Rated 4 out of 5
by DJJC Great Spring to Autumn Woodlands Boot
I purchased these boots (Maine Hunting Boots) in October of 2013 and had great use with them during the autumn of that year. The boots are light weight and comfortable, plus, especially when new, they are a great looking item.
Unfortunately, while out in the hinterland of northern New Brunswick, Canada, later that year, a sharp twig that had been cut by an axe, punctured the rubber portion of one of the boots. I later successfully patched the boot but decided upon my next visit to LL Bean in Freeport, Me, that I would take the boots with me to see if I can get new lowers on them.
Upon talking to the LL Bean customer service folks about the possibility of having new lowers sewn on my boots, the gentleman replied, "How would you like a brand new pair of replacement boots, free of charge"? I was shocked and of course delighted by his comment and I did not hesitate to take him up on LL Bean's generous offer.
I now am on my second pair of LL Bean Maine Hunting Boots and I still love them, I continuously keep them in great shape by lubricating the leather uppers periodically.
In the accompanying photo (Camp Big Moose, Canada) my L L Bean boots are on the left, the other pair belongs to my brother, his boots are not the same good looking pair as mine..
LL Bean offers not only Great Hunting Boots but Great Customer Service, what more can a person ask for!
February 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rainbow123trout Follow llbean size recommendation
Fits perfect. I was unsure following the sizing recommendation from llbean, they were pretty far away from how I usually purchase boots.
Boy am I glad I followed their directions!!!
Couldn't be happier.
November 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MJK914 Still the best upland boot
I have owned many pairs of shorter LLBean rubber/leather boots over the last 30+ years, which I used for walking my dog. About ten years ago I finally wised up and bought a pair of 14" Maine Hunting Shoes for my upland adventures and found that they are just the ticket for upland hunting. (Please note that this height is no longer made.) The reason that the Maine Hunting Shoe is so good is that in addition to its height, which you need in the wet uplands of the northeast, you can tie the boot snugly around your calf, and even if you go in water over the boot, your foot stays dry, so you can continue hunting. I also have and like Muck Boots, but they are not the same - if you go into water over your boot top, you are going back to the car, and their support is not as good as the LLBean boot. Another point: the quality of the Maine Hunting Shoe is superb. The leather is thick and soft, and the sizing is good - the 12 wide boots I wear are large enough to wear a liner sock and a medium weight sock over it. With other boots I must buy a 13 wide size to be able to wear this arrangement. My only complaint is that the company no longer makes the 14" height. If you hunt the uplands, you need this boot.
November 12, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by OkieDeerHunter great boot
I love the fact that you can switch the eyes to hooks. The only downfall so far is that they squeak when you move. I hope that this will stop after they are broken in a bit. They are very comfortable.
November 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by dstroud600 Great Boot!
This is my third pair of Bean boots, but my first "Maine Hunting Boot". These boots are much more comfortable than my previous pairs - no break-in period required.
September 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by rnmmontana Still the best light weight boot there is!
Boots arrived as ordered and promised. Sizing advice is right on. I wear an 11 regular street shoe an a 10 regular gives me room for a medium insole and a heavy pair of socks. My father, a logger, has been wearing these boots in the Montana fall, winter and spring since the 1930's and I have been wearing since the 1950's. There is no better light weight boot for active winter wear.
September 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MarkinMetairie Nice boots, but hard to fit
These are quality boots, but they are difficult to fit if you have a narrow foot and wear a half size. I usually wear an 11 1/2 n and sized down to a 10n as recommended. This shoe was too short and tight with a medium weight sock. Sized up to the 11n and they were too wide and too long. It appears, for me at least, that a 10M is the best compromise; they could be a little narrower and slightly longer, but they will do.
Bean's customer service is excellent; it took three attempts to get an acceptable fit and they worked with me all the way.
September 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by HawkeyeCanoeGuy Its reputation is well earned
Comfortable, stable, easy break-in, functional, great looks. Not much else to say. Heed the advice of others and downsize from your street shoes. I'm a half size guy, so ordering down to the next full size was just right. I'm also an E width: the standard width is plenty wide, even with heavy socks on. I've had them out in our Fall wet weather already and my tootsies have stayed warm and dry.
September 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gamewarden649 12" Maine Hunting Shoe- Great boot
I finally took the plunge and bought myself a pair of the 12" Maine Hunting Shoe. I work outdoors and play outdoors in northwestern Ontario, Canada. I wanted a rain boot/ early season hunting boot other than my tall Muck Boots. The quality seems great and the boots are comfortable. Like other reviews, these boots fit large. I typically wear a 10 to 10.5. I ordered the size 9 in a medium width and there is ample room. I recommend wearing a slightly heavier sock with this boot to enhance comfort. Although the boots were treated by Bean, I plan on treating them with an aftermarket protection/ conditioner to maintain water repellency and leather condition.
August 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DrumminDon Great boot, a dependable product
I am a landscape/gardener. I have been wearing Bean boots, 8",10" and 12" since 1982. I can depend on at least 2 sole refits....but I do work with some caustic materials from time to time. I have just purchased #s 11 (sz 10) and 9 (sz12).....I can't give a better rating. Best boots out there, they are ALWAYS available, great in all weather. They give you at minimum 2 opportunities to re-sole; and incredible customer service. Can't say enough good things.....
August 28, 2014