KEEN is a rapidly growing manufacturer of performance, casual and work footwear as well as apparel. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in Portland, Oregon. Today it maintains manufacturing operations in Europe, Asia and North America.
KEEN’s distinctive footwear was apparent from its first product—the Newport sandal, which featured a protective rubber toe designed to be functional on the street, beach or trail—a concept the company calls "hybrid." In its first year of production, KEEN managed an impressive $30 million in sales.
The footwear brand continues to challenge industry norms by introducing original products and methods designed to reduce environmental impact, such as the KEEN Uneek sandals, with an upper material made of cord. To help promote and distribute the Uneek, KEEN also introduced a mostly automated mobile factory that can produce a pair of Uneeks for an individual customer in less than half an hour.
KEEN has been active in philanthropic and sustainability efforts from the start, making significant donations to aid victims of the 2004 earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean. Recently, the company provided financial assistance and footwear to victims of the Camp Fire, California’s largest wildfire ever.
In honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day this year, SNEWS talked to four Native and Indigenous designers who bring their wisdom and talents to the outdoor industry. Dewayne Dale Jr., Diné, freelancer and former innovation designer at KEEN and Chrome Industries Before becoming a ...read more
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After all but losing spring 2020 to the pandemic, retailers and consumers alike are looking for gear to get excited about in 2021. So excited, in fact, that we decided to add their votes to our ranking of next season’s top products. Together, we’ve pored over, narrowed down, and ...read more
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When it became clear five days ago that the coronavirus pandemic was not just alarmist, but that it would be devastating for our country, the leadership at KEEN circled up (via ZOOM) to decide what the company could do to help. They talked about how they could leverage what ...read more
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When Alison Hill landed in the Bahamas only days after Hurricane Dorian, destruction surrounded her. The LifeStraw managing director was on one of the first seaplanes to reach Grand Bahama Island, and she was equipped with LifeStraw products and other water filtration systems to ...read more
Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at email@example.com Coverage opportunity: Is your business doing something for the Global Climate Strike from Sept. 20 to 27? Let Assistant Editor Amelia Arvesen know at ...read more
Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Outdoor Industry Association chimed in on the introduction of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act 2019: “America’s diverse and unique wildlife are not only ...read more
The massive collaborative effort to eliminate single-use plastic from Outdoor Retailer continues to gain steam, with less than two weeks until show time. Of the 200+ members of the Plastic Impact Alliance about 120 of them are exhibitors at OR and will be hosting in-booth water ...read more
Just when it seemed like China and the United States were approaching a trade deal, President Donald Trump increased tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports, including backpacks, leather ski gloves, camp stoves, and other outdoor products. The 10 percent tariff imposed last ...read more
Last year, the Super Bowl, one of the largest events in the country with more than 100,000 attendees, sought to keep 90 percent of waste out of landfills and send 10 percent to a waste-to-energy plant. Due to its magnitude, some were skeptical. But they pulled it off. Now, it's ...read more
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Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tariffs on Chinese imports were slated to increase earlier this month, but President Donald Trump put that on hold in the hopes that he'd negotiate with China. ...read more
Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at email@example.com. Is the end of the government shutdown in sight? Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK), a non-partisan alliance of more than 100 groups including the YMCA of the USA, ...read more
Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the midst of the Camp Fire last month, the outdoor industry rallied to support 13 Klean Kanteen employees who lost their homes in Northern California. A ...read more