Rated 5 out of 5áby SailorHomeFromTheSea No critical comments
This is one pair of hiking shoes I can review without breaking LLBean's policy guidelines. Although I always have wondered why 50% of my reviews with valid criticism are rejected. Why have a review page in which you can't tell about reservations you have about a product? As a consequence I don't review many of the LLBean products which I routinely purchase.
To start, I'm lucky - I'm close enough to the LLBean headquarters to get my orders in just a couple of days. Their packaging is adequate. Their brand name has some credibility around here. I like their down jackets and quality hiking footware - my Cresta hiker boots made in Italy are still great after eight years or so.
These Men?s Gore-Tex Mountain Treads Hiking Shoes make me want to take a walk. They are just so comfortable. They have a suitable level of stiffness - they don't at all feel like sneakers. You don't feel anything through the sole. These are real hiking shoes. My size is 9.5W and these were right on the money for comfort wearing the type of socks I talk up in the following comments. If you like to go barefoot, get boat shoes. These are for hikers.
These Mountain Treads shoes are expensive but worth it. They are true to size (or slightly large for wearing heavy wool hiking socks which is always a good idea).
I waited many months for LLBean to restock the WIDE size in 9.5 US. These are made in Italy to a high quality of design and manufacture. I have had several pairs of Italian made hiking shoes in my lifetime and have not been disappointed.There is even a small imitation leather tag on the inside top of the tongue
with a SERIAL NUMBER!!! (a tip off you are getting something special).
The quality of the interior of this hiking shoe is remarkable. There is nothing to aggravate your foot. I wouldn't recommend wearing barefoot or with light socks - medium to heavy wool socks are always best or at least a high quality artificial fiber hiking sock.
I, unlike some complainers, like the yellow shoe laces. You get a pair of brown laces if you think that will make you appear more manly or at least a more serious hiker.
Vibram soles are always a good sign of high quality in a shoe. These have them - good grip, not slippy on wet surfaces, don't retain bits of gravel.
The exterior of the shoe is manufactured very well and looks, as you can see on the web page, just fantastic.
I haven't ever had to return an LLBean product but they have an excellent return policy. Nice to know when you are spending twice as much for these low hiking shoes as for others. These are worth it. Quality counts.
March 23, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby flyfish26 3rd pair, they are the best
this is the 3rd pair of these that I have owned, and I am very pleased that each version fits very well, lasts a long time and are extremely comfortable! The only hiking shoe I buy!
January 20, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5
áby bhampster Not what they used to be
I bought this shoe to replace a previous pair that I could not wear out. The first pair had a solid rubber Vibram sole. I wore this pair for less than a year and I was shocked to see that the new Vibram sole is just a very thin veneer of rubber over a foam rubber core. I truly expected an expensive walking shoe to be made of better material. I really wanted this pair to be as good as the last pair.
January 14, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby casualbeaner Had these shoes for 6 months
I bought these in the Fall, after doing some research on the Bean website and narrowed it down to 3 different Hiking Shoes and then went to the Flagship store to try them on, these fit the best and since then I have used them 3-4 times a week in the woods and fields and smaller hills. Very comfortable footbed, good support and traction. I had noted some reviews concerns about the length of the shoe tongue, I haven't noticed any problems. I like that they are made in Italy.
January 13, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby CamperandTraveler Great Hiking Shoe
My primary interest in buying these shoes is for backpacking. I prefer a low cut shoe, but want the features of a sturdy hiking boot and these shoes really deliver. These shoes are built like a traditional hiking boot versus the other style which seems to be more of a beefy running shoe. While the running shoe style typically has a lot of foam cushioning underfoot, I find that the soles are too soft, don't provide enough protection to the bottoms of my feet and aren't as stable when carrying a load. I hike a lot on rocky trails with a very irregular surface and a lot of sharp rocks. The construction of the fairly rigid sole on this shoe is just what I needed to protect my feet. On the other hand, the shape of the sole and the way it rolls up onto the toe makes them easy to walk in with minimal heel slip. I've previously owned boots by Asolo, Garmont and Lowa and early indications are that these might end up being my favorites. I'm not sure what "typical sizing" actually is, but these run a little bit larger than my Lowa's. Should be fine since it allows me to wear a heavier sock. The soles seem to provide good grip on wet rock. I was really hesitant to buy a hiking boot by mail, but in the end decided that Bean's would take care of me if they weren't right. They're an expensive boot, but the quality and construction is there to justify the price. I haven't had them long, but it looks like I'm going to be really glad I tried them.
December 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby NeilLR Hiking shoes
These shoes are the most comfortable and well structured hiking shoes. I use them all the time and it does not breakdown. I have the worst feet and cannot find shoes that don't hurt my feet. These are very easy on my feet and I no longer wear sneakers, only use these.
December 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby LLBeanRandomGuy Worth the price
Shockingly, this shoe is NOT made in China, Korea, Mexico, or Uzbekistan. It's made in Italy, where boot makers know what they're doing. This boot is a joy to wear because of its excellent fit, superb support, and waterproof structure. I usually wear size 11, but because I now use an orthotic insert, I ordered 11 1/2, which was perfect. I also have Plantar faschiitis, so I absolutely need solid foot support. This shoe does it all: great support, excellent comfort, stylish, and two sets of laces are included in case you are more conservative than the standard red laces - which are cool. I highly recommend this shoe for daily wear, hiking trails, and getting wet and dirty on an adventure. It will not let you down even at the somewhat higher price. You get what you pay for.
October 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby sierrasdayhiker High quality, Great Fit
Bought these for day hikes in the Sierras. Minimal break in time compared to the earlier versions of this shoe. I wear a size 12 and the fit was perfect from the start. I didn't have to change the insoles to to make it fit. I have a narrow foot and this is one of the few shoes I didn't have to modify to adjust the fit like I typically do with other brands. Comfortable all day long when I've worn them to work. Would definitely buy again.
October 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Happenstance1 Nathan Hayward III
I once worked for W.L. Gore Company, the inventors and perfecters of Goretex«. Their products are incomparable for quality, and paired with L.L. Bean's customer satisfaction philosophy, how can you miss with the best of both worlds! A+++
September 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby TW335 Perfect Fit
Well made and fits like they were custom made for me.
September 9, 2015