Rated 2 out of 5 by KCVinny Squeek...Squeek...Squeek...Squeek!
I bought these on a whim online and was really excited because I had several pair as a teenager. I was looking for a casual shoe to wear with shorts other than slip on loafers or Keens. They look the same but after wearing them for a month to break them in I've noticed a few distinctions from what I remember these shoes to be.
They were always good basic shoes but the leather on them seems much stiffer and thinner. The sole also feel thinner and cheaper. I think the cusioned insole is probably new (not sure if I like it or not but we'll see, not great with no socks#. Lastly and most importantly, THEY SQUEEK LIKE CRAZY! I've tried everything to get them to stop #lanolin, mink and snow seal shoe polishes - even a banana peel for the oil.) Nothing. My office building has a marble floored lobby and the squeek echoes of the walls.
I would suggest to L.L. Bean that they go back to more sturdy, quality construction. I didn't pay attention to where these were made but it feels like the lowest bidder supplier won out and not to the benefit of the consumer at $79 a pair. A fair price for these in my mind, at the current level of quality would be $29-$39.
They're probably going back to "Bean".
January 9, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Seve2125 Classic style, but lost quality.
I'm not sure that these are made with the same quality of past LLB Blucher Mocs, or other Blucher Mocs on the market, but they look fine and are good beat around shoe. The leather looks pretty cheap, and the shoes have been squeaking a lot the last few weeks of wear. So, I think these are fine for the price, but they are not quite the icon of quality and style they once were.
January 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by MMmmbeer Great looks and better quality construction
After buying one pair of these mocs, I knew I had to have the other color choice as well. I'm hard to fit but the wide (EE) is available for these shoes.and fits well. They mold to the foot after a brief break-in and then you'll likely be wearing them just about every day.Their quality construction puts them on a higher shelf compared to other similar brands. ..
December 27, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by RyanS500 Quality is not there
I purchased a pair in Saddle color because I love the classic style they represent. Unfortunately the quality is not what one would expect. The leather immediately felt cheap, dry, and unnatural. This type of leather looks strange and unappealing out of the box, and gets even worse with age. The upper on the right shoe was particularly bad, feeling paper-thin and creasing in a strange way. The laces were also awkwardly long, leaving a huge knot with several inches of excess lace left over. I have several pairs of Camp Mocs which are very nice quality, but these Blucher Mocs are basically unwearable. I wish I had thought to just return them at the store, but I ended up throwing them in the trash in disgust. Oh well... lesson learned. I would like to try the Signature version, which looks a little nicer, but it isn't available in wide width.
December 25, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 Unimpressed
I'm very unimpressed with the quality of this shoe compared to other LL Bean products. Out of the box it was clear the the leather was of poor quality... stiff and dry.
A month into everyday wear and the shoes are still stiff.. poor quality.. and perhaps worst of all.. squeaky.
I hope LL Bean works on the quality of this shoe, because I really do love the look
October 13, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by LCTM Runs Large
My Husband loved these shoes in the 80s and 90s so ordered a pair for him recently. He's a solid size 12, 13 sometimes, and these were at least an inch too big....could fit two fingers in the back at the heel. Consider ordering a smaller size than usual.
September 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Vikingatheart Beautifully crafted shoe
The quality and fit of these shoes is remarkable. When I opened the box, I immediately put on the shoes and they fit perfectly. (I wear a 10 1/2). They are also a good looking shoe and will be quite appropriate for dress casual.
September 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by CapeKevin Handsdown best casual summer shoes
I pre-ordered the Jackman's in March and they finally were delivered in the beginning of June. They were completely worth the wait. These shoes are fantastic and look awesome. After considerable research into these shoes over the cheaper Mocs offered by LL Bean and Sperry's, I made my choice on these. The shoe fits a little large, for comparison I wear a 13 in athletic shoes and a 12 in these and dress shoes. My feet are also narrow so they are a little wide, however it is not noticeable or uncomfortable. I would suggest sizing down if you plan on wearing these barefoot or with minimal socks like I do. The leather is extremely sturdy, the shoes feels well-crafted in my hand and on my feet, and they are comfortable to walk and stand in.
June 11, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Starburns Nice quality summer shoe
Ordered these in a half size down than my usual size. For reference, I wear an 8.5 in Jack purcells, an 8 in Clarks desert boots and a 7 in the L.L Bean bean boots.
They fit well with midweight socks as well as no-show socks or bare feet. They are decently comfortable, but the first time you wear them they will feel a bit odd. The leather takes a couple days to start to break in and they do squeak quite a bit.
It's quite an attractive shoe and I've recieved compliments the day I started wearing them.
The leather quality is okay, not the best, but worth it for $79 with Beans warranty, I don't have too much of a problem with them.
The in-sole is pretty nice and it feels comfortable walking around, most of the time I don't want to take them off and I want to lounge around the house with them on.
The outsole is a solid piece of rubber, it feels very sturdy and it will hold up well. It doesn't flex as much as say a boat shoe, so it would be nicer to walk on hard things and such.
The laces are kinda cheap and generic, but I suppose for a few dollars more you can pick up some leather laces at a shoe store.
Buy this shoe if you want a shoe that can slip off but not on, they are a summer shoe, but also perfectly acceptable for fall with their blucher lacing style, they are less a slip on moc and more of a moc-shoe style.
Overall, a good buy and I am happy adding these shoes to my wardrobe.
April 29, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by MidwesternFella Nicely made. Sizing is hit or miss.
Nice shoes for the price, but some issues. Ordered a 11.5, which I wear in nearly all other brands, too long. No problem as know returns are never an issue. Order in 11, left shoe fit perfectly, right shoe feels painfully narrow. Never had this problem with other shoes. Upon visual inspection you can see that the right shoe is actually slightly narrower. As noted by L.L. Bean I wear for 3 days before I evaluate fit. Left shoe still great, right shoe still cramped. Love the shoes and style but sizing and quality control seem to be an issue. I will roll the dice again and see if I get a pair that are both the same size, maybe try the wide, which I have never had to worry about previously. I feel if you can get a good pair it's probably the best type of this shoe for the money.
March 29, 2014