Jared Hargrave wrote a review of KEEN Bleecker Lace CNX Shoe - Men's on July 22, 2013
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Take all the barefoot/minimalist/zero-drop shoe freaks in your life, tell them to get dressy, and they'll be glad to slip on the KEEN Bleecker CNX.
My experience wearing this low-to-the-ground shoe actually felt very non-KEEN. The KEENS I've hiked, walked and scrambled in before were all burly. But these CNX deals are the opposite. Trekking in my gravel driveway, I was appalled that I could feel the rocks beneath my feet. They really are minimalist! KEEN says this low-profile gives you the ability to make "every step a natural connection" to the ground. It's an odd sensation when you're wearing what are basically souped-up loafers instead of teched-out, zero-drop, trail running shoes.
After getting used to the shoes and breaking them in, however, they soon became one of my favorite pairs to wear for pretty much every day use. Going to work at the office, or going out for tacos on the weekend, the Bleecker CNX look good and make me feel like my calves are getting a workout at the same time. Yes, it's true, you use different muscles when wearing this kind of shoe, and it takes time to build up a tolerance. But since I'm always embarrassed by my chicken legs, any opportunity to girth-up my calves is a welcome one.
Plus, the KEEN Bleecker CNX just look really nice. They're leathery, have laces, and the brown *ahem* "chocolate" brown version looks killer when paired with blue jeans.
The only knock I have with them is that I'm used to wearing my KEENS with shorts, but wearing the Bleecker CNX shoes with a pair of cargoes will make you look like a hipster child molester.