Rated 5 out of 5 by PencilPusherSSI Best Boots I've ever owned!
I had to Google Vibram Soles & Munson lasts. Dr. Munson was a U.S. Army doctor in the early 1900's. He studied the feet of thousands of soldiers and in 1912 perfected a revolutionary "toe box" that was used to make all the U.S. Army boots in WWI & WWII. I've never had leather boots that fit so well straight out of the box. Look up Vibram to find why it's the premium rubber used on so many best of class boots and shoes. Thank you, L.L. Bean, for making such a beautiful, durable boot. They're called "Engineer" boots, but I love these even though I'm an architect.
April 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lakefan Worth the price
Spend the money,spend the money.... These boots fit right out of the box and are very comfortable. As others have said the boot runs big so order a half size down from what you usually ware. I've been looking for a boot of this quality and found it in this boot. Like I said at first Spend the money
March 26, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Weechu heavy boots
I felt they ran a little big but they are made to wear with thicker socks which will be more comfortable for the feet. It took me a couple try's to get the best fit. I ordered the wide width, half size down from normal. Being tough handmade footwear there will might be some variations in stitching and leather. For me, very minor once broken in so don't expect perfection. These are not a delicate refined boot, but are made to be worn without worry. The folds of the stitched on tongue lay on top of the foot but keep the elements out.
Flexible sole for it's weight. Overall a great boot that gets better the more you wear them. L.L. Bean customer service is A-1
March 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mholl1065 Worth Every Penny
I am an insurance adjuster working in a very busy body shop. I have worn these boots everyday for a year and have no complaints. They show wear but the soles, seams and leather have handled the abuse. Would definitely recommend these.
March 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shepdog6 Great boot
Vey happy with purchase. While they are a bit large when compared to past boot purchases ( I tend to wear a 10.5 vs a 9.5), they match up with Red Wing Boots sizes. These are more comfortable than the Red Wings I bought 6 months ago. I do wish they had more tread but have not had any traction problems yet this winter. Would/will definitely purchase again.
March 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Whuffo Great Boots
I've owned lots of boots. Combat, cowboy, hiking, work, jump. Lots of boots. I believe these are the best I've owned. Comfortable out of the box, well-made. I would buy them again in a heartbeat.
March 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by GearNut Good looking, comfortable boots!
I bought these boots to wear at the office on rainy/snowy days. For this purpose, they're excellent -- rugged enough for the elements, and dressy enough to not draw attention. The minimalist tread does just fine in snow/ice, and it doesn't track heaps of snow into the house. The leather is stiff, but very comfortable. I didn't experience any pain or discomfort during the break-in period. I really love these boots and would highly recommend them -- they're beautiful and very comfortable. The boots run about a full size large. My only gripe -- I wish they had a bit more arch support.
Definitely some QA issues with Chippewa, but nothing too serious.The first pair that arrived was defective. Not to worry. LL Bean's return/exchange policy is the best in the industry. They had a new pair delivered to my door the next day. Amazing service!
February 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 Great boots!
I searched long and hard for a pair of quality everyday boots at a reasonable price. I bought these over a year ago and I have been very satisfied!
Fit is good and comfortable. Boot leather is of high quality and breaks in nicely after wearing. The boots look great with office wear or jeans, and are extremely durable for outdoor work.
Only criticism is that the treads on the boots are shallow and can be slippery in icy or muddy conditions. If you're walking a lot in the winter, you might want to invest in some cleats or crampons.
A great pair of boots though that I would gladly buy again! My soles are getting flat after a year and a half of regular wear, which can be expected. Uppers are in great shape though still. I am looking forward to getting them re-soled to put some more miles on my Engineer Boots.
February 11, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by M123456789 Nice boots once broken in - very large
I would definitely go a full size down if you don't know your boot size. Some reviewers are saying a half size down, which I did, but they still feel just a bit large. I'm going to keep them, but these fit more like a loafer would fit than a sneaker (I'm a 9 loafer, 10 sneaker, at least in Nikes and Pumas). The boots themselves are very nice and are actually very comfortable once broken in. They seem to be very well made, and the color is a nice ruddy brown. They do OK in snow, though the sole slips a bit as it doesn't have a ton of grip, and they are fairly warm though they are no winter boot.
February 11, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Bonevt Sturdy boot, just needs a couple tweaks
You have to remember that the boots are made by Chippewa when sizing (it's in the description, but needs highlighting). They run about a half large. I normally wear a 10 in most things, 10.5 in others. I ordered these in a 10 and they were a bit big. I removed the insoles that come with the boot and put new, thicker ones and that did the trick. 9.5's would've worked, but would have been too tight with wool socks. the 10s are just about perfect with the new insoles and wool socks. As they break in they snug up well too.
My only complaint is similar to what others have said about needing a padded leather collar (like the regular waterproof KIW boots have). The collar is pretty stiff and takes a while to get used to - I don't know if my legs are now just used to the collar cutting in to them, of if the leather's softened up, but the first few days of wearing were miserable around the collar area. Once you get past that, they're fine. The laces that come with them suck though, had to replace those asap.
I was looking for something I can wear with khakis to the office or with jeans on a motorcycle, and not worry about stepping in mud or trudging through a bit of snow - these fit the bill perfectly. Overall, you can tell these boots will last years and years and years. Money well spent.
February 4, 2015