Your favorite snow boots of 2016 are L.L.Bean’s Shearling Lined Bean Boots, which defeated Sorel Caribou by 220 votes to win the favor of 55% of readers.

Coming in at first place is L.L. Bean’s boot, an American standard and New England’s unofficial shoe of choice. These bad boys come with a lifetime guarantee (no really, they will give you free boots), a fluffy liner for warmth, and a classic silhouette. And yes, there’s many options, but the consensus seems to be that duck boots are too flimsy and hiking boots too ugly. Our recommendation? Try these. Here are some of you singing their praises:

Another Mainer chiming in to say that, yes, LL Bean is great and the Bean boots are generally pretty great, too. However. Their traction is nonexistent. Bean boots are great in the rain, in slush and certain types of snow. But if you deal with ice on the regular, I wouldn’t recommend them (or at least not with some strap-on stabilizers that LL Bean also sells) because sure-footedness goes right out the window. - Supernumerary

I’m a born and bred Mainer. They’ll pry my shearling-lined Bean bootsfrom my cold, dead hands. Not my cold, dead feet, however, because even in death, my feet will remain toasty warm and super dry. As an added bonus, they’re still handmade in Brunswick, Maine. You can also get them shearling-lined in a lighter color leather, or with Goretex lining, but the ones below are my jam. Lifetime warranty included, any issues and Bean will replace them, no questions asked.


Aside from being warm, cute, and waterproof, they are really well-made. However, the best part (in my opinion) is that when the time comes that you need to have them repaired, and you call up to ask about a local licensed repair place, they straight up replace them. New boots. Because they have that lifetime satisfaction guarantee thing that they actually honor. My friend wore her pair out in three years and just wanted to have them repaired, but L.L. Bean was like “hey girl, I see you enjoyed those boots, so have a new pair for $0.” -djbarbie


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