Sunday, May 29, 2011

Giant Boot Alert: L.L. Bean Flagship Store

Outside the L.L. Bean flagship store in Freeport, Maine you will find a 16 foot replica of their famous hunting boot.

The store is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The store is part of a complex with other L.L. Bean stores, such as Home, Bike, Boat & Ski, and Hunting and Fishing. About a block away you’ll find an outlet. The flagship store includes a trout pond and a coffee shop. You can also take L.L. Bean excursions, such as kayaking.

On the main floor you will find a wide selection of men’s shoes, mainly hiking boots and sports sandals. The woman’s selection is upstairs and includes mostly L.L. Bean shoes with a few other brands, like Born and Keen, mixed in. A great idea was that they had steep rock stairs and a slope for you to test the shoes on.

The prices are full priced. In the outlet you can get a small discount, around $20 off, so from $70 to $50. I didn’t buy shoes, but purchased a red nautical inspired tank-top in the outlet.

Worried about fit? Try a mini-boot made from chocolate!

Now, about that signature boot…Leon Leonwood Bean invented the boot in 1911 as a way to keep his feet dry when hunting. He stitched rubber soles with leather uppers. Unfortunately, while people ordered the first boots, the design had problems and the rubber bottoms separated. Bean kept good on his promise of satisfaction, something the company still does, and refunded their purchase price. The design has since been corrected and is still popular today.For more company information, click here.

Have you ever been to the L.L. Bean store in Freeport, ME? Do you own L.L. Bean boots?

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