Rated 4 out of 5 by Tihm Not a removable insert
I bought this boot because the one without thinsulate was backordered, and I hoped that the insert might be removable as I had seen that mentioned in a prior review. The potential versatility appealed to me. Well, the insert is not removable. It is sewn in with the same stitching that attaches the leather upper to the rubber bottom of the boot. The lining also doesn't extend all the way to the end of the boot, so it feels quite small initially but does stretch out fairly soon. I usually wear a 9 or 9.5, and got this boot in an 8. With the insert it ended up being still too tight after several hours of wear. And too hot for Portland OR. I've returned the lined boot and ordered the non-lined boot and will just have to wait.
November 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by slyfink Terrific... as expected!
Not that these boots really need another review! But I thought I'd add a little more information regarding fit that I found difficult to find when I was getting ready to order on-line.
I'll start by saying that these boots are terrific as advertised. They seem well made, and the materials and fabric are top notch. I've had them a month and worn them 6 or so times, but had my first snow/slush-storm yesterday, and the walk to daycare and then to work was a non-issue. Warm, dry and comfortable feet was what I was expecting, and that's what I got.
Regarding fit: I have high volume feet, not particularly wide, except at the little toe, which sticks out a lot for whatever reason. I typically hover between 10 and 10.5 for my shoes. I opted for the size 9 EE. It was the correct call. The boots are long and narrow, even the EE width. I'm comfortable in them, but someone with properly wide feet might want the to try before they buy.
I'm going to be wearing them pretty much most of the winter walking about 4 miles a day. I'm hoping the claimed ruggedness will be as described, but for now, I have no reason to doubt it.
November 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Orthotics Always great boots
This is my fifth pair of Bean Boots, this time insulated. I was concerned about the fit of lined boots, especially with the foot problems I have. The EE width accommodated the heavy wool Bean socks well. They felt comfortable and warm the entire day, on a cold, wet day in the field.
Thanks to Sandia and Bean Boot Team.
November 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by BackwoodsBozo Blast from the past
I recently rediscovered a forgotten 22-year old pair of 8? Thinsulate Bean Boots (then labeled Maine Hunting Shoe) that still has lots of life left on both bottoms and uppers.
A comparison with my 10? 100th Anniversary (non-Thinsulate) Maine Hunting Shoes indicates the overall quality of workmanship and materials is virtually identical. As LL Bean explains the more modern rubber bottoms have superior construction ? they seem to have less lateral twist than the 22-year old version, which helps with footing on uneven ground ? but otherwise the fit seems identical and the only design difference is that the bootstrap loops at the top of upper on the older boots is more compact and doesn?t extend above the rest of the upper which IMO provides a neater look than the current version..
I wore my rediscovered 8? Thinsulates along with LL Bean Ragg Socks in this morning?s unseasonably single-digit cold ? moving about, not standing still ? and they provided the same warm, snug fit I enjoyed when they were new in 1992. My primary use for these will likely be as "just in case? gear in my car for trips over mountain passes this winter.
Anyway, just posting this so that prospective buyers of this boot can be confident that their purchase will hold up well and provide excellent service in moderately cold weather for many years.
If you?ll be sitting still or out in extremely cold conditions then consider other models that use thicker removable Thinsulate or felt liners.
November 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by BetweenCoasts Dark Ash = Brown
This review is to address the Dark Ash color. For those of you who have been looking for the 8" brown bean boot, these are it. See the attached photo. The photo shown on the website is not a good representation of what these look like.
The thinsulate is certainly warm. I followed Bean's suggestions and sized down (normally wear a 9 but got an 8). These fit perfectly and with regular socks on. I can even wear them untied and the heel won't slip. With thick boot socks on, I imagine these will be pretty snug. But I doubt thick socks will be necessary to keep your feet warm in these since the thinsulate does the trick.
Bottom line, if you are like me and were searching for the 8" brown Bean Boot, these are it.
November 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 Best Boots EVER!
My second pair. A return customer says it all.
November 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Highlowsel Duckboots!
After all this time I finally decided to buy a pair of duckboots. Perfect fit. Comfy. I say to Winter, "Bring it ON!" ;-)
November 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by TNnative excellent "duck" boots
I had a pair of these in high school, and they lasted me 15 years, and they would have lasted longer had they not been "pilfered" by a good friend who borrowed them. I recently had the need to get another pair of warm, waterproof, winter boots...I did my research to see what else might have been available, and ended up coming back to the original bean boot 8" thinsulate as my choice...and I'm glad I did...they fit wonderfully. I wear an 11.5 shoe, 12 in most cowboy boots, and thanks to the help of the LL Bean customer service, i settled on a size 11 boot, and it fits perfectly. These boots are still fairly new, but quality appears to be just as good as I remember my old ones being. Good arch support, full thinsulate lining in the rubber part of the boot. These boots keep my feet warm and dry in snow, mud, etc, and the treads clean out easily. I would recommend these boots to anyone that needs a wet/cold weather boot down to 10 degrees or so. Consider the more insulated boots if it gets colder than that. It pays to talk on the phone or online to an LL Bean representative to discuss your shoe size and width, as the conversation I had led to a perfect order. Do your research on other brands of "duck" boots, as I found that many of them cost just as much as the Bean Boots, but do not hold up in the long run.
November 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Chas42 Follow sizing recommendation
Great boots. Just what I expected. Fit well with regular socks. I followed recommendation and purchased size 11 rather than my normal size 12. I look forward to years of use!!
November 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 thinsulate boots
I like the boots. I wore the other pair out after many years of use. I like American made products.
November 5, 2014