The Maine Hunting Shoe
Frequent readers of The Cottage Chronicles know that I am a big fan of L.L.Bean, in particular the world famous LL Bean boots. My daughter Kimberley, a blogger in her own right, Kimberley’s Quests emailed me this morning to bring my attention to the 100th Anniversary of the L.L.Bean Maine Hunting Shoe! Thanks Kim, it runs in the family I guess.
The Maine Hunting Boots that made the store famous, the rubber bottom, leather top boots that have become the boots to wear in the outdoors. In fact, these boots are the product that launched the company. In the early days when Leon Leonwood Bean invented these boots, 92 of the first 100 were defective and he refunded each customer their money.
But undaunted, with good old New Englander Maine stubborn determination he didn’t give up, nosiree, he started again, corrected the problems with the original design and the rest is history. The boots have become Bean’s most popular product and are an icon in the outdoor world.
L.L. Bean Bootmobile
So you can imagine my delight to see the L.L.Bean Boot – Bootmobile. Yup, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Maine Hunting Boot, L.L. Bean’s now how a bootmobile.
It’s a Ford truck with a boot on top. Not just any boot, a friggin’ big boot, 13-feet high, 20-feet long, and has laces made out of mooring rope and a door in the heel for the driver. I want one….
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Maine Hunting Boots, (which were actually called the Maine Hunting Shoe) and for all intents and purposes, the L.L.Bean company, are making a special boot designed to closely replicate the very first pair L.L.Bean invented 100 years ago.
Here is a photo of the original Maine Hunting Shoe from L.L.Bean
100th Anniversary Maine Hunting Shoe
The upper of the 100Th Anniversary Maine Hunting Shoe is made from durable, premium leather that has minimal coloring and has the original red brick color rubber bottom that was on the first pair.
To stay true to the original, these LL Bean anniversary boots come with the original classic rawhide laces, but the good folks at L.L. Bean are also including a pair of long-lasting taslan laces to give you a choice.
In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Maine Hunting Shoe, I have Crazy-Glued my LL Bean Hunting Boots to the roof of Wendy’s Van…she wasn’t too happy at first, especially when a guy in the grocery store parking lot asked her if she knew she had a pair of boots on the roof of her van, but she is getting used to it.
You can order a pair of these 100th Anniversary boots direct from L.L. Bean here: Men’s 100th Anniversary Maine Hunting Shoes I wrote a previous post about the history of the boots that have become synonomous with the northern woods here: LL Bean Boots
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