Rated 4 out of 5 by ourdoormama So great BUT ...
We love these shoes. My four-year-old son loved them from the first minute he put them on. We first bought them in early fall of 2013. Typically my son outgrows shoes every 5-6 months and by the time he does, they are very worn, with holes in the toes and the soles worn thin from dragging them as he rides his bike. He's an active boy. For some reason, his feet didn't grow much over the winter and he was still fitting into these shoes in May when the shoelace broke. They still fit, and even more incredibly, they were still in really good shape! The soles looked barely worn. The toes, though they had marks on them, were not wearing thin at all. So we went to the LLBean store to get a new lace. But the laces are sewn in. So, they gave me a new pair of shoes! Which was very generous. Then within a week, the lace on the new pair broke. In for another pair. Great service and they gave me 10% off something else I was buying for my troubles. The new laces lasted a couple months and my son was being extra careful not to pull too tight. These shoes are fantastic, but they really need better laces or at least the ability to replace the lace when it does break. I would really like to get these again, but won't do it until the lace problem has been fixed.
July 26, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Fancifulmist I wanted to love these shoes!!
My husband and I were so excited to order these shoes for our three youngest children. We sincerely trust in the quality of LL Bean products. We have always purchased the Kids' Comfort Mocs and have never had an issue. We were so very disappointed in these Shock Mocs. The laces broke on all two pairs of shoes within three months of purchase. We promptly had them replaced and within 3 months of that purchase all three pairs had the laces broken and the grommets ripped out! We didn't bother to complain about the 2nd go round because we actually didn't want another pair of these shoes. I must say, the lace design on this shoe is just awful. When the laces break, there is no way to replace them as they are actually sewn in at the bottom of the laces where it meets the tongue of the shoe. Also the fabric grommets in which the laces run through broke very easily. As with the laces, once these grommets break you must replace the entire shoe. LL Bean would do far better to design shoes like this but with metal grommets and the ability to replace the laces. So incredibly disappointed with these shoes!! P.S. If you want a high quality, durable shoe which will last you the entire school year, purchase LL Beans Comfort Mocs for kids!!
July 23, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Durangooutdoormom Sturdy Little Shoes
I have purchased these for both my children. The shoes have a great fit and are tough except for one problem. The lacing system seems to break down long before the shoes wear out! My kids outgrew them before the rest of the shoe even looked worn. They are great little shoes but the laces do not hold up.
July 11, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by justjanet Great soles but they need thickier cording
I have a rough boy and he has worn out several soles of regular shoes. The soles on these shoes are the best. However the cording on two pairs has worn out. Love the shoes but thicker laces/cording would make them the best!
July 7, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by DoulaHolly Shoes run small, laces aren't so great
Ordered these for my son and daughter for scout camps this summer. Ordered the size they should normally wear in other shoes. My daughter's foot is narrow, so I had a feeling these would be too big. Not the case. They fit and she has little room to grow. My son's pair doesn't fit at all--way too small and will have to be returned. For the price, we will order a pair in a larger size. Not happy about the inconvenience.
June 16, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by AsatisfiedGrandma Great shoe, not so great laces
My grand son is hard on shoes. When the shoes came he tried them on and WOULD NOT TAKE THEM OFF!!. He began running all around the house and did not stop until his Dad made him do so. The bottom tread is starting to wear a little faster than I would have thought but he is a very active 7 year old. The shoe laces did break .. for $2.50 I bought a pair of elastic shoe laces, once tied they do not need to be retied and he never runs out of the shoe which is amazing. I am buying another pair to save for next school year (just months away) and I know if they do not hold up LL Bean will replace them .. no problems.
June 9, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by kbaw A Rare Disappointment
We bought these and the first pair we received completely disintegrated within 4 weeks. Laces, stitching, soles, everything. Being loyal LL Bean customers, we took it for a fluke and sent them back for a new pair. Second pair lasted 6 weeks before the stitching came apart. My boys are tough on stuff, but this is a world record, even for them. Super bummed, because these held promise as a good winter solution for us.
June 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by mhr123 Sturdy, comfortable, practical.
Our son has been wearing L.L.Bean shoes since he learned to walk. I've lost count now. These didn't disappoint. They are very versatile for his outdoor-themed school, after school activities, and even light sports. They are rugged enough, and still look neat for going out and about.
May 29, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by mestonis Laces break.
Loved the shoe for my son. His first pair lasted only a couple months before the shoelace broke. Figuring it was just a defect, I bought a replacement shoe. Shoe lace broke again, this time after only a few weeks. Do not recommend this shoe.
May 27, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by mommyx3 great shoe, bad laces
I purchased these shoes in September for the new school year for my two sons. I always buy their shoes with a little extra room to grow. After reading reviews, it appears their laces held up longer than a lot of the others, however, in the past few weeks, we lost both sets of shoes to snapped laces. LL Bean has been great about exchanging them, though. The customer service lady said she hasn't heard of this happening to anyone else, so I felt much better after reading reviews and seeing this was a very common problem. Other than that, I love the shoes. They are very rugged and durable, except for the shoestring, of course.
May 16, 2014