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  • Anonymous

    Their boots aren’t like they use be, they look cheap. I wouldn’t buy a pair, I still have mine from the 80’s… Wouldn’t trade them for a brand new pair.

    • Anonymous

      That is because they are like jeans and pick up trucks .
      Shiny, new ones just look wrong, somehow.   

  • Anonymous

    If Bean boots are the coolest consider me Miles Davis!

    • Anonymous

      Did your parents wear them ?  
      Sales will peak, now, then drop again for about fifty-six years. This co-ed’s boots will not wear out and she’ll not throw them out, (it might snow). So they will be her crazy old lady boots… Mom’s combat boots… and her kids would not be caught dead in a pair. Then their kids will rediscover them again.

  • Anonymous

    Again…I should have kept mine from when I was in college in 1978….

  • Guest

    I have the ones pictured and I have the ones that are dark leather on top and the top is higher than the ones pictured. Bought the shearling lined ones for my granddaughter last year for college and she loves them. I think they are a great deal and made very well. 100 % Made in Maine 100% hard to beat.

  • Anonymous

    I wish these good boots were labeled the way they were for years, as “Hunting Shoes.” This would signal to purchasers that they are a genuine utility item and not merely a style accessory. I would hope that the word “hunting” has not become a liability in the minds of Bean’s marketing department. Were it not for older hunters having bought so many pairs of these great shoes back when, Bean might not have grown into the powerhouse it is today.

    • Anonymous

      Times have changed, companies like LL Bean have to take advantage of trends and make the most of it economically.  Instead of complaining we should be happy that the boots are made here in Maine and that 125 new jobs have been created to acommodate the demand of these boots. 

      • Anonymous

        I am very happy about the money these boots generate in Maine. But I still miss an old friend–the Bean hunting shoe, on which these boots are a riff.

    • Anonymous

      There is actually a difference between the Bean Boots and the Maine Hunting Shoe.

  • JimmyJ

    blah.they’re ugly

  • Anonymous

    I wish Bean’s made their hiking boots in Maine. I bought a pair of the Gore-tex leather hikers that were made in Romania and they were pieces of crap. The Vibram soles weren’t stitched to the boots and both pairs that I tried (I returned the first pair hoping it was bad glue) cracked where one’s foot bends, first time up Katahdin. Plus, the Bean’s website won’t post the negative reviews that I’ve tried to submit for the product which is BS. But hey, I got my money back and just bought tried and true Asolos.

    • Scott Harriman

      I’ve noticed the “selective” nature of their website review system too.

  • Anonymous

    You never know what ugly thing is going to be chic next. At least it won’t take laser treatments to pry these boots off your feet like it takes to eradicate tattoos that some people regret. 

  • Anonymous

    Trends go around in circles. I rememberwhen I was in high school in the late 70’s everybody wore Bean boots, or hiking boots in the winter. They had to be put with puffy down filled vests, and straight leg Levis. White high top leather Nike sneakers in the summer. I’m not surprised by this trend. I’ve got a pair of Bean boots even today. But I use them for their intended purpose. Hunitng, fishing, working. They’re tough, and last forever. A great Maine product. This Christmas, I bought a pair for my daughter to wear to school. Just like I did when I went to the same high school. It’s just one big circle.  

  • Anonymous

     I tried on a pair once.

    Had to take em off though.

    Twas the only time I voted democrat.

  • Anonymous

    Assembled in Maine with soles molded in lewiston and uppers sewn where made from leather tanned where?  Not 100% made in Maine and it’s a shame.  Maine does both of these jobs quite well.  While this company totes it’s self as part of the Maine landscape over 90% of the products you buy at Beans are made in China or Indonesia.  I never buy imported goods from Beans, and that leaves very little to choose from.  If you don’t believe me look at the catalog you got in the mail.

    • Scott Harriman

      The leather they use is all from the USA.

    • Anonymous

      I wish Bean would mark its U.S.-made goods in their catalogues with a small flag next to these items. 

  • I certainly hope that Fashion Trends dont destroy this shoe!

    It was designed for hunting and use in the woods, the thin sole makes them stealthy and quiet  in the woods yet they are not very suitable for daily use on abrasive surfaces such as Tar or Cement.

       In this type of use they wear out fast , I certainly hope that LL Bean continues with their satisfaction gaurantee but warrantying these for this type of use will only force LL Bean to thicken the sole defeating its original purpose.

    If you want to be hip!!!! PLEASE Dont expect to get a refund for missuse!

    I am NOT speaking for LL Bean.

    I am speaking for the Avid Hunter who does not want to see the boot redesigned for a Yuppies fashion trend!

  • Anonymous

    I’m amazed that we don’t see Gov. LePew front and center, trying to take all the credit for this sales increase.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe the Bean could start selling Maine (USA) made apparel and see the apparel lines increase in sales too like what the MAINE MADE (USA) bean boots have done. People want quality and pay for it?

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