February 24, 2013

Style Feature: The Duck Boot

Anyone who grew up in New England is familiar with duck boots. Originally designed for the backwoods of Maine by L.L. Bean’s eponymous founder in 1912, duck boots have experienced an incredible surge in popularity over the last year. No longer just for trekking through the mud, duck boots can make a stylish statement while keeping you clean and dry.

1. Statement

Their widespread recognition means that duck boots will make a statement any time you wear them. Why not embrace it and really make a statement?

Extra Tip : What I love about this jacket is the seemingly disparate mix of lapel fabric. The satin and denim give it a unique refined yet rugged look. Something that works perfectly with the duck boot.

Extra Tip II : L.L. Bean still makes their duck boots in Maine, where they were first created, and has a lifetime satisfaction guarantee. That is strong testament to their enduring quality.

Boots by L.L. Bean; Jacket by C'N'C Costume National;
Sweater by Ben Sherman; Shirt by Nautica;
Chinos by Gant Rugger; Belt from Gap;
Pocket square by Thomas Pink; Sunglasses by Bulgari

2. Casual

Duck boots were made for hunting which gives them a rugged look. Throw them on with some jeans, a heavy twill shirt, and a chunky sweater and you’re good to go.

Extra Tip : Duck boots aren’t just for bad weather. Especially with boot liners, they’ll keep your feet comfortable and warm on even the driest winter day.

Extra Tip II : Connecting the details on your look is a great way to tie everything together. The leather buttons on this sweater play off the leather uppers of the boots for a unified look.

Boots by L.L. Bean; Sweater by John Varvatos Star USA;
Shirt by J Crew; Denim by AllSaints Spitalfields;
Scarf by Psycho Bunny; Hat by Prada

3. Dressy

The duck boot’s classic look means that you can dress them up with confidence. With the right jacket and trousers, the boots will fit right in.

Extra Tip : Heavier fabrics pair well with the duck boot’s heritage. Decades ago, heavyweight natural fabrics were de rigueur for gentlemanly pursuits like hunting and fishing, just like the duck boot.

Boots by L.L. Bean; Jacket by Alexander McQueen;
Vest by Umit Benan; Shirt by Uniqlo; Pants by Fink;
Tie by Gucci (vintage); Pocket square by Thomas Pink;
Belt by Ted Baker

Despite generally being reserved for the relatively tame task of handling rain and snow in the city, duck boots have the pedigree and versatility to hold up to anything the weather can throw at you. There is rarely a trip north of the city that mine don’t come with me.

Stay stylish,
- JJ

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