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
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