Looking for a boot that will give you steel toe protection, but is still comfortable to wear? The Keen Utility Men’s Milwaukee 6 offers an asymmetrical safety toe and a metatomical footbed for maximum protection and comfort. We put these boots to the test in our review to see just how comfortable, protective and durable they are.

Steel Toe

A steel toe protects the foot from impact and compression. But unlike other work boots, Keen Utility’s Milwaukee boot features an asymmetrical safety toe that’s anatomically correct. What does this mean? It means you get more room in the toe box.

We felt that extra bit of space made the boots more comfortable. And all that extra space doesn’t take away from the safety of these shoes. These boots still meet or exceed F2413-11 I/75 C/75 EH and ASTM F2412-11 standards.

Comfort and Maximum Protection

When it comes to work shoes, comfort and protection are the most important things. The steel toe of these shoes offers vital protection, but Keen takes things a bit further with the Milwaukee. These shoes feature KEEN Protect, which means the shoe’s outsoles wrap up and over the toe for maximum protection.

The outsoles of these boots are slip- and oil-resistant to help prevent slip and fall accidents. The forefoot flex grooves let your feet move naturally too, so you’re not fighting your shoes all day.

Protection aside, we thought these shoes were really comfortable. And that’s mainly because these shoes have a removable metatomical EVA footbed. Most of you are probably wondering: what exactly is a metatomical footbed? Simply put, it’s a support mechanism that’s designed to support the curves of your foot. So, you get fantastic arch support and extra cushioning where you need it most.

The interior of the shoe has a moisture-wicking lining, which keeps moisture at bay. The tough nubuck upper is water-, stain- and abrasion-resistant, so your feet stay dry and your boots look their best. We do have to note though that these shoes are really only designed for light rain. Don’t expect to run through puddles and have your feet stay dry. Keen notes this on their specs and features for these shoes.

Keen Utility Milwaukee 6 Features and Specs

  • Steel toe.
  • KEEN Protect outsoles.
  • Oil and slip resistant rubber outsole.
  • Full grain leather.
  • Moisture wicking lining.
  • Meets ASTM F2412-11 and F2413-11 I/75 C/75 EH safety standards.
  • Removable metatomical EVA footbed.

What Buyers Are Saying

We felt these Keen Utility boots were durable, comfortable and easy to wear, but what are other buyers saying? It didn’t surprise us to see that these boots have over 200 customer reviews on Amazon with a high rating. Users are saying that these shoes are comfortable, well-built and look great too.

But we did see two very minor issues with these boots: they’re heavy and people aren’t paying attention to Keen’s information on water resistance. First, let’s talk about the water resistance of these boots. They’re not designed for “puddles,” according to Keen. So, don’t expect to wear these in heavy rain or through flood water. Keen makes this claim in the product description that these boots were not made for this use.

As for the heaviness of these boots, that’s to be excepted with steel-toe boots. We didn’t find them to be any heavier than any other steel-toed boot.


If you’re looking for a work boot with exceptional steel toe protection and a comfortable footbed, the Keen Utility Milwaukee won’t disappoint. These are the perfect boots for construction and jobsite workers.

They may not be water resistant to tongue, but if you’re working construction, you probably won’t be working in heavy rain or wet conditions anyway. With natural arch support and maximum toe protection, these are boots you can wear all day without blinking an eye.