[Pictured: Pome Duck Boots available for $110.00.]
No classic is safe in this day and age. The popularity of workwear and heritage items continues to facilitate many standby's being flipped into fashion forward versions of themselves. Remember the Bizaro version of Superman? Same thing. These new duck boots from Pome are interesting, but are a bitter pill to swallow. To be honest, I think these boots are sending the wrong message. Not some played-out "we only should stick with classic American brands" message, but something much different.
These boots seem to be saying, "L.L. Bean boots are stylish and all, but we can improve them." They appear to be devaluing the L.L. Bean standard for not being cool enough and, to me, that's just plain wrong. When does a stylish shoe become a victim of "fashion"? Can style only go so far without "fashion"? I don't know the answers to these questions and I may be taking this discussion to a place where it doesn't belong (as Jay-Z once so eloquently put it, "it's only entertainment"), but I do know that the Pome Duck Boots kind of bother me. Here's my advice: how about you throw some red laces on your LL Bean boots instead of buying these (thanks Plett) .