Rated 5 out of 5 by DuckDogOutdoorsman Perfect
Old school craftsmanship for sure. Stiff in the ankle area at first but breaking in nicely. Been wearing great boots my whole life & this is undoubtedly one of the best out there. I can't imagine finding a waterproof, insulated boot with a thick, grippy vibram sole that looks as good as these.
September 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Retired2WV Exceptional quality work boots
For me, these boots are comfortable, and they fit well right out of the box. I am very pleased with my purchase.
August 10, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by OutdoorWorker57 Great boots
Second pair of these boots. They fit perfectly and wear, well, like iron. Be sure to apply oil or leather conditioner as recommended by the manufacturer. My first pair have been resoled, but I neglected to oil them regularly and the leather is no longer waterproof.
The price may seem high, but you can't go cheap when it comes to your feet. Especially if you are in the boots 40 hours a week.
August 5, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by MountainWanderer Katahdin work boots
These are the best work boots I have ever had!
I'm 77 and walk in the woods a lot. I was having trouble with the uneven ground and needed a boot with more support and a good aggressive sole.
The boots are very comfortable also. I use them for most of the work I need to do around my country home. I wear a 10 in the original Bean boot, I ordered an 11 W in this boot. There is plenty of room for a heavy wool sock so my toes are not cramped.
I'm very glad I tried them, I wear them a lot.
June 8, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by allmynamesweretaken Hard to find boots as good as these
I am absolutely thrilled with these boots. I am a contractor and builder and use them for work and for working around the home place and in the woods. So far they are indeed waterproof.
I read other reviews that complained about how stiff they are and how difficult to break in.
Any good boot has to be broken in. These boots are well made of stiff, thick leather. They are not sneakers or moccasins. Just wear them for short periods of time - a LOT of short periods of time. Over time they will loosen up enough to be comfortable but will still give you a lot of support. Mine have become very comfortable. The lacing studs seem solid; overall the boots are well crafted.
I hope LL Bean continues offering these boots in the future. The only better ones I've ever had were White's from Spokane Washington (for twice the money). These compare favorably.
June 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by BeanReviewer007 Superlative Boots!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! These fit perfectly, comfortably right out of the box & require no break-in wear. This is my preferred boot for daily use & most occasions. Construction and support are beyond five-stars---nearly indestructible, waterproof, impressive. I salute L.L.Bean & Chippewa for this best in class footwear. Do not change a thing.
June 1, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pegdog56 Great boots!
As with all items I've bought from Bean's for many years, these boots fit perfectly. They are very good looking and appear to be very rugged and well made.
March 2, 2016
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