Rated 3 out of 5 by BOStoTO A Bit Disappointing
PROS: True to size; Roomy toe box; Keeps feet warm and dry; sturdy
CONS: Minimal padding, labels stitched to inner sides so their sharp edges can stab continuously as you walk if your socks are not high enough or drop down
I was disappointed in this boot. They look nice, do the trick in terms of fit and providing ample room for toes. Plus, they will keep your feet very warm and dry.
***THE PROBLEM these boots have is that the foot bed padding has been neglected.***
The boots look like hiking boots or sneakers but because there is very little padding for my feet I find that they are good for short periods only or extreme weather during which I'd be willing to endure foot pain in exchange for having my feet stay warm and dry.
I think I can better things by buying gel or foam inserts (the foot bed liner these boots come with is removeable - and btw made of very, very thin foam) but really I shouldn't have to.
When I remove the native liner, where I'd expect to see cushioning I see only stitching and can feel the hard plastic, treaded soles beneath. I feel these when I walk in the boot, as well. The discomfort is concentrated at the front of my foot.
I have already tried ball of the foot gel inserts but this didn't ease the pain - so the next step will be a full foot insert.
Unfortunately, I didn't notice this problem until I had worn the boots outdoors for a 3-4 hour stretch or I would have returned them.
Prior to this I'd had LLBean duck boots for several years. They also had a hard foot bed once the fleece inside had been tamped down by wear, but were nothing as uncomfortable as these.
BOTTOM LINE: Buy this boot if you don't plan to wear them often or for long periods at a time; if you're willing to buy additional inserts (despite having already paid good money for the boots). They definitely would NOT be good for hiking or exercise -- they just don't have the necessary cushioning and support.
December 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MainerGal Dry, warm, and comfortable
I work as a rural mail carrier, so these boots have been through water, slush, mud, and snow already this winter. My feet have stayed warm and dry even when the uppers got wet beyond the rubber. The boots feel like sneakers because they are so lightweight and comfortable, and I've experienced great traction on everything except sheer ice, and I can't blame the boot for not being able to defy the laws of physics. (Just wear a pair of crampons.) My one minor criticism is that the toe box is slightly snug for me, but my feet are wide and the boots are still quite comfy with midweight boot socks. In fact, these are the boots I choose to wear when I walk 5-10K on my days off. To sum it up: I wear these boots for several 12-hour work days--partially on my feet inside and partially in and out of my vehicle in all types of weather--and although the rest of my body is tired and achy at the end of the day, my feet are dry and comfortable.
December 24, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by BreezySea Great Support
I'm happy with these boots. I walk a fast, pounding three miles on unforgiving concrete sidewalks in the morning, and my feet feel completely cushioned and supported -- no foot pain ever. They feel a little heavy - like wearing ice skates without the blade. As for size, I'm between an 8 1/2 and a 9, and ordered 9, fortunately, as they fit just right - not too big.
December 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by A2WV C
What an excellent pair of boots. They are exactly what I needed.
My Lace-Up, Storm Chaser boots are comfortable, have great ankle support, have good traction, provide really good protection from mud/snow, and are nice looking! In addition, they have a very comfy footbed and fit (the size 7 medium is roomy enough for my wide foot). Most importantly, these boots also provide excellent ?break-over? (the toe is turned up, like a running/walking shoe, which really eases the pressure on my bad knee). I am so relieved to find a pair of boots with this level of comfort that retain a technical level of quality and performance.
While I usually favor a pair of L.L. Bean Cresta hiking boots, this time around I needed something a little less substantial to help ease me back into action after sustaining some knee and ankle injuries. I don?t want to imply, however, that these boots aren?t high-quality ? quite the opposite. These boots provide the quality, fit, and COMFORT that I have been looking for. As a testament to their comfort, I accidentally wore them to the mall and am pleased to report that my feet, ankles, and knees did not hurt afterwards! (I should add, however, that I did replace the existing insoles with different pair of insoles with higher arch support, but that is not a fault of the boots. It?s a fault of my feet.)
What a relief to find boots that ease my aching feet/ankles/knees and enable me to get out and get active. I plan to get another pair of boots in the Storm Chaser line ? maybe the slip-ons for quick trips to the bird feeder or the barn. If they?re anywhere near as wonderful as the first pair, I won?t be disappointed.
Thank you, L.L. Bean, for building a pair of boots that give me ?Happy Feet!?
December 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by keddie1611 awesome boots
I live and work on a cattle farm. These boots are a great addition to my work gear. They arrived in what seemed like just a few hours and fit perfectly. No break-in time required! They are warm and very easy to clean or hose off. I look forward to wearing them daily this winter! Don't hesitate to buy-you'll love them!!!!
December 20, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by SantaCruzHiker Toe area too pointy
I ordered these boots because they were advertised as roomy in the toe. They were wide at the ball of the foot, but too pointy for my toes. Otherwise seemed to deliver as advertised, but I had to return them.
December 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kathlen I love them!
I used the boats for the first time on an 8 hour shift at work. By the end my feet didn't hurt at all. I work at a ski loge so you never know what weather you are going to have to deal with. I have used them in pouring rain and very cold weather, my feet stayed completely dry and warm. I absolutely love these boots!
December 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by goosedowngirl Excellent boots!!!
Love these boots! They are comfortable, warm and water proof. Wore them the day after I got them working in the rain, cold and mud all day. My feet were very happy and dry. Amazing! I want to get the other color just to have 2 pairs. Worth the money! Thanks L.L.Bean!
December 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by harleyd great boot!
great fit, comfortable and warm!!
December 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by AREFS Woman's Storm Chasers Lace Up Boot
I ordered these boots for my two daughters. they both are very satisfied with them they are very light and keep their feet warm
November 26, 2014