work Sneakers
“I need a lightweight work shoe that’s comfortable and breathable all shift long.”
Warm workdays in the warehouse are no match for our women’s Sparta 2 sneaker and men’s Sparta 2 sneaker. A durable, breathable engineered mesh upper combines with a moisture-wicking lining to keep feet feeling cool and dry throughout the day. As you check off tasks and meet project milestones, the lightweight KEEN.ReGEN midsole returns 50% more energy with every step. An electrical hazard (EH)-rated, oil- and slip-resistant outsole and lightweight, asymmetrical aluminum toes provide protection and peace of mind on the job. For added midfoot support as you work, a nylon shank provides stability.
“This is my second pair of this model. 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
“Great pair of safety shoes. I put my orthos in these shoes. I have large feet for a woman. Fit is great with my insoles as I have a high arch. No breaking in. Comfort out of the box. Great shoes.” — Marcia M.
ESD-rated Work Sneakers
“The conditions at my job require footwear with an ESD-rated outsole.”
When it comes to jobsites that require protective ESD-rated footwear, our men’s and women’s Sparta 2 ESD sneakers are qualified for the job. Built with safety in mind, each pair comes with an Electro Static Dissipative (ESD) outsole constructed to reduce excess static electricity and protect any electronics you’re working on. For a supportive feel that lasts all day long, the lightweight KEEN.ReGEN midsole provides 50% energy return with every step while a nylon shank adds midfoot support. A breathable mesh upper and moisture-wicking lining help feet stay dry in warm working conditions. Whether you go with the KEEN.PROTECT soft toe version to safeguard against minor impact or the asymmetrical aluminum safety toe version for protection against heavy impact, finding the right level of safety for your jobsite is easy.
“I absolutely love these shoes! I work in a nursing home and I’m on my feet most of the day and these are perfect. I have the soft toe version. Toe cap does a good job of protecting from holes. I have wide feet and I bought the wide size of this shoe and the fit is perfect. These shoes definitely met my expectations.” — Gilby
Abrasion-resistant Work Sneakers
“The work I do is tough on shoes. Got a pair that’s extra durable?”
Whether you’re shifting a stud into place or intercepting the fall of a fragile package, sometimes the best tool for the job is your shoe. Made with a durable, abrasion-resistant upper, our men’s and women’s Sparta XT sneakers hold up to whatever you throw at them. They’re easy to wipe clean — a plus when your work puts you in contact with kitchen oils or machine lubricants. For added protection as you work, asymmetrical aluminum toes protect against worksite hazards and weigh 35% less than steel toes. The KEEN.ReGEN midsole provides fatigue-fighting, energy-returning cushioning while a moisture-wicking lining helps keep feet cool. From concrete floors to metal ladders, the KonnectFit heel-capture system provides a locked-in feel and a nylon shank keeps your midfoot supported.
“I've been wearing these for over a year as a forklift mechanic. Comfortable on concrete all day with lots of bending and standing. Also durable while power washing. It's been over a year and they are still going strong.” — Shad
“I am on my feet and on a cement floor up to nine hours a day. With these shoes I can still take a nice relaxing walk after my shift. I wear these shoes mostly for work but enjoy them for everyday wear as well. They clean up easily and always look good. I have never owned a shoe that had an aluminum toe, but I got used to it quickly and like the idea that if something falls on my toe, I'm protected. You could relate if you ever had a #10 can of tomato sauce fall from a shelf and land on your big toe!” — Janet
With built-in energy return, loads of on-the-job-protection, and the lightweight feel of running shoes, our Sparta work sneakers are ready for busy days and long shifts. Lace up and get to work.