Rated 5 out of 5 by VetPsychWars Excellent as I expected they would be.
The shoes initially felt snug until I realized there was an insole. Took it out and they fit perfectly, like they were made especially for me. Good quality consrtuction, feel great.
If I have any criticism at all, the laces are a bit long. I'll probably replace them with flat laces.
February 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Polak Sturdy, great fit
These shoes were just what I was looking for, a work boot that is a shoe. Great look after a polish. Can wear with any style of clothing. Size was right on. This was my 7th purchase of L.L. Bean shoes/boots/slippers, and all were the right size. Needed some break in time. Recommend wearing thick socks. These shoes are heavy. The laces were long, but that was an easy fix.
February 4, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Silk55 Great Appearance - Stiff Break-In
Absolutely love the styling on this shoe. Attractive and functional work shoe for those that do not need a steel toe. Drawback is how stiff these shoes are to break-in. Hoping that with time, the shoes loosen up (especially the heel) and daily use will not be hampered.
February 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by BigRed43 The way shoes should be
These are certainly the handsomest and ruggedest shoes I've seen in years--the leather is way thicker and more naturally tanned, and the craftsmanship evokes my custom-made hiking boots. They are essentially boots without uppers.
They are also the roomiest shoes I've ever worn: I normally take a 10D, occasionally 10.5, and in rare cases even an 11, yet with these I had to go down to a 9.5, and I'm still swimming in them. They are much stiffer than most shoes, and, as suspected, with break-in they get effectively shorter as the soles gain curvature.
They might look a bit casual with a suit, but they look smashing with jeans, chinos, cords, or tweed. The color is perfect--deep brown with just a hint of red--and they benefit from polishing but will never be shiny like wingtips. I polished and Nikwaxed mine; snow and slush have beaded off, but they have yet to get really wet--hopefully they will gain character.
They are a lot heavier and "clompier" than most shoes, and they make you a bit taller. Sturdy as the soles are, the tread seems rather delicate--I've worn them in the snow without slipping, but I'd feel more secure with some lugs.
They're comfortable, but not quite a dream to wear (like Bean's own Comfort Mocs, say): they keep my feet happy for a mile-long commute, but around the three-mile mark I start to get a bit sore. I like the long laces, but loose as the shoes are, it's kind of an ongoing battle to get them laced snug but not too tight.
Assuming they can be re-soled, the daunting price is actually a bargain, as you could pay half as much for any number of shoes you'd have to throw away after a year or two (Comfort Mocs again).
January 31, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rimfire Katahdin Oxford - great shoe!
I first purchased the boot version and the quality and fit were fantastic. I went ahead and purchased the oxford and the quality and fit are the same. The color and style is subjective to the individual, but I think they are a beautiful cordovan color (not shiny) and the style is more casual in nature, but can be dressed up a bit as well. I get compliments on them all the time.
The fit for me is true to size. I wear an 11 1/2 D in a quality dress shoe (not sneakers) and I ordered these shoes/boots in an 11 1/2 D and the fit is perfect for me. The break-in time is very minimal with great comfort right out of the box.
These are made by Chippewa in the USA, so the ruggedness, quality and history are there. The price through LL Bean is very good as well. I can highly recommend these shoes and boots!
January 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 Great Shoes
They are a perfect fit, well made, but as any shoe that has shoe laces, it takes effort to put them on.
I recommend these shoes, if you don't mind spending over $200 for shoes!
January 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by TheTed Great shoe, great fit right out of the box
I like these shoes a lot--great fit right out of the box, with a short break-in period. Two things I would like to see: A care guide for the leather this shoe is made-of, and laces you did not have to trim to make them the appropriate length for the shoe. These are minor items...this shoe is a great value!
January 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by zipcodezelda Best quality
Everything I expected them to be. Will probably last a lifetime! Only problem: laces way too long but thats easy to fix.
December 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by cran130 A great pair of shoes
These are the nicest shoes I've ever owned. I can tell they are very high quality because it took me a couple of weeks of wearing them inside to break them in, but now they conform to my feet very well. By the way, I use orthotics in my shoes. I am a size 11 and the 11s fit me perfectly. I am getting ready to polish them for the first time and I just bought some nice Lincoln marine cordovan shoe polish. I expect these shoes to last a very long time. Thank you LL Bean for maintaining such high standards of quality.
December 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by FaithfulLLpurchaser Great shoe!
I have been searching for a long time for well made, good looking shoes made in the USA for a reasonable price for work and casual wear.
I have had these two weeks and they have been great. Fit and finish is terrific. Ability to resole is a plus.
I hope to see a black leather offering in the future.
December 15, 2014