15 May 2021
KEEN Utility's Vista Energy is a work shoe built to perform in rigorous and fast paced environments where speed, agility, and comfort are key. The Vista Energy mimics the athletic style and comfort of a sneaker, without sacrificing critical safety features. For men and women who work long hours standing and walking on hard surfaces, safety footwear offering cushioning support is a top priority. KEEN Utility's Vista Energy series features KEEN.ReGEN, a lightweight performance cushioning midsole that returns 50% energy with every step. To combat the risk of accidentally bumping toes, or falling objects, this work sneaker features asymmetrical carbon-fiber toes that are 15% lighter than steel. Its custom carbon-fiber safety toes also offer an unobtrusive, comfortable, and roomy fit. Vista Energy is completely non-metallic for workers who require entrance through a metal detector on the job. The Vista Energy series is constructed with a non-marring, two-layer mesh upper to increase breathability and air flow within the shoe. The KEEN.KonnectFit heel capture system offers a locked-in feel for better fit and footing on the job. An oil- and slip-resistant outsole with water-diverting channels maximizes surface area contact and improves traction to reduce the risk of slips and falls. Because fit is critical to performance, the Vista Energy series is available in both men's and women's silhouettes. For men, the Vista energy is available in low, low ESD, and mid-height options, while low and low ESD versions are available for female workers.
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** Product Review **
The Product Evaluation Team at NACE landed their hands on Keen's new Vista Energy Utility Shoe with a Carbon Fiber toe and being a big fan of Keen's closed toed sandals, we could not wait to get these utility shoes onto our feet and onto the shop floor! Our testing included three weeks of rugged on the job wear around outdoor worksites and inside our local workshop. Out of the box the shoe looks rugged with a thick sole, double stitching, and reinforced shoestring eyelets. We found the sizes to run about ½ size small so if you wear a size 10, we recommend you order a 10.5. Fit and feel was great. They are light, breathe well, and kept our feet from getting hot like most leather work shoes and boots. Also, the Carbon Fiber Toe box provided us plenty of toe room and there was no break-in required. You can take these shoes out of the box and wear them all day! After three weeks of putting these shoes through their paces, they are still as comfortable as the first day. We also found them easy to clean and they dried overnight. The Carbon Fiber Toe Box, which meets ASTM standards, was a bonus as some of our worksites require us to go through metal detector screening. Overall, these are a solid pair of work shoes which held up well and are very comfortable on your feet. We give these shoes a 5 out of 5.