Rated 3 out of 5 by KateFromNY Breaking them in is key!
In general, I really like these boots, but there are a few issues with the product. I should preface this review by saying the quality is amazing. The main issues are all sizing / design related.
The first, which other reviewers have noted, is that they take a long long time to put on and take off. However, if you're like me, this may be worth it if you hate being cold. These boots certainly keep you warm in exchange for the long lacing time.
The second issue is that the ankle is very stiff. If you have thin feet or ankles, you'll need to lace them very very tight to keep them from being too bulky. This isn't a problem if you're wearing them to drive places, but if you are walking, hiking or hunting this may be an issue because either you will get rubbing or your feet will get tired/ache.
The last issue, which I think has been the biggest problem for me, is that when I first received the boots they fit great. But, over the year that I've owned them, I've broken in the fur and they are now too big. My big recommendation for anyone is that these boots take a long time to break in, but once you do it's worth it. Buy them at LEAST one size too small. If they fit right when you buy them, they will be way too big once you've walked in them for awhile.
December 14, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by eleniscloset 20 plus minutes to lace them, but they look good.
I love these boots, They are warm and stylish. However, it takes so long to put them on AND take them off that they are more of a nuisance than it is worth. They need to have a zipper on the side in addition to the laces to make them more practical.
February 11, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Taliakb Where Is The Zipper?
I bought these boots 2 years ago and returned them :( I loved the way they looked but I don' have 20 minutes in the morning to lace footwear. Seems a natural step would be to put a zipper in them so once you have the laces where you want them you can zip in and out of the easily. Let me know when they do and I'll immediately purchase another pair! - I'd even pay an additional 50 bucks for the zip version :)
January 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hollandandholland Ultimate Luxury
During a visit to your flagship LLBean store in Freeport, Maine this past weekend, I spotted the iconic, tall LLBean hunting boot. When I reached for the boot and discovered it was lined in shearling - I knew that I had found the ultimate winter boot! Luxury, extreme comfort, and superb craftsmanship that LLBean is famous for. Sizing was easy - I normally wear a 7.5 and I went down 1/2 size to a 7. They really are the best boots I have ever bought, and worth every penny. Thank you!
Now.......if you would just make these tall boots with a removable Gore-Tex liner - I would buy a pair for bird hunting (hint, hint). Brown please :)
December 14, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mindy2 Great Boot!
I purchased them for my daughter, who loves to trudge through the snow and mud. She loves them! They are warm, great looking, and easy to maintain. I highly recommend them!
December 12, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by ThePRP Warm and Stylish
These are great boots.
You won't feel the cold and you look good at the same time.
These boots will last a lifetime.
February 15, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by adifferentone Love them!
Function and fashion in one. Laced up to the top on first try. TIP: fold back jeans or pants to well above ankle and continue to pull tongue up while lacing for a no-rub fit. True to size with a medium-thick sock. These boots are everything I was looking for ... warmth, flexibility at the ankle, and usefulness in deep snow!
December 30, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5 by Iheartmybean they hurt my feet!
I really really wanted to love these boots. However, once laced up (that took forever) and walking around they killed my foot around the bottom part of the tongue. Very sad! On the other hand you don't really need to size down for this boot as they run pretty true to size : )
December 20, 2011
Rated 3 out of 5 by AMotleyFool Warm but too tall!
When I first saw the description I thought that these boots would be perfect for walking in the brutal Chicago winters! Yet, once I received it and tried it on, I found that it was too bulky and tall for my liking. The boots were warm enough, but too cumbersome to put on and take off. The laces were extremely difficult to maneuver and my leg and feet felt suffocated! I am returning these and am ordering the shorter boots instead. It's a pity--I really liked the plush shearling that lined the entire feet.
December 13, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by JrFarmerEsq Great boots
Totally satisfied: super warm, super comfortable, look good. If anything, I'm going to have to hold off for colder weather, because sometimes my feet get really warm, which never happens! These boots were exactly what I hoped they would be. One suggestion I would make, is to attach the bottom half of the tongue to the body of the boot, like the classic Redwings are made, so no snow gets in/the tongue doesn't move around, but I really haven't had a problem with either happening, so it's not really an issue. I've also gotten numerous compliments on them already, which is always nice. :)
December 8, 2011