Rated 1 out of 5 by SWoutdoorsman You gotta be kidding
This redesign of the classic mountain tread is a TERRIBLE MISTAKE. The light colored mid-sole and carnival colored shoelaces make this shoe no longer an option for business casual attire. I've bought many, many pairs of the original for over 20 years--typically 1 or 2 pairs a year-- and am completely dissatisfied at the changes to this award winning product. This shoe no looks more like a women's style shoe. Too Bad. Maybe LL Bean will re-think this decision.
January 21, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by MLDReview Only choice
Read the reviews and one will quickly see many satisfied, repeat purchasers. This is my second set of these, the first (older generation) replaced under Bean's amazing warranty. I was orginally skeptical of the style changes for this year, making the product look more like a shoe, less "off road hiker". I however have grown to love these as my everyday shoe. It should be noted there are really no other comparable products on the market- especially factoring in waterproof and warranty.
The only two downsides on this product are: it's every increasing price, now almost $200, and the redesigned shoe pull tab (the tab you use to pull shoe on). As other reviewers noted, and I initially thought non-issue, the rear tab that is used to help pull the shoe on use to be a webbing type material in a loop. Now this "loop" is just a punched out extension of the leather shoe bottom with several weak points. It will, if used (especially with thick socks or requiring a tug), tear off (loosing functionality but not changing the shoes look materially).
January 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by HIGHTAXSTATE Good everyday shoe
I purchased these shoes for everyday use. They fit well and are very comfortable. A little pricy but worth the money.
January 14, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Trou Expensive but seemingly worth it
These shoes are a little expensive but went on a hike as soon as I got them and they fit great. Feet stayed warm and dry and were very comfortable. I would recommend them if your willing to pay the price. Since bean's has such a good record with returns and repairs it would get these over other brands
January 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by TATS I love these boots!
I have been wearing these boots, both hi top and low since they were $129 a pair and I have only good things to say about them. In the past my only problem was the laces would not stay tight. I have been wearing the new model for about a month now, and The new laces are great. Since there are two sets of laces I use the second set on my still good hi tops. I have a young Labrador who takes me out twice a day and these boots give me about 1700 miles before they are worn down at the heals. The uppers never wear out. Great product!
January 4, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Portlandwoman Great shoe, take time to break in
These are comfortable, waterproof and nice looking. I'm finding I need time breaking them in as they are a bit stiff. I think it will be worth the time.
I bought a men's shoe as I did not like the color of the women's. There used to be a lovely green but now only a bright blue trim.
December 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by TNRoamer Mountain Treads
I have worn both low & mid-cut LL Bean Mountain Treads for over 15 years. They have always been my favorite footwear, but the new 2014 models are even better than ever! I especially like the new Vibram lug soles that have lugs that are more closely spaced which eliminates pressure points and makes the new boots more comfortable when walking on rough, course gravel and broken rock. The new boots contain all of the other great attributes of the old boots. I recommend them for various activities including travel and around town wear.
December 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by KathrynT Looking Good on the Trail
Ordered these hiking shoes for my husband and he reports they look great, are very comfortable (he's satisfied with the EE width fit), and are study yet flexible on a hiking trail. The shoes conveniently came with 2 pairs of laces - mustard colored laces on the shoes and a spare brown pair.
December 3, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Powderhound24 Short Heel
This is a well constructed shoe but the heel pocket is very wide and short. My heel moves up and down when I walk. Because of this I will be returning the shoes for a refund. I will assume LLBean got complaints about the red shoe laces so they did include an extra pair of laces .
November 27, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by SCMainer Comfortable and wide
I used these twice on moderate hikes, 10 - 15 miles each. They are very comfortable, but wide; especially in the heal. I have a high arch, usually EE size. The front is great, nice box; however, the heal is almost too wide. I plan to keep and use since they are very comfortable.
November 26, 2014