Duck boots are ideal for braving adverse conditions. They’re waterproof and durable — some are even lined — and they can take the worst of winter storms.
An avid outdoorsman named Leon Leonwood Bean designed the first pair of duck boots to protect his feet while hunting in Maine’s damp conditions. With them, he launched his now-iconic brand, L.L. Bean. Ten years later, a crew of Arctic explorers trusted Bean's design in one the most extreme, remote locales in the world. Duck boots have spread beyond hunting though, and they come in different heights and with various linings.
Plenty of brands make their own iterations, whether as a clear tribute to L.L. Bean's category-defining style or as a subtler spin-off. Shop our favorites below.
The L.L. Bean Bean Boot is a category-defining classic. Although they haven't changed much since they originally launched, nowadays they come in several heights and with a few different added features. Made in Maine, these are the classic 8" iteration.
This isn't your usual duck boot. It blends the best traits of a sneaker and those of your beloved Bean boot for something that's best saved for rainy walks in the city rather than traversing streams and creeks.
If you only glanced at these they could pass for the original, but they do not have the unique footbed Bean's do, or the steel shank. As such, they're slightly cheaper in price but definitely not in quality.
Here's another hybrid from the outdoor gear experts at All-Weather. As the name suggests, this Duckboot can tackle any kind of terrain, whether it be mud or shallow water, or that you find on rainy, rocky walking paths or sludgy, snowy hikes. These, however, emphasize their sneaker-like qualities. They're lightweight, comfortable, and yet plenty capable.
Rainproof apparel brand Rains (fitting, right?) taps Diemme for a monotone remake of the classic Duck Boot. Black and gray and gunmetal replace the green and browns of others on this list, with city-friendly flair.
These Sperry boots feature a fully-lined waterproof upper, a razor-cut siped rubber outsole and a lightly cushioned footbed. Plus, the aforementioned outsole is non-marking and slip-resistant.
Wolverine's hefty Heritage Muscovy Chukkas come with a lightweight cement construction, 200g Thinsulate Ultra insulation, compression molded EVA insole, and full-grain leather upper with a TPU finish. This isn't as classic-looking as Bean's, but it blends elements both new and old for a boot that's durable and decent looking.
Made in Maine, this all-new boot has a waterproof lining, gusseted tongue, and a recyclable lightweight rubber shell. Available in three colors, each edition comes with traction designed to deter slips and falls.
This boot has a waterproof suede upper, 100g insulation and a removable die-cut EVA footbed for comfortability. It's a city-oriented boot that'll hold its own in muddy, backwoods settings, too.
Know Danner? Well, LaCrosse (who makes these boots) owns them. The brand was founded in 1897 in Wisconsin as a rubber manufacturer. By 1906, however, it had switched to footwear. It secured a military contract by 1941, and it's been making hard-wearing, heavy-duty boots (like these Uplander II 10" boots) ever since.
Lands' End merges two iconic styles for their entry to this list, Chelsea and duck boots. The elasticated side gusset give way to a flannel-lined leather upper, which transitions into a durable rubber outsole.
Brooks Brothers may not be super well-known for its boots and shoes, but they're plenty nice. The brand's Duck Boots are made from Bison leather, shearling insoles, wool liners, and suede-padded collars. This iteration pays homage to the traditional Bean boot without straying too far (or plagiarizing).
Weird, right? This Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Duck Boot was born from a collaboration with streetwear brand Ambush. It looks like a cross between a Timberland Boot and Bean's boot, but also something entirely unique, with its lugged sole, mud guards and monotone color way.