Rated 5 out of 5 by Shoowearer Great Shoes
I received a pair of LL Bean shoes for my birthday, but found them very uncomfortable. I love LL Bean because I was able to return them no questions asked. So, fortunately I have a store nearby and was able to try on several shoes. I went through many, many pairs of shoes to find ones that fit in all the right places. Usually they are tightest on the top of my foot or really rigid around the ankle. I tried these Keen, and thanks to the helpful salesman, was told that Keen sizes run small. So I tried one size larger and they fit great. They have a large toebox so my toesies have plenty of room to breathe. Although they are not fully waterproof (they are water resistant) this is a good thing. It means that the tongue is a separate piece of material and therefore there is area over the tongue to allow for more air flow and therefore keep my feet cooler. The normal style nowadays usually leads to overheating because of no air circulation. They are extremely comfortable. I like that they don't have that little tab or rivet on the back of the heel which usually ends up shredding the hem of my pants.
The only negative I could say anything about is the laces. I could complain about all laces these days (what was wrong with flat laces?) because they just fail to stay tied. These Keens attempt to improve on that by using a hybrid. It is not quite the round laces that are common. Rather it is a flat-ish lace with a corrugated pattern intend to add some surface are to increase grip. I find that it prevents you from being able to easily adjust the laces in the lower eyes of the shoe while not actually accomplishing its goal of staying tied. You still need to double knot and even that still comes undone far too often. I may simply replace the laces with some old style flat laces - if I can find them.
Overall, this is one of the best pairs of shoes I've ever owned.
January 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by OutdoorJim Great overall shoe
I was looking for a waterproof leather shoe that is comfortable and nice enough looking to wear to work in an office environment. These Keen shoes have worked out perfectly. They are light, comfortable, keep my feet dry and look great. Personally I like the wide front of this shoe since it makes them easy on my feet, although they do look a bit different. The pictures on the web site are very accurate. I highly recommend them.
January 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bgund Love these shoes
I have a wide forefoot and these are the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn.sturdy construction and great fit.
December 24, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by JimJK Chunky
Although these are a bit clunky, I liked the shoe; solidly built. Unfortunately, they tended to bite my instep and didn't cinch very well -heel lift. Plenty of room in the toe box; typically full like most keen shoes. Although the leather is quite pluch, I think they would need quite a lot of break-in due to very stiff sole. too bad
November 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by MikeRpdx Great shoes!
I bought these shoes because I love Keens and was not disappointed. They are so conformable, I wear them almost everyday. They are worth every penny of the price if you need shoes that look good and are waterproof. They will last for years.
November 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by NoahJohn Keen manufactures Outstanding shoes and boots
I never heard of Keen footwear until reading L.L. Bean reviews. First I ordered a pair of Keen Bryce hiking boots. Perfect fit right out of the box. Very comfortable. My wife noticed immediately what I felt, "The boots are wider than the average boot in the front. No slightly squished feeling at all! I was so impressed a immediately ordered a pair of Keen's low cut hiking shoes for mountain biking and wearing around and Keen's Marshall- kind of a mix between a sneaker-shoe. I'm very happy with the Keen product line. So pleased that I liquidated all my other shoes. The price of Keen is worth it for fit and comfort. I'm sure the three pairs will also last for miles upon miles of use.
November 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rance Well constructed shoe
Good looking, sturdy, comfortable shoe. True to size and suitable for walking on various terrain. Shoe has good support and is good for wet weather. I am extremely satisfied with this purchase and have been a loyal satisfied customer for many years.
October 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fazamataz Awesome!
These shoes fit my husband's feet like a glove! He's very particular about shoe fit and feel, and he was amazed at their comfort! Well worth the price!
October 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by JHWY Perfect Fit
I purchased a pair of Keen Newport H2 sandals from L.L.Bean a couple of years ago. With plantar fasciitis, I find myself wearing the sandals all the time because they are the only footwear that provides for proper support. When I searched for Keen shoes that could be worn in colder, wet weather, I was delighted to find that L.L.Bean carries the waterproof Austin shoe in two styles. The versatile gargoyle option is a combination of gray nubuck with dark brown leather trim over gray and black soles. The shoes arrived with the lacing routed through the top of the eyelets which I reversed. Out of the box, they fit perfectly--as well as my H2 sandals--with no break-in expected. These will serve as my go-to shoe through the fall and winter months.
October 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by sethr Supportive & waterproof
These shoes took a few days of break-in to get really comfortable. They are very supportive, have the typical Keen wide toe box. high quality throughout.
September 25, 2013