While it may not be cold enough to break out your full fall wardrobe just yet, it is time to start thinking about what you will need for those cooler months. With the official start of Fall on Friday (yay!! Cue happy dance!) I wanted to share a quick guide to buying LL Bean Boots. My sister mentioned that she wanted to get a pair this year and I remembered researching which style would be best for me personally. There are so many brands that have their own version of these boots (often referred to as “duck boots”) that are popular as well but I prefer the originals. LL Bean does not skimp on quality so I know these boots will last for SEVERAL seasons. And I know others agree as these boots are beloved by many, hence why they used to be so hard to get your hands on each year. As the temperature drops these boots usually start to sell out, however LL Bean recently announced they were increasing production of their iconic boot.
So what makes these boots so special? For me they are a fall and winter staple. With cold weather, rain, snow and slush it is a necessity to have a durable boot to get me through. These boots are well worth the price tag as each one is handmade in Maine. They are built to last and endure the harsh weather and trust me they will.
LL Bean offers their standard style that they have year round as well as “limited edition” and small batch boots that they roll out every once in a while. With a variety of styles and colors to choose from there is something for everyone. But how does one decide which pair to get? It really comes down to 2 things, style preference and functionality.The most common/standard Bean Boots are the mocs (slip on style) and then the boots in 6 Inch & 8 Inch styles (as worn in this post- brown are 6″ and blue are 8″). Both are comfortable and great for snowy days. I prefer the height of the 6″ better since I am a bit short (5’6″ for reference) and I also think they are easier to slip in and out of since they aren’t as tall and don’t have to be tied normally (see above photo). The 8″ is a taller cut so they are great for places that get a bit more snow as they come up higher on the ankle to keep out any snow/water. The 8″ also comes in warmer, insulated options like the “thinsulate” and sheerling lined. While the standard/unlined boots themselves may not be super warm I prefer them over the insulated pairs. This allows me to wear them on days that it is still a bit warmer out. On colder days I pair them with the sheerling inserts and cozy camp socks for extra warmth.These are definitely boots that I wear often as the temperature drops here in Nebraska and they have become a closet staple. If you are looking for a sturdy winter boot these are definitely for you!
Note on Bean Boot Sizing: The boots tend to run a bit large and come in whole sizes. I am typically an 8.5 and I wear an 8 in these boot.
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