For his guest post Christian sent over a tale that can be best described as a transcontinetal romance; one that begins in breezy, shiny California and ends in the chilly, wet streets of New York City.
"I remember Bean Boots (at least the low-top version) from high school circa 1987. The fact that my high school was located in sunny California did nothing to curtail the popularity of certain preppy items during the '80s, and I seem to remember LL Bean's Gumshoe worn with shorts by the student government types during the month of May.
By the time I graduated high school I was already the clothes horse I am today, sometimes wearing ties to school just for the rebellious formality of it, but as a lower classman I'd looked at the duck-footed Bean shoes and found them laughably absurd. Of course, I was wearing pink Chuck Taylors at the time.
Fast forward 20-odd years, and now, freshly relocated on the rain and snow coast, I'm now the proud owner of a pair of Gumshoes. While the blue version is classic, I found the brown version a bit more understated and opted for it.
It'll be tempting to wear the shoes for my next class reunion. By then they should be well worn and weathered from a New York winter, and I'll be able to gloat that while it may have taken me 20 years to get hip to Gumshoes, at least I got them for their intended purpose."
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