Rated 5 out of 5
by Monkeyfoot Best Day Ever
When you want to have the "Best Day Ever" wear the best hunting shoe ever...the L. L. Bean Maine Hunting boot. Worn by our family for three generations.
December 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by FDRColorado First day in the field...EXCELLENT
I bought these a month ago with the idea of breaking them in before hunting season. I was not able to do so, and only tried them walking my dog the day I left for the hunt. They seemed fine, so I brought them along and brought my old 12" boots. I tried these new ones on opening day with two pair of socks.
I have never been so pleased and surprised by new shoes or boots! I hunted at elevations between 10,000' and 12,000' and hiked 5 - 6 miles in them. They were more comfortable than my old boots! They felt like I have had them for years! It may be the dark brown leather vs. tan leather, but whatever it is, LL Bean has these boots perfected.
The 16" boot kept out all of the grass seeds, burrs, dirt, etc. I would not suggest anything shorter for serious hunting. The hooks make lacing up a breeze...even quicker than my 12" boots.
You will not be disappointed if you choose the 16" boot in the dark brown leather.
My normal shoe size is 13-D, I ordered 13-D and it fits perfectly with two pair of socks. In cold weather it would even accomodate a third pair of socks. Forget all of the nonsense about sizes; order your usual size.
Look no further, give these a try!
October 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by FDRColorado Comfortable, waterproof and great fit!
These are the best hunting boots in the world. Period.
This pair is about my 5th or 6th pair over the last 50 years. You can easily count on them to last more than 15 years. I currently have three pair of these in the garage and two pairs of the loafers.
You will not be disappointed.
October 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by IdahoRanch One of the best boots money can buy
I've had this pair for seven years now, still 50% wear in the soles, 90% in the uppers.
I wear these about 80 days per year at temps between 50 and 30 fahrenheit, or down to 0 degrees if I'm active. The soft soles don't crack with age in the dry western climate like most rubber boots, but I did cut into one of the heels by jumping on the edge of a shovel.
Any boots over 12" should have lace hooks, which I had the boot shop add to this pair for $16.
As already mentioned, the west is dry. I condition the leathers about every 8 weeks from September to May.
October 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by mark4915 Miane 16' boot
Took a little time to find my size in stock but well worth the wait excellent boot as expected.
August 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by TSAR 2ND PAIR and no complaints
I wore out the first pair after decades of use. I bought this pair last fall. Snowshoed in them quite a bit down to about 15f... They are great in streams, bogs and mud and protect your lower leg from ticks, burrs, bruises and cuts while protecting your pant leg.
They are light and comfortable.
I sealed the seams with Sno-Seal and put multiple applications of both Neatsfoot oil and Red Wing Boot paste on all of the leather, this not only stretches the leather but waterproofs it and when the leather stretches it is softer/more comfortable AND allows new shoelaces to fit perfectly.
A few speed rings or hooks would speed up lacing but 1. I always have time to lace my boots up properly and 2. I could add them at the local shoe repair store if I wanted.
I need a pair of the fleece lined ones next.
April 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by upstatenyunoabovelkg Maine hunting boot
Nice boots, will get better as leather breaks in. I wear 11 wide work boot got these in 10 wide and fit good. I called in order so I could request hooks on the upper half of boot. Only thing I would suggest they do when putting hooks on would be to use the same color brown as eyelets. The hooks are shiny brass and stick out against the rest of the brown boot..But like most people like me who are buying these boots are wearing them in the field and not on the catwalk...
April 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Seve2125 Great, functional hunting boot.
After owning these for one upland hunting season in Minnesota I can safely say that these are the best hunting boots I have ever owned. They are incredibly well built (in Maine) and are very comfortable pretty much right out of the box.
I would recommend putting on a layer of waterproofing oil (mink oil or something similar) to help to keep water out. That being said water/moisture is not a problem with these boots.
I hunt primarily in Minnesota which like Maine can get awfully cold. I believe there is a lined version of this boot, but when it's forecast to be below 10* I wear an extra pair of wool socks, and I'm usually more than fine for the day.
Also, I called and spoke with a representative on the phone when I ordered these and they were very happy to have hooks added to these boots for faster lace up, which I would recommend highly.
All in all, I am very happy with this purchase and I look forward to using these for years to come.
December 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by FOD2911 These Boots were made for Hunting
The boots are as advertized and more... My foot is special (12 A size) and I have been diagnosed with Neuropathy. So I was drawn to this boot due to the availability of narrow sizes (B width), high form fitting uppers (16 inch) and made in the USA. The boot fits my foot very firmly with a medium thick sock and it does feel like a moccasin, light and well fitted to my high arch. I was really impressed with the factory insert. I had planned to purchase an insert or orthotic for stability and provide heel cushioning. But on review and wear in the field the factory included inserts were very sturdy and designed to hold my heel in alignment and therefore reduce strain on the old knees. I would consider buying another pair but maybe insulated this time. By the way my whitetail hunt was successful, perhaps due to the boot. :)
October 8, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5
by GTinVA Nice, but...
This is my first experience with Bean Boots. I just received them and went through the process of waxing and lacing and putting them on, and here's what I think: The boots are good. The product description will tell you all about that. I like them enough to keep them?especially for the price, which was even better on sale?but I have enough personal gripes about them to fill a page. Maybe they will be helpful for you to know what to expect. (Caveat: though I do live with horses on 40 acres of land, I'm not tough on all of my boots. I'm as concerned about appearance as durability; I can't comment on how these will do on a week-long hunting expedition.)
In no particular order:
Key word: MOCCASINS. They are soft and flexible, top to bottom, and feel like what calf-high leather moccasins would feel like. Very, very comfortable, but not tough and rugged. You definitely "feel the forest floor," so you'll pick something else for rough, rocky terrain. Feeling every sharp rock hit your soles and ankles would get tiresome fast.
The laces are too short. Shipping these with 75" laces, which everyone in the company knows aren't long enough (see the product photos), is ridiculous. Thanks to other reviewers, I had a solution ready: two pairs of 60" boot laces (you could go with 45"). I tied them together with a neat little square knot at the bottom, and they're long enough to wrap around the top of the calf (which I prefer doing). Leaving the top holes unlaced is stylish, I guess, but I didn't choose 16-inch-high boots just to use the bottom 15.
The sizing mumbo-jumbo is confusing and completely unnecessary. Just size them to standard shoe measures, please. I went on a hunch, and was fortunate to have guessed right. My foot size is exactly 9-1/2 E. I wanted to wear them with thinner socks, since I have other insulated boots for winter, so I "should" have ordered 8. But I knew I would want to put in another cushion insole (see: "feel the forest floor," above) and I was also concerned about having enough toe room. I went with size 9 Wide, and they fit just right. The 9 is the same length as a normal 10, so maybe just call it a 10?
These are made for STOUT calves. Mine are not, though I'm 6' and 190, pretty average overall. Even with two pairs of calf-high (thin sole) ski socks and pant legs tucked in, the two sides meet all the way up my shins. I can't make them any tighter. This, too, is ridiculous. With laces, they can always be adjusted to fit different size legs. But once the two halves hit together, there's no going any thinner. They could easily do with an inch less on each side and still accommodate everyone.
The leather has no character. It's plated in a uniform solid dark brown that could easily be vinyl. It's very good at resisting scratches, but I'd like something a little more warm and rustic to go with these "traditional" boots, something like the bison leather boots.
The tongue is gussetted all the way up; excellent for leak-free wading, but one of them folds painfully right on my ankle bone, and there is nothing I can do about it.
Many reviewers special-ordered theirs with speed lacing hooks. I didn't, because I like the look and don't mind the extra work involved. But this option should definitely be offered on the web site, and not as special order. One person had to wait three months! Not gonna do that.
So, yes I will keep them and wear them and enjoy them, knowing that the boots I really want cost as much as five of these. It's great that a 16" boot like this is available and affordable. LLBean is my favorite clothing retailer, but if they are going to put so much energy into crowing about "Made Right Here in Maine" they should be sure the thing they are making is impeccable, imho.
September 3, 2014