Also known as the ‘Bean Boot’ and the ‘Duck Boot’, the Maine Hunting Shoe by L.L.Bean was created over 100 Years ago in 1912. This original ‘Split Upper’ design was originally designed for hunters combines a light weight leather upper with a fully rubberized lower shoe.
Remarkably the L.L.Bean Maine Hunting Shoe design has stood the test of time and is still produced today over a century later.
They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery. Since it’s creation the iconic L.L.Bean Maine Hunting Shoe design has inspired and benefited countless brands.
Nike designed the ACG Woodslide and the Air Force 1 Duckboot with an alternative Retro flavour probably inspired by the Maine Hunting Shoe.
Fashion brands like Gucci and Billy Reid have been inspired and leveraged the same Classic and Iconic ‘Split Upper’ and ‘Ribbed Vamp’ designs to add an air of authenticity to their footwear lines.
As have Junya Watanabe, Converse with the Chuck Taylor All Star Duck Boot and PF Flyers with the Andover Boot.
Crocs introduced the Islander design made with lightweight EVA, but never capitalized on the same bright colour blocking opportunities as with their other styles.
Like the Jimmy Boot by Native, also made from lightweight injected EVA.
Timberland, Sorel and many other outdoor companies have used the rubber/leather combination to provide good insulation for their winter boots.
Baffin the world leader in insulated footwear also uses the ‘Split Upper’ design for their extreme cold weather Polar Boot Footwear line. These Impact boots are rated up to -148F.