Keen footwear makes comfortable, fun outdoor shoes that are great for summer activities such as boating at the lake or hiking in the mountains. Founded in 2003 in Portland, Oregon by Martin Keen and Rory Fuerst, Keen has become a developing staple in the footwear industry. KEEN shoes were originally developed as a sandal that can protect the toes. These great shoes feature a signature black 'bumper' covering the toes. These shoes immediately became appealing to sailors, beach goers and other outdoor water activity markets.