Rated 5 out of 5 buy 'em if you'll wear them a dozen or more years
I have a size 9 foot of medium width. I carry over 210 pounds on a 5'6" frame. I have very flat feet and weak ankles. I wear orthotics and use a hiking staff. I use these boots for every-day chores like shoveling snow and cutting the grass and on moderate day hikes and long backpacking treks. I am not a young man.
I've had these boots for over a dozen years, and these are the best boots I've ever owned. They sized precisely, broke in easily, and provided great ankle support. This support has saved many a hike and at least one longer trek. I've never sprained or strained an ankle; in fact, I'll put these shoes on when an ankle is feeling a little loose and I want to give it a chance to right itself. The boots are a little roomy since I had to remove the liner to use the orthotics, but not so roomy that a heavy-weight sock was needed. I've had no blisters with them.
I've done nothing but abuse them. I haven't done any routine maintenance except to replace shoelaces, yet they've never leaked or cracked and the lace eyelets are as secure as the day I bought them. I am most impressed with the Gore-Tex on these boots. I've never had a Gore-Tex product where the waterproofing was so well installed and held up so well. The Vibram soles are wearing smoother but they're still good on the descent. The uppers are as tough and pliable as they've ever been, although they're not as pretty as they used to be.
I can confirm the problem with the upper separating from the sole. I have had to re-goop these shoes a couple times, but only in the past few years. On a recent hike, the left shoe was so gracious as to wait til I finished the hike and was getting gas before it came un-glued. It is this problem that got me thinking about buying a new pair, and so I find myself reading these reviews and wondering if I can justify paying twice as much for a new pair as I paid for these. The boots are worth it, but will this body still be capable of another dozen years as much fun as the last dozen in these boots?
August 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Joseywales1949 great boot
I have owned the Men?s Gore-Tex Cresta Hiking Boots, Leather for over 4 years. My brother and myself have 3 pairs I absolutely love the boot it needed no break-in. About a year ago the leather split away from the sole at the front side of the boot. It is no longer water proof because of the leather splitting away from the sole. I have not done anything with the boot because it is probably 5 or 6 years old the sole has no wear I just love the boot but I cannot spend money for a new pair knowing this may happen again. I have been dealing with LL Bean for over 40 years I have been to the store in Free port Maine it is a great company and I definitely recommend LL Bean to any one wanting great products. The boots are imported so LL Bean did not make them. I still shop at LL Bean.
July 23, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5
by geohiker1962 Soles fall off
The boots initially were great, broke in very nicely and quickly. After about 40 days of use started to notice some separation between sole and body of boot. On a recent trip involving long hikes in remote areas, the boots rapidly deteriorated and the sole on one completely detached (the other boot had a partly detached sole). Fortunately I was only about 2 miles from vehicle so was able to tie the sole to the boot with some extra bootlaces I had, and shuffle slowly back over desert terrain. This could easily have been a safety issue - having your boot fall apart can become quite dangerous in remote areas. I had only worn the boots about 60 days maximum, about half off trail (but not unusually rough) and half on developed trails. Very disappointed in this product by LL Bean.
July 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by shiv357 awesome boots!
Great boots--going into my 3rd year---wearing them everyday for work and still have the original laces too! Ready to order another pair and they are no longer available in black?--very disappointed...
July 11, 2015
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