|The L.L. Bean Boot: Now Style Over Substance?|
Spending time outdoors requires proper foot gear. Some examples:
- Men's Donegal at Dubarry.com <http://www.dubarry.us/donegal-4782>
- Women's Donegal at Dubarry.com <http://www.dubarry.us/donegal>
- Schnee's Pac Boots (Link)
- Quoddy Grizzly Boot (Link)
- Le Chameau Chasseur boots (Links to Le Chameau, Le Chameau Chasseur)
- Sorel Duck Boots with Felt Liner (Link)
- Oak Street Bootmakers (Link)
- Red Wings (Link)
The L.L. Bean BootOne iconic, Americana example is L.L. Bean's The Bean Boot (Maine Hunting Shoe), designed and produced originally By Leon L. Bean.
|Layering for Warmth|
|A Wide Variety of Boots At the L.L. Bean Freeport Store and Still Made in Maine|
|L.L. Bean Boots: Thinsulate/Goretex on the left, and an unlined version bought in 1977 on the right.|
Reasons for Alternatives to the L.L. Bean Boot
Despite the language back on L.L. Bean's 2014 website - "The highest quality materials...Chances are, you'll only ever need one pair"- some have also experienced problems with recent Bean Boots. This would be consistent with many customers' perceptions of rapidly declining L.L. Bean quality overall.
|These heels wore out after just one season.|
|L.L. Bean quality decline? The stitching gave out the morning of a big storm on another pair, after just a few months of wear.|
|Do L.L. Bean Boots discolor socks? As shown here, worn with an unlined model, yes. These stains don't come out in the wash. One has to wonder about the quality of the dyes, thread and rubber.|
For these reasons and others, many are increasingly looking at alternatives to the L.L. Bean Boot.