All Season Etiquette: The Bean Boot General Style 72 Comments

Trav : As this dreadful NYC winter comes to a much anticipated end, I must highlight one of the pieces that stuck with me and kept my feet warm through this harsh season-the L.L. Bean boot. The good thing about this boot is that it is adaptable to virtually every season. It provides warmth in winter and it is a great spring essential that will surely come in handy for the usual spring showers.
The  Bean boot, or “Maine Hunting Shoe”, was created by Leon Leonwood “L.L.” Bean in 1912. The boot was originally designed for hunters and fishermen and has since remained a staple for the L.L. Bean brand. It’s sort of ironic to see this piece that was created for the great outdoors becoming  a  standard for many city dwellers. I just love bean boots; the comfort, durability and quality of work put into each boot makes the price point unquestionably justifiable in every aspect. These boots are one of those items that different people with different styles can all appreciate. L.L. Bean has a lifetime guarantee, so if at anytime your not happy with your purchase, you have the option of returning it. You can also ship your beans in to be touched up and refurbished for a reasonable fee.

*Side note: I’m actually looking forward to wearing my mocs this spring as well.

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Fit details: Coat- thrifted, shirt and scarf- B.R., belt- Tanner Goods, jeans- A.P.C, and of course Bean boots on the feet. Nothing really interesting to talk about except that the coat was an insanely cheap find that I had to get tailored, which then made it a not-so-cheap find. However, I love the way the coat is designed. It has a nice thick collar that stays up when lifted, it fits over the body great and the side pockets are just absolutely genius.

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L.L. Bean Signature:  Recently L.L. Bean unveiled their new project, L.L. Bean Signature, an extension of their existing brand. This line features items of modern fit and updated style inspired by their archives. I’m really excited to see where this is going. It’s a very smart idea that gives L.L Bean some versatility. I would love to see them really dig into the archives for some of their sweet gems and modernize them. They actually did a waxed canvas Bean boot for this line that came out really nice. The full line releases on March 15th, so get your cards ready.

Photo showing Leon Leonwood Bean & Friends in their Maine Hunting Boots looking quite dapper.

Source: Taylor Stitch


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  • S

        posted on March 9 , 2010 :

    Once again: Great read. Great fit.

    In what way did you get the coat tailored? What did the tailor do, shorten the arms? I have a similar trench from H&M. I couldn’t find one thifting :( Email me.

    -S


  • David A.

        posted on March 9 , 2010 :

    Trav, even though I have not had the luxury of getting my feet in a pair yet I am anxious to definitely feel them out. I am extremely pleased to say that the 8″ high ones that you are wearing in the pictures above are fitting for the fit. I personally would love to have a I have just recently seen where the upper area on the shoe is canvas. I think that the choice of the company to do that was nice. As for the boot it is just a great find and looks to be comparable for any outfit that may come to mind. Anyway, great post brotha’ and keep them coming.


  • ByronLinnell

        posted on March 9 , 2010 :

    I wasn’t aware that Bean Boots could be refurbished and restored. I need to send mine in before April Showers hit. Thanks for the info.


  • Dar_Bizhu (Jessica Catlow)

        posted on March 9 , 2010 :

    having grown up wearing bean boots, it’s hard to imagine them stylish … alas: http://tinyurl.com/ykyeh95 (via @streetetiquette)


  • TayZonday

        posted on March 9 , 2010 :

    info on scarf and coat?


  • DC

        posted on March 9 , 2010 :

    I’m feeling the contrast of the green scarf with the burgundy shirt, and I especially love the L.L. Bean boots & trench. BTW, your piece from last month was exceptional!

    http://www.curatorofdcstyle.com


  • sssence

        posted on March 9 , 2010 :

    I feel like I might be the last person to get a pair of Bean boots…seems that everyone around me is rocking them for the very same reasons you are: winter warmth and spring dryness. I think I’ll see if I can cop some…
    Really like the color palette here once again. Also, like the change of scenery. It’s nice to switch it up occasionally.


  • Tim

        posted on March 9 , 2010 :

    Great post as always, have been looking forward to a post on boots. I think the LL Beans are very practical, but, aesthetically they’re not my cup of tea. That coat is gorgeous, what a find! Any info on the fabric, is it a blend? I’m looking for a warm coat of similar colour, one like that would be fantastic.


  • LynnDanielleTreasure

        posted on March 10 , 2010 :

    Nicely coordinated AND warm! :-)


  • Neef @truebeliever12

        posted on March 10 , 2010 :

    i love the beans man… i actually have the 10` ones that i wore throughout the winter time. I plan on getting the 6` pretty soon for those rainy days in the spring and summer time. TO me the bring a more versatile style when it comes to boots b/c its not your stereotypical Ugg boot or Timbaland. Good job as always… shoutout to SE i plan on meet ya soon man


  • MinoruBlvd

        posted on March 10 , 2010 :

    I don’t live an outdoor lifestyle. I just wouldn’t feel genuine in a pair of Bean boots.


  • Anastasia S.

        posted on March 10 , 2010 :

    Great post! The Bean boot is a classic, an all-weather essential, no closet should be without!


  • cbenjaminrucker (Christopher Rucker)

        posted on March 10 , 2010 :


  • Mcobb

        posted on March 10 , 2010 :

    What would you wear/pair with the mocs? I am VERY curious to know. Also, can you do a post on jeans for men and give options other than SKINNY JEANS…as mucular/atheletic guys cannot wear them…but still like to look stylish. By the way, I just find out about the blog and it’s the real deal. Finally Fashion for brothers….fashion that I can relate too. That’s what’s up. You guys have a new number 1 fan.
    Be sure to give ideas for the mocs.


  • EC

        posted on March 10 , 2010 :

    I was waiting to see how you’d top the last post. Not bad. I like how you always bring a historical/vintage aspect to each topic.


  • joseph a

        posted on March 10 , 2010 :

    good post, winter fashion is almost at an end for the season, and this post came just in time i thought you guys weren’t going to make anymore updates for the year after sewn for the soul


  • ericdwills

        posted on March 10 , 2010 :

    I’d like to see how you’d style a spring look with the mocs. I wanna get a pair but it gets sooo hot here in spring (Texas).


  • Matt Morris.

        posted on March 10 , 2010 :

    I honestly don’t know what I would have done without my all brown bean boots this winter. I can safely say I’ll probably keep a pair around for the rest of my life. They are superb on all levels and you pulled them off great with that fit Trav.

    -Matt. (@M_L_Morris)


  • Natalie

        posted on March 10 , 2010 :

    I love that you did a post about these boots! I love the contrast between the wellie like bottom (which reminds me of a duck for some reason) and the leather top. Oh and the laces lol

    Great jacket, pockets and the buttons look great.

    What can I say I’m a sucker for detail, great post.


  • TomO

        posted on March 10 , 2010 :

    duckboots = classics.
    im not surprised u posted LLBean good classic brand most sleep on nowadays.
    lands end is another. i was discussing this w/ josh the other day…
    good post like always bro.
    check out mines and lemme know wat u think.


  • Brighton Peer

        posted on March 10 , 2010 :

    For some reason, maybe its a English thing, I’m not feeling these boots at all, the only place you ever see them on sale over here is in crappy Millets camping stores, and no way the same quality as the ones in the thread.

    Rest of the outfit is great (as ever) I’d just slap on a pair of Timb’s instead. :)


  • goldie

        posted on March 10 , 2010 :

    I’m interested to know how the coat was tailored too.

    Contemplating 16″ Maine Hunting Shoes with a sun dress…


  • mustbefire

        posted on March 10 , 2010 :

    You young sirs are always on point with your fits. I can see how the sneaker game influenced your style, you guys always seem to anchor attention to your boots/shoes/sneakers without completely overstating the whole fit. Keep up the inspiration.


  • Chris

        posted on March 10 , 2010 :

    Are your apc new cures or petite standards?


  • J. Carter

        posted on March 10 , 2010 :

    Definently feelin’ the bean boots…do they come in any other colors?


  • suffocake (Adam Scotland)

        posted on March 10 , 2010 :


  • LOLA

        posted on March 10 , 2010 :

    Love those boots, especially with your fit!
    Wish they could make a more feminine version!

    P.S: Likin the do! lol

    -LOLA


  • Trav

        posted on March 10 , 2010 :

    S: Thanks.. I had the the body of the coat slimmed down. That was about it. Coast me $40

    David A.: Thanks a lot man..yup the canvas upper ones are real nice.. they are part of the L.L. Bean signature line..

    ByronLinnell: Yea man.. I dont know how much they charge to resole and what not but its definitely a good thing, this way you get to really age with your bean boots. They look excellent when really worn in.

    TayZonday: coat is a thifted item and the scarf is Banana Republic

    DC: thanks man.. glad you like Sewn From the Soul.

    sssence: Thanks… honestly, i think virtually anyone can pull of bean boots just based on the fact that they have practicality..If its raining you throw them on and they really seem to go with basically any style. Glad you like the change of scenery, we’re trying to switch it up to places that fit each post from now on.

    Tim: Thanks man, the coat is like a heavy wool and honestly a coat like this is really not hard to find in say a thrift store or on eBay, this was a very popular style years ago.

    LynnDanielleTreasure: Thank you :)

    Neef : I would love to meet you man…, and yea yoou are so right they arent like traditional boots so the boundaries are less abundant.

    MinoruBlvd: haha i hear you man. from what im seeing though, its being accepted as a city item for those bad days of weather.

    Anastasia S.: Thanks.. You said it!

    Mcobb: Thanks a lot, i did a post wearing the mocs not too long ago. I’ll be sure to post wearing them again real soon. Thanks for the love!

    EC: lol thanks a lot man, i don’t expect on topping last months post just yet, but stay tuned we have big things planned!

    joseph a: hahah, we had to let Sewn From The Soul sink in a pit but now we are back on schedule. Thanks for the love.

    ericdwills: We will definitely do a post wearing the mocs real soon, seeing that we both have a pair. It doesn’t really matter how hot it gets, if its raining they will still definitely come in handy.

    Matt Morris: Thanks a lot for the love man. Yea these boots literally saved me this winter with all this snow we saw in NYC this season..I unfortunately had to neglect all my other boots.

    Natalie: Thanks!…I’m also a sucker for detail. Glad you like it!

    TomO: Thaks. Yea you are so right Land End is definitely also slept on. Real nice clean blog you have… real clean!

    Brighton Peer: haha i hear you man.. sometimes items like these vary in terms of liking. I know when i was growing up, we wouldn’t even step out the house in duck boots unless there was a snow storm outside.

    goldie: I had the body taken in. It was real blown out prior to the tailoring. You should definitely do the 16″ with the sundress. I think that’s sooo dope on a girl!

    mustbefire: Thanks, man are a good observer.. That’s exactly how it is, you even put it into words better than i could.

    Chris: Petit Standards

    J. Carter: Well they come in tan/brown and the new waxed canvas/brown.. I really hope they start making more colors the ones in their archives. They use to have tan/navy one for men but they discontinued that and now that colorway is only available for woman. sucks.

    LOLA: Thanks a lot. you always comment and show mucho love!


  • Trav

        posted on March 10 , 2010 :

    S: Thanks.. I had the the body of the coat slimmed down. That was about it. Coast me $40

    David A.: Thanks a lot man..yup the canvas upper ones are real nice.. they are part of the L.L. Bean signature line..

    ByronLinnell: Yea man.. I dont know how much they charge to resole and what not but its definitely a good thing, this way you get to really age with your bean boots. They look excellent when really worn in.

    TayZonday: coat is a thifted item and the scarf is Banana Republic

    DC: thanks man.. glad you like Sewn From the Soul.

    sssence: Thanks… honestly, i think virtually anyone can pull of bean boots just based on the fact that they have practicality..If its raining you throw them on and they really seem to go with basically any style. Glad you like the change of scenery, we’re trying to switch it up to places that fit each post from now on.

    Tim: Thanks man, the coat is like a heavy wool and honestly a coat like this is really not hard to find in say a thrift store or on eBay, this was a very popular style years ago.

    LynnDanielleTreasure: Thank you :)

    Neef : I would love to meet you man…, and yea yoou are so right they arent like traditional boots so the boundaries are less abundant.

    MinoruBlvd: haha i hear you man. from what im seeing though, its being accepted as a city item for those bad days of weather.

    Anastasia S.: Thanks.. You said it!

    Mcobb: Thanks a lot, i did a post wearing the mocs not too long ago. I’ll be sure to post wearing them again real soon. Thanks for the love!

    EC: lol thanks a lot man, i don’t expect on topping last months post just yet, but stay tuned we have big things planned!

    joseph a: hahah, we had to let Sewn From The Soul sink in a pit but now we are back on schedule. Thanks for the love.

    ericdwills: We will definitely do a post wearing the mocs real soon, seeing that we both have a pair. It doesn’t really matter how hot it gets, if its raining they will still definitely come in handy.

    Matt Morris: Thanks a lot for the love man. Yea these boots literally saved me this winter with all this snow we saw in NYC this season..I unfortunately had to neglect all my other boots.

    Natalie: Thanks!…I’m also a sucker for detail. Glad you like it!

    TomO: Thaks. Yea you are so right Land End is definitely also slept on. Real nice clean blog you have… real clean!

    Brighton Peer: haha i hear you man.. sometimes items like these vary in terms of liking. I know when i was growing up, we wouldn’t even step out the house in duck boots unless there was a snow storm outside.

    goldie: I had the body taken in. It was real blown out prior to the tailoring. You should definitely do the 16? with the sundress. I think that’s sooo dope on a girl!

    mustbefire: Thanks, man are a good observer.. That’s exactly how it is, you even put it into words better than i could.

    Chris: Petit Standards

    J. Carter: Well they come in tan/brown and the new waxed canvas/brown.. I really hope they start making more colors the ones in their archives. They use to have tan/navy one for men but they discontinued that and now that colorway is only available for woman. sucks.

    LOLA: Thanks a lot. you always comment and show mucho love!


  • Jazzi M

        posted on March 10 , 2010 :

    I love LL Bean boots, and have had my eye on a pair for a while.

    @Lola – they come in women’s sizes and look great on females as well!


  • kyx

        posted on March 11 , 2010 :

    Good stuff Trav

    Those boots are epic


  • akaCola

        posted on March 11 , 2010 :

    great post! so glad we stumbled upon your blog!
    love the boots they look extra comfortable and warm.
    also the coat looks great on you!
    cant wait for the warm weather either.


  • Mister Anderson

        posted on March 11 , 2010 :

    Solid post. Appealing footwear but no need for bean boots during the Miami winter season I experience.


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  • JLouie

        posted on March 12 , 2010 :

    The coat is really sweet, i like the details like the western flaps over the bottom pockets, the big sturdy collar, and the flaps over the shoulders. I’ve never really liked duck boots because they’re generally big and clunky, but after seeing you post with the ll bean mocs, they’ve kinda grown on me, and the chain tread for the soles are more aesthetically appealing and set ll bean boots apart from the rest.


  • TayZonday

        posted on March 12 , 2010 :

    One more thing trav, when it comes to tailoring a shirt or coat, is it simply a manner of adjusting where its sewn? If so, where on a shirt can I determine whether or not its sleeves can be taken out to a longer length?

    Apparently, when I bought some corduroy shirts they weren’t at their final size. After washed, they lost about 2-3 inches about the cuff!

    Apparently I didn’t read the post carefully, but first that blazer and now this coat, what kind of thrift shops do you go to?


  • TheBlakkOasis (Sean Tzu)

        posted on March 12 , 2010 :


  • Peter Sarizki

        posted on March 12 , 2010 :

    Great post here fellas again you do this too flawlessly your fit and text brings everything together!


  • Alex Jackson

        posted on March 12 , 2010 :

    Wow , petite standards look great here the think I love about them they’re not too slim or too baggy just right in my opinion.


  • Jessica

        posted on March 12 , 2010 :

    Excellent boots! and LOLA they do make them for womens and look just as good when men wear them my husband have been wearing them for years


  • Meji

        posted on March 12 , 2010 :

    The boots are nice but I got my eye on that coat. You can definitely use boots in England anytime…


  • MrMicroblog (Ipost Coolstuff)

        posted on March 12 , 2010 :


  • Kadeem J.

        posted on March 13 , 2010 :

    Trav great post man…feel kind of lame not owning a pair now lol


  • Kasey

        posted on March 13 , 2010 :

    i appreciate your style…not that I’m anyone of importance.


  • Rob

        posted on March 13 , 2010 :

    Kasey : You don’t have to be someone of importance to appreciate style I’m sure Travis and Joshua will tell you that also. That’s one of the great reasons this site is successful there’s no superiority in their post and response more like friends you know around the way that are very stylish lol


  • Abu

        posted on March 13 , 2010 :

    Those Boots are Crazy with the scarf. The colors go so good with each other.


  • Rob

        posted on March 14 , 2010 :

    McCobb : You can basically find non-skinny jeans at most places lol it’s not a hard thing to discover. How about APC New Standards those are pretty loose on the legs


  • skiidot

        posted on March 16 , 2010 :

    Trav, love the fit and the post. How did you size on the boots by the way? Compared to your regular shoe (not sneaker) size?


  • Percy

        posted on March 16 , 2010 :

    Swell post brother. Respect, keep it up cause this site is pretty awesome. I’ve been looking a pair of these local style but no luck. How’s the fit on em?


  • JLouie

        posted on March 18 , 2010 :

    Sorry this is off topic, but i was wondering, for your wine colored jeans in the duffle coat post, i could only find regular fit online, are they regular fit or are they skinny and only available in-store? I’ve been looking for a pair for a while and when i saw them on the online uniqlo store for like $20 i was excited but they were regular fit and not skinny or slim..


  • JKISSI

        posted on March 19 , 2010 :

    Definitely love the mocs I have received brown/brown btw been wearing them a little bit too much but we had a great reason with 3 days of rain continuously.


  • admin

        posted on March 19 , 2010 :

    Percy : The fit is different you would have to size down a whole size to get your correct size definitely. Let’s say For example If you wear a 10 D in most of your shoes you would get a 8 or 9 D to get your foot perfectly.


  • lineage of influence

        posted on March 19 , 2010 :

    Great boots, they look just the thing for days when the weather is less than great. I think they work really well with the denim – I like the fact your turn-ups (Do Americans call it ‘cuffing’?) aren’t precise – they’ve got a real “I just threw them on but they still look great” thing going on.

    Great use of colour through the rest of the look, I really like the way your scarf contrasts against the shirt.


  • KamauMau

        posted on March 20 , 2010 :

    Happy to see this blog and to be a part of it. The Bean boots are a must have. I wore mine this NYC winter. Want to get the new canvas ones. Trav, I live in NYC and am looking for a good men’s tailor. Any suggestions?


  • The Ca$h

        posted on March 21 , 2010 :

    These are some great shots
    That coat looks amazing on you Trav.
    I might pick up that scarf, depending on the weather


  • mattm

        posted on March 24 , 2010 :

    hey trav i just got my apc’s tailored (waist and tapered leg) like you did because they stretched out like crazy. I was wondering if yours stretched even more after the tailoring because Pablo at stanton made them really tight haha.


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  • SwanDiamondRose

        posted on April 2 , 2010 :

    how do such practical things look so sassy? it’s almost a rule. these boots look so good. i’ve been wanting a pair.

    my other question is- why are men dressing better than women these days?! i swear it’s the truth. and it’s fine by me. though all i want to wear still is menswear.


  • David

        posted on April 10 , 2010 :

    I haven’t read all the comments, sorry if you’ve addressed this already…How do you walk in the Bean boots with them tied so loose?


  • jacob

        posted on May 5 , 2010 :

    Were the APCs tailored? The selvedge looks a little wider … I’d been wondering if there was a way to bring mine in without loosing it.


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  • KB2Tone

        posted on June 9 , 2010 :

    I know this is late, but which bean boot height are you wearing in this photo, the 8′ inch right?


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        posted on July 30 , 2010 :

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        posted on August 26 , 2010 :

    Some time beforen.


  • dampfeet

        posted on October 26 , 2010 :

    What height boots are those? is that the bison leather or just the darker color available?


  • FelaKuti

        posted on November 27 , 2010 :

    Good outfit. Pulled off really well.


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  • Jules

        posted on June 26 , 2012 :

    Hi, I stumbled across this now, roughly a year and a half after the last post.
    What the hell, if you read this you do if you don’t I gave it a shot.
    I see that the pair you were wearing has the dark brown leather as opposed to the light version you can get at the LL Bean-site. Is that version out of production? The wear on dark leather is much more nicer.
    And how do you feel about the 10”? Thanks.


  • homelivingstyle

        posted on July 17 , 2012 :

    What would you wear/pair with the mocs? I am VERY curious to know. Also, can you do a post on jeans for men and give options other than SKINNY JEANS…as mucular/atheletic guys cannot wear them…but still like to look stylish. By the way, I just find out about the blog and it’s the real deal. Finally Fashion for brothers….fashion that I can relate too. That’s what’s up. You guys have a new number 1 fan.


  • Rodlie Ortiz

        posted on March 5 , 2013 :

    Are those the 8″ bean boots? I don’t see them on the website in the brown on brown color which I really like. How can I get those?