Men's Katahdin Iron Works Boots II, Plain Toe is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible quality highly dissatisfied Hello I bought these boots in July, based on LL Beans description of them as a Hardy work boot. Unfortunately they completely fell apart by December. I work in a wood shop and am on my feet all day the boots fit ok to start but quickly become uncomfortable as the soles wore away and the stitching came undone. Some of the worst quality boots I have ever owned. As someone born and raised in Maine I am highly disappointed to see LL Bean put their name on a product like this. Not only is the quality terrible but LLbean no longer stands by their product even within the terms of their own advertised 1 year warranty. I would highly discourage anyone from spending their money on these boots.
Date published: 2020-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Boots Are Excellent. The Laces Are A Joke. These boots are extremely comfortable and easy to wear, even when I'm on my feet all day. They were pretty stiff when I first put them on but became a joy to wear after about three days. Great leather, comfortable soles, and generally all-around excellent boots (I wear mine around urban landscapes). The laces, however... good lord, the laces are awful. I've had these boots for less than two months. In that time, both laces have started to fray and separate. The laces are woefully inferior. If you purchase these boots, you'll want to immediately replace the laces.
Date published: 2020-02-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from poor new manufacturing This is my 5th pair of these boots. The first 4 were manufactured by Chippewa and were really durable and well made. They were Chippewa boots with a nice LLBean touch. The new ones are made by someone else and it shows. Soft leather is breaking down quickly, all of the seams are less precise, etc. These are not work boots now, they are office style boots.
Date published: 2020-04-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Quality The dye used to tan these boots turned my socks pink. I figured this would disappear once the shoes broke in. 8 months later the boots still transfer dye to my socks. I have ruined numerous pairs of socks and this is unacceptable for expensive boots.
Date published: 2020-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from new Katahdin Iron works I ordered a pair of these in two sizes along with a pair of the Katahdin Iron Works Engineer boots. The description said these are an "improved" version. I have several pairs of high-end, US-made leather boots but had heard good things about the Katahdin, so wanted to give them a try. This improved version is fine, but certainly is not quite the quality of the LL Bean Chippewa-made Iron Works Engineer boots. For the price, it is a nice boot, that offers decent leather and finish and an impressive pattern on the Vibrim sole. The fit is true in length, but I found them a bit roomy in width--not bad, just a little boxier in the construction. They are Made in Vietnam. Overall, its a nice-looking utility boot that will serve a lot of purposes. A comparison with the LL Bean Katahdin Iron Works Engineer boots is unfair ... the Engineer boot is Chippewa-made, a beautiful, rich leather and finish that competes well with those of other historic American boot makers. The fit and style of the Iron Works Engineer boot is somewhat more traditional as well. I returned the newer "improved" Katahdins and kept the Iron Works Engineer boots, but these are nice boots and a good value, especially if you can get them on sale. Both of these LLBean Katahdin Iron Works boots were well-constructed with no apparent flaws, excellent quality control. For me, the Iron Works Engineer boots seem to be in a higher grade that competes well with similar traditional-styled American-made boots in the $300-$400 range.
Date published: 2019-04-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I've walked about 10 miles in these so far So I won't say anything earth shattering that hasn't been said in other reviews for this product. If you're reading this, and are considering dropping 150$ on some boots then I'm sure you've done at least a modicum of research. Awhile back these boots were made by an American company, Chippewa. They were of superior quality to the product that is now made in Vietnam. Costs being what they are, and in hindsight, I would have paid 200$ for the Chippewa made boots instead of the Vietnamese ones. At this price point it is worth it for a more comfortable product. That's essentially the biggest difference between the chippewa made boots and this current incarnation of the product, the leather. It's incredibly stiff. There is no give to it at all, and laced up properly they are unforgiving. I had abrasions on my leg UNDERNEATH my heavy socks working these out for the first time around 10 kilometers. The leather is a pleasant color, however, and the size is bang on the money. The styling is minimalist and tasteful. Hopefully over time they break in to the point where they feel like a comfortable pair of boots but for now it's like putting on plastic.
Date published: 2020-01-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Avoid the new version! I am very disappointed with these boots. In the past, I have owned two pairs of the old version (Men's Katahdin Iron Works Boots I) and I loved both pairs. They were comfortable and durable, and I would have happily kept buying them. However, I will definitely never buy this new version again. There are a number of problems. Firstly, the leather is not as nice. Secondly, the sole is significantly less comfortable. I think this is partly because it is heavier, although I cannot confirm this because I no longer have a copy of the old version to compare to. Finally, the laces don't seem to hold my foot in place properly and the upper laces end up pinching into my ankle (which has caused bruising). I used to be able to walk all day in the old version. I struggle to walk for twenty minutes in the new version before my ankles ache. I would like to be able to say that I will still get some use out of these boots but I think the reality is that they are going end up in the bin.
Date published: 2019-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Runs big These are nice but if ordering a whole size, order down a half size.
Date published: 2020-08-12