Rated 5 out of 5 by breaking These boots do break in. . .
I got these boots and experienced the same ankle/lower calf pain that everyone else mentioned from the boot being so stiff. After reading the other reviews I almost returned them, but someone said it took 3-4 hikes to break them in. This was the case for me too and now they are those most comfortable and stable hiking boots! I ordered 7.5 wide and the sizing was perfect for me. For the first couple of hikes I recommend just lacing up until the ankle, as it helps relieve the pain while you are breaking them in.
January 31, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by whotookmynickname Caught me by surprise !
I was really reluctant to purchase these boots without trying them on 1st but I feel like I really lucked out. I take a 7 1/2 or 8 size boot - depending on the cut, plus I have a wide foot. I ordered the size 8 in anticipation of wearing these boots hiking and in the heat. The feet is a little large but nothing that a heavy pair of socks can't fix. I wore them all day today and was almost sad I had to taken them off - they where that comfortable. I purchased these boots because they where marked down and I had an extra 20% off. So glad I took the chance.
November 24, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by MomInMarshfield I WANTED to love these
I wore my previous Bean Trailmodel Hikers until they literally fell apart on the trail. So I had hoped to have the same experience with these.
I wore them once last fall when I bought them, but it was a short hike. This month, I wore them on a 5 mile hike and the tops of my ankles were terribly swollen for days and days afterwards! I'm sad! Will have to find something else.
September 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by megamoo Great Support
I broke both ankles in my 20's and since have needed high top sneakers or hiking boots. It got very hard to find high top sneakers or boots that gave me the support AND breathability needed. Two years ago I bought two pairs of the predecessor of these hiking boots. I wore both pairs almost exclusive of any other foot ware. Eventually I used one pair for heavy duty use (yard work, mowing lawn, etc.) and used the other pair for everyday use. They are now falling apart so I have ordered two pairs again (different color schemes). These boots have the heavy support that I need, but are also made with a sneaker like exterior, which makes it lightweight and breathable. I would recommend them to anyone, whether it is for actual hiking or just everyday use!
September 6, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by MAP27 Great waterproof boots!
I bought these boots for our trip to Glacier National Park, and I definitely put them through their paces - I hiked lots of muddy trails with unavoidable streams and snow fields, and my feet stayed dry. The boots were lightweight and comfortable from day one, although the reason I gave them 4 stars was that they did wear on the backs of my ankles a bit. Overall though, I was really happy with how they held up.
June 30, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by meffitz Really High Cut
Although these are listed as being a Mid cut boot, they are really high, almost 1 inch higher than the Merrill boots I bought in the 90's. This makes them cut into my calf muscle in the back/side. I couldn't even lace them up all the way and they still dug into my leg. I am returning and hopefully the new boots will be better.
Other than that, they were roomy, came in wide sizes, which was good.
June 18, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by MillaJ High Quality - Not as comfortable as I hoped.
I REALLY wanted to like these boots. I have wide feet and LL Bean is one of the few places I can buy a good quality wide boot at a decent price. However, after about three weeks of regular wear, they are still rubbing my calf at the top of the boot. If I loosen the laces up then my heel slips and I have a nice blister on my heel. They are just cut too narrow at the top of the boot. I compare these boots to my old Pathfinder boots which were 100% confortable right out of the box and they come up short.
June 16, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by agkenne Waterproof - Saved my socks
I would have given these boots five stars, but I experienced the problem with the stiff collar on my right ankle. It wasn't debilitating, and I was able to walk without irritation.... I'm hoping that the stiffness will ease after the boots are more broken in.
I was quite impressed with the waterproofing on these boots. I had to walk through a number of rocky streambeds on this hike, and on several occasions, I stepped directly in the water. My feet stayed completely dry.
Also, I felt very surefooted when walking over rocks and roots. Overall, a very good boot.
June 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by HappyJaxCustomer Great boots.
This is my second pair of these boots. They fit great straight out of the box, they're light and comfortable and wear well. I'm a happy hiker. Thank you LLBean..
June 7, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Irene70 Great boots but they bite into my shin
I wore my former pair of LL Bean hiking boots until they literally fell to pieces, and loved them. I was looking specifically for a breathable hiking boot with ankle support, and these fit the bill for those two requirements. However, as other reviewers have mentioned, the stiff collar bites into my Achilles and makes wearing these hikers really painful. I am continuing to wear them to try to break them in, as I like them aside from this problem. I hope the collar softens up over time.
June 2, 2014