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
Rated 5 out of 5 by NaturalFiberGal Great Boot
This is the 2nd pair of Katahdin boots I've bought for my son. In addition to being great looking, they are very comfortable after the initial break-in period. The first pair had the capped toe; this pair has the plain toe which he likes a bit better plus the color on this boot is great,. True size-fit.
July 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by SeabeeChief A great US made leather shoe.
Extremely well made shoes. Attention to detail is great.
July 22, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by scrounger35 Katahdin Boots
Overall nice boots. Would prefer a leather sole. However, the boots fit and wear well and would recommend to others. I am a 8.5 per a Brannock device and I would say they fit according to that. I thought about ordering a half size small and glad I didn't.
May 18, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by beansthebomb Great boot for the buck.
After buying and returning the Wolverine 1000 boot because of sizing and defects within the leather, I opted to try Bean's version of the Chippewa General Utility Service boot. Rugged enough for the outdoor and casual enough for work, I couldn't be happier with my choice. They fit true to size, had a quick break-in period, cost $120 less that the 1000 mile boot and come from a company that ALWAYS stands behind their product. Only reason I wouldn't give a 5th star was mild tanner knife cuts on one tongue and the heal wasn't completely sanded to match the sole, both minor. Not 5 star perfect, but real close.
May 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Primal Improvements on shoe
These are great boots. I have customize my and made them much better. First, I found the Vibram soles that come with much too hard. I replaced them with Vibram #430 replacement soles. I softer rubber and has a partial "half-cleat". Second, I also had my shoemaker replace the second and third lace holes with "C" eyes, for quick lacing. A great shoe made better.
May 2, 2015