Rated 5 out of 5 by sasgw Quality boots
I've been looking for a pair of comfortable reasonably lightweight boots. These seem to fit the bill. They aren't quite as lightweight as I'd like, but they aren't too bad. I wore them all day today, and they were comfortable all day.
As many have said, they do run large --- more so in length, I think, than in width. The width seems slightly narrow. In theory I take a D width, but the EEs were a better fit. On the other hand, by measurement I take a size 14 but the size 13 boots fit quite well.
They are pretty stiff out-of-the-box, so I slathered on some Redwing boot oil prior to wearing them. That helped, I think, and break-in as fairly quick.
It's unclear why the two-piece toe version of these boots have lacing hooks but these don't. I wish they did,.
Thee boots are very well made, In the USA no less, and look great.
November 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by LLB34n4m3 These boots are great!
I was looking at Wolverine, Chippewa and Red Wing and went with LL Bean because of their unconditional guarantee and superior customer service. I ordered my normal size, 10 Wide and had to exchange them for 9 1/2 Wide (too bad they do not stock Wide shoes in the stores, I could have tried them on first).
I hadn't broken in a boot like this in over 10 years and was prepared for the pain and yes, I got a big blister that popped. And then I found this GREAT tip on the web:
-Put on the socks you plan to wear with the boots
-Lace them up as tight as you can
-Use a hair dryer on High and heat up the boots until your feet are hot
-Walk around and flex the boots while they cool off and conform to your feet
I did that twice and only wore then in my house while they cooled and that certainly did the trick. They are really comfortable and stylish and I get compliments all the time.
November 10, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5
by TopographicHigh Fantastic fit with a quick break in time
I bought these boots a week before a trip to NYC. I wore them for 3 days non stop right out of the box while walking around the city and had no problems what so ever. They were a perfect fit and broke in very quickly.
I normally wear a 14 or 15 in boots but these were perfect at a 14.
The only complaint I have is that they had missed a stitch around the top of the boot that might cause a problem in the future if it keeps pulling out. Other than that I could not recommend these boots more.
November 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by NE1ScoutDad Awesome
Expected quality and comfort from Chippewa, with world-class LLBean customer service. The original pair was a bit uncomfortable and missing once insole. That was so unlike of Chippewa boot (which I have a pair and felt in love with). Called LLBean customer support. They shipped me a new pair with no question asked. The second pair is *way* better in comfort. Handsome boot!
October 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Boots763 Katahdin Iron Works
Got the boots and am pleasantly surprised, have a wide foot, so got the EE at proper size. Boots look amazing, they are well made and stitching is spot on. I have worn them twice and they are already breaking in nicely!
October 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by Arnth Fantastic Boots
I ended up buying these after thinking hard about Redwing Beckmans. What swayed me was the LL Bean Guarantee and the fact that so many folks have written here about the longevity of these boots.
I've been wearing them daily for the last two weeks and they are breaking in nicely. These are my first pair of full grain leather boots. They were super stiff at first wear, but after a day or two of having them on (with thick wool socks to protect my feet/ankles), they softened up considerably, but without losing their structure.
They were beautiful out of the box and have lost some of their initial shine factor, but are fading wonderfully into boots with character.
I have not treated them with anything yet and they have handled rain splendidly. I look forward to having these boots for years and years to come.
September 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by OutdoorMan85 Great boots for a wide variety of activities
I wanted to wait until I have owned these for a while before writing a review. It's been almost a year since I bought them and I really couldn't be happier. I will detail my experiences in various conditions below. As far as fit, I usually wear a 12 in most shoes, sometimes an 11.5 thats what I ordered in these and the fit is good. Room for nice boot socks, but light socks don't present a problem with too much motion either.
I wear these as my everyday-to-work shoes, and they are very comfortable for that, and I think they also look great. But, enough of the reviewers have detailed how comfy and awesome they look, let's talk about boot work!!!
My father still runs a dairy farm in rural Ohio which I visit with my kids as much as I can. I usually bring an old pair of beat around work boots to help, but sometimes I forget and these katahdin's get pressed into action.
I used them baling hay on some steep hills, they worked wonderfully. Plenty of traction on a somewhat slippery haywagon, and the leather stood up to the scratching of the hay bales no problem.
I used them feeding animals around the farm, despite trying to avoid "cow bombs" as much as possible, they still got pretty dirty. Sprayed em off and oiled them up, good as new with no ill effects. I also wore them to the county fair and they stood up with no problems, dust and crud from the week cleaned up no problem.
I went on a getaway with my wife recently and forgot my normal hiking boots. No problem! Katahdin to the rescue! Hiked 6 miles in these boots (used the lightweight Cresta hiking socks which I also highly recommend), no blisters, no sore spots, just great performance. They might even be a little more comfortable than my hiking boots! (I probably need a new pair of those). It was a reasonably challenging hike as well, lots of roots and rocks and climbing, we're not talking just a stroll along a tow path here.
My recommended care for these is to clean with saddle soap and then finish with mink oil. Keeps mine in good condition. Others have testified to the long term durability of these boots, with proper care I expect to re-sole them and keep on wearing them for goodness knows how long, hopefully well over ten years.
I've uploaded a photo of how they look now, I havent cleaned them since the hike, so they're a little dusty, but still look great. Hopefully this review helped, I don't doubt that these boots can handle whatever you throw at them, just a great product.
September 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Technocrat Nicest shoes I've ever owned
I haven't really ever owned shoes in the price range and quality as these before but I'm convinced now that they're worth every penny. I did a lot of research beforehand and knew I'd be happy with them. The color is absolutely beautiful. I was a bit worried when they arrived because they were a bit snug around the instep. I have somewhat high arches. After only a few wears and putting cedar shoe trees in when not in use, they fit great. I'm very happy with my purchase.
September 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by pickyoldbuyer Sizing and comfort
I'm very big on shoes made in America, hence two of my favorite shoe makers are Chippewa and Red Wings, which are the most affordable of the American made and not much is lost in comfort, fit or quality. I own a pair of 10 inch Chippewa boots last year which I bought in size 10 1/2 even though I wear 11, and they fit beautifully when I tried them on. When I bought these Katahdin online from Bean, I also ordered them in 10 1/2, however, while they fit nicely, an 11, my real size might have been a tad better. On the other hand, the leather is brand new and I am without a doubt, knowing that after break in, Ill never even think about the size. The new Katahdin which I got a few days ago, are gorgeous boots.
September 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by mhbartow The best
Let me start off by saying I only owned these boots for 4 weeks. I bought them because the LL Bean guarantee beats anybody else out there. I ordered two sizes to make sure I got the perfect fit and my oddly sized feet were right in between. With that said, the boots are beautiful and comfortable right out of the box. They work just as good with khakis in the office as they do with jeans out in the plant. I would not hesitate to recommend theses boots or LL Bean to a friend or family member.
August 19, 2015