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
Rated 5 out of 5
by HappyEquestrian Making the old look new :)
Super happy with LL Bean repairs, they took my vintage (super comfy) boots and resoled them to look like new! Not to mention when I received the finished pair back, they included new inserts and laces, bonus!! Very fast turnaround and great customer service :) Thank you LL Bean!!
August 29, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by VTOrion Awesome Performance, traditional look.
The fit, wear, look & overall performance of these boots in all conditions warrant 5 stars. Period. Why then, did I give them a "4"? Simply because one has to first know to contact the factory and special order a pair with speedlaces on the upper 2/3rd of the boot (luckily I did, and it's only a couple extra bucks). Secondly, if you do special order them that way, it can take 3 months, as mine did, to arrive at your door. Mine were ordered in early February, so the snows were gone by the time my boots arrived (I wanted to wear them with traditional snowshoes).
That being said, I have been field testing them exactly in the manner for which they were built: I drew a coveted VT moose tag in the bogs and timber country of the Northeast Kingdom, and have been scouting this wet, mucky, often steep, thickly wooded terrain in my new boots and they have kept me comfortable, protected and dry, not to mention looking great, and different than most 'modern' woodsmen. I love them. Spend the time to get the speedlaces, lacing that many eyes would be maddening, but these are slick (**LL Bean: make that an option in the catolog please, or just make them ALL that way!!).
July 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by EncinitasBob Great Fit but get "hooked"
Get ready to make a statement with these boots. The 16" tall with hooks catches the eye. Why doesn't LLB list the hooks as an option!! For less than $2 as an option, why not. Speed laces are the only way to go. I can put them on faster than my 12" boots. I've been trying them out with different socks and they fit best with medium weight socks. More than enough room in the boot top to tuck in your jeans. Will probably put the "snow seal" treatment on them eventually but now just getting familiar with the boots. I will also switch out the provided laces for waxed leather laces. This will probably be my last pair because I intend to get them resoled many times over. LLB boot resoling is a great deal. Find out more about it.
June 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ramzee Comfortable, waterproof, and great fit!
Pay attention to their advice about ordering one size smaller if you're using it for non-winter weather. I normally wear a 10 EEEEEE and a 9 wide of this boot fits great.
The laces were not long enough, but that's easy enough to remedy for anyone who knows how to cut nylon cord and secure the rope ends. The grommets are of a decent size.
I had a long search for socks that were male and knee-length. I finally found a super-thin liner that I thought would be a sock, but was just a liner. I spent another bunch of time buying the lightest wool sock I could find that was long enough for the boot. Both sock and liner sit barely an inch above the boot -- if that.
Now for the good stuff: they feel like you're wearing bedroom slippers -- they're that comfortable.
If you spend a lot of times in wet woods from 30 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit + (-1 to 21 Celsius +), these things are awesome. My other waterproof boots are just WAY too warm in these temps. These LL Bean boots are tall enough to keep the water out after the spring melt or lots of rain. They're a good rain boot if you have knee-length rain gear. They're tall enough to keep the bugs out, especially with boot bands around the bottoms of your pants. Wear permethrin-sprayed mosquito netting and clothes -- with these boots -- and you can walk through clouds of biting insects without a problem.
My idea of their ideal uses: Boating in chilly weather, crossing shallow creeks, hanging out in swamps for whatever reason, hiking in buggy and marshy areas, walking marshy woods and prairie after the spring melt or a big rain, and walking seasonal wetlands. They're miles ahead of trying to make do with galoshes.
They seemed to me to look a little feminine in the photo, but they don't look that way at all when you see the boot in person.
If you're fly fishing or hunting for waterfowl, you'll probably still need waders.
I'm glad I went all the way to the final page of men's boots to find these gems!
April 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by 270jake good fit
great fit cannot wait to go hunting
March 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by OregonHunter Maine Hunting Shoe
Great for grouse/woodcock hunting. I have more expensive boots, custom boots, etc., but these are the best for the woods, especially when it's wet. Last fall I was hunting grouse and woodcock in Wisconsin. After hunting for a few hours my GPS showed that there was a shortcut to the truck. Well, it didn't show that there was a tag alder swamp in between the truck and me. Maine Hunting Shoe kept me dry in the swamp (the dogs kept looking at me as if to say, "Are you sure this is the right way!")
Boots are very comfortable and quiet in the woods. I love that they are 100% made in the USA, unlike other companies that claim USA made pac boots,but actually import the rubber bottoms from overseas. Not so with LL Bean. They make the rubber bottoms in Maine along with the rest of the boot. LL Bean customer service is outstanding. I once bought another company's pac boot that claimed "Made in USA" but later found out the rubber bottom was from Thailand. Rubber bottoms in those boots cracked. When I called to ask if it would be covered by warranty, they would not commit. That would never happen with LL Bean. Great product. Great company. Great price. If you spend time in wet woods, buy LL Bean Maine Hunting Shoe!
March 8, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by CJWR Great for Equestrian activities
Had a pair of these years ago for around the barn. Great for rainy days, mucking stalls, giving baths -- all the dirty work associated with horses. They were great for riding in too. Off the shelf riding boots at that time were either too narrow or too wide for my calf and custom too expensive. The lace-up style gave me the flexibility I needed. Giving them a 4 only because it would be nice if these were made for women also. I take 8.5-9, so I'm pretty sure I bought the men's 7.
March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by BigMuddyMO AWESOME Riding Boot
I have been searching for a good boot to wear in the saddle with wet/muddy conditions. Have tried several of the other high top rubber boots and none of them fit well in a stirrup. I could have gone to wider stirrups but preferred not to.
I received my 16" Maine Hunting Shoes after doing a lot of research online. Looked at a few other brands but they all were pac boots for extreme cold weather. I wanted a boot that could be worn in both cold and warmer temps but would still keep my feet dry. I wanted a boot that was both easy into and out of a stirrup. I was in the saddle in less than 24 hours after receiving my boots from LLBean. I can say that my search is over. These things are so comfortable they feel like moccasins. My feet stayed dry even though I was riding a day after a snow melt...probably the sloppiest conditions anytime. There isn't a spur shelf but that is not necessary. I would have liked a little taller heel but the one on these boots is sufficient. I added a leather kiltie to mine and it keeps the laces from pinching at the bottom. I also ordered mine with the speed lace hooks as well and am glad I did. I think these boots will be perfect for turkey hunting as well. I will find out for sure in a couple months.
All in all a perfect boot for my needs. I intended to wait to write a review after I saw how well they lasted, but am so happy I had to write one today. If you ride in nasty weather, do yourself a favor and get a pair of these "made in America" boots.
March 5, 2014