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Hope all is well with you! I absolutely love your blog and it has been a source of true pleasure and education.
I'm writing you for some advice, if possible. I realize you are inundated with e-mails, so I apologize for adding to them with my OCD driven issues!
I live just north of Toronto, and am looking for a quality boot I can wear in the GTA winters. I have some warm 'nice' boots, but sometimes because of the salt and slush, I would rather not wear them. This is where the Bean Boot comes in. I've looked at the various types and love the look of the Classic 8" Thinsulate boot. I have a few concerns though:
1) Is it better to go taller?
2) Is it better to go with the Gortex? Some people have complained about the liner moving.
3) Do you have any experience with the shearling boot? Being warmer compared to the Thinsulate boot. (I like the traditional tan colour too, so that's throwing me off!)
4) The sizing issue… I normally wear a 9 or 91/2 - what the heck do I order?! I usually wear my Smartwool socks all winter.
I apologize because I am definitely obsessive!! I absolutely hate making a decision and then having to go through the hassle of having to return them - especially being from ON. I wish I had the option of going to a L.L. Bean store to try everything on. Of course, I could abandon the Bean Boot and go for Sorels, but I've been told they are clunky, stiff, and not all too warm.
Any suggestions you could provide would be most appreciated! Thank you so much for your time!
Have a wonderful rest of the week and enjoy the lovely fall weather!
I have two current pairs of Bean boots, my taller Thinsulate/Gore-Tex Boots and shorter Wool-Lined Zip Boots.
|My L.L. Bean Boots: Thinsulate/Goretex on the left, and my unlined version that I bought in 1977 on the right.|
|At the L.L. Bean Freeport Store and Still Made in Maine|
|I wear my taller Thinsulate/Gore-Tex version when there is a significant amount of snow on the ground. The lining is not problematic.|
|I wear my shorter Wool-Lined Zip Boots nearly constantly in the winter, but not in deep snow. They are warm and easy to put on. The lining does, however, always turn inside out when taking the boots off. While annoying, it is not prohibitively so.|
|Befriending the Sheep's Youngest Guard Dog|
|My mother wore hers grouse shooting in northern Maine around 1950.|
|Although we call them Bean Boots now, we always called them pacs. Never duck boots.|
|I added this in response to snowysailor's comment. My father would do just that during nor'easters.|
|Brad Cole kindly sent this pre-name change catalog scan.|