Rated 5 out of 5 by Storkshole Main 16in, hunting boots
I received my Main hunting boots after being on back order for two months. I wear a solid size 9 shoe and boots. I ordered a size 8. This is perfect for wearing with a slightly thick sock. They are a little large with every day cotton socks. A half size would be perfect for this kind of sock. A size 7 would likely be too small. This is something I can deal with. If you wear a size nine and a half, a eight would work. I wore them the first time today and walked two miles with my thinner socks. They were a little loose but the way they lace up on your leg I had no great problem with slipping on my feet. They will work great in winter with thick socks. These boots are so light you hardly know you have shoes on. These boots lace up to fit the calf of your leg perfectly. A little slow lacing, but other than that, no problems. I am a avid hunter and fisherman for sixty years of my life. I wish I would have had these boots for the first fifty years of my hunting experience.Save your money and buy a pair!
April 10, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Trap1per Beautiful boot
I loved these boots the minute I looked in the box. Wow what a nicely made boot. They are comfy and stylish. A lot of laces so only wear when your in them for most of the day. I watched a friend wear his for ten years and he loved every outing we've had. Not once have we went outdoors and the topic of his boots didn't come up during that outing. If this style is what your looking for I highly recommend getting your own pair, don't wait .
March 15, 2016
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