I have had a long term love affair with Bean Boots and vow to never cheat on my trusted winter buddies. Some girls might be super excited to “inherit great jewelry from their moms” (well, that’s a conversation for another post!). Me, I’m over the moon with 2 pair of circa 1977 Bean Boots; the classic 8″ Made in Maine boots and a pair of mocs.
Back in the ‘ole days it was a right of passage for young New England prepsters with newly minted drivers licenses to road trip to Maine for the sole purpose of buying Bean Boots. The cool quotient went up if you arrived after midnight as LL Bean was one of the only stores in the country open 24 hours a day. Having a relative or friend at Colby, Bates or Bowdoin meant the party continued and relieved parents didn’t have to worry their youngsters were driving back home in the middle of the night. Bean boots, a navy chamois shirt, scotch plaid flannel and a navy Norwegian sweater were the other essentials purchased on my mom’s first road trip. She still has them all!
I will continue to wear my Mom’s Bean Boots with pride. They are vintage, they are well worn by the passage of time and just about ready for a third resole. They have travelled the world but I sense they are happiest when back in New England trudging through snow and mud and being followed by my dogs. I raise a glass to you Mr. Leon Leonwood Bean! The Brits may have their Wellies but you are our National Boot Treasure!