In 1912, Leon Leonwood Bean founded his company L.L. Bean with a single product, a quality hunting boot, and a simple motto, 100% money back guarantee. Bean’s patented boot came to be known as the duck boot and was designed to keep hunters comfortable and dry. Bean’s original design has survived 98 years with little variation, and this year the duck boot has transgressed from a utility boot to high fashion.
For the first time in the brand’s 98 years, L.L. Bean announced this August that they would release a designer collaboration line. For his pre-Fall Preppy collection, Tommy Hilfiger sent models down the runway in fabulous 5 inch duck boots. Karl Lagerfeld cemented the duck boot as this winter’s “it” shoe by featuring duck pumps and a tall corduroy duck boot in Fendi’s Fall collection. The rest as they say, is history.
The true beauty of the duck boot, classic or healed, is the functionality of it. Keeping yourself dry and warm can now be easy and fashion forward. Let’s be honest, not everyone can pull off frumpy rain boots or snow boots. Thanks to its renewed popularity you can find the duck boot in a variety of colors and styles. Replace your winter rain boots and snow boots with a more practical pair of duck boots. Update your weekend look by pairing your leggings with them, or spice up you winter knits with a colorful pair of duck boots. No matter the choice, this season you do not have to forgo practicality or comfort.
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