Rated 4 out of 5 by scrounger35 Katahdin Boots
Overall nice boots. Would prefer a leather sole. However, the boots fit and wear well and would recommend to others. I am a 8.5 per a Brannock device and I would say they fit according to that. I thought about ordering a half size small and glad I didn't.
May 18, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by beansthebomb Great boot for the buck.
After buying and returning the Wolverine 1000 boot because of sizing and defects within the leather, I opted to try Bean's version of the Chippewa General Utility Service boot. Rugged enough for the outdoor and casual enough for work, I couldn't be happier with my choice. They fit true to size, had a quick break-in period, cost $120 less that the 1000 mile boot and come from a company that ALWAYS stands behind their product. Only reason I wouldn't give a 5th star was mild tanner knife cuts on one tongue and the heal wasn't completely sanded to match the sole, both minor. Not 5 star perfect, but real close.
May 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Primal Improvements on shoe
These are great boots. I have customize my and made them much better. First, I found the Vibram soles that come with much too hard. I replaced them with Vibram #430 replacement soles. I softer rubber and has a partial "half-cleat". Second, I also had my shoemaker replace the second and third lace holes with "C" eyes, for quick lacing. A great shoe made better.
May 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by PencilPusherSSI Best Boots I've ever owned!
I had to Google Vibram Soles & Munson lasts. Dr. Munson was a U.S. Army doctor in the early 1900's. He studied the feet of thousands of soldiers and in 1912 perfected a revolutionary "toe box" that was used to make all the U.S. Army boots in WWI & WWII. I've never had leather boots that fit so well straight out of the box. Look up Vibram to find why it's the premium rubber used on so many best of class boots and shoes. Thank you, L.L. Bean, for making such a beautiful, durable boot. They're called "Engineer" boots, but I love these even though I'm an architect.
April 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lakefan Worth the price
Spend the money,spend the money.... These boots fit right out of the box and are very comfortable. As others have said the boot runs big so order a half size down from what you usually ware. I've been looking for a boot of this quality and found it in this boot. Like I said at first Spend the money
March 26, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Weechu heavy boots
I felt they ran a little big but they are made to wear with thicker socks which will be more comfortable for the feet. It took me a couple try's to get the best fit. I ordered the wide width, half size down from normal. Being tough handmade footwear there will might be some variations in stitching and leather. For me, very minor once broken in so don't expect perfection. These are not a delicate refined boot, but are made to be worn without worry. The folds of the stitched on tongue lay on top of the foot but keep the elements out.
Flexible sole for it's weight. Overall a great boot that gets better the more you wear them. L.L. Bean customer service is A-1
March 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mholl1065 Worth Every Penny
I am an insurance adjuster working in a very busy body shop. I have worn these boots everyday for a year and have no complaints. They show wear but the soles, seams and leather have handled the abuse. Would definitely recommend these.
March 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shepdog6 Great boot
Vey happy with purchase. While they are a bit large when compared to past boot purchases ( I tend to wear a 10.5 vs a 9.5), they match up with Red Wing Boots sizes. These are more comfortable than the Red Wings I bought 6 months ago. I do wish they had more tread but have not had any traction problems yet this winter. Would/will definitely purchase again.
March 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Whuffo Great Boots
I've owned lots of boots. Combat, cowboy, hiking, work, jump. Lots of boots. I believe these are the best I've owned. Comfortable out of the box, well-made. I would buy them again in a heartbeat.
March 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by GearNut Good looking, comfortable boots!
I bought these boots to wear at the office on rainy/snowy days. For this purpose, they're excellent -- rugged enough for the elements, and dressy enough to not draw attention. The minimalist tread does just fine in snow/ice, and it doesn't track heaps of snow into the house. The leather is stiff, but very comfortable. I didn't experience any pain or discomfort during the break-in period. I really love these boots and would highly recommend them -- they're beautiful and very comfortable. The boots run about a full size large. My only gripe -- I wish they had a bit more arch support.
Definitely some QA issues with Chippewa, but nothing too serious.The first pair that arrived was defective. Not to worry. LL Bean's return/exchange policy is the best in the industry. They had a new pair delivered to my door the next day. Amazing service!
February 21, 2015