KEEN Utility Enhances American Built Offerings for Spring 2016

Portland, Oregon (January 22, 2016) — For Spring ’16 KEEN Utility adds a safety workhorse to its arsenal of innovative protective footwear. Assembled in KEEN’s very own Portland factory using the finest materials from around the world, the Leavenworth Met offers unique protective and comfort features that blend fit and function for today’s hardest working men.

“One of our biggest motivations each season is how to innovate protection and comfort for our customers,” said Mark Reilly, division director for KEEN Utility. “The Leavenworth offers some really unique protective features with the comfort and durability we’ve become known for. The fact that we build it right here in Portland has allowed us to be even more hands on during its development and introduction to the market.”

With an outdoor-inspired silhouette and an athletic fit, the six-inch Leavenworth Met offers superior protection through a flexible, internal metatarsal guard made from Poron XRD®. This technical fabric stays soft and flexible for daily wear but goes rigid on impact, helping to better protect the foot from crush injuries.

Crafted with a supple full-grain waterproof leather upper, the boot features a KEEN.Dry waterproof, breathable membrane allowing perspiration out without letting water in. A padded collar adds increased comfort while left and right asymmetrical steel toes deliver ASTM-rated protection that meets EH standards. The Leavenworth features a 90-degree heel and oil- and slip-resistant non-marking rubber outsole that meets Mark II Non-Slip testing standards. Built for comfort in KEEN’s hometown of Portland, Oregon, the boot also features KEEN’s Million Step Comfort midsole which resists breakdown and compression, ensuring long-lasting comfort, protection and stability for a boot ready to stand up to the longest days on the job site.

This style and the full Spring 2016 line will be available starting in January 2016. For more information, please visit

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FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Grimm | | 646.221.9849 

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KEEN Utility, a leading industrial and service footwear and accessories brand successfully exceeds footwear safety standards and combines advanced durability and innovation with the same comfort and unparalleled classic fit offered by KEEN. KEEN Utility footwear is grounded in protection with the goal to make better boots for every job. Discover more about KEEN Utility at, Facebook: | Twitter: | Instagram: