Happy Monday! Can you believe it’s already October?! Where did September go? I feel like it was August,I blinked and suddenly it’s October.
I can tell October’s going to be a great month already. Next weekend I’m going on a vineyard tour with friends AND my best friend Kendall from LA is coming to visit!! We haven’t seen each other in a WHOLE YEAR so going to Cactus Cantina for frozen swirl margaritas (A college favorite) has been in our planners for weeks now.
At some point during the long weekend, I’m going to need to buckle down and finish switching out my closet, an unfortunate necessity when your apartment doesn’t have a closet. But after getting my first hit of autumn on Saturday, I’m officially ready to pull out the puffer vests + riding jackets. Not to mention getting to break out my Bean boots.
If you haven’t already invested in a pair of Bean boots, I highly suggest you snag a pair now before they sell out. And trust me, they sell out every year.
So without further ado, here’s my guide to buying Bean boots!
Pick What Height You Like Best
The original Bean boots for women come in 6 inch and 8 inch. There are also Mocs, which are easy to slip into and great to wear if you’re a gardener like my mom. I chose the 8 inch Bean boots because growing up in Buffalo, it’s pretty common to have snow drifts over 8 inches and I wanted to make sure I was covered! Since moving to DC, I love my 8 inch Bean boots with our city’s tendency for serious downpours that cause lake-like puddles.
The 8 inch boots come in more colors than the 6 inch boots, I chose the navy since that’s the color I wear most often. I would probably go with the original tan/brown if I had purchased the 6 inch boots because it’s the most neutral.
To Thinsulate Or Not To Thinsulate (Or Gore-Tex and Shearling-Lined)
Before I purchased my Bean boots, I carefully weighed my options and thought about going with the Thinsulate, Gore-Tex or Shearling-Lined boots. I chose to go with the regular Bean boots and purchased several pairs of camp socks. Camp socks are wonderful for keeping your toes warm in your boots. I also wear them around my apartment all the time during the winter since I seem to always have cold feet. I swear by my L.L. Bean camp socks, you can get a 2-pack for $19! While my regular Bean boots + camp socks keep my feet from freezing on my commute and running errands, I would suggest you go with the Thinsulate ($149), Gore-Tex ($199)or Shearling-Lined ($219) if you live someplace where temperatures are lower than 35 degrees regularly during the wintertime. L.L. Bean also makes these flannel-lined boots, how cute are they?? I think I’d just want to show off the flannel to add a fun print to my weekend errand outfit.
So what’s the difference between Thinsulate, Gore-Tex and Shearling-Lined? Thinsulate is a synthetic fiber thermal insulation (Also found in those gorgeous lady day coats from J.Crew) that is in the rubber bottom of the Bean boot to add extra warmth between your feet and the icy ground. Gore-Tex kicks it up a notch by adding its own lining to keep you dry during extreme storms. Because there’s really nothing worse than when your feet get soaked. Not to mention the blisters it causes. Ouch.
The Shearling-Lined Bean boots are the softest ever. But since DC doesn’t really get intense winter weather that often, I couldn’t justify the $219 price tag versus the $129. As someone who grew up with lake effect snow, I’d probably go with these boots if I still lived in Buffalo. Because all weather is good weather if you have the right boots. If you need to get your shearling fix, L.L. Bean’s wicked good moccasins live up to their name.
Let’s Talk Sizing
Sizing for Bean boots can be a bit intimidating with all those width measurements thrown in there. It was a bit nerve-racking to order online but good news, L.L.Bean’s customer service is world famous and able to chat you through all your sizing conundrums. Plus with free shipping and free returns, it’s pretty low-risk. But you want your Bean boots ASAP so let’s get into it.
L.L. Bean boots come in whole sizes. I’m a size 8 in shoes about 95% of the time so I purchased my pair in a size 8. Even with my thick camp socks, my size 8 boots are just the right size.
If you’re a half-size, L.L. Bean suggests ordering a half-size down to get your best fit. If you decide to go with Gore-Tex or Thinsulate, L.L. Bean recommends whole sizes order down and half sizes order 1 1/2 sizes down if you plan to wear them with lightweight socks.
As for width, order how you normally would for shoes! I ordered mine in medium width like I do for all my other shoes.
Purchase Bean Boots. Live In Them.
Well, there you have it! My guide to buying Bean boots. While it can be a bit of a process to figure out exactly which type of boots you want and the best fit for you, once you’ve ordered them you have these boots for life. L.L. Bean has the best return policy out there and if you don’t love your boots or there’s an issue with them, you can return it with zero hassle. I’ve spoken to their customer service folks over the years and they are always helpful and friendly.
I hope you enjoyed this guide! Let me know if you have anything to add about Bean boots below in the comments and if you’d like to see more of this type of content on DC Girl!
Photos by Rosa
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