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How to Buy Bean Boots

How to Pick Bean Boots

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 style is best for you. For those who aren’t familiar, these 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.

SIZING

In general, 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), 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″ since they’re the most standard and can take you from cooler to colder, wetter climates more easily than the 6″ 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!

THE BOOTS

6″ Boots

The most basic/simple pair of standard, women’s 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 (here’s a thinner pair, if you don’t want something bulky) exist for a reason and are a Bean Boots BFF. Note that these also come in 8″ height, which would be my preference.

8″ Boots: 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.

8″ Boots–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.

10″ Boots–Shearling (also available in 8″)

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.

Sooo there you have it, the Bean Boot lowdown! 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 want you guys to be, too :) PS: Don’t forget about the boys!

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A Guide to Buying Bean Boots

Everything You Need to Know About Bean Boots

Navy Bean Boots

Guide to Buying Bean Boots

Guide to Buying Bean Boots

Guide to Buying Bean Boots

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?!

Images via Kelly in the City, this blog, Covering the Bases, & J’Adore J.Crew Tumblr

What to Buy From L.L. Bean Right Now

What to buy from L.L. Bean this fall

Those of you who regularly read this blog or know me in real life know that my love for L.L. Bean is…a thing. It’s kind of random that someone who spent her entire life up to the age of 19 in Dallas would end up developing such an affinity for an outdoorsy company based in Maine–the only thing I really knew about the state was that the Bush family spent time in Kennebunkport and our neighbor’s grandparents had a house nearby–but over the past few years I’ve grown to stock my wardrobe (and my home) with a surprisingly large quantity of pieces from this iconic American brand. For someone whose definition of “outdoorsy” was a week-long sleepaway camp (which in my defense, was actually very outdoorsy and I must have been really different back then), they quickly made me into a lifetime customer.