When you think of L.L. Bean, the first thing that comes to mind is the brand’s famous Bean Boot. Even though the boot, which was originally dubbed the Maine Hunting Shoe in 1912, didn’t get off to an auspicious start (90 of the first 100 pairs were returned when the rubber separated from the leather), the style has endured and become a go-to when the weather turns crappy. It’s mix of functionality and style attracts everyone from outdoorsmen to preps to #menswear devotees. In fact, the Bean Boot is so popular that the boots are already backordered even though it isn’t even Thanksgiving. (If you’re a size 14, you’re in luck and can still grab a pair. For now.)
But don’t worry. While you may not be able to cop a pair of Bean Boots, a number of companies have created their own spin on the style. We found 8 alternatives to L.L. Bean’s duckboots that will keep your feet warm, dry, and looking good in the most brutal conditions.
1. NATIVE SHOES JIMMY
When you first pick up these boots, you’ll be struck by how light they are. But they do a heavy-duty job of keeping the elements out. The ripstop nylon upper has a clever fox camo print and is flexible enough to make the boots easy to get on and off.
2. SPERRY AVENUE DUCK BOOT
Sperry is probably best known for its Top Siders. Making the iconic boating shoes taught the company a lot about wet weather traction and they’ve applied that same knowledge to these boots. All the seams are sealed to prevent water from getting in and they have a comfortable thermal lining that your feet will thank you for.
3. SOREL CARIBOU BOOT
If you are really going to be slogging through the muck, these are the boots you need. Back in the early days of snowboarding, these qualified as snowboard boots. You probably wouldn’t want to drop into a halfpipe in them now, but they are great for plowing through snow, rain, and just about anything else.
4. RAG & BONE SPENCER DUCK BOOT
Rag & Bone has a more fashion-forward take on the duck boot. Instead of rubber, the boots feature leather around the toe and sides. A water-resistant canvas rounds out the upper. The boots also have nylon webbing tabs around the heel to help you pull them on.
5. CONVERSE CHUCK TAYLOR TEKOA BOOT
Here’s what it would look like if a pair of Chucks had a baby with a pair of duck boots. The silhouette is all Chuck, but it is packed with features to battle the elements like a waxed leather upper, a rubber overlay, and an insulated lining for warmth.
6. J.CREW x LACROSSE DUCK BOOT
If you have to have a boot that looks like L.L. Bean’s, this collaboration between J.Crew and Portland-based LaCrosse is the way to go. The two brands created a version of LaCrosse’s Uplander boot based on a vintage model found in Japan and made it more lightweight than the original.
7. THE NORTH FACE BALLARD DUCK BOOT
The Ballard offers all the weather protection you expect from a duck boot, but with a slimmer profile that is more reminiscent of a light hiking boot. These are great for those days when you need to wear boots but don’t want to look like you’re wearing your boots.
8. NIKE LUNAR FORCE 1 DUCKBOOT
Nike pretty much invented the sneakerboot genre and they still do it better than anyone. The high-top Nike Air Force 1 is the perfect shoe to adapt into a duckboot. The gum-colored outsole provides excellent traction and the textured area around the toebox looks great and keeps water out.