Currently coveting: L.L. Bean boots for fall
I know what you're thinking: L.L. Bean boots have to be about the most anti-fashion item out there. Except that they aren't, not since Tommy Hilfiger sent a version of the brand's woodsy hunting boots down the runway last fall. Of course, Hilfiger's version had high heels and laces up over the knee, creating a cheeky spin on the down-to-earth classic and rendering it nearly impossible to wear on the street, let alone the trail.
This season, L.L. Bean is riffing on the style itself, offering a new twist on the boot (top left), which was the company's first product in 1912. The new style is flat with laces up to the knee, a waxed canvas upper and a rubber sole for $199. Fashionable but still practical.
The boot is just one of the items in L.L. Bean's more fashion-forward Signature collection, which seems to be improving season over season since launching in March 2010.
Several other things in the fall catalog caught my eye, including the Dakota boots, bottom left, which fit right in with fall's Western vibe. I appreciate the removable leather harness straps that snap around the bottom, and the $299 price tag.
Photos from the Signature collection courtesy of L.L. Bean.