Rated 5 out of 5 by Dune15 Repeat buyer
I have bought these boots for my husband before and when they wore out, there were no other boots to match their quality and usefulness in snowy, cold and wet conditions he endures during the winter months when he has to work outdoors. The traction soles are really excellent and the craftsmanship is unmatched. We will always be customers of this product. Happy with the purchase, as usual.
February 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by WhippetPal Great boot. Lots of sizing info included here.
I had a very difficult time figuring out the correct size for my new LL Bean boots. I would be embarrassed to admit how much time and effort I put into fitting these boots. I do not usually take the time to write online reviews, but I am hoping that perhaps all of my research and investigation will hope one or two of you who are trying to figure out what size boot to purchase.
I got my first pair of LL Bean boots when I was a kid. I loved them, but growing up in Vermont I thought my feet would freeze off. My second pair, while a young teen, had blue felt liners. Those kept my ankles warm, but my feet still froze and every time I pulled my foot out of the boot a pile of blue felt fuzz came with it.
Now long into my adulthood, I am back in the LL Bean boot game, and the wonderful quality has not changed a bit. I will say, however, that I have never had as difficult a time figuring out the correct size for me as I did with these boots. My shoe size is typically between a 9.5 and a 10 D (medium). My running shoes tend to be size 10.5 medium. I have never purchased a Wide shoe or boot in my life.
Sizing the Thinsulate / Gortex LL Bean boot is unique to this exact boot, as you have more "stuff" intruding into the space where your foot goes than you do any of the other LL Bean boots. Also, the LL Bean specialist tells me that they "size up" the foot bed of the Thinsulate / Gortex boot more than others (for example, if you buy a size 9 Bean boot with Thinsulate and Gortex, Bean actually uses a size 10 foot bed in the boot to accommodate the space taken by the insulation and water proofing material.)
I tried these boots on in a size 8 Medium, 9 Medium, 9 Wide, 10 Medium, and 10 Wide.
I found that the 8 Medium was WAY to small, and the 10 Wide was WAY to roomy, so I was narrowing in. On both the 9 Medium and, to a lesser extent, the 10 Medium, I found that the boot felt like it was hugging the wide part of my foot (just behind the toes.) The hugging was not uncomfortable, but I was concerned that over time it would become annoying. I talked to the boot specialist in LL Bean customer service, and he pointed out that a) these boots do not stretch over time, and b) having a little extra space is good, as your foot will stay warmer with room for a little bit of air to circulate and for the Thinsulate to not be tightly compressed. Thinsulate works a bit like the fiberglass insulation you install in your house ... you only get the advertised level of heat loss protection if you don't squish down the insulation.
So, I ended up with a 9 Wide, the first pair of wide footwear I have ever purchased, for my size 9.5 - 10 medium (leaning a bit toward narrow) foot. I could have gotten away with a 10 Medium as well, but ultimately the 9 Wide was the best boot for me.
I hope this review helps!
February 16, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by FiveEWideFoot Not wide enough
I have a size 13, wide foot, and I ordered these boots "13 wide". We've had a lot of snow this winter, and wearing these boots led me to the conclusion that: 1) the boots are extremely well constructed, and 2) they are way too narrow. This problem is compounded by the very firm molded rubber bottom feature.
It turns out that "wide" at LLBean is 2E; I, and a significant fraction of the adult male population, require widths of up to 5E. I had to return the boots, and the LLBean Representative agreed to pass on a request for the development of a line of extra-wide boots. I can't say I'd recommend these boots to my wide-footed friends, but for those with "regular" width feet, they are 5-star.
February 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jwcmcg Men's L.L.Bean Boots, 8" Gor
These are the best boots I've owned.
February 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by TScialabbs Best boots ever.
I picked up a pair just before the snowstorms hit a couple weeks ago. Perfect timing- these boots are warm, keep my feet dry and fit perfectly. With Gore Tex and Thinsulate lining, nothing can stop these bad boys.
February 5, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by ColdandWetWinter Out of stock in regular men's size 11 until spring
I attempted to order boots in the fall. But there was a backlog in the regular sized men's boot. I ordered the wide hoping it might fit. Too large. I then tried to order the regular again but not available until Spring. I tried the narrow but too small.
Why not stock the most common size? Why not avaiable during hte winter?
January 30, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by FromAway2 Nice, Cold Boot
This boot may be the coldest footwear I own. On cold days, I can notice the heat being drawn from my foot, sometimes even in the office. If I stand in snow that touches the rubber sides/top, the rush of heat from my foot is noticeable and it taks a while to warm back up. I've never noticed cold feet - even wearing sneakers - before until I wore this boot. I like the boot but I am very disappointed in the insulation.
January 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by THHiggie Shoestrings
I currently have 3 pair, 6" plain, and 8" & 10" with Thinsulate and Gortex. I bought the 10" 13 years ago to take to Antarctica. 30 years ago I bought my first pair to take to Italy. Two of these new pair replaced worn out ones, and my wife has a pair. Obviously I love the boots but: the Gortex option is too pricey and I wish it would be attached better to the boots. It often comes partially out when I remove the boots. Also, the shoestrings have gotten much cheaper. I just started wearing the new 8" ones two weeks ago and the strings are already starting to come apart. The shoestrings should match the quality of the boots. They do keep my feet warm and dry though when I go bird walking in 10 degrees and a foot of snow.
January 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BootHappy Great fit, great look, and comfortable!
Our son asked for a pair of L.L. Bean boots for Christmas, but happened to see that they didn't go past size 14. He wears a 15. After reading the comments from previous buyers about ordering a size down, especially if wearing normal weighted socks, we called L.L. Bean to ask their expert opinion and what they recommended. We felt confident, and placed the order for size 14. Because of the high demand and the time frame of Christmas, they were expected to be back ordered til January 6. We were so very happy when they were sitting on our door step a week before Christmas, which meant they could be underneath the Christmas tree. They fit beautifully, and he wore them 3 days in a row!!! Thanks L.L. Bean!!!
January 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by celcross20 Love these boots!!!!
I was actually lucky enough to get the gore-tex version of this boot even though it is on back order until April 2015. I was recently in CT for the holidays and called the outlet store and they told me they had a pair of these and would hold them for me. Sure enough when I got to the store they were in a bag behind the counter waiting for me! I normally wear a size 11 and the associate said I should get a size 10, he was absolutely correct. Since I got these from an outlet store the width said it was EE which is wider than normal, I wear a normal width. The EE fit perfectly so I can't comment on the width of these boots. Even though it is a "country" looking boot, I live in NYC and wear them all the time!
December 29, 2014