Rated 5 out of 5 by EricNC Great buy
This is my first pair of Bean boots. I was afraid that the shearling might be too intense, but they worked perfectly for the snow we got this year.
March 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by BlizzardNewbie Warm and Cozy
I bought these boots during my first real NYC winter. I pretty much love them. They keep my feet dry and warm, are comfortable and fit perfectly. Not to mention I can walk in the slush without constantly feeling like I'm going to slip and break something. Highly recommended.
February 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Spcgolfe Great shoe
I have owned multiple pairs over the years. These are great and warm with wool socks.
February 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by dnos The best outdoor boot made
Great fit, comfortable, and rugged - what else is there? And it comes with the great service and satisfaction of LL Bean.
February 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by UpstateNYandPicky Great boots
My old, uninsulated boots were just too cold, so after 20+ years, I gave them to Goodwill (they had been resoled, so are still in pretty good shape). These insulated boots are great. We have 10 inches of snow outside, more coming down every hour, and they got me out and about with no problems. Very comfortable, but definitely get the shearling insoles to ensure all-over warmth. I got a full size below my actual shoe size (matching the pair I previously owned). These were tight at first, but as expected, the shearling has adapted to my foot, so they are snug but comfortable now.
February 5, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by AP728 Like them, but...
I like these a lot, but the temperature rating is nowhere near accurate. Wore them shoveling in 10 degree weather with medium-weight wool socks. It wasn't painful, but my feet were cold. Can't imagine wearing them in -25 degree weather.
January 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Patrickm98 Comfortable and Waterproof!!
Okay. This is one of the coldest winters we have ever had in NJ. My boots arrived a couple weeks ago. I was pleasantly surprised because they were back ordered and I didn't think that I would have them for a few more weeks from today. They arrived in time for two very big snowstorms and I had a lot of shoveling to do. The boots fit perfectly. They are very comfortable and I did not get any water at all on my feet. They also offered great traction in the snow. The shearling lining is great and kept my lower calves and ankles quite warm. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. The feet area does not have the shearling lining. They do disclose this when u place order. My feet were freezing in these boots. I am definitely going to buy some thicker socks and hopefully that will help. I was wearing athletic tube socks. I am sure the thicker socks will make it much warmer. Great boots! I am very happy with them.
January 29, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by NewGuyHere Conflicted on style, big fan on comfort
The boots are unusually warm. Been wearing them in wet snow all week with no issues, and I can't even feel the cold standing outside in 0 degrees. In fact, don't buy the shearling if you're planning on using them in the Fall or Spring, as they are too warm for above-freezing temps, in my opinion.
Looks-wise, the leather uppers are huge, so the boots look quite awkward without my pants covering them down to the rubber. The laces are also a tad bit short for cross lacing all the way up.
January 29, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by paperturtle frayed boot laces after one month
I heard so much about the quality of L.L. Bean products, I was excited to purchase these boots and begin wearing them. The boots are very comfortable and warm, however, I was disappointed in the quality of the bootlaces. After having the boots for just one month the boot laces began to fray and come apart. The hype didn't live up to my expectations.
January 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by RespectableNature Finally found my perfect boot
I have been wearing these boots for about 1 month now and could not be happier. I was seeking the perfect all around boot with some warmth and waterproof properties. I hike on trails of moderate difficulty with the dogs daily and these boots have met all of my needs in spades. I initially ordered some "hunting" boots from a different company that were roughly the same hight. they were extremely stiff in the upper and after trying to "break them in" for about 2 weeks, i finally gave up and returned them. These insulated Bean boots are supple and soft right out of the box. i have worn them in at least two blizzards so far and they have kept my feet warm and dry. they are flexible in both the sole and upper portion of the boot and i find them extremely comfy.
One concern that i had before ordering was the traction with the "chain link" treading. So far, i have had no trouble at all and going up and down steep hills in snow has been fun. Dont expect vibram lugging traction, but i got used to these in no time at all. One other thing i noticed is that these boots allow you to feel the forest floor which can make your steps MUCH quieter than my thick lugged heavy soled boots of the past. Fit and finish is impecable; i feel proud to wear these. they absolutely have a luxurious feel to them with the supple leather and shearling lining. the rubber portion on the bottom has 200gr of thinsulate which i have found to be sufficient down to -11 fahrenheit in the recent arctic blast in NY. Moderate activity helps. I might try the shearling inserts that are sold separately if you are planning to stand around more than keep moving.
I initially ordered size 9 (my usual is 9.5) but found them too big. I called LL Bean customer service and had size 8 at my door 3 days later. perfect fit with medium socks. I liked these boots so much that i urged my dad to try the 9's before sending them back. Now we are both hooked and keeping both pair.
I have been enjoying these boots very much and I think you will as well.
P.S. I have never taken time to review items from any manufacturer until this seasons purchases from LL bean. Heat Keepers Long Johns are also fantastic and I have been totally impressed with LL bean customer service. order with confidence.
January 22, 2014