I’m 100% aware that it is still the middle of September but, even though it’s only September 19th, this is the exact time I need to share a post on winter boots, specifically Bean Boots. L.L. Bean boots are synonymous with fall and winter in America and as such, they get super backordered and sell out every year before winter even hits. My advice is to buy Bean Boots now so that you’ll have them in the mail before temperatures start to drop and everyone rushes to try to get a pair. Everyone who lives on the East Coast, in the Midwest, and in the mountains absolutely needs a pair. Of course, I no longer live in one of these three locations but I do travel to them regularly and I spend every Christmas in the mountains so for me, Bean Boots are a must. They are the ultimate comfortable and practical yet completely cute winter shoe. Bean Boots come in multiple different variations so I composed a guide to help you buy the exact right pair for you.
The biggest question you always hear about Bean Boots is about what height to get, 6″ or 8″. My advice is simple, if you live in a place with lots of snow then get the 8″ boots. If you live in a city or in cold place that doesn’t get a ton of snow then go for the 6″ boots. I like to have a little height on my boots so I have the 8″ and I love them.
My tip for sizing is a big one. I recommend going down a full size because Bean Boots run large. If you usually wear an 8 in shoes then order a size 7. I typically wear a size 6.5/7 in shoes so I have a size 6 and I’m really happy with them. If you order your regular shoe size in Bean Boots then the rule of thumb is that you’ll have to wear really thick socks for them to fit properly.
Bean Boots are generally a pretty standard boot in terms of warmth but you can make them really warm and cozy to protect you on super cold winter days. If you know you need extra warmth, then get the Thinsulate, Gore-Tex/Thinsulate, or Shearling-Lined Bean Boots. The Thinsulate and shearling-lined boots cost more but are definitely worth it if you live in a really cold place. Another option is to get the standard boots as well as the shearling inserts to put in on really chilly days.
Bean Boots come in a handful of different colors. I have them in the tan and navy color combo and just love them. I also really like the tan and brown color combo. If you get the 8″ boots then you have a few more color options with the addition of pink and navy.
How to Style Bean Boots:
As you can see in my photos, I always wear my Bean Boots with a pair of camp socks. I like to mix up the color of my socks so I have a handful of pairs (gray, blue, tan, and red). L.L. Bean sells a version of camp socks that are great but I love the J.Crew camp socks (they comes in 5 colors!).
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