Rated 5 out of 5 by Cheng1 They're Worth It
O.K., I've only had my present pair of Crestas' for 3 years and so far they're holding up well but I had my first pair for 17 years. I paid $160 for the originals, the most I had ever paid for a pair of shoes at the time, but I have to say they were worth every penny. In all fairness I took good care of them and referred to them as my "urban hikers" but they traveled the globe with me and never let me down. Comfortable, warm, waterproof, great ankle support and they always took a shine. My newer pair appear to be exactly the same with the exception of the place of manufacture, newbees mfg. in Romania and oldbees mfg. in Italy.
June 12, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5
by Love2GetOut They don't last
I loved these boots. They are leather, look nice and are good balance between weight and protection. But they wont last. I have had a few pairs of these boots. I am limited because I need a narrow size and there are only few choices. My problem with these is just as the leather is hitting perfect comfort the sole falls off. The sole is just glued on. If you have ever had nice leather boots, you expect them to last a good long time. If you don't have a narrow foot get a better pair of boots. You will love them for a couple years but they wont last five years. Spend a few bucks more and get something with a stitched on sole and you can love them for 10 or 20 years.
May 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by sounder My Favorite Boots
I have owned these boots in a narrow, size 10, for over 6 years, I have worn them on numerous short hikes, around town in winter weather, and on two Coast-to-Coast walks of over 192 miles each across England. I am now contemplating a third Cost-to-Coast walk and wouldn't go without them. They are the most comfortable boots I have ever owned, and replace a pair of Vasques. Have kept my feet comfortable and dry in all conditions, some of which were very wet. Very highly recommend.
May 17, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by hessltine Good boot
These boots so far have been good had them 3 months wear them everyday for work. They don't leak! Only reason I gave 4 star is they come with cheap insoles which are really thin and don't cushion. Once replaced with good insoles really comfortable
May 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by VanWilder2 Excellent shoes
I have had the fabric version of this shoe for a couple years. Bought the leather version on sale 2 years ago and left them in the box till today. The fabric shoes still are in great shape, just wanted to try the new ones.
Took the all leather shoes out of the box today, they were kind of stiff, then took a half hour break in walk. There is still some snow, went thru the woods with mud and rocks the shoes felt better in no time. More comfortable than the fabric version, no idea why.
Waterproof, they breath well, very comfortable, sturdy, what else is there?
If only Beans would bring back or add the black version of this shoe.
April 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by DaveNY "Trail Tanks"
These boots are awesome. I typically use these for 3 day backpacking (35-40 lbs) on the AT, Catskills, Shenandoah or Allegheny National Forest. They are very comfortable in your normal shoe size when worn with a liner sock and mid-weight wool sock (as recommended). Warm enough for 4 seasons. They've trudged through deep snow & mud, been knocked around by endless trail rocks in Pennsylvania and forged ankle deep streams keeping my feet comfortably dry and protected. I've read suggested improvements but I wouldn't change a thing. They are a classic. I treat them with Nikwax Fabric and Leather Proof for extra protection and conditioning and they still look and feel great. These boots are definitely in the "heavy" category. Consider Beans Mountain Treads for warmer drier climates or lighter hiking. Most AT thru hikers seem to prefer sneaker type hiking shoes. I prefer more protection and support. For backpacking, these boots are like tanks on the trail. They do need some time for breaking in. Walk somewhere indoors (mall, gym, treadmill) to be sure that they fit well before taking them outside. As always, LL Bean is great with returns and fitting you to the best size. Thin brown laces are surprisingly durable and have yet to be replaced.
April 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by KarlK These 6-star Crestas will wear like iron
I am extremely impressed with the fine quality of the construction, design and detail of these nylon/leather Cresta hiking boots. I have a difficult foot to fit (narrow width, even narrower heel; high, stiff arch), and I can tell already that these 10-narrow boots will be just what I need. I have not been as successful on my peculiar foot with Vasque and some other brands (my fault; not theirs). I have read other reviews on this boot regarding the merits and cons of ankle support vs. low-cut trail shoes. I actually think I can experience the best of both worlds, depending on how high I lace these up. In some circumstances, I might need a tighter support around the ankles; in other cases, not so much. I do realize I'll need a break-in period to flex these out, but that will not be a problem. I had not bought any new boots of this high quality in 20 years, so I was a bit skeptical regarding what was out there and whether I should order by mail or not. I feel I've hit a home run with these, and I look forward to using them on Appalachian Trail day hikes and, eventually, getting them into my rotation of using them on volunteer AT work trips (southwest Virginia). I highly recommend these boots and really thank LL Bean for offering them and offering such a generous satisfaction program. For my needs and expectations, the price is more than fair.
March 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gary5 Great boots, definitely recommended
I bought these boots for walking my dog in winter. I bought a half size large so I could fit extra thick socks. They're a little heavy, but comfort, protection and stability are just about perfect. Every time I put them on, I think to myself they're probably the best clothing item I own.
March 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by Searcher1992 Comfortable and durable hiking boots
I've been wearing Cresta leather and nylon hiking boots for more than ten years. The accompanying photo shows the last four pairs, including my latest ones. Believe me, I wouldn't have bought this many if the first pair wasn't right for me. I have narrow feet, and these are one of the few narrow boots you can find--I've looked. They are very comfortable right out of the box, they require a minimal break-in period, and as you can see from the photo, they're durable.
I'm a search and rescue volunteer in southern Arizona, and I have hiked thousands of miles in these boots, usually off-trail through mountains and into canyons (by definition, a lost person is seldom on a trail). The boots have very good traction, edging or smearing, when climbing over rocks and water-slick boulders. They are waterproof (Gore-Tex), but I've soaked them in rainstorms and by wading through streams, and when they dry, they're as good as ever. Quite frankly, I abuse my boots, but the Crestas stand up to it for a long time. When the latest pair finally wears out, I'll buy another.
February 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Newarkdg Newarkdg
I have had 3 pair of the Cresta hikers and love them soon to buy my fourth pair. Lots of hiking with scouts. I hike to work at times just 2 miles away and usually wear them as casual shoes. I retire my old boots to yard work...still going strong. Soon to buy my next boots to break them in at Philmont, NM. Love the boots!!!
February 6, 2015