Rated 2 out of 5 by adventuremom2 great shoe but it doesn't hold up!
My son and I were both excited about these shoes and bought a pair last fall before school started. By Christmas he already had broken the laces off one shoe and we had kept trying to tie it together so he could keep wearing them. Finally I couldn't tie them anymore so I returned them and got the same shoes just thinking maybe it was my kid being too rough on them but the same thing happened within a month this next time. We have finally reached the point where I can't tie up the elastic lace to make them work anymore. We're so bummed but I just don't want to keep exchanging these every 6 months for another pair! Elastic laces are great but only when they actually stretch and not break. Maybe they shouldn't be sewn in in the middle so they could be easily replaced?
May 23, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by SheilaFromBama Slightly narrow
Besides being slightly narrow the laces are flimsy. The shoe itself seems comfortable enough-my grandson is autistic and unable to testify to that! But to tighten the laces one must pull on them a bit, and each time I do, I think they will break this time. The shoe itself seems substantial for the price.
May 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lisant Great shoe for active boys
My son knows how to burn through shoes. Other name brands will last maybe 2 months before they're falling apart. Although those cost more, they are poorly made. These shoes last around 4 months and it's usually the stitching at the toe that comes loose before any wear on the soles occurs. We have not had any problems with the laces breaking but then again he just pulls them on and doesn['t mess with them too much.
I am about to order our 3rd pair. I think we've found his "forever shoe"... they are comfortable and durable and a great price.
May 17, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5
by MsCC Needs a bungee-lace redesign
So, other than the laces....these shoes are great. This is the second pair of these shoes to fail due to the laces. I just don't want to have to return them every couple of months. We wanted a bungee lace shoe for my son. They appear to be failing where the lace rubs against the plastic eyelet at the top of the shoe. The laces do not have enough elasticity and are a bit on the thin side.
I have had bungee-laces on many of my own athletic shoes and sport sandals but they are usually much sturdier/thicker and a lot more elastic-stretchy.
LL Bean has a great policy of standing behind their products and that is why we keep coming back. My suggestion to LL Bean would be to improve this shoe with better quality bungee laces. Thanks!
May 4, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jandrezz Great quality, except the laces
I was tired of buying my 5 year old new shoes every 6 weeks because the sole separated from the canvas in the toe area. These shoes would be in the $15-$20 range, so I thought I'd up the price range a bit in the hopes of getting something higher quality. Also, LL Bean has a reputation for an excellent return policy.
These shoes were initially awesome. Very comfortable and cute. My 5 year old wears them every day and believes they make him as fast as a cheetah. They're easy for him to slip on himself.
However, as many other reviewers mentioned, the laces are the downfall of these shoes. After daily wear for about 6 weeks, one of the laces broke. However, the rest of the shoe is in excellent shape, no separation of the soles at all (which has usually been our problem). Fortunately, it's true that LL Bean has world-class customer service; they sent replacements via two day shipping at no charge to us.
It is disappointing that the laces snapped so quickly, and that the laces can't be replaced separately. It should be noted that my son doesn't do anything with the laces (eg, doesn't tighten them or anything, just slips his foot in). I'll keep replacing these when the laces snap but I don't think I'll buy them in the next size up unless the lace problem is fixed.
April 27, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by laranja shoe laces
The shoe itself is great but the laces are awful!! This is the second pair in less than 12 months where the laces have ripped apart. Its too bad because like I said the shoe is great!
April 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by nicknamestumped Long-lasting value
I am beyond pleased with this pair of shoes I purchased 1 year ago. I'm buying a replacement pair today because our dog chewed the heel! This was my sons primary pair of shoes worn 5 days per week. They were a great fit and lasted through beach trips in the summer, playing in the woods & swamp in the spring and playing all year on the school playground! Lots of running, jumping and generally rough use by my rambunctious son! I thought for sure that the lace mechanism would be the first thing to go but I was wrong as the laces and plastic clamp are still in great shape. The heels didn't become scuffed down. I am just so pleased with this shoe! I highly recommend them.
February 2, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Inoj Great but...
We love this shoe..sturdy, comfortable, good value for your money. The laces are the first to go though. I had to replace them with regular shoe laces as they frayed and broke in about 2 months.
January 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by ImNotPerfect Great shoes for kids who dislike boots
I have a kid who refuses to wear boots...luckily winter snow in MI hasn't been as significant as last year. I purchased these shoes to replace standard athletic shoes that had been destroyed by too much exposure to the cold/wet/heat/dry cycle that had become the norm before Christmas break. He's been wearing them since Christmas and they've held up strong. Easy & quick on/off, dry quickly, no issues with odor, and good treads. Purchasing another pair for his younger brother. Highly recommend.
January 25, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by ColoradoSnowGlobe Laces redesign made them worse
The shoes themselves are great. But the laces have been an issue for some time and are actually worse now that Bean redesigned them. The old design had the stretchy laces you tend to see with this sort of design but those would wear through and break while the rest of the shoe still looked new. We returned a pair because of that. The new pair we got had a new type of lace--these look to be solid nylon cord. I suspect they'll last a long time but there is no elasticity at all and they're significantly thinner than the old laces were. Those two things combine to create a situation where the laces absolutely will not stay tight. They work themselves loose instantly and my son won't wear the shoes as a result. Sadly, we're having to send them back. I hope they can work through the kinks and get some decent laces for these, because they'd be a 5-star product then.
January 15, 2015