Best Men's Duck Boots 2017 - 5 L.L. Bean Boot Alternatives

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The L.L. Bean Boot has become a mens winter footwear staple over the years. But there are plenty of other alternatives to the popular duck boot style. Here is our list of the best men’s duck boots that carry the iconic duck boot style similar to L.L. Bean.

For those of you who are purchasing their first pair of duck boots we have also included tips on picking and wearing your new duck boots in the FAQ below.


Frye Warren Low - A high quality all leather duck boot.

Frye Warren Low - A high quality all leather duck boot.

FRYE Warren LOW Duck Boot

Frye is known for making high quality boots and their weatherproof Warren Duck Boot is no exception. Instead of using rubber, the Warren Low features a two-toned leather upper to keep the classic bean boot look. The inside of the Warren Low is lined with plush shearling for a soft and warm feel. These duck boots run a little big to accommodate for thick socks in the winter. In conclusion, this L.L. Bean boot alternative tops our list because of it’s amazing craftsmanship and attention to detail that makes Frye boots worth it.


Sorel Cheyanne Lace features Thinsulate lining for extra warmth.

Sorel Cheyanne Lace features Thinsulate lining for extra warmth.

SOREL Cheyanne Lace Full Grain Leather DUCK Boot

The Sorel Cheyanne Lace is a top contender for a good L.L. Bean boot alternative. Just like the L.L. Bean boots, the men’s Sorel Cheyanne features Thinsulate lining to keep your feet warm during the harshest of winter days. These duck boots are cold weather boots and are completely weatherproof. They run a bit small so make sure to order a size up especially if you plan on wearing heavy socks in the winter. The Sorel Cheyenne Lace boot offers the best in mens winter footwear.


Wolverine Felix is a great weatherproof boot with a classic silhouette.

Wolverine Felix is a great weatherproof boot with a classic silhouette.

Wolverine FELIX WATERPROOF DUCK BOOT

The Wolverine Felix duck boot is a beautifully crafted duck boot that features a rubber outsole yet still keeps a classic 6-inch boot silhouette. The upper is made of full grain leather and the inside is a comfortable textile lining. A great feature is the Felix's unique Bonwelt stitching that prevents stiffness and allows for a more flexible boot when worn. The Wolverine Felix runs big so it’s recommend to order a half size smaller for a proper fit.


The Sperry Avenue duck boot does great in snow and ice.

The Sperry Avenue duck boot does great in snow and ice.

Sperry Top-Sider MEN'S AVENUE DUCK BOOT

The men’s Avenue boot is Sperry Top-Sider’s take on the classic L.L. Bean duck boot. This boot is seam-sealed waterproof and delivers rugged outsoles for amazing traction on snow and ice. Something to note is that these duck boots do run a little big to accommodate for thick winter socks. They are also not as insulated as other duck boots which means you can comfortably wear them in the fall and spring when it’s warmer. The Sperry Avenue duck boot comes in a few different colors but we love the Tan/Brown color way featured here.


Ballard Duck Boot: A great option for a waterproof suede boot.

Ballard Duck Boot: A great option for a waterproof suede boot.

The North Face Men's Ballard Duck Boot

The men’s Ballard Duck Boot is one of the most affordable L.L. Bean boot alternatives on the list. These boots are fully waterproof and insulated which translates to warm and toasty feet even during the harshest of winters. Unlike the other duck boots available, the North Face Ballard is made from a waterproof nubuck upper instead of full grain leather or rubber. This boot is perfect for anyone looking for a waterproof suede boot.


Duck Boot FAQs

Are duck boots warm enough for winter?

Duck boots are perfect if you need warm mens boots for winter. For the warmest duck boots check out the Sorel Cheyanne Lace and the Frye Warren Low Duck Boot reviews above.

Are duck boots good for snow?

Duck boots are good snow boots for men. Duck boots are made to be waterproof and their outsoles are especially designed to handle walking in the snow and ice.

Which duck boot should I pick as an alternative to 6 inch Bean boots?

The Sorel Cheyanne Lace Duck Boot would come closest in style to the 6 inch bean boot.

Best socks to wear with bean boots:

A good quality wool sock is the best sock to wear with your new duck boots. We recommend the brand Wigwam. These socks are made in the USA and high quality. 

Wigwam Wool Boot Socks

Wigwam Wool Boot Socks

HOW TO CLEAN BEAN BOOTS:

Once you purchase your new duck boots you going to want to keep them clean to extend the life of the boots. If you purchase a full grain leather duck boot such as the Frye Warren Low or Wolverine Felix then we recommend you follow our Leather Care Guide for how to clean the leather portion of your duck boots. For the rubber material you can simply use dish detergent and a toothbrush at home to scrub off dirt and debris.

If you purchase the North Men’s Ballard Duck Boot or other boots with nubuck or suede portions then you will want to read our Suede Care Guide instead. 


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