If you've ever been stuck on the waiting list for the ever popular L.L. Bean duck boot, 2017 could be your time.
The venerable outdoor company has ramped up production of its iconic Original L.L. Bean Boot back in 1912, with a new production center in Maine and an additional 100 workers.
The L.L. Bean duck boot is a half-rubber and half-leather hybrid built to keep feet dry while hunting in damp conditions.
Now, they're just as popular as an tried-and-true alternative to rain and snow boots, but are distinguished by their durability and unique heritage.
What makes the "Bean Boot" so covetable is exactly what has made them so infuriatingly hard to get the past few years.
Until recently, they've mostly been assembled by hand in a single factory in Brunswick, Maine—ensuring superlative craftsmanship but also stalling production speed significantly.
If you're in the game for something more casual, there's probably less of a wait for its slightly lower six-inch model.
This year should be different though. If the L.L. Bean gods don't smile upon you for whatever reason, there are now plenty other variations from brands like Sperry and Sorel to rival what L.L. Bean has offered since 1912.
Most shoppers will opt for a pair from a heritage or outdoorsy brand, but don't count out athletic giant Nike.
It's got a sneaker boot option, the Lunar Force 1 Duckboot, that's better tailored to the streetwear crowd.
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