From the warehouse floor to the construction site to shipping and receiving docks all over the nation, it’s work boots and shoes on the feet of hard-working people that keep America moving forward. That’s why we make a boot for every job out there. It’s also why we have an American Built collection, where every boot and work shoe is assembled in our Portland, Oregon, factory using responsibly-sourced materials from around the world. Check out our guide below to find the right American Built boot for your tough job.
Fit for work
No matter which boots or shoes you go for, know that each pair is built around our supportive hiking-inspired fit for all-day comfort and surefootedness. Adapted for the demands of the jobsite, a spacious toe box offers greater freedom of movement, and a snug heel cup helps keep your heel supported.
“I need a hard-working work boot that’s also super easy to move in.”
It’s important to honor your roots. As an ode to our hometown, we created the men’s Portland Waterproof Boot, a sturdy waterproof boot with a get-the-job-done spirit. Designed to bend with your foot when work requires you to crouch or squat, KEEN.BELLOWS FLEX technology keeps feet comfortable for long hours on the job. An asymmetrical carbon-fiber safety toe and an 18kV electrical hazard (EH) rated oil- and slip-resistant outsole mean jobsite safety you can trust.
“Great boots!! I'm a bus mechanic. I wear these 10 to 16 hours a day. Love the way they fit, almost no break-in. ... Thanks KEEN for a great USA boot!!” — Bus D.
“I’ve got to work through the wet and cold — got a boot for that?”
You bet. Freezing mornings on the farm or long hours in the rain out on the jobsite, our men's Dover 8" Insulated Waterproof Boot is made with the worst weather conditions in mind. Fully waterproof and breathable thanks to our KEEN.DRY membrane and made with 600g of insulation, these durable boots keep feet warm and dry in temps well below freezing. Plus they’re built with a lightweight, carbon-fiber safety toe and a heat-resistant rubber outsole (rated to 572° F/ 300° C) for on- (or off) the-job safety.
Pro tip: If your feet tend to run hot or you’re not working in freezing conditions, check out our men’s Dover 6” or 8” Waterproof Boot. Same great boot, minus the insulation.
“A coworker turned me onto KEEN and told me that they fit great and are American made. I ordered a pair [and] I have only been wearing them a couple of weeks, but they feel like wrapping a pillow around your foot. Have had no foot, back, or knee pain. I walk on concrete for 10 to 12 hours, 6 days a week. These last few weeks have been the least painful I have had in years.” — Darryl
“I’m looking for a really rugged boot that will work for any job.”
Comfortable from day one, our men’s Coburg 6” or 8” Waterproof Boot keeps feet dry and supported whether you’re pulling ten-hour shifts at the jobsite or installing sprinkler systems day after day. Built with a TPU shank for added stability and an oil- and slip-resistant outsole, these steel-toe boots are ready to work as hard as you do.
“Like steel toe slippers. I have been in the same place for 24 years. Oil, steel, and a tile floor make a slippery workplace. The Coburgs have the best slip-resistant outsole I have ever had on boot. And they are very nice and soft to wear.” — RichR
“I’m always on my feet. What boots should I get?”
Unloading pipe, rebuilding that crane gearbox, or operating the telehandler all day, our men’s Logandale Waterproof Boot is durable enough to take on the job and comfortable enough to do it until it’s done. Breathable KEEN.Web-Tec provides exceptional abrasion resistance and an asymmetrical steel safety toe helps protect feet against workplace accidents.
“These shoes just keep getting better and better. As an assistant brewer, I was in the market for a high-quality boot that was not only comfortable for long hours but also durable in all aspects and these boots delivered!” — Steven B.
If you’re looking for a comfortable option offered in both steel safety toe or non-safety toe, check out our men's Braddock Series. Hiking-boot inspired, they’re made with a grippy oil- and slip-resistant outsole and a contoured insole for arch support that doesn’t let you down. A waterproof or non-waterproof option lets you find the best boot or shoe to meet the conditions of your jobsite or project.
“Completely satisfied. I first bought the Braddock mid soft toe and was so pleased, I purchased the Braddock low soft toe. I especially like the fact the Braddock line is made in America. They are built as solid as an army tank, but super comfortable and ruggedly good looking. Very Very pleased.” — Dean K.
“I need an ultra-tough waterproof boot.”
Hard work calls for hard working boots, and our men’s Mt. Vernon collection comes in a style for every hard job out there. From the soft toe version for the best DIY projects to the full, external met-guard boot, they stand up to whatever gets thrown (or dropped) their way. No matter what, each and every Mt. Vernon style is made with environmentally preferred waterproof leather and features an oil- and slip-resistant outsole for durability and protection on the job.
“I use these boots shoeing horses. They are heavy duty and can handle a 1,000-pound horse setting back and stomping my foot. I really like the fact that the sole isn't a complete concrete work sole, it is more like a hiking boot, which works well in barn lots.” — Paulie
Our KEEN Utility American Built collection is about more than just intentional design and dependable quality. It’s about supporting hard-working American people: everyone from our Portland, Oregon, factory team to you.