Rated 1 out of 5 by AAMI not up to usual standards
The strap and the toe of these boots are patent leather, which was not clear from the photos or description. The strap ripped off the boot the first time I put them on.
December 6, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by onlineshopperSE OK at discounted price
I hesitated to order these boots, but after receiving them I was delighted that they don't look like Darth Vader's face after all. The main photo on the product page definitely had that look at the toe, but the other product page photos accurately represent them.
These boots have shiny patent at the toe and heel, but I've seen other shoes with patent accents lately so maybe that's trendy. I wasn't sure about the look, but I like it OK; it's something a little different.
The labeling and packaging are unusual in that nowhere is it stated what material the boots are made of. The inside is printed with "Made in Brazil," but no mention of material. The only box looked like a shipping carton and no material was listed on it, either. The product page states "leather lined," but the lining seems to be the same material as the rest of the boot. The uppers are very soft and smooth but they don't feel exactly like leather. I thought products were required to be labeled as to the material, but maybe not, or perhaps it's hidden somewhere else inside.
The boots seem to be true to size, and have a stretch panel that makes putting them on easier. The rest of the upper doesn't seem stretchy to me, as the description states, just very supple. The boots don't have a lot of extra cushioning, but I wore them shopping for several hours with regular socks and they were comfortable right out of the box.
I don't necessarily agree with the last reviewer, but I would not pay even close to regular price for them because of the unknown, probably man-made materials. The stitching seems to be well done, they are smoothly finished inside, and they are comfortable and cute enough, but they don't look like $90 boots.
December 4, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Pekoe Not classy at all
I am disappointed in the overall quality of these boots. Rather cheap looking like a discounted merchandise from Winners. And they are certainly not leather. I find the detail in front too shiny and out of place, seems like a patch to hide e defect, not a fashionable fancy touch. I am on my way to ship them back to LLBean.
November 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by NN4CR Great!
Classy yet understated. Not a heavy duty boot, of course. Not for hiking or tramping around from sun up to sun down. More for leisurely walks, shopping, meeting friends, etc.
Love the no zipper slip-on. The elastic insert looks very subtle. The "handle" to tug makes it easy. I had no difficulty putting them on. I'm a size 8-regular and that's what I bought and the fit is ideal.
The black looks good, very smooth, appears to be real leather even though the top is synthetic. They are totally silent, no creaking. The patent accents in front and back are cute. By L.L. Bean standards, this boot is quite stylish.
November 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pokeyclown Waxing Brazilian: Love in a Warm Climate
I LOVE these boots - they're snazzy, jazzy, and pizzazzy. And I like the patent leather patches fore and aft - makes them look spiffy and sassy, almost like spats (What'spat?). They have a jaunty. upbeat vibe that makes you feel like anything's possible. And I love the way they slip on and off easily and quickly.
I seldom heed the "dressy" caveat, so I like to wear them with my True Blue Jeans (TA 284078), and my "Poor Poet's Shirt" (TA284038), nicknamed thus to distinguish it amid all the other pima shirts. These boots also look great with a jumper, turtleneck and tights.
I was able to buy my usual size 6, place my metatar$al orthotics right onto the foot bed without removing anything, and walk comfortably. Of course, I have a secret: silk sock liners, which I use to break in all boots. No blisters, no abraded spots. Depending on the color of the boots' interior, I wear either black or cream. If you live in a cold climate, tights should work as well, but these boots are not for the big chill.
I've always loved LLB's Brazilian footwear for its style, comfort, and refusal to bow to vanity sizing. At a time when "true to size" has lost its meaning, LLB's Brazilian footwear is VERIFIED True To Size.
March 30, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by EZLiving367 No zipper. Very difficult to get on!
A zipper is definitely needed in these boots!!
March 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Beeperlulu So Soft and Comfy
I have serious difficulty finding shoes or boots that fit comfortably following side effects of back surgery. These boots are incredible -- other reviews described leather as soft as butter and it is true! Wore them a full day at work the day after they arrived! Just thrilled :)
February 26, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by FromBoston Not ideal for snow days
I liked the look, but found the treads to be woefully inadequate for snow days. Although not intended to be a real snow boot, I needed them to walk between Boston downtown locations. They skidded. Also, boot is difficult to put on because I have a high instep. Takes a real tug. Next time, I would buy a boot with a zipper and pay the additional cost.
February 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by A123456789 Sleek and comfy
These are attractive and comfortable booties. They are very flat -- I wish they had a little heel or wedge to give a little lift.
February 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by FSU68 Great boots
I love these boots. They are both good looking and extremely comfortable! Great product at a great price! Great work, "Bean"
January 29, 2014