Rated 5 out of 5 by cpsgville LOVE these boots
LL Bean's sizing information is in fact 100% correct. I usually wear an 8/8.5 narrow so I ordered a 7 normal width (narrow width wasn't an ordering option on these unfortunately). I was apprehensive (I've NEVER fit into a size shoe), but these fit just PERFECTLY with thicker, winter-typical socks, and I honestly don't think they feel too big with regular socks either! I'm moving up to NYC and can't wait to see how these work out in the midst of snow and slush!
August 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by BakaMonsterDC beautiful boots
I live and work in DC so I needed boots that are comfy and practical for my walk to and from the metro and walking my dogs on wooded paths in Rock Creek park, these are exactly that. They're lbs lighter then my old Sorel's, which could be because my old boots are 10+ years old, but still awesome. I followed others recommendations and sized down from my normal size 10 to a 9, they fit nicely with both a thick wool sock and a thinner one as well.
August 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ProfG Great Boot!
Living in Memphis we have winters that are cool (40s and 50s) but rather wet, so good boots are a must. I dithered a lot on sizing, especially since my size was back ordered for 6 weeks (despite me ordering them in the beginning of May). I'm an 8 1/2, and I ordered an 8. With light socks, they fit great if I add in an insole. The fit is wonderful with heavy socks, or two pairs of merino socks, without the additional insole. I haven't tried them for warmth yet, since it's now 90 degrees, but I did stand in a tub of water to my ankles and the boots kept my feet completely dry! Looking forward to whatever winter brings this year.
June 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by LLBEANCUST1 Had to buy these too..and so glad I did!
Just received my Maine Hunting Shoe 10" and i've been wearing them almost every day. Glad that I got them before the April 22 date #since they were backordered# cause this way I am able to wear them a little longer in this weather. I am regularly size 10, got the 9 and wear them with regular thin socks and they are most comfortable. The leather is a little stiff at first but as I already know from the earlier ones I got, that they break in very quickly and soften right up. I have worn them laced all the way up the first time but I prefer leaving the top two free now and alittle more loose , I think it's more comfortable for me. Now I have these, my black ones 8" and a pair of mocs. I plan on getting a pair in Blue #Mocs# for next year in either the Green or Fuschia. I did notice however that the heel seems to be wearing out quickly and probably because I don't walk on 'forest floors' but on concrete city streets and the office floor. I called Cust Svc with my concern as to what I could do when they are worn down and they told me to just return or exchange or they would re-sole - whatever I preferred.
March 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by RunLoveLLbean Perfect All Around-Fits for High-Arch people
I first ordered the maine hunting boots with gortex, but the thinsulate did not fit my feet at all. When these finally came, they fit perfectly!! With regular socks they are a little roomy, but still very comfortable, and if I lace them tightly it is fine. With thick socks (Wigwam wool socks), they are the most comfortable boots ever. I ordered size 8 and I am size 8. Also, I have extremely high arches, yet with these unlaced partially, I can get them on with ease even with thicker socks. With the thinsulate ones, I could not even get my foot into the thinsulate layer due to my arch. I have tried a size 7 (my mom's, but they are also more narrow), and it is a bit of a struggle to get them on with thin socks on and fully unlaced, because of my arches. I have my Mom's old maine hunting boots, which are very comfortable, but the padding is pretty worn down. I was surprised at how squishy the padding in these boots are, they are like walking on a cloud! Also, do to this nice padding, it took zero time to break the shoes in. I have not gone on any longer hikes with them yet, but I have worn them around all day at school and was comfortable the entire time (which is important because I run Cross Country). I love the dark brown color as it goes with so many different outfits!
March 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by woodsylady Worth waiting for.
Took over 2 months to get them but the snow is still here. Light weight and comfortable. I normally wear a 9 but got the 8 as was recommended and they are perfect.
March 6, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Taaaaaaaaaaaa boots
It took a little while to get them, but it was worth it. I have a hard time getting shoes to fit right but these did.
March 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by CvSC Exactly What I Hoped For
I ordered these boots back in early January and, due to backordering, they didn't get to me until the last week of February. Though that process was a headache, I couldn't be happier with the boots themselves. Having been through a rough winter in the Northeast, I was looking for a pair of boots that would offer good traction in slippery conditions, warmth in 0-32 degree weather, dryness in slush or rain, and comfort. These boots have risen to the occasion in each and every way. They were not even difficult to break in, loosening up within the first 3 wears. I love the height and can wear them in deep snow or through nasty New York City slush puddles with no issue.
These boots - like all of the Bean boots lately - are backordered like crazy. If you choose to purchase them, expect a long wait time. I highly recommend communicating with their customer service representatives over the phone and NOT through the site's online chat resource, which I found did not meet L.L. Bean's usually excellent customer service standards.
In terms of sizing, I wear a size 7.5 in most shoe types, although I sometimes wear a 7 or an 8. I went with the size 7's in these boots, and am very happy with the fit.
March 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by KodakIzzie fantastic boot
I just got these boots and they're really great. I ordered one full size down and they fit perfectly. The soles are extremely comfortable, it's like walking around in sneakers! They're just a really classic, really well made boot. Highly Recommended!
March 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shopper1200 Love my new boots
They felt great straight out of the box. I keep them loose and that seems to feel better than lacing them like I would normally lace a boot.
Thank you to the other reviewers who recommended that I order a size down. I normally wear a size 9 and I ordered an 8 and they fit perfectly (as long as I wear think socks). They're a bit loose if I wear regular socks.
They've work great for me in the 30 - 50 degree wet weather we've had here in Texas since I received them, but I can't speak to how warm they would keep you at much below that. My feet do sweat a bit (something to be expected, I suppose, since the boots don't breathe, being rubber) and I could see how that would make for a cold clammy foot in colder weather. I think I would definitely order the lined version in that case. I still might order the sole liner I've heard other reviewers talk about, that way I could wear a thinner sock and have some more insulation on the bottom of my foot.
Also, I like that they don't make my feet look big. Winter boots tend to make my feet look rather large.
All in all, I'm very pleased that I sprang for them. Bonus is that they are actually made in the US by a company that I believe in and feel good supporting.
February 5, 2014