How to Buy LL Bean Boots

How to Buy LL Bean Boots featured by popular Washington DC fashion blogger, Monica Dutia

Guys, it’s almost Bean Boot season! Full disclosure, I’ve done a very similar post before, but have been getting specific questions about sizing and how to pick what LL Bean Boots style is best for you. For those who aren’t familiar, Bean Boots are legendary for their versatility, quality, and construction. People keep them for years–some of my friend’s parents have had the same pairs for decades–and they can make seriously simplify and streamline your winter footwear. Talk about the ultimate commuting shoe! They’re making a comeback style wise and people are embracing their sort of bulky, traditional look. Obviously I’m all on board…

If you’re curious about how to wear the boots (there are many ways) and whether they’re worth it (they are), this post has you covered. I recommend reading it alongside this one, so you can make the best purchase possible. One thing to note is that while snow and inclement weather may be the furthest thing from your mind right now, these boots sell out incredibly quickly. They’re usually backordered by the thousands until spring by mid-October, so definitely order as soon as possible to make sure you get them for the upcoming season.


In general, LL Bean Boots run large. Nearly all of my shoes are either an 8 or an 8.5–my Bean Boots are an 8 and they fit a little loosely. I like this so I can wear thick socks (like these or these), but the boots are incredibly comfortable regardless what kind of socks you wear. When in doubt, size down a half size with these. Height wise, I stay stick with the 8-inch since they’re the most standard and can take you from cooler to colder, wetter climates more easily than the 6-inch pairs. They also look a little better style wise, in my opinion!

Remember, L.L. Bean has free shipping and amazing customer service, so feel free to reach out to me or call them if you have any more questions!


6-inch boots or 8-inch boots

The most basic/simple pair of LL Bean Boots. They’re designed to ward off rain and snow and have the boot’s traditional threaded sole like the rest of the styles. The lower price and basic components come from this pair being unlined with an extra protective layer, which really isn’t a problem if you don’t live in exceptionally cold climates. They’re still really comfy, just not as warm. Remember, thick socks (these are thinner, if you don’t want something as bulky) exist for a reason and are a Bean Boots BFF. Note that these also come in an 8″ height, which would be my preference. For guys: The 6-inch men’s would be a good option if you want something less bulky (probably ideal if you commute in the rain a lot), and the 8-inch is the versatile option if you live somewhere cold and want the extra height for snowy days.

8-inch Thinsulate

Like the basic pair, but with Thinsulate material that helps keep you feet warm, which is nice if you live somewhere where simply wearing think socks won’t do the trick. They aren’t bulky despite how insulated they are! Even though these don’t have the GoreTex lining, lace ’em tight and they’ll keep your feet almost entirely dry. For guys.

8-inch GoreTex/Thinsulate

When I first got my Bean Boots four years ago, I went for this pair and am so glad I did. Going to college in central New York meant navigating snowy, slushy grounds from about November-March, and having the extra insulation from the GoreTex/Thinsulate lining (GoreTex takes care of all water) kept my feet extra warm and dry from the elements. If you’re in a cold, wet climate or are looking for something that can take you from a moderate winter to a more frigid one, I say go for these. They’re pricey, yes, but the GoreTex/Thinsulate never makes me too hot and I swear, you will always have toasty, dry feet. For guys.

10-inch Shearling (also available in 8-inch, which would be my preference)

Personally, I’d stay away from the 10″ boots unless you are a person who gets exceptionally cold and navigates excessive amounts of snow each day. These are the big guys–the tall, thick, “tundra” pair. They have Thinsulate in the footbed and a shearling upper. They’re by far the bulkiest, but you’re getting the warmth they promise. For guys.


There are a handful of other Bean Boot styles, too (love these!), but these are the basics. You can view all the LL Bean Boots styles here! If you need more info, don’t forget to check out this post, and definitely comment, email, or reach out via social media with any other questions! I am obsessed with these boots and know you guys will be, too :)



Photo by Monica Dutia

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  1. katie wrote:

    Great post, Monica! I love how informative it is. I have the bootie length that I picked up from the store in Tysons in college and know I will have them forever! xx

    Posted 9.17.15 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      Thanks, Katie! ‘Tis the season, right? xox

      Posted 9.23.15 Reply