REVIEW: Keen Austin Pedal shoes

By Matt Kasprzyk

Don’t let the classic-looking Oxford laces and shiitake mushroom-colored leather fool you. Contrary to the casual off-bike demeanor, this shoe has some on-bike performance. There’s a 3/4-length plastic shank in the sole for stiffness while pedaling, and a mounting plate underfoot for optional SPD use. With cleats installed, they are recessed enough so I’m not clicking down the street or around the office. The outer sole wraps partially around the toe for protection, and the footbed is designed to give good arch support while conforming to the contours of my feet.

The liner is moisture-wicking, and the outer is waterproof leather. My feet stayed dry in light rain, but don’t expect much breathability. These are comfortable in cool weather and long commutes with enough stiffness for efficient pedaling. When off the bike, there is some give for fairly comfortable walking and office wear. If your bike takes you to the pub and market as often as the office, these are worth looking into. They fit true to size. Keen suggests using leather conditioner to add to the longevity. One-year warranty. Made in Asia.



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