Last year, LL Bean’s iconic duck boots sold out. There was a waiting list with 100,000 names on it – people, just like you, who wanted a winter accented by a heritage aesthetic, just like people had beginning in 1980, when the shoes first launched. It was madness.
And there’s a good reason why people love this particular style. Duck boots go well with wool-y plaid coats and jeans, and once you add a little wood chopping for the fire to the equation, you’ve got yourself a very Canadian ensemble. But there’s some worry that the LL Bean Bean boots (yep, that’s their official name) will not be in stock for long. As a precautionary measure, we’ve found eight alternatives that will look just as good, if not better. And the beauty of these similar styles is you can skip the shipping charge, because most of these babies are in stores now.
How to snag the awesome winter boots that sold out last year
Tommy HilfigerThis pair by Tommy Hilfiger has a leak-proof rubber sole, snap-proof laces and a cushioned plaid lining.
$165 at Hudson's BayHudson's Bay
SorelThey're like the boots you wore as a kid, except way sleeker. It's seam-sealed and waterproof, but what we love the most is the oiled leather upper and the felted wool lining.
$170 at SorelSorel
SperryThe brand that popularized topsiders has its own duck boot and it's pretty stylish. These babies have rust-proof eyelets, microfleece lining, rawhide lacing and amazing traction for dry and wet surfaces. You can even get them in burgundy or teal
$130 at Soft Moc Soft Moc
G.H. Bass & Co.We picture these worn with opaque leggings and a sweater-dress, but you do you. This pair from G.H. Bass & Co. is waterproof, it's made from leather and rubber, and it comes with a microfiber sock lining.
$167 at G.H. Bass & Co.G.H. Bass & Co.
CrocsWant an Ugg feel without committing to a full-on shearling-covered shoe? Try out this Crocs duck boot, which has sealed seams to keep things nice and dry. It also has what the brand calls "Full Sherpa" lining, and it's very toasty.
$163 at CrocsCrocs
SperryThese high-top duck boots are ideal for wet weather. They come with a matte rubber shell, and a leather upper. And to keep warm, there's a microfiber lining.
$182.50 at Sperry Sperry
Ralph LaurenIf you're into a black boot but still want the duck vibe, you are in such luck. You can thank Ralph Lauren for these gorgeous boots.
$220 at Ralph LaurenRalph Lauren
KeenThere's a lot to love about these duck-y boots from KEEN. There's 100 grams of insulation, ensuring superior warmth. Combine that with a water-resistant PU leather and textile upper and you've got a dry foot come wintertime.
$150 at keenfootwear.comKEEN Footwear