We’re talking Duck Boots today – a popular boot style in the early 1900’s making a modern day resurgence – that is always a favorite in the winter season. Our shoe experts here gave us the download on Duck Boots, so you’ll feel in the know too when shopping for these essentials.
As you’ve likely guessed by the name, hunters who waded through the waters of New England trailing ducks were the first to sport these weather proof boots. The first mainstream duck boot made its debut in 1912, when L.L. Bean, as the true-blue New England outdoorsman from Maine is now famously referred to, created a waterproof boot that he sold to hunters and outdoorsmen. The boots were made of waterproof lightweight leather uppers and rubber bottoms, to prevent cold and soggy feet. And these rubber-bottomed boots translate well to cold cities with rain and snow. Now, 100 years later, they are a cold weather fashion staple.
Duck Boots remain largely unchanged, but in addition to the classics, today’s styles are infused with color and pattern too. Here are a few of our favorite things about these timeless boots:
- Waterproof protection of rubber combined with the comfort of leather
- Full-grain leather sheds the rain and snow
- Good traction on slick ice or in the mud and they’re pliable
- Extremely comfortable
- Best of all, they’re stylish after all these years
ShoeBuyers can’t get enough of Duck Boots this season, here are some fan favorites:
“They keep me warm without excessive heat that can happen easily in the city.”
Sperry Top Sider Avenue Duck Boot
“Warm, durable, and comfortable”
Superior Boot Co. Pull On Duck Boot
Whoever says “they don’t build things like they used to,” doesn’t own a pair of Duck Boots. Permission to puddle jump.
Time to get your own pair? Here are some more Duck Boots to peruse.