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
Rated 1 out of 5 by CrazyBoys Good Shoe, Horrible Laces!
I got these for my 4 year old for Christmas knowing Bean products are top notch! Unfortunately the laces snapped while he attempted to tighten his shoes today at school. Bummer! No worries though, LL Bean is great when it comes to returning products that customers are not satisfied with. Unless you have a kiddo that will not mess around with their laces, these are probably not the shoe for them.
January 7, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Tab01 Shock Moc
Great shoe and sturdy, Although the shoe string broke- LL Bean is sending new pair out today. Love shopping with them.
January 5, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by tholup Broken laces
Big disappointment, laces broke within 3 weeks. It's too bad because the rest of the shoe seems really durable and my 8 year old son enjoyed wearing them but, what is the point if the laces are going to break so quickly?
January 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kpswife Can't find a tougher shoe for kids
My son is tough on shoes, he never stops moving. We have run the toes off several pair in under a month. Not these shoes though. These are amazing! Cute, comfy and he can put on all by himself. They stay good looking after multiple washes, trips hunting and biking and hiking and just being a boy. My only issues is that the laces have broken and they are not easily replaced since they are sewn onto the shoe. That is the only con on this shoe. They are awesome!
December 10, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Shopper273 Fix those laces!
Just as other purchasers have said, the laces on these shoes aren't good--there is no stretch to them; they broke after only 4 months! There is no way to replace the laces, which are sewn in, so these are going back for an exchange.
All other aspects of this shoe are great.
December 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MominFFX Well made and durable
I bought a pair of these for my daughter and for my son in January 2014 - so they're going on a year old. I read about the problem with the laces, but we haven't had any problems at all. My kids use them primarily when we go hiking or camping - they do not wear them for every day use. We're washed them in the washing machine several times and they clean up nicely. We really haven't had any problems with them at all and I recommend them.
December 9, 2014