Rated 2 out of 5 by Agnes24 Boots
I purchased the LLBean boots based on the size recommendations - men's regular size 9 1/2 wide should purchase 9 wide. Could barely get my foot in the boot and it was too small overall - especially the width. I'll be returning.
July 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by tacticalbob Excellent!
Just picked up a pair of these classic boots. I wear a size 11 and ordered the same size, medium width. A pair of thicker socks will make this a perfect fit. Plan on using these for most everyday outdoor uses. These were exchanged for a pair of the pull on Bean boots that I was having a problem with. You can't beat LL Bean for quality and an amazing guaranty.
May 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Leash Bean Boots
Replaced my son's "other brand" duck boots with these tie up Gore-Tex and he really likes them. He decided the wide would be better for thicker socks in the colder weather, but has apparently already made use of them in the last few weeks. Also, stated that they are very comfortable.
May 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Raffy108 Never had beans
Got them in time for a retreat and even tho they were a little excessive for the mild temps I was happy to have them keep my tootsies warm and dry. Deff water proof I was getting in and out of canoes and kayaks and stepping into the water. Dry dry dry! Lookin forward to more inclement weather for an excuse to wear these awesome boots! Thank you! I sorta wish I could've worn these in Afghanistan while I was deployed! Thanks LL Bean!
April 24, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by westcedar Poor Stiching
Not sure what happened but I bought a new pair this winter to replace a 7+ year old pair of Bean Boots I had and the stitching came loose on the new pair already. I am wondering if the increased demand over the winter lessened the quality. Apparently, they were the boots to have on college campuses this year
I am returning them as per Bean's policy (which is great), but I am unsure if I will replace them from stock or re-order in the summer when I hope the quality has improved back to the prior levels.
Based on my prior pair I still recommend them, just concerned about recent quality
April 21, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by chainsmoker Replacement Boots
This is the 3rd or 4th pair I've replaced due to the stitching falling apart. I love the boots, and Bean has been great in replacing them, just wish they would use better stitching material.
April 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BB07 Fantastic boots!!
I have always heard great things about these boots and wasn't sure if I was going to go for the base model pair without lining or the pair with the lining, but at the last minute, decided to spring for the ones with GoreTex/Thinsulate. Best footwear decision I've made in a long time! I followed the recommendation of the person taking my order over the phone regarding shoe sizing and ordered one size down from the size I normally wear. I can't tell you how helpful the person was! She went out of her way to answer any questions I had. The boots arrived at the end of March following a 2 and 1/2 month wait since they were on backorder. Well worth the wait and just in time for the springtime rainy season in NY. Shoes that keep your toes warm and dry are clutch this time of year and LL Bean delivered! It doesn't hurt that they look good too!
April 8, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Jim338 Great fit and comfort again.
The boots are comfortable and a great fit again. They are really getting a workout this year due to the snow and icy temperatures. It took over two months to get the boots, which made things a little difficult, but the wait was worth it.
March 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dune15 Repeat buyer
I have bought these boots for my husband before and when they wore out, there were no other boots to match their quality and usefulness in snowy, cold and wet conditions he endures during the winter months when he has to work outdoors. The traction soles are really excellent and the craftsmanship is unmatched. We will always be customers of this product. Happy with the purchase, as usual.
February 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by WhippetPal Great boot. Lots of sizing info included here.
I had a very difficult time figuring out the correct size for my new LL Bean boots. I would be embarrassed to admit how much time and effort I put into fitting these boots. I do not usually take the time to write online reviews, but I am hoping that perhaps all of my research and investigation will hope one or two of you who are trying to figure out what size boot to purchase.
I got my first pair of LL Bean boots when I was a kid. I loved them, but growing up in Vermont I thought my feet would freeze off. My second pair, while a young teen, had blue felt liners. Those kept my ankles warm, but my feet still froze and every time I pulled my foot out of the boot a pile of blue felt fuzz came with it.
Now long into my adulthood, I am back in the LL Bean boot game, and the wonderful quality has not changed a bit. I will say, however, that I have never had as difficult a time figuring out the correct size for me as I did with these boots. My shoe size is typically between a 9.5 and a 10 D (medium). My running shoes tend to be size 10.5 medium. I have never purchased a Wide shoe or boot in my life.
Sizing the Thinsulate / Gortex LL Bean boot is unique to this exact boot, as you have more "stuff" intruding into the space where your foot goes than you do any of the other LL Bean boots. Also, the LL Bean specialist tells me that they "size up" the foot bed of the Thinsulate / Gortex boot more than others (for example, if you buy a size 9 Bean boot with Thinsulate and Gortex, Bean actually uses a size 10 foot bed in the boot to accommodate the space taken by the insulation and water proofing material.)
I tried these boots on in a size 8 Medium, 9 Medium, 9 Wide, 10 Medium, and 10 Wide.
I found that the 8 Medium was WAY to small, and the 10 Wide was WAY to roomy, so I was narrowing in. On both the 9 Medium and, to a lesser extent, the 10 Medium, I found that the boot felt like it was hugging the wide part of my foot (just behind the toes.) The hugging was not uncomfortable, but I was concerned that over time it would become annoying. I talked to the boot specialist in LL Bean customer service, and he pointed out that a) these boots do not stretch over time, and b) having a little extra space is good, as your foot will stay warmer with room for a little bit of air to circulate and for the Thinsulate to not be tightly compressed. Thinsulate works a bit like the fiberglass insulation you install in your house ... you only get the advertised level of heat loss protection if you don't squish down the insulation.
So, I ended up with a 9 Wide, the first pair of wide footwear I have ever purchased, for my size 9.5 - 10 medium (leaning a bit toward narrow) foot. I could have gotten away with a 10 Medium as well, but ultimately the 9 Wide was the best boot for me.
I hope this review helps!
February 16, 2015