How old is KEEN?
KEEN has been making original hybrid footwear since 2003, when we designed our very first shoe, the Newport sandal. Over 17 years later, it's still our #1 bestseller.
Are KEEN shoes made in the USA?
Even though lots of folks told us that we couldn't build shoes in America, we're celebrating 10 years of proving them wrong — in one of the most modern shoe factories in the world.
Our American Built products are assembled with pride in Portland, Oregon, using the finest materials sourced from around the world. We're proud to bring footwear manufacturing back to the USA, and to do it all in one of America's most modern factories, where our focus on quality and craftsmanship is magnified.
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Where is KEEN footwear made?
Many KEEN shoes are built in one of our own KEEN factories in Portland, Mexico, or Thailand. We're one of the few remaining global shoe manufacturers that own their factories. Not only does it bring us closer to our responsible manufacturing processes and the people who ensure the KEEN level of quality and craftsmanship, it also makes it easier to quickly pivot our operations to help in a crisis when needed.
We also partner with factories in Cambodia, Vietnam, China, India, and Europe, working closely with our suppliers to ensure our products are Consciously Created and made to last.
Where are KEEN Footwear's retail stores (Garages)?
Portland Retail Store
505 NW 13th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
Sunday - Thursday 10am - 5pm (PDT)
Friday - Saturday 10am - 7pm (PDT)
Palo Alto Retail Store
278 University Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Sunday - Thursday 10am - 5pm (PDT)
Friday - Saturday 10am - 7pm (PDT)
Japan Retail Stores
Harajuku Retail Store
150-0001, Tokyo, Shibuya Ward
Osaka Retail Store
530-8558, Osaka Prefecture, Osaka City
3-1-3 Umeda, Kita-ku LUCUA IRE 6F
Is KEEN a private company?
KEEN is family-owned and based in Portland, Oregon, with offices in the Netherlands, Japan, and Canada.
What is the KEEN Effect?
The KEEN Effect is a dedicated team of individuals at our company who guide our responsible manufacturing, advocacy, and philanthropy efforts, as we strive to leave the world a better place than we found it.
Consciously Created - Making shoes has an impact on the environment. And we are dedicated to finding ways to minimize that impact and push beyond industry standards. By rethinking and reworking things in our supply chain, every step forward is a step in the right direction. Learn more about our Consciously Created approach at www.keenfootwear.com/consciously-created/.
Doing the right thing - We may be small, but we believe we can make a big impact when we work together by supporting non-profit partners on causes that align with our values. We believe in speaking up and taking a stand for the things we care about, and using our voice as a business to help others do the same. Walking the walk since 2003, we’ve donated over $20 million in cash and product donations to those who need it most and have helped make outside more accessible for all through our KEEN Effect Grants programs. Last year, we helped more than 7,000 kids spend over 200,000 hours in nature.
What is KEEN doing to reduce its impact on the environment?
We take a “Consciously Created” approach to shoemaking. It's about being conscientious about every choice that goes into making our products – a mindset that’s at the heart of everything we do. From the materials used and how shoes are constructed, to steps that go beyond shoemaking to make a positive impact in the world.
How does KEEN ensure that the materials used in its products are safe for employees, customers, and the environment?
We call this Manufacturing Integrity and it is something that we take very seriously. We have a restricted substances policy to ensure that our products meet all required global standards. We also voluntarily push beyond industry standards, by using sustainable chemistry in our manufacturing processes and products. Some examples include PFC-free water repellency and pesticide-free odor control.
Does KEEN have a Restricted Substances Policy or RSL?
Yes, we have a Restricted Substances Policy. Our Policy is based on the industry-standard Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management Group (AFIRM) restricted substances list, and designed to ensure that our products meet all required global standards. Our Policy also includes four additional compounds restricted by KEEN as part of our efforts to proactively use more sustainable chemistry.
How are you measuring the environmental impact of your supply chain? What about supply chain transparency?
Each year, KEEN and its significant suppliers complete the Higg Index. Managed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the Higg Index is a tool used by companies all over the world – including KEEN – to elevate sustainability in manufacturing by measuring impacts and monitoring progress in reducing environmental impacts. The Higg requires that we examine all aspects of our company’s operations from materials selection, to shipping, to end of use, and solicit input from employees across the company, including product engineers, operations mangers, and product developers. The Higg is a key way we increase visibility into our supply chain, gauge performance and drive improvement.
Where are KEEN products manufactured? What is workplace responsibility?
KEEN products are manufactured around the world, including in factories in the United States, Cambodia, China, India, Mexico, Thailand and Vietnam. Regardless of where KEEN manufactures, we are committed to standards that ensure working conditions in our supply chain are safe, that workers are treated with dignity and respect, and that manufacturing processes are environmentally responsible. We expect that our suppliers share these values and standards. We refer to this commitment as workplace responsibility.
Does KEEN have a manufacturing Code of Conduct?
Yes, we have a Code of Conduct, which outlines standards for our suppliers to ensure that working conditions in our supply chain are safe, that workers are treated with respect and dignity, and that manufacturing processes are environmentally responsible.
Does KEEN work together with groups on sustainability?
Yes, we work with a variety of working groups, brands and retailers from around the world on sustainability. Examples include:
- European Outdoor Group: The EOG Sustainability Working Group works in support of the outdoor industry in the areas of corporate social responsibility and product sustainability.
- Leather Working Group: This multi-stakeholder group assesses the environmental compliance and performance capabilities of leather tanners, and promotes sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the leather industry
- Outdoor Industry Association: The OIA Sustainability Working Group is a collaborative effort among more than 300 outdoor brands, retailers, suppliers and other stakeholder organizations working to identify and implement better business practices throughout our shared supply chains.
- Sustainable Apparel Coalition: The SAC is transforming the apparel, footwear and home textiles industry through system-wide collaboration in pioneering assessment tools and supply chain transparency with the Higg Index suite of tools.
Do you organize volunteer activities with your manufacturing partners?
For KEEN, sustainability is not just about our Reducing Impact initiatives, it’s also about Taking Action and Giving Back, including working with local communities around the world and encouraging the people we work with to protect and preserve the places that we all live, work, and play. We organize volunteer events with our manufacturing partners and material suppliers. Bringing people together for a day of outdoor stewardship is a very real, get your hands dirty way to give something back to local community where we manufacture our products.
What is the accessibility policy for keenfootwear.com?
At KEEN, we are committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities can access all of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations offered by KEEN through our website, www.keenfootwear.com. If you are having trouble accessing www.keenfootwear.com, please call our Fan Services team at 1-866-676-5336 for assistance.
What is the affiliate partner policy for keenfootwear.com?
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Can I send you my product ideas?
Thank you for your interest in KEEN! Unfortunately, we aren't able to consider unsolicited product ideas and suggestions. For very important legal reasons, please do not send us any ideas, suggestions, drawings, models, or other submissions for our consideration. Please note that if you do make a submission, KEEN incurs no liability to you as a result of any similarity between KEEN products and your submission.