Rated 2 out of 5 by djsbizz Poor quality suede
I opened the box and right off the bat I new it was bad news. The sides of the shoes had a couple of worn spots - possibly from rubbing on box? Further examination just bought more disappointment. I realize leather & suede have natural anomalies etc. but the nap of the suede was just plain ugly. It was sparse, there were sections that just didn't look like they belonged - it was patchy. I used a suede brush to see if some of the suede could be improved - instead of bringing it to life - it appeared that if I continued it was just going to wear out or look worse. Maybe this was just a poor lot of leather and I was the unlucky recipient. However, if that was the case these shoes should have been nixed by quality control - and thrown into the seconds pile. Overall the build quality of this shoe seemed less than what one would expect from Bean and unfortunately it's to the return pile.
August 24, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by 0utdoorEnthusiast Blister City
I received the shoes on time, even quicker than expected, so that I thank L.L. Bean for. They look great, and are exactly like the image on the webpage. However...
I took them out of the box and wore these almost immediately, but by the next day they're killing me. Blisters on both heels - 2 on my left. Sending them back as not sure blisters are part of the deal.
August 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Vermontbykerboi I'm pretty happy with these shoes!
I bought these casual chukkas to wear to a barnyard wedding. I ordered a 10W, but had to return them for a half size down as I was swimming in 'em. Even the 9 1/2W is pretty roomy, though I wore them without socks, which I rarely do. Anyway, I put them on at 4 p.m. straight outta the box and wore them 'til midnight. They were super comfortable - my dogs didn't bark even once, which is unusual for me in a new shoe. They are soft, supple, and super good-looking. Yeah, the laces aren't quite right - too wide (I'll change them) - and the true color is less brownish than pictured (more like a light greyish brown), but I was actually happy about the more neutral tone. Overall, this a GREAT shoe. I'll wear these to death and then buy another pair.
June 30, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Westy14 Not What I'd Hoped
I have loved having two pairs of Bean chukka boots for the past several years, but have worn them so much, I needed a new pair. I hesitated when reading other reviews on this boot, but ordered them anyway because I need the extra wide width and was hoping they would be as good as the ones I had. Not so. As other reviewers have mentioned, the laces are absurdly wide for the holes in the leather. Impossible to even use. The uppers are thinner and of poorer quality than the ones I bought years ago, and the soles are thin and provide little support. I just returned them...very disappointed. I have been buying from Bean for years now, but have never written a review. I created an account to express my opinion on this item. I also have to mention that Bean seems to have gradually changed suppliers on a number of the items I've purchased. A product is not necessarily what you bought previously. I still believe in their products, but have different expectations now.
June 22, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by RRooggeerr OK Except for Laces
An OK take on the classic Clark's Desert Boots except for the laces which have a rectangular cross section too big for the holes. A smaller round lace had to be purchased at my expense and trouble.
May 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kevi Love at first sight
Glad there is style in a W shoe. I love the color.
April 23, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Grayhair Good, But Not as Pictured
Nice pair of boots. Similar to the old "desert boots" but with a better sole. And very comfortable. I was glad to find them and looked forward to wearing them. BUT the color was not as pictured. Instead of being more brown as in the picture, they were completely gray. They just did not look good. Being very disappointed, I returned them.
April 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Remmjm Chukka boot
Great fit and comfort right out of the box. Best selection for a wide foot.
April 2, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by LLBeanShopper1040 Not All Leather
I cannot wear shoes with any synthetics, so when this shoe was noted to be "all leather", I bought it. It's great looking!
However, the inside toe area is synthetic, and I can only wear them for 1 hour or so before my foot begins to break out in a rash despite cotton socks, etc.
Please be clear on the leather issue, for some of us, it really matters.
April 2, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by GTD1 COMFORTABLE
FIRST REACTION ON PUTTING THEM ON WAS THEY ARE VERY COMFORTABLE, THE COLOR IS GOOD AND THE FIT IS GOOD.
March 27, 2014