Glad you like your Keen's. I just wore my Keen Atlanta Cool's all week at work, on my feet most of the time. It's a new job, so I'm a bit sore and tired, but I'm loving these shoes! It's not hot at my work, so my feet aren't sweating much, but they are also quite vented. And they seem to dry out within an hour after I'm home, I take the insoles out to let them dry faster.
I guess it's the asymmetrical steel toe shape, or maybe just the way they fit ME, but I forget they are steel toes! My company pays $110 a year towards my steel toes, and I found mine for $111 + $6 in tax, so these will cost me $7. As long as they last for a year, I think they will be worth the $7.
I'm going to try to wear thicker socks during the winter, since my job isn't outside. Most guys are wearing boots, but most of them are overkill for manufacturing, IMO. To each his own, and wear what fits.
I wear steel toes 10 hours daily on concrete and steel surfaces. Climbing and scrambling on epoxy coated steel components (12 to 60 tons) in an environment that has grease, oil and solvents in any given area. A cheap pair of Walmart Herman Survivors work well for me. I always have high tops for the extra support. The lug soles are good and soft enough for traction on slick surfaces. Vibram or any hard lug soles are great for hiking and climbing but suck for smooth slick surfaces. I have been wearing steel toes for close to 30 years in some harsh working conditions. They almost never last for more than a year, no matter the cost or quality. And I do not baby them as they are always a half size larger than my foot in case I need to kick the crap out of something. My basic requirement has always been that if I could not forcibly kick any empty 55 gal. drum without bruising my toes then the shoe was not serving it's purpose. Doc Martin also makes a great boot. They are very nice, too nice for work. I use my Doc Martins for hiking and camping where the only things I kick are rocks or wood, not steel. They are made of good materials and scuffs clean up easily. My hiking boots will last me for minimum 5 to 10 years as I take care of them better in an easier environment.
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