Rated 5 out of 5 by NoteBook Men's New Balance 969 Walking Shoes
I prefer New Balance shoes because they're sturdy and light weight, and they come in wide sizes. I had never had this particular version of their walking shoes, but they felt comfortable from the moment I put them on.The lL. L. Bean description of the shoe is accurate, It's an all-round good walking shoe.
June 1, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by DBWhisperer Great shoe, but size carefully.
Excellent all around walking shoe for cool whether walking or light hiking. It's become my go-to shoe in late autumn and early spring. Only issue is what size to order. Bean warns that one should order one-half size up, but I had to return and go with a full size bigger than the many New Balance athletic shoes I already own.
May 25, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by CapeSailor Comfortable but sizing is a problem
Very well made and comfortable shoe but even going up a half size as recommended is not enough.
On a recent long hike this resulted in major toe blisters.
May 20, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Leonidis Good quality, but size not accurate
I had to return the shoes even though the 1st pair were bought a 1/2 size up, because the width also ended up being to narrow. So I tried on an 11 W even though my normal size would be a 10 1/2 normal width. That did the trick, and LL Bean replaced them at no cost. they now fit very good, and are quite comfortable. I am pleased with the final outcome. Just ensure prior to purchasing that you have accounted in the size you choose for wearing socks, and any change your feet may incur from walking, so your fit is a good one.
May 4, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by inman001 These Shoes tend to Run Small
For most shoes, my shoe size is 9.5. I ordered a 10 in this shoe and it was still too small. This same problem occurred with a previous pair of New Balance shoes. If you order a pair of New Balance shoes, I would go up a full size from what you normally wear.
That being said, the construction and materials are good, and I have read that New Balance gets high marks for arch support.
April 13, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Maclurites Good shoe
Very well made but as noted, order a half or more size larger than normal, even if you have a previous pair.
April 9, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tom566 Great fit
This is the second pair I have purchased. I got them for work last year, I'm out in all weather all day every day in the summer. They are comfortable and and definitely water resistant as stated.
March 23, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Footprint NB 969 Men's Walkers
Small, narrow, made differently than the NB 956 Men's Walker; I returned them.
March 9, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by bookert Nice shoes
This is the third pair of shoes I have purchased in a month. I think they are all great but this pair was above my expectations. I wear size 10 wide and LLBean told me to order 1/2 size larger. I did and they are perfect. Very pleased with LLBean shoes and the fact they carry wide. Try to find wide on some of the other sites. I will continue to buy from this company. I talked to a lady and she said if they don't fit send them back at no charge and we will get you the right size. Why would I go anywhere else?
March 2, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by TaiChiPlayer Excellent NB shoe - sized tight!
I have been wearing NB shoes for a decade + and they have always fit my feet perfectly. However this new pair is sized wrong, IMO. Too short & too narrow about 1/2 size! Barefoot = tight but okay, and add a sock and it is a very tight shoe. Some wearing has flexed it better, but not pleasant out of the box. The shoe is made very well, looks nice and was exactly what I wanted. The sole is excellent for walking and good arch support. I am keeping this pair. FYI - last 2 pair of boots from LLBEAN have also been tight considering the defined size. Size 10US 2E have all been more of a 9.7D US. You may want to go a 1/2 size bigger?
February 24, 2016