The Duck Boot Spectrum

Maintenance

Already have a pair of duck boots lying around? Here's how the L.L. Bean team keeps theirs in check.

This weekend's snowstorm caught the East Coast by surprise, leaving us scrambling to find some footwear capable of withstanding snow-covered sidewalks and numerous puddles. Whether trekking through waterlogged city streets or country roads, a solid pair of duck boots is essential for inclement weather. First launched in 1912 as L.L. Bean's "Maine Hunting Shoe," the waterproof boots have provided comfort and protection to men from all walks of life for years. Currently available by brands who've been doing it for years (along with a slew of labels putting a modern twist on it), here's a roundup of what's out there, in a range of price points.

Sporto, $50

With a synthetic upper and 6-inch silhouette, this boot is ideal for places that aren't prone to deep snowfalls.

L.L. Bean Signature, $139

The waxed canvas uppers are a great interpretation of this unbeatable classic.

Common Projects, $570

Prefer your duck boots Italian-made with a little sprezzatura? Try Nappa leather and a chunky rubber sole.

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Native Shoes, $80

These monotone versions feature a ripstop upper and come in colors like a bright yellow.

Sorel, $450

A mixture of reliability and luxury, these bison-leather boots are rated to withstand temps up to 40 degrees below zero.

 
 

Published on

November 1, 2011
 

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