Rated 5 out of 5 by GrayHairGirl Great for hiking on uneven surfaces like rocks!
I went to Costa Rica for a couple of weeks and ended up wearing these hikers on a 2 hour white water raft ride that I had to walk into the river (shoes totally submerged) to get into the raft and got drenched the rest of the ride. These shoes, I had to pour water out of them and they smelled horrible. With the humidity they didn't dry the rest of the trip, so since I figured I had nothing to lose when I got home, I threw them in the washing machine with a couple of towels and they came out looking like new. They dried in 2 days and feel just like they did the day I got them.
May 10, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by retiredartist not the same old trail hiker
I purchased these to replace my old shoes. I should have listened to the recent reviews. Much more narrow with a smaller toe box and even shorter than my older pair. They also seemed really stiff. I did not notice that my ankle bones were chafed. And they were not as attractive as my old ones!
Please bring back my older ones, I really loved them and I will take them to the shoe repair and get new insoles. They lasted a long time, nearly 5 years with 5 days a week wear.
April 30, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by simon1303 Not Waterproof
The fit was good but my socks and feet were completely wet after just walking in wet grass in a field. I was very disappointed since having a waterproof shoe was important to me.
April 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by NovelTea Just right
I bought these just before I went on a 2.5 week traveling/hiking trip to New Zealand, and I was not disappointed in how these shoes performed. I didn't know at the time, but the weather is in constant flux there, as it is an island country. It rained just about every day at some point, and these shoes got me up and down muddy trails without getting wet once.
They were a little snug (one foot of mine has a slight bunion), but broke in pretty quickly. They are so waterproof that one time that we got caught in a downpour during a hike, it was only a half-hour from that point to us reaching the car that my shoes got waterlogged, and that was only because the jeans I was wearing soaked through, leaked onto my socks, and the water was trapped in the shoes. They dried out quickly and are no worse for the wear.
Your socks will get damp after a while if you wear them all day and fail to take the shoes off, but I find with hiking that's a norm.
April 18, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by DoctorMomPhD Nothing like my old trail model hikers
I loved the old trail model hikers, but these are terrible. Like someone else commented - these shoes rub my ankles so badly they are now swollen and painful. LL Bean no longer makes any low-cut shoes that fit my foot comfortably.
April 5, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Mysid Wide size still too narrow
Wow, I ordered the wide and they seemed like a narrow. The stitching also rubs on my feet even if they were a bit wider. The quality of these shoes is also not that great. Disappointed with sizing and quality - will be sending them back
March 28, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by acampgirl Excellent wide width, but cut too high
I'm disappointed that LL Bean so radically changed the styling on their low Trail Model hikers since I love my old pair. This pair is equally good with fit for a foot wide in the toes, but is cut too high on the sides resulting in rubbing on the ankles.
After wearing around the house several times I decided the ankles didn't rub much - big mistake since the first time I walked on uneven gravel trail the shoes wore a sore spot on my left ankle before I'd even walked a mile. So disappointing that LL Bean no longer makes a waterproof low hiker that fits me.
March 22, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Cindy76 Disappointed
The first pair I ordered were too tight. Next 1/2 size up were too big. LL Bean needs to have products made in USA. I find products made in other countries don't fit the same.
March 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by chihuahuamama30 Enjoying these shoes!
I recently purchased these shoes because I was going for the weekend to visit a friend in the mountains, which I knew would involve at least one hike. These shoes did the trick. I found these to be very comfortable, lightweight, and well-made. I am very happy with this purchase!
March 18, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by HinduKush Returned the shoes
These shoes were a replacement for a pair that I purchased a year ago. The inside of the heel area frayed and caused irritation on those shoes. However, those were no longer available and the ones that took their place are unacceptable. They are just plain ugly. I will keep the ones that cause irritation and have them repaired.
March 11, 2015