L.L.Bean Maine Hunting Shoe

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Rain boots suitable for walking in wet and muddy trails.

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: received it as a personal gift


Rain boots suitable for walking in wet and muddy trails. not so good for hard core steeps and rocks. Comfortable and built to accommodate heavy socks. Love the bison leather and retro brick red sole.


  • Keep your feet dry
  • Comfortable to walk in
  • High-quality leather molds to your legs easily
  • Should have outstanding durability


  • Limited support
  • Limited protection for feet in rocky conditions
  • Soles are sticky for wet weather; unaggressive tread pattern
  • For really cold weather, uninsulated boots are not the best

Quite possible the ultimate wet weather shoe. the last time i bought a pair of Bean's maine hunting shoes (8 inch brown leather upper) was nearly twenty years ago.  the design hasn't changed much in the last fifty years, though.  rubber bottom is absolutely waterproof, leather uppers also keep your feet dry if properly treated.  comfortable if you don't need lots of support or foot protection.

i received these as a gift because the soles on my old pair are well-worn, and because the insides are (a) pretty smashed up and (b) not roomy enough to use with really warm socks.  these new ones are great, having done some flat trail-hiking in wet weather, and after plowing 3 inches of wet snow off my parents' driveway and walkways for a few hours this morning.  why?

-bison leather uppers - appreciably softer than the leather on my older pair.  too new to need waterproofing yet, but very supple and form-fitting.

-rubber bottoms on these have a mild shank, which provides more support than my older pair.

-rubber bottoms built to fit with very thick socks, increases the temperature range quite a bit.  i wore them with expedition-weigth Bridgedale socks today while sloshing around in inches of snow and slush, and my feet were peachy.

-the just plain cool factor of the bricky-red soles, which Bean apparently offered early in the company's life, according to stock photos that were unearthed as the company approached its 100th anniversary.

if you need traction, not ideal, get something with a real lug sole.  if you need true cold weather shoes, get ones insulated with felt or some kind of synthetic like primaloft. 


Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The original Maine Hunting Shoe was L.L.'s first product, introduced in 1912. Over the years, we've made lots of improvements to these boots, but hunters have told us that they miss the moccasin-like feel that our original boots had in the woods. So we set out to bring it back. We designed an improved bottom that is softer and more flexible, allowing the hunter to better feel the forest floor. The new sole grips better and lasts longer too, for many seasons of reliable performance. We've also added a steel shank in the arch, for added lateral support in rough terrain. We improved the upper with a premium, waterproof leather that's softer and more supple, so it molds to your leg for a custom fit. A waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex liner is guaranteed to keep your foot dry in any weather, and 200-gram Thinsulate Insulation olefin/polyester will ward off the chill of cold fall mornings. Rubber features a matte finish that won't spook game. Just as it was in 1912, each pair is backed by our founder's legendary 100% satisfaction guarantee, and is is still handstitched and checked for quality right here in Maine.

- L.L.Bean refers to the men's version