Rated 5 out of 5 by Laura7771 Great quality boy's shoe
My 8 yr old has worn these shoes everyday to school since the end of August '15, its now mid Jan '16. He hates to ties laces, that was the biggest decision maker on this purchase - they're easy on & easy off. The shoes are still holding up great! Normally he would go thru shoes way before this time. I would purchase that exact color/style with one size up, but they're out of that size :(
January 18, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by amomofaboy laces break - returned 3 times
my son is very hard on shoes, but these laces kept breaking before the shoes were even worn in. We returned the 3rd pair within 15 months for a refund. Would not recommend. Will be trying the hiking shoes - I asked about the laces before committing.
January 10, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by bgsbog Shoe laces break and cannot be replaced
For 4 years, I have bought my son a pair of these shoes in different sizes. The shoes fit nicely and hold up well through 6 months or more of frequent wear and walking. They even work well in rain and light snow.
However, with the latest installment, something has changed dramatically and the shoe laces break far too easily. We bought the most recent pair Oct 1 2015 and the laces broke on Dec. 1 2015. Because of the shoe design, the laces cannot be replaced. I tried with the last pair, and the shoes did not fit right with the new laces. I am disappointed that we will have to find a new go-to shoe.
December 9, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Rissas31 Dissapointed
My son has been wearing shoes out fast... so I thought... LL Bean... good quality. Love their boots... so despite the other reviews I read I decided to try them out anyway. Love the look, my son says they're comfortable... but within a matter of a few weeks it seems they were looking very worn. My son only wears these for school and the fronts are already ripping and they just look dingy. The laces are starting to fray as well... and are very long once he tightens them up. We have to wrap them up and then back down the laces so they don't drag on the ground. Over all... not nearly as durable as the other products I've bought from LL Bean. They're probably going back to the store.
November 27, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Glau Like everyone else - Broken laces
Shoes seem to be good quality, but like almost everyone else has stated the laces are a very weak point. My son's broke after about 2-3 months, and he was not hard on them. The stitching near the front also let loose, so there was a big hole. We shipped them back and won't be buying another pair.
October 11, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by VeronicaS Perfect - Almost
These shoes wear the best out of any shoes I ever purchased for my son. The only reason that they do not get 5 stars is because of the laces. I really wish that LL Bean would change these to be the tie laces or make these thicker.
August 13, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by MaryNH Great durable kid shoe, but not durable laces
My very active 6 year old son wears these shoes everyday. They are comfortable and have great tread that doesn't wear away. They are also a nice looking go-to shoe for school, backyard, or hiking. The only flaw is the toggle shoe laces, which break before the shoe even begins to show much wear. I have to hand it to LL Bean though, because I have now returned 4 pairs (yes, 4) due to broken laces and each time was sent a new pair. Between April 2014 and June 2015 we have seen 4 pairs returned and replaced. That's an average of a 4 months shoe lace lifespan. At my last order I requested the replacement shoes be in the next size up and a different color. No problem. And no extra cost to me. So, if we continue the way we are with replacing these shoes due to faulty laces, and LL Bean being so accommodating, my son will be wearing these Shock Mocs through high school!
June 4, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by CampingMom Shoes are great, toggle, not so much
Ordered these shoes in October, and by last month (May), the toggle isn't staying in place. Sending back for another pair via exchange...
June 3, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Englishmajor Not as good as before
I have bought many pairs of these Mocs for my older son over the years, and I loved them because they were so sturdy, durable, and comfortable, and I still have the older versions to pass down to my younger son. My son didn't want any other shoes, so he wore them nearly every single day, and the soles are still good! I like the design and color selections and the slightly wider toe box.
HOWEVER, the pairs I've bought in the past couple of years for both my older and younger sons have a KEY FLAW. They've changed the laces from nylon elastic to cotton laces covered in nylon. I'm guessing they did this so the laces wouldn't spring back and hurt little fingers. But this means that the laces wear down, the covering comes off at the pressure points, and breaks long before the kids outgrow them. Both of the most recent pairs I bought for my kids have had one of the laces break. This is a problem. I hope L.L. Bean will fix this. Until then, I don't know if I'll be purchasing any more.
May 28, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by adventuremom2 great shoe but it doesn't hold up!
My son and I were both excited about these shoes and bought a pair last fall before school started. By Christmas he already had broken the laces off one shoe and we had kept trying to tie it together so he could keep wearing them. Finally I couldn't tie them anymore so I returned them and got the same shoes just thinking maybe it was my kid being too rough on them but the same thing happened within a month this next time. We have finally reached the point where I can't tie up the elastic lace to make them work anymore. We're so bummed but I just don't want to keep exchanging these every 6 months for another pair! Elastic laces are great but only when they actually stretch and not break. Maybe they shouldn't be sewn in in the middle so they could be easily replaced?
May 23, 2015