Rated 3 out of 5 by Toml13 Quality shoe albeit very stiff
The shoe fit true to size (EE) however unlike the boots from same vendor the leather in the shoes was extremely stiff which was not what I was looking for.
Other reviews mentioned the laces being too long, which is true and surprising that it hasn't been addressed yet
Also the tongue of the shoe has LL BEAN stamped into it. This seems quite unnecessary especially as the boots do not have this done.
I ordered expecting these to be similar to the boots, softer leather and quicker break-in and returned them as they did not meet this expectation.
This could be a great shoe for those looking for a very rugged shoe in environments requiring strong protection.
March 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Virgilio katahdin iron works®,oxford
They are beutifull and cofortable they fit me like a glove I am more than happy exelent purchasse and rite one like was made for me
March 18, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Fellwort Order half size down in EE.
If you are a trues size 12 order the 111/2. I ordered 12 and had an extra inch in the toe. I exchanged for the 111/2 and got a good fit. My complaints about the shoe is that the laces it comes with are an inch to long. Also I'm not crazy about y the LL Bean branding on the tongue. Interestingly, I ended up taking the insoles out of mine. They feel more comfortable and less clunky without the thick foam insole. I like my foot sinking a little more into the shoe with this style. Without the insole it fits a lot like my Red Wing Iron Rangers.
March 12, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by theskillets Dissapointing
I was excited to get these shoes. Full grain leather and goodyear welt. Unfortunately both of the heels have come loose after only wearing them 10 times. For a shoe that costs $200 + and is made in the USA I expect better. Also, the shoe laces are way too long. They are comfortable but do run big.
March 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Zambo Excellent
These shoes are an excellent choice if I do say so myself. The laces are a tad long, but otherwise they are very serviceable.
February 25, 2015
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