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Keen Utility Independence Work Boots


Keen Utility delivers durability with its Independence series of work boots

So far, we’ve reviewed a ton of Keen Utility on our site, including Keen Roswell boots and Troy boots. Now, the company is gearing up to launch its Independence series of boots. Made in the USA with global materials, could the Keen Independence work boots end up on your porch after a long day of work? We’ll tell you what we know about them so far before they’re released so you can decide.

Editor’s note: Check out our article on the best work boots to see our top picks!

Keen Independence Work Boots – The Big Deal

Keen Utility Independence Boots

Whether you’re working, hiking, or anything in between, you can’t stay comfortable with wet feet. Like many of their other shoes, the Keen Independence boots feature KEEN.DRY technology. This prevents water from entering the boot and reaching your feet. Keen describes this technology as a waterproof, breathable membrane that uses microscopic holes to allow vapor to escape while keeping water out.

Another important factor when considering user comfort is the level of support. Keen tells us that the Independence boots feature a Luftcell midsole infused with approximately “100,000 air bubbles per cubic centimeter” to provide all-day support and comfort.

Keen Independence work boots also have the expected safety features. They offer asymmetrical carbon fiber toes that mold to the shape of your feet. Carbon fiber is 15% lighter than steel. It offers the same level of protection without the thickness of a composite toe cap. It also does not conduct electricity. We have many reasons to prefer carbon fiber safety toes in our boots.

These boots also feature KEEN.Toughsole, a slip-resistant and oil-resistant outsole. Keen tells us that this outsole material is lighter and more durable than the rubber found on many work boots.

Additional Features

  • EH classification (electrical risk)
  • Assembled in the Pacific Northwest using global materials
  • Available in multiple configurations

Price and availability

You can order Keen Utility Independence boots in sizes ranging from Men’s 7 to 15 (subject to availability). They cost around $195. Currently they are only available in a Dark Earth/Black 6 inch model.

Initial Thoughts

These look like a solid, if not traditional, 6 inch boot. Next to perhaps the Keen Braddock or Mt Vernon boots, these look like the most conventional American-made boots Keen Utility has ever made. Priced at $195, they have stiff competition, but we can’t wait to put them on our feet and see how they perform in terms of protection and comfort.


  • Model: KEEN Independence
  • Heel: 5/8″, 90º
  • Weight: 25.3 ounces
  • Necklace height: 6 in.
  • Toe type: carbon fiber
  • ASTM F2913-19 SATRA Non-Slip
  • ASTM F2412-18 and F2413-18 MI/75C/75EH