Anyone who’s tried to get their hands on L.L. Bean’s classic “Bean Boot” in the last 12 months knows just how difficult it can be. Overwhelming demand for the hand-crafted duck boot, which began to pick up last winter, means some styles and sizes remain out of stock.
This year, the company expects to sell 500,000 pairs of boots, or 12.5% more from the 450,000 sold in 2014, and it is recommending consumers to place their orders for the holidays now. But why wait on a “ducking” list?
Vamp editors have curated a collection of similar (and in some cases, cooler) duck-toed shoes that you can buy right now. From mixed media uppers to versatile booties and skimmers, these eight styles will be keep you going from pumpkin patches to the first touch of frost and beyond.