Rated 5 out of 5 by haines99 Very impressed
I expected a very good, quality pair of boots, but my expectations are exceeded. I own several pairs of Red Wing, Chippewa, etc, and these are top-shelf. I could not make them more perfect, from craftmanship and fit and finish, to wear and comfort. The look is classic whether I'm in the field or the office.
January 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 Great Boots
Chippewa makes great boots. They keep your feet warm and dry in the wet winter months. Very stylish. A timeless classic.
January 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Prospice Katahdin Plain Toe Work Boot
I'm very pleased with the quality of workmanship and materials in these boots. Though I've only worn them a few days, I can see that they are breaking-in more easily than others and go well with casual pants as well as jeans.
The service in the Danbury Ct store was excellent, making the entire experience very good. I recommend these boots to anyone looking for a sturdy footwear that can be worn in a variety casual/working occasions.
I've shopped LL Bean for decades and have always found the products live up to expectations. These boots are no exception.
January 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by GeorgiaMtns Good looking and a great value
Great looking boot, comfortable and meticulously crafted from the very finest leather. I find these boots so comfortable that I am wearing them daily. Will probably order another pair just to give the current ones a "breather"
January 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by IrishKing Right foot great!
Yeah, I know. That sounds odd. But it's all I can tell you now. I ordered mine a half size small based on other reviews. It fits and feels great. It gives me the support I need not only in my foot per se but also for my ankle. It comes over the ankle and that helps.
My left foot is in a doctor supplied boot for another two weeks at least. After we get that arch and tendon healed I'll use the left boot. I'm certain it will do as well as the right.
I have never spent this much on boots or shoes but consider it well worth the price.
January 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Crabapplesam Where them every day
I bought these boots last December and have worn them almost everyday of 2014. I live in Chicago and they've held up through our terrible winter. I am in management in a production facility and these are perfect for me, whether on the shop floor or in management meeting. I love them. A little polish now and them and they look like like just came out of the box.
January 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by kathyvan work boots
there are great they are almost too nice to work in
December 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by bootshopper4567 Love this boot!
I purchased these boots for my boyfriend for Christmas. It's always a risk buying footwear online due to sizing issues. Plus he suffers from plantar fasciitis so the boots need to accommodate his orthotics. I was hopeful with the Katahdin as it is made by Chippewa -- he has had a pair of their heavy-duty work boots for many years and they fit well and provide good support. The Katahdin boot was true to size -- a perfect fit for his foot and his orthotics. We were looking for a semi-dressy, handsome boot for work and leisure that would provide adequate support for his heel. We tried the Red Wing Beckman model and preferred the styling of the Katahdin boot over that more expensive boot. Additionally, the Beckman in his usual size wouldn't accommodate his orthotics. The Katahdin leather is beautiful. It has only been two days, but he loves this boot so far. Thank you LL Bean!
December 26, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5
by gosabres123 Very Disappointed with Tons of Defects
To start, I have purchased from LL Bean before for both myself and as gifts for others. I have always been very impressed with the quality of the goods and with the company in general.
That being said, I have been totally disgusted with the quality of these boots so far. I received a pair of them as a gift from my girlfriend as an early Christmas present. I was ecstatic to receive them until we opened up the box to see a pencil eraser sized chunk of leather missing from the heel of one of the boots. We immediately took them back to the store, where the sales staff was very understanding and exchanged them immediately upon seeing the gash. No problem, I thought, must have been an accident.
I took a quick glance at my new pair of boots while I was at the store and decided that these ones looked good. But when I got home and fully laced them up, I noticed that the collar of one of the boots had unfinished stitching and was already coming undone. This was really disappointing, but not a total deal breaker for me, as I could probably get it repaired down the line. (Picture provided)
However, when I took a closer look I noticed that the boot had poor stitching all over the place. This is not what I expected from a $220+ pair of boots, as I have had cheap pairs of boots that have gone 4+ years without a stitch problem. At this point, I was really worried about the quality of these boots but decided to give them a try for a bit after having gone through so much trouble.
I wore them for <1 hour outside. In that time, I got a little dirt on them so I used a soft bristle boot brush on them to get it off. Upon lightly brushing the heel, a stitch on the right heel came completely out and ripped! (Picture provided, it is the rightmost stitch where the vertical meets the horizontal) Again, this might not be the end of the world, but I imagined the boots lasting me possibly 10 years and they were coming apart in less than a week.
I do not know who to blame for this absolutely terrible quality control. Another company apparently makes these boots for LL Bean so I am seriously doubting the quality of both companies at the moment. That being said, I called Customer Service again and they said I should return them immediately and were very understanding once again.
I will give these boots one more try due to the facts that LL Bean's customer service has been great and the boots in general have overwhelmingly good reviews. But I am really getting sick of bringing them back for minor defects. Maybe I am being too picky, but I think that minor defects on premium priced boots are unacceptable. I have had junk $60 boots last me 4 winters without so much as a stitch coming undone.
For now, these boots get 1 star for horrible quality. This could change with my next pair of boots, and I will review the product again when they prove me wrong. I do really want to love these boots and chose them with the intention of them lasting me 10+ years and multiple resolings.
On a more positive note, they look amazing and I would give them 5 stars for looks alone. The only problem is, I bought these for functionality in addition to looks. Also, I would give LL Bean customer service 5 stars for how helpful they have been.
So if you buy these boots, LOOK RIGHT AWAY FOR DEFECTS. Don't make the same mistake as me by leaving the store without an intact pair. I have learned that lesson the hard way.
December 23, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Bassnwhaler well built....
I have a very wide and THICK foot. High volume they say:) This boot is not as full volume as the cap toe version which is my only issue. I wore a 13 ee in the cap toe and ordered the same in this version. It is longer than most 13 shoes and is wide enough for an ee, but it is snug in the height around the forefoot if that makes sense. Wide flat feet will LOVE it. Wide fat feet will do fine but break in is longer.
Great leather, thick and supple. The cordovan color is great...polish-able if you want. Classic Chippewa last and feel. Very solid. I love that. I feel I will never wear them out but if I do they are resoleable which is a must for me.
I have had these for 4 weeks and have worn them almost every day, including a 2 day walking trip through San Francisco. I am a big guy and they feel good for a 265lb man walking on asphalt for 2-3 miles.
Hope this helps.
December 14, 2014