How Long Do Keen Shoes Last?

These boots were made for walking, and that's just what they’ll do, but are Keen boots right for you? Okay, so maybe that’s not exactly how the song goes, but since Keen launched in 2003, they have been synonymous with dependable utility boots for the workplace.


But just how long do Keen shoes last?


Some of the best Keen boots and shoes can last for 400-450 miles—that’s close to one million steps!


However, your overall mileage will vary based on the shoes you buy, how you care for them, and other factors. In this guide, we’ll cover the steps to prolonging your shoes’ lifespan.


Maximum Lifespan Depends on Proper Maintenance


We’ve already noted that Keen footwear can last for 400-450 miles. But first, it’s important to note that longevity depends on the type of Keen shoe you buy. After all, Keen has styles from water sandals to utility boots to sneakers, all with differing designs and cushioning.


A sneaker may not last long on the worksite as it would on the track.


If you pick the type of Keen shoe that’s best suited to your daily routine, you can expect the following lifespan:

  • Keen Utility Footwear – Keen utility footwear generally lasts six months to one year

  • Hiking Footwear – A hiking shoe will usually stick around for 800 miles

  • Lightweight Keen Footwear (sneakers, water sandals) – 450 miles

Once you’ve picked the most comfortable shoe for the job, the next step is proper care.


Maintenance Techniques


It goes without saying that certain products require regular maintenance for continued use. To keep your car running, you get your oil changed, right? If you have a pool, you make sure that the pump is running.


So why not make your shoe investment last longer as well with these simple techniques?

  • Clean Them But wait, I purchased these rugged shoes so I could kick up dirt and not worry about it, you might think. Nonetheless, it’s crucial to pick out the dirt, grass, rocks, snow, sludge, and mud accumulated through a big day on the trails. Not only does regular cleaning improve the performance, but it looks pretty cool too.

  • Unlace Them When You Take Them Off – It can be tempting to skip unlacing and wriggle your feet out of your shoes. But this stresses the stitching and seams on your running shoe or hiking boot (especially if you try to achieve the feat hands-free, crushing one heel with your toes as you go), impacting the amount of ankle support a boot or shoe can provide.

  • Wear High-Quality Socks – Wearing the right socks can prevent the inner soles of your shoes from getting wet from your sweaty feet. The solid sock will also censure comfort, providing a layer of protection and cushioning between your foot and the shoe’s sole.

  • Shoe Trees – This is an affordable and easy way to keep the shape of your shoes the same as when you first purchased them.

Why You Need More Than One Pair of Shoes


Consistently rotating your shoes will add longevity to your shoe life. Shoe rotation means taking turns wearing different pairs of shoes. Doing this can increase your shoe life by 25%.