Keen Utility Troy Work Boots Review

Keen Utility’s Troy Work Boots Showcase American Ingenuity for Knee-Down Work

Keen Utility Troy Work Boots aim to please anyone who spends their workday bending, crawling, squatting, or who otherwise doles out a beating to their feet on the regular. They showcase the KEEN.BELLOWS Flex technology, an ergonomically engineered system designed to offer multidirectional flexing at the toes.

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The Big Deal

The KEEN.BELLOWS Flex technology is certainly the major innovation behind the Keen Troy Work Boots. Paying special attention to the top of your foot, this built-in multidirectional flex point makes every step, bend, and squat easier. Where other boots will crack and weaken over time, these boots flex with your movements.

Keen Troy Work Boot Flex

Keen Troy Boots use a lightweight LuftCell air-infused PU midsole for support and comfort. Meanwhile, the LuftCore air-injected heel reduces the impact on your body. The end result is a work boot that protects your feet from discomfort, as well as work hazards.

Keen Troy Work Boot midsole

These Keen boots also include the KEEN.DRY waterproof, breathable membrane that lets sweat vapor out, but won’t let water in. An antimicrobial lining helps to keep the inside of the boot odor-free.

Safety is always a concern when it comes to work boots, and these Keens deliver with a water and oil slip-resistant sole that won’t mark up floors. These boots include ASTM-rated toe protection with left and right asymmetrical non-metallic carbon-fiber safety toes. These toes weigh 15% less than steel. The reduced thickness of carbon fiber ends up giving you a roomier fit in the toe box.

With everything going on with the Troy Work Boots, from the safety features to the full range of foot motion, Keen sees these medium-duty work boots as an indoor and outdoor solution for carpenters, plumbers, HVAC, electricians, and anyone else in the trades.

How Do They Feel?

We were fortunate enough to snag a pair of these boots so we could give you our real-life first impressions. Overall, these boots feel extremely well-made, and the fit and finish are well above par.

One of our reviewers, Josh McGaffigan, is a die-hard Red Wing Boots fan. After running around in these for a few days, we’re starting to think that loyalty to his brand is starting to falter. Having spent years in both the automotive repair and drilling industries, the flex zone near the toe was especially interesting to him. This innovation all but eliminates any sort of break-in period and proved comfortable right out of the box.

These boots also provide ample arch support for those of you who spend a lot of time on your feet or consistently work on hard concrete surfaces. Additionally, the six lace eyelets double as lace hooks which let you customize how you lace up the boots for optimal comfort and support.


Look for the Keen Troy Work Boots at your favorite retailer in two colors, with both retailing around $225.

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Keen Troy Work Boots Specifications

  • Boot Height: 6 inch
  • Safety Toe: Carbon Fiber
  • Oil & Slip Resistant: Yes
  • EH-Rated: Yes
  • Price: $225

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