I’ve raved about Bean Boots many a times on this blog, so it only makes sense to dedicate a post to some questions I’ve heard in regards to whether the boots are worth it, what style/height to get, etc. I’m no expert – especially since I’m a southerner who’s first “real fall” was a mere 5 years ago – but after trying another winter boot for a couple of years prior, I made the switch my junior year and will never go back. The Bean Boot is largely responsible for the start of my love affair with L.L. Bean, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Are they worth it?
YES! They last for a long, long time. Trust me! Many of my friends’ parents who have braved many winters in the northeast are still using the same pair they purchased decades ago. Another perk: L.L. Bean also guarantees all their products for life. I’ve had my boots for three years and they’re still in tip top shape (minus the foot liner that keeps sliding out, but that’s an easy fix).
What style and height should I get?
The 6 inch and 8″ both function similarly, but I opted for the 8″ because I prefer boots that cut a bit higher. They’re also a good height to wear with tall, thick socks and added height = added protection from the weather. Style/model wise, I got the Gore-Tex/Thinsulate 8″ to combat the upstate NY winters (note that the Gore-Tex is not available in the 6″). I personally have no problem wearing them in less freezing temps even though they’re so insulated; if you anticipate being in a very snowy climate, I say spring for the Gore-Tex Thinsulate. If not (or if you’re looking to save some $), the regular pair can be made warmer when need be by simply wearing a thick pair of socks (I love these).
Are they waterproof?
Yep! I generally wear my rainboots on rainy days, but plenty of people play double duty with their Bean Boots. It’s part of what makes them so versatile!
Are they comfortable?
Yes – and way more so than I expected. I can walk loooong distances in these boots; they’re one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes I own. They’re also much lighter weight-wise than you might guess given their appearance.
What about for the guys?
They’re just as practical for girls as they are for guys! And look prettttty good with some corduroys or chinos if you ask me!
Do they come in multiple styles?
Yes they do, in lots of styles – you can view them all here (for men & women!).
Can I wear them with “normal” clothes?
Absolutely! I was fortunate enough to go to a school where snow boots were part of a daily uniform (otherwise you’d 100% end up with an ice slipping-related injury), so I’m maybe a little too “anything goes” in this area. Obviously wearing them with a formal dress will look a bit silly, but in addition to pairing them with jeans or leggings, skirts and casual dresses can be great options. If you feel ridiculous, just remember, they are intended to protect you from the weather, so as long as it’s cold or chilly, people generally assume you’re just dressing for the climate.
I hope this was helpful…if you have any other questions, feel free to comment below or send me an email! I’m no expert, but I’ll certainly try to help :) Anyone else just as obsessed as I am?!