Yahoo Style reported this week that L.L. Bean’s perennial favorite Bean Boots (or “duck boots”) have a 100,000-person wait list and are back-ordered until February (go ahead, try to order them in your size). According to Carolyn Beem, a company spokesperson, the 100-year-old boots have made a comeback thanks to millennial interest. “Younger people are buying them. They’re all over college campuses and high schools… without changing anything, they’re back in style.”
Though Yahoo’s story is making the rounds this week, it’s actually not the first time the company hasn’t been able to keep up with holiday demand for the boots. Morgan M., a customer from Connecticut, recalls having the same problem last year. “I needed a functioning snow/rain boot that wasn’t as wide as Sorels,” she explains. “I ordered a pair in early December, but the site said they were back-ordered until January 21. Luckily, my husband found them in an L.L. Bean store so I didn’t have to wait.”
So, should you start stalking stores for them? According to a clerk at the Yonkers location, “Every single women’s size from 5 to 11b is out of stock.” But here’s the loophole for those who seriously want a pair but aren’t willing to shell out $300 for them on eBay: “The store received a shipment of Seconds boots, basically boots with very slight imperfections that you’d have to be a cobbler to notice, to meet the high demand.” Seconds inventory is the kind of merch that ends up at outlets or stores like TJ Maxx. If you’re fine with Bean Boots Seconds, then get yourself to your local L.L. Bean store! (Click here for locations.) As the Yonkers saleswoman warns, “You’d better get here fast!”
If you’re not in to Seconds inventory or just can’t find a pair in store, ShoeBuy still has the Sperry Shearwater duck boots in stock (they are very similar).
Also, make sure you stay in the know and check out the update to L.L. Bean’s return policy. It’s kind of a big deal.
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