Rated 5 out of 5 by Kev55 Made in the USA
These boots were great right out of the box. Wore them the first time for a 5 mile walk figuring to break them in. Comfortable the whole walk no pain soreness etc. Waterproofing has been excellent so far.Well worth the money!
February 2, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by TravelingRancher Great Boots - Stand Up to Very Hard Use
I live on a ranch and tend to destroy boots. Every morning I am out in dew soaked fields. I walk through grass burrs, cactus and yaupon holly scrub all the time. The uppers regularly get scraped on concrete when servicing farm equipment and snagged on barbed wire when fixing fence. I have tried the new light weight "high tech" material boots and destroy them in 6 months or less. I get a year and a half to two years out of these Bean boots wearing them almost every day. I have had both the Engineer's boot and the Iron Works. The Iron Works without the cap toe seems to last longer.
A couple of things: These are heavy duty boots so they start out stiff and need a substantial break in period - typically about 3 or 4 weeks wearing them for a couple of hours a day at first. You can make the process easier by giving the boots, particularly the tongue and tongue gussets, a couple of good applications of Lexol after you verify they fit but before you start to break them in. Then re-apply Lexol every few days during break in. Lexol is designed for use on bridles and saddles so it softens the leather without weakening it or degrading stitching.
When you first get the boots the laces may seem a little short, just barely long enough to fully lace up and tie. That is because the leather starts out stiff and hasn't conformed to your feet. After a couple of weeks the length is fine, even if you tie an overhand hitch between the eyelets and hooks to have different lace tensions for ankle and foot.
And these boots are American made by a company that has been making boots since 1901.
February 1, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Productive Great boots.
These boots were comfortable right out of the box. The new stiffness goes away quickly, and the boots felt "broken in" from the beginning. Time will tell how they hold up, but for now, everything is excellent. And yes, they could use longer laces, but after wearing them for a few days and the boots becoming more pliable, you can tie them correctly.
January 28, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by KevlarF350 Work boots
These boots are awesome. They are actually my second pair as I found the ultimate work boot for my needs. I love the classic styling and materials. You won't find any synthetic stuff on these. These are no nonsense tough as nail boots. I usually rotate boots but not these. I wear them every day for 12-15 hours at times. I am a type 1 diabetic and my feet demand the ultimate in comfort. I would rather spend a good buck on these than some inferior Chinese made imposter. I work outside landscaping and doing masonry work ten months out of the year in PA weather, wet muddy spring, hot humid summer, cold snowy winter. I can't complain about anything I put them through. As long as your expectations are reasonable you can't go wrong. They will not keep your feet dry standing in water. They make other boots for that. These are not for the trendy look at me type. They take work to break in but you will be rewarded with a comfortable boot with plenty of traction as well. A year later they are pretty hammered but still comfy and reliable. Like anything else you get what you pay for. Enjoy.
January 27, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by EJDetroit Excellent boots.
Just purchased these boots anticipating a harsh Michigan winter.
Delivered fast. Very comfortable, especially after you break them in a bit. Laces are top notch. I've trudged around in snow and rain and they're waterproof as advertised. Surprisingly warm.
January 20, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Marylandguy Katahdin work boot vs Katahdin iron works boot
I had been researching American made work boots for about a month. What I had decided on was Chippewa boots, because of price, reviews and looks. I then saw that Chippewa made an L.L. Bean version of their boots and was sold on that. You get a well made, and great looking, American made boot, with a seller/brand (llbean) guaranteeing it's products. The boot I originally wanted was the, "Chippewa Apache utility lace up rugged outdoor boots" listed for $209. For roughly 40$ more you get the L.L. Bean version of this boot with these pros, waterproof, padded collar, and 100% satisfaction guarantee #well worth the extra money#. What I was looking for was an all around versatile boot #casual, everyday, work, hiking, waterproof, traveling, winter boot#. These boots had reached all my expectations as for comfort, looks, and durability. However, because I was looking for an everyday casual boot, I had also bought these boots in the Katahdin iron works version #see below for review#.
Sizing: I bought these boots in size 9 and 8.5. I tried them on and walked around the house until making a decision. I am a size 9 in every shoe I wear, and although this boot had about an inch or so of extra room in the toe it was necessary, for thicker socks and also for widening of the foot/toes by the end of the day. I kept the size 9, and am glad I did.
Katahdin Iron works boot: I bought these in size 8.5 and was torn between choosing to keep these or the waterproof version. I cannot comment on the comfort level as I didn't wear them long enough for them to break in #these boots as well as the waterproof version will require much time for break in#. They look great with everyday outfits and could even be dressed up if you put some shine on them. If you're solely looking for a casual boot, these are them.
Sizing: I am a size 9 in all shoes and although the 8.5 in this boot worked for me I would have gone with a 9 if I kept them. Mainly because of slight toe rubbing.
Reason for not keeping them: I wanted one versatile boot that is waterproof, good for everyday and also for snow #these weren't that... for me at least#. Regardless they're both great boots.
January 19, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by nkarp Gorgeous and amazingly functional
I live in Colorado and have owned these boots for a little over two years, mainly as commute and light work boots in cold and snowy weather. They are the best boots I've ever owned. As many other reviewers have noted, they look luxurious and feel amazing right out of the box, and only grow better with time. I am now ordering a second pair just for that stylish "new boot" look.
Two semi-common complaints that ticked me off in other reviews:
1) "I waterproofed them with ____ as soon as I got them and they leaked." These are waxed leather boots. They are already waterproof. There are recommended ways to care for them, and rubbing neats foot oil on them, right out of the box, is not one.
2) "I bought these to work all day in 10-foot snowdrifts and they leaked/my feet got cold." Honestly, these are not snow boots. If you're working in freezing temps and getting wet all day, buy some Sorels. These boots are made to work well in a wide range of applications, but they are not magic.
I cannot recommend these highly enough. If you can afford to splurge on these, you will not regret it. Treat yourself - you will enjoy your decision every day.
December 23, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by newjerseydude new boots
Had to return the first pair and get a wide size. Had no problem returning them at and they ordered me new pair. Wish I had known they had to order them since I had a code for 20% off. Got them in two days no problem with shipping. So far they fit nice seem to hurt a bit around the ankle maybe once they are worn more.
November 11, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by OCFarmer Not Waterproof!
I really want to love these boots. They're comfortable although the sole is a bit stiff. They seem pretty rugged. But they are not waterproof. I contacted the maker about proper care for them, but no matter how many times I condition the leather and apply 'snowseal' waterproofer, they leak. Even two days afterwards. The lining and inner material has started separating from the boot. I have had them for about 6 months hoping that each waterproofing will do the trick but to no avail. Not what I expect from a $250 boot.
October 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by finishcarpenter High Value
The trick for any new boot is to get them very wet, then the leather will stretch to conform to your foot. I feel for the people who didn't go through this necessary step before returning to Bean. I am a carpenter who has worn these boots everyday for over 3 years. They are the most comfortable boots I've ever worn and have definitely stood the test of time. I am sure I can squeeze another year out of them, but my wife thinks they look a little beat at the moment. These boots represent money well spent.
August 18, 2015