Rated 4 out of 5 by GT3Guy Great looking but hard to get in
I didn't follow the size guide and ordered my regular size. It was roomy but fine, however.... as others mentioned, the tongue of the boot is sewn together with the rest of the boot so it's tough to put your foot in. Also, these are not winter boots so your feet will get cold. Consider yourself warned. You want warm boots, get the thinsulate/gore tex version. These just look way cool so I'll deal.
November 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by eastwoods Mount Le Conte
On November 7 of this year I hiked Mt. Le Conte in the smoky mountains a 6,0000+ ft. mountain. The terrain varied from snow to mud, ice, ice covered rocks, flat to severe incline, there were creeks to cross over and several temperature changes. I figured I would put my Maine hunting shoes to the test with a 35/40 pound pack on. I must say they passed with flying colors, my feet were dry and warm the entire hike and I finished the hike with no blisters or pain of any kind. I wore thick wool socks with them. These shoes don't offer a lot of ankle support but I had no problems going up or down, I also wore them walking around town weeks before and days after and have yet to experience and sort of discomfort. If you have a large body frame to carry around these may not be for you, but if you are average athletically built body frame you could go anywhere in these shoes.
November 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by tandt873 Great Spring/Fall Boot
While I can understand where others are coming from when they say the boot is difficult to put on, I haven't experienced the same issue. I typically wear these boots in the spring or fall, hence, no bulky socks. These boots have been great!
October 10, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Bostonbound Great once they're on
These boots look great and are very comfortable for extended wear/walking around. They've kept my feet dry during some torrential downpours.
One thing to consider with these boots is that they're tricky to get on. They require a good amount of manipulation to get your foot fully in. If they were easier to put on, they'd be a 5 star boot.
July 16, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Polesacat Great shoe with major flaw
This is the first L.L. Bean product I bought that I have found lacking in fundamental design. A beautiful looking shoe, it has a major flaw, which is the extreme difficulty of getting one's foot inside it. Unlike other Bean Boots this shoe has an extremely narrow opening which leaves the wearer fighting with the shoe to get the foot in. Once the foot is in, the fit is fine. Surprising that something so fundamentally flawed was put on the market and sold.
February 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by TDS1 Outstanding!
What can you say about the Maine Hunting Shoe that hasn't already been written. They are fantastic.
I ONLY wish they still make the slip on version of the Maine Hunting Shoe. I like the MHS better than the Bean Boot.
February 12, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by ChicagoWinterWalker Just OK
Great look, but even with heavy wool socks, I find these boots do not keep my feet warm.
January 10, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by OhioJohn Looks Great but Poor Design
The boot looks great, but is poorly designed. The tongue is sewn into the boot, so it is difficult to put on. Pulling the tab in the back just rips the thin canvas. This design probably works well on the original leather bean boot, but needs an update for the canvas version. You need to figure out how to reinforce the back so it can take the pulling on the tab designed to help pull it on. It has happened to two pairs now.
December 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by AFPharm Great all-purpose boot
I purchased these back in July right after I moved to Alaska from Texas (spent past 21 years there). I had some thinsulate bean boots but wanted a shorter boot for warmer days when it's wet out. I have worn these several times a week in everything form warm/dry to cold/snow/wet and they are awesome. Very comfortable, keep my feet dry, not ideal for trudging through snow, but that isn't why I bought them. I wear a 10 in most shoes and bought a 9 in these, they fit great with a medium to thicker sock, but are just fine with normal socks. They look great and perform well. I can't recommend them enough.
November 29, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Floodedtimber Big foot can be a tight squeeze
Comfort level is high
wearing with mid weight sock is a must
Issue: only 1. The opening into which you place the foot is tight. Perhaps it's because I didn't opt for the E width.
Other than that I am enjoying my very first pair of Bean boots and at 50 yrs of age I may never wear them out.
February 25, 2013