Rated 5 out of 5 by Doubles Exceptionally durable, always waterproof
As a Florida landscaper, my boots are the most important item I wear. They remain waterproof regardless of how much water I expose them to. I always own two pair at a time to alternate each work day. There is no other boot at any price that I have found which is better for my conditions. The waffle soles do pick up and carry dirt into the house if I fail to clean them before going in. Small price to pay for what I get.
July 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ExMainier Great support for my ankles
During the first two or three wearings, the boots were stiff and hard on my ankles. However, that didn't last long. The boots then quickly conformed to the shape of my ankles and give them great support. I consider them the best boots I have ever worn.
June 25, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Rangerboots Katahdin Iron Works Boots, Waterproof
They fitted well. The upper is of excellent quality. They are Goodyear welted. Downside for me was the fabric lining which developed holes after moderate wear over a few months. Boots of this quality should have a leather lining. I might have to try and cut it out. In short, an excellent pair of boots which is let down by the lining. If they had leather lining I could see them lasting 5-10 years. As it is I reckon I will get 1-2 years out of them.
June 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by mtnfever very comfortable boots
My husband loves these boots! He hates buying footwear online but it's hard to find these types of boots (ie not hiking but not steel-toe work boots either) for working around the house like building our deck, burying the new electric line for the well, mowing/weed-eating, etch. He has rheumatoid arthritis with an especially bad ankle, which makes fitting shoes difficult, but these boots fit him very well. He's been wearing them alternate days, all day, and been very happy with them to the point of contemplating ordering the non-waterproof version for more variety. We ordered the regular size that he wears.
June 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Namo Men's Katahdin Iron Work Boots, Waterproof
The best boots that I have ever owned. I've had many a trek into the Sonoran Desert. I've fished into snow melt waters in The Sierra Nevada's. The boots did what they were designed to do.
Unfortunately, the Grand Daughters play hide and seek and used our closet as a hiding place. They sat on the boots far too often. One boot toe cap was crushed. Try as I might, which included a trip to a cobbler, they never returned to factory specs. Unfortunately they couldn't be repaired.
They are well made, durable, and everlasting -- definitely the boot for an outdoors person.
June 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by zachtown Excellent Boot
I bought a pair of Katahdin boots a year ago and was immediately delighted by their quality. I grew up in boots - Redwings in Canada, Chippewas, etc., and I think I know a good boot when I see one. These boots exhibit quality materials, excellent stitching, and strong Vibram soles. I live in Colorado in a small town with dirt streets and trailheads at the edge of town. These boots see plenty of work/trail time. I am so happy with these boots I recently bought a second pair to keep as back-up. Highly recommend.
May 14, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Peace2012 Sturdy
I bought this boot when they made it in a taller version. I've had it for over 8 years. Original bought it so wear when shoveling snow in the NE but now have moved to the south. Just today, while I was cutting my grass I stepped on a nail. I felt that there was a rock/pepple in my boot but could not figure out how that could have happened since my boots are much taller than these.
Well when I lifted my foot to check it, I saw a nail sticking out of the bottom. After 8 years - these boots are no joke. The nail did not even make it to my foot. Awesome.
May 1, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by MDShovel I had to return them. :-(
I've worn the original Katahdin Iron Works Boots for several years. They're great shoes and like them very much, but I found that the leather across the toe would fail at the stitching. I tried this waterproof version because they have a solid toe.
The foot portion of the boot is immediately comfortable. However, the uppers have a design flaw in that the lacing studs and tongue are too broad and the interior row lines up with the inside ankle-bone. I fussed with them for a week trying to get a lacing configuration that wouldn't be painful, but all I got was very sore ankles. The tongue should be flatter or more narrow, and the laces should come closer together so that they rest on the front of the foot. They'll then protect the ankle bone instead of riding on top of it. Other reviewers have noted the same thing and I think a redesign is necessary. I don't wish to be harsh, but it seems like a pretty basic element of shoe design.
April 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ChabaneauCamper Great work boots
I'm very pleased with my first pair of American made boots in years. I'd been in a popular brand of Swiss made boots for decades, but once production moved to another country they just didn't seem stand up.
These boots are stiff at first and will require breaking in before they're truly comfortable. At first they felt tight around the ankle, but lacing them a little looser took care of that. Once broken in, they are a great all day boot. I frequently work in the forest and on slopes and these provide secure footing and great ankle support. I've been suffering from lower back and Achilles tendon pain recently and since I've started wearing these boots both have greatly diminished. Could it be the boots?
I look forward to years with these boots and love the guarantee!
March 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by BrooklynBarb Men's Katahdin Boots for a Woman
At an age now when my foot is wider than it had been heretofore, I wear women's 8-wide for nice occasions and men's shoes, size 6.5 regular, for daily use and long walks.
Reading the reviews of these Katahdin boots, which said they ran big, I worried that size 7, Bean's smallest men's size, would be too long. On the contrary! On the other hand, they're so stout and sturdy that they didn't give a bit in width, and so L.L. Bean very kindly took back the 7-M and sent me the men's 7-EE, which are great, roomy enough for wool socks.
I hope to brave New York City snows for many a year in them -- also Maine's when I get up there! And I'll bet they're nice for autumn wanderings too, anywhere.
March 5, 2014