Rated 5 out of 5áby JLeigh Worth the wait!
Boots are warm and extremely comfortable - well worth the wait and the price. I normally wear a size 9.5 or 10. Based on other reviews, I ordered a 9W and they fit perfectly. I almost hate to take them off!
February 25, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5áby Nina68 Warm, soft and perfect for New England winters!
This is the second pair of these boots I have ordered in the past year since my daughter outgrew hers and needed a new pair and I had just ordered myself some, so she got the brand new hand-me downs! The first pair I ordered were the Gortex-lined style, and I ordered a size 9 since I am a 10 and the website recommended ordering down a size. The 9s were too small so I ordered a 10 which were the right length but buckled on me so I got the 10 Narrow which were perfect. The shearling-lined version are wonderful and warm and I love the softness of the buckled leather, but I wish they also came in Narrow since they are too wide for me. The fact that they don't come in Narrow is the only reason I'm not giving them 5 stars. If you don't have narrow feet, they are awesome! I'm going to keep them, because they're perfect otherwise, and keep my feet really warm and dry in all sorts of weather conditions, but offering them in Narrow would be great.
February 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Lepadouen Comfortable!
I waited 3x months on back-order - totally worth it! Comfortable from the first wear, and now I don't have to worry about what Mother Nature throws at me.
I wear a 7.5 usually - ordered a 7 reg. - as advised because I don't intend to wear incredibly thick socks - perfect fit.
Couldn't be happier!
February 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby organicgardener5 Stellar boots
These are the best boots I have ever purchased: warm, comfortable, good tread, and beautifully constructed. They run large, and since I have feet on the wide side, I bought the 8 wide, even though I normally wear a 9 or 9.5 shoe. They fit perfectly -- like they were custom-made for my feet. The extra width gives my toes wiggle room, and the length is fine, which surprised me (I expected my toes would touch the end of the boot, but they don't). Last week's snow fall gave me the perfect opportunity to try them out, and they passed with flying colors. I do not anticipate ever having cold feet in the winter again. Indulge yourself; you will not regret this purchase!
February 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby cdcvt Great boots, but run large
I love the boots, however, I wish I would have ordered the smaller size. I wear a 9 in all other shoes/boots and ordered the 9 in the bean boots. I wish I would have ordered the 8. The boots are beautifully made and worth the back order wait.
February 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby LAXMom4 AWESOME BOOTS!
BEST BOOTS EVER!---No wonder it takes months to get these quality boots!. We are still on waiting list for other 2 pairs 10" sherling lined, but fell upon these 8" sherling lined in the LLBean store by PURE LUCK! They happen to be my size,10M ---I have been trying to decide for months about the sizing because of all the reviews. I am a solid 11N. The 10M fit perfect w the smart midnight socks and the sherling liners. (MY heel still moved around a bit, but only because I have a very narrow heel. I just add a second pair socks and they are GREAT fit!! They are soo WARM! (my feet are ALWAYS COLD!)...and these are AWESOME!!. There is no "break-in" period, they are soft quality leather, supportive, comfortable from the first time you slip your feet in them. So easy to slip on and off. (The boot pull tabs is an added useful bonus)-My feet "glide" in and out! I am soo thrilled w them!! The boot sole is also great and non slip, for ice I purchased the Stabi-icers and they are awesome as well!.works well, and they fit perfect on & off w ease! ..Unfortunately my college daughter (in New England shoulder deep snow) is still on waiting list for hers to arrive, but not till May 20! :( Hoping after her long wait they fit as wonderful as mine do!. Just a few Pointers: Yes, Size down just as they recommend, wear the llbean midweight socks, and definitely get the sherling liners IF you tend to get cold toes like me. If not, they are not necessary, w a good sock! They are worth every penny! Now if LLbean and can try to make them to keep up w demand! Definitely sold on these for life!
February 17, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5
áby StillColdInBoston Did not meet expectations
I bought my Bean boots in October after reading reviews and knowing they are the "it" winter boots in Boston. The boots were backordered so I was lucky to get them in time for the snow. But, after wearing them through a few snow days, I am unsatisfied.
These boots are not warm. The shearling on the boots is only on the shaft, not in the shoe part itself. I have worn these boots with regular socks, wool socks, and multiple pairs of socks and they're still not warm. The innersole of the boot started to shift within a week of wearing them as well. In order to keep my feet from freezing, I tried the shearling innersoles but those didn't work with the fit of the boot and I got blisters. Now I use foot warmers daily to keep my feet from freezing inside of these boots. The shearling does little to keep my feet warm. Although my ankles sure are toasty, I bought these boots for my feet, not my ankles.
The stitching on the boots was shotty as well, but I wasn't going to return them while on backorder, as the winter doesn't wait for retail supply. Lose strings, uneven stitching, lifting innersole, and cold feet - not what I expected for the price.
February 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby jelliestar These are waterproof hiking slippers
I'm in love with these boots. I waited about a month to write this review, just to make sure they're as great as my first impression took them to be, and oh my word, they are. They're quite warm (and I say that as someone who has perpetually cold feet), they're supportive, and the waterproof claims seem to be true. I just shoveled two feet of snow off of my driveway in these (took about an hour), and my feet were toasty warm and dry with just these boots and a pair of thin cotton socks. Unbelievable.
My one and only caveat is that my love for these boots is contingent on using them with the LL Bean shearling inserts. The shearling lining only covers the ankle inside the boot - it does not go down into the foot bed. Without the inserts the boots are fine, but with them, they're winter boot nirvana.
As far as fit goes, I wear a 9 pretty consistently (closer to 8.5 than 9.5), and my foot is medium to narrow width. I bought these in a 9 - with the shearling inserts, the fit is perfect; without them, it's quite loose. If your foot is on the wider side and you plan to wear inserts + thick socks, I'd highly recommend sizing up. I've found that I don't really need thick winter socks with these unless I plan to be outside for a long time in single-digit temperatures.
The longest walk I've taken in these is about four miles, and my feet felt warm and comfortable the entire time. I've waded through deep snow in them, and I've never had snow sneak in by the laces. They're also really easy to wipe clean. These boots are currently on trend, which is a bonus, but they're also the most practical, functional, warm, toasty, all-purpose pair of winter boots I've ever owned in my life.
If you're on the fence, just buy them, and spring for the shearling inserts too. My feet seriously do not get cold in these, and guys, that's practically a miracle.
February 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Walobey Field-tested!
This is my first-ever product review even though L.L. Bean products fill out 80% of our closets. Upstate NY just got slammed with more than a foot of snow since last night. I spent two hours shoveling in the condition of about 10 degree and blowing wind. Not once my feet were cold nor wet even when they were deep in snow. Thanks to the protection of these boots. They really worth the price tag!
February 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby NorthernFarmer Worth the wait
I tried ordering these for Christmas last year but was too late, so I put off my boot purchase until late fall 2014. I am glad I waited. These boots meet all my expectations. I usually wear a size 8 regular but I ordered these in 8 wide as I've found toes need wiggle-room to stay warm. The fit is good and the arch support prevents foot fatigue when walking distances. The softer leather does not require a break-in period. The shearling lining on the tongue allows me to lace the boots loose or snug, right to the top without rubbing the skin off my shins?even with shorter socks. I spent 6 hours on ice in below zero temps and my feet stayed toasty warm. Great purchase!
February 1, 2015