In the beginning, I was so hesitant to buy them. They are definitely a financial commitment but every time I got ready to go on a trip that threatened rain, I would get frustrated by my shoe options. I wanted a pair of truly waterproof shoes (many of my “rain” boots had sprung leaks after long term wear. I wanted something that could go with jeans or with leggings. I wanted something that would last and I finally was at the point that I didn’t care what I spent to make this dream come true.
My mom has a pair of waterproof LL bean rain shoes that she has had for over 30 years and it was a good reminder that they last a long time. I knew if her LL bean investment was still paying off, then it was ok for me to pull the trigger too. So, after years of wishing/wanting a solid pair of waterproof boots, I decided to make the financial jump to bean boot ownership.
I celebrated a year of boot ownership a couple weeks ago and thought it would be fun to remember all the fun that we have had together over the last year!
Ireland- September 2016
I bought the boots right before this trip because I knew it was going to rain a lot… as it does in Ireland. I was nervous pulling the trigger so close to a trip and taking up valuable luggage real estate for shoes that I had never worn before. Thankfully, the shoes did their job and kept my feet warm and dry. It was POURING down rain on football game day (Boston College vs Georgia Tech). We had to hike through Trinity College to wait in line to catch a shuttle to the stadium, then march to the stadium… all in soaking wet conditions. We were prepared to continue to be soaked DURING the game. (Mind you we had JB with us too) and I almost cried when we got in the stadium and we learned that our seats were covered and we were dry! The game was incredible and drinking cold Irish cider while watching college football is also a pretty nice thing too!
Alaska- October 2016
My sister, Jackie, and her husband moved to Anchorage in September. I decided that I REALLY wanted to visit them BEFORE the snow set in for the winter… so with about 5 weeks notice, I booked a flight to go visit them. Well, I didn’t quite beat the snow as it snowed the day that I arrived, but thankfully it did not snow more while I was there. So, I got to experience seeing snow but not a lot of driving/maneuvering through it.
Of course, this was the first time the bean boots got to meet snow. I prepared for this by buying boot liners and wore thick wool socks (thankfully I bought a half size up so they would fit) and my feet stayed warm the whole time. That is pretty impressive considering the temps were between 8-28 degrees during the my visit. The boots got to watch the sunset over Denali, hike along the Turn Again south of Anchorage, and visit a rescued moose. The boots also got to wear Yaks which were awesome in preventing me from busting my butt on icy conditions. (The boot soles are rubber and can be slippery/dangerous on wet/icy conditions).
Denver- December 2016
We flew to Denver for a friend’s wedding and of course the boots had to come. The temps were moderate- but I knew they would keep my feet dry and I could walk miles in them with no problem.
The Women’s March- January 2017
These boots were made for walking… and that’s just what they did. The morning started out as a monsoon and mud EVERYwhere. It ended with 60,000 people calmly walking through the great streets of Atlanta to support women’s health, refugees, education, and numerous other causes… while the sun was brightly shining. Hearing John Lewis speak in front of the Civil and Human Rights museum was pretty powerful as well. Here is my post for more on this special event.
Manitou Springs- April 2017
The boots were perfect for this trip! We had snow twice, did a good bit of walking/hiking, and they even took the train up the cog railway to the top of Pikes Peak.
Happy Birthday to my Bean Boots! We have done so much together and I don’t regret buying you at all. Can’t wait to see what other adventures we have in store together!