Rated 3 out of 5 by MotherOfToddler Cracking after just a few months
I've been buying these boots for my 7-your-old son every year for several years now and have been pretty happy with their quality. Two years ago he wore his bright yellow boots almost every day from April to October, including on 95 degree days (I wouldn't want to wear rubber boots on a hot summer day, but I wasn't going to fight this!), and the boots held up very well, only the lining worn out at the heel.
In March of this year I got him another pair, which he now wears more appropriately, mostly on rainy days or sometimes when he's too lazy to sit down and deal with his sneakers - just jumps into them and out the door he goes. And we didn't have that many rainy days this year. So I was very surprised to find several cracks on the shaft of both boots. Also, the lining was completely gone around the heel area. This is not the quality I'm used to expect from L.L.Bean stuff in general, and rubber boots in particular.
I'll exchange them for another pair, give these boots another chance. If they don't last through the season, I'll have to look elsewhere next year. Keeping my fingers crossed, because we do like the boots otherwise.
July 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MomOfOutdoorGirls These boots are great!
We live in San Diego, and we simply don't get much rain. We do live in rattlesnake country and when the grass gets long in the spring, my outdoor girls slip these boots on for protection. I know this is not what they intend them to be used for, but it gives me peace of mind knowing my kids are not out there barefoot. Easy to slip on and off, durable. After a year or so the lining starts to slip down.... but most kids outgrow a shoe before that happens. Order bigger just so they last longer. And if you want to have more than one kid use them over time, just order one color... like yellow. Then everyone just has yellow rain boots. Trust me, this will save you lots of money (and headache) in the future years.
June 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by tensails Worth the money!
We purchased two pairs of these boots for our boys a few years ago, and they have held up extremely well - now they have been passed on to other kids. My boys practically live in their boots in spring and fall. When one of my sons outgrew his pair last year, I tried buying a cheaper pair locally, and they had cracks in the rubber before a year had passed. Needless to say, I just bought more LL Bean boots for this spring.
March 14, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by GrannyShops Did not last
These looked very cute on the site with the rain coat. I bought them as a set for my granddaughter, who loved them. However, they cracked after a short time and no longer keep the water out. At this price, I expected them to last a bit longer than a couple months. LL Bean was helpful in telling me I could return them, which I will, for a refund, minus $6.50 because I don't have an LL Bean Visa card. I am buying a replacement elsewhere.
December 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by NovaScotiaLLBeanFan Great boots, comfortable for little ones
I purchased these for my five year old. At first she wasn't used to the slight heel, only because all her toddler boots had been relatively flat, but she soon got used to them. She went on a field trip at school, and also a hike in these, and never once complained about rubbing or having these be uncomfortable. To me, that's a huge plus, because most rubber boots are not super comfortable to walk in.
I like the design - with the handles, and we choose the pink color which is nice - coordinates with her LL Bean jackets.
I think they fit true to size (a little roomy, as rubber boots tend to be), ordered our normal size and they fit her well.
We've only had a couple of weeks, but they've kept her feet dry so far in the couple of rain showers we've had, and walking in wet grass.
Another great product - and a happy purchase. I definitely would recommend and will buy again when she grows out of these.
October 4, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by WesternMAWaldorfMom useful but not durable
I've had several pairs of these, and the kids wear through them before they outgrow them ? every time it's been due to cracks where the foot flexes. My kids are heavy users, though ? twice a week at school in fall and spring, plus use when it rains, 3 seasons. I'd recommend this for an occasional use rain boot, or if you're willing to deal with returns, to get these and replace as needed.
June 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Danica Quality Buy 2 yrs Ago
My son received a yellow pair as a gift two years ago and these have been his favorite pair of footwear since he received them.
The toe box has upheld with active use with no cracking in either the upper or lower. The interior lining is still fully intact without wearing through, tearing, or shifting. One pull-on handle broke last fall, but the others appear to be substantially stronger than the one that broke.
I cannot comment fairly on sizing as my son has *hard to fit* foot. (XXW foot with a high arch) The pair we have in size 13 was purchased for a size 12 foot. The extra room in the length was long but not a freakishly clown shoe length when comparing width/arch. The upper suited my child's high arch without abrasion/irritation.
After 2 1/2 years of wear, they remain water tight and serviceable with the sole tread intact.
April 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by kycountrygirl Adorable Puddle Stompers
These boots are just perfect! They are true to size, well made and oh so cute. My 3 1/2 year old granddaughter loves them. She wears between a size 9 and 10. I ordered her a size 10 and the fit is great, not to big, but room to grow. I now need to order the matching rain jacket.
April 4, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by GardenRiot Great boots, but high heel and run small
I bought my kids' boots one size too large so they'd still fit them come spring. I have to send one pair of boots back because they juuuuust fit right now and there will be no room to grow, and the other pair back because they are so narrow they hurt his feet. Also, the heel is 1" high, which is a lot for a two year old. So, a conditional OK for these, but nothing enthusiastic.
August 31, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by TheSilverMan Not on par with usual Bean quality
My daughters have L.L.Bean sneakers, Mary Janes, and winter boots. All of which are wonderful. The Puddle Stompers however were a bit of a disappointment. The inner liners on both boots wore right out in the heel area. I'm exchanging them them for Kids Bean Wellies ($10 more) and hoping that these are more durable. I was very pleased with L.L.Bean Customer Service - it's nice that a company stands behind its products.
May 21, 2012