IMO, the lightweight chamois shirt and the new henleys. But I wouldn't call them either fashionable or stylish...
Overall the S/S line is a disappointment. The colors are pretty depressing...too much muted plaids. I'd like to see a lightweight slim fit chino made out of the old 65/35 fabric LLB used to use on their basic chinos, the ones with the wide belt loops.
screw it I bought the ugly blue crepe moc boots. 30% and free shipping is enough to try em out. plus my old signature work boots have been a godsend this winter. they've actually held up during this shitty NYC snow/slush/brown-black-gray-weird green toxic slush winter. the brown are actually tolerable but are too similar to the signature work boots i bought last summer. plus I can always get them re-soled eventually to look like quoddy's to create a true bootleg quoddy/yuketen look after next winter season. maybe they'll be nice just like the workboots. I'm glad i didn't actually have to buy the "duck/hunting boot" and wear those throughout this winter.
Originally Posted by LawrenceMD
ok the LL bean work boot arrived today. here's the initial impressions: Pros:
very soft leather, little breaking in needed
very sleek compared to red wing original irish setters
8 inches high
very very low profile treads on sole not boot like at all in feeling more like broken in boat shoes.
low profile sole- boat shoe like which i like
leather tounge is free and doesn't have insulation against water/snow above 4 inches
sole looks like tread will wear quickly
not as beefy compared to redwings
as to fit: i ordered a 9.5 D (it only comes in medium width) which fit well with wool hiking socks. i am a 10 Nike/adidas running shoes 9 RW boots 9.5 jack purcells i took a ton of pics and some comparisons with the red wing rugged classic. honestly i these will be Not be enough for heavy rain and slushy conditions. i'll still need a gortex insulated waterproof boot for those days. but they are very very comfortable to walk in, almost broken in boat shoe like right off the bat.
Here's some pics of the Crepe Sole Moc Boot in Navy.
There were pretty cheap using the 30% + free shipping stacked codes.
Fit wise they are the same length as the work boot but are roomier in the toe box. I bought a 9.5D. I am a 10 in Nike/Addidas running shoes, 9.5 in Jack purcells, and 9 in Red Wing Boots.
-This is the boot to get if you have wide feet (even if these are only offered in D width). There is plenty of room in the forefoot. I tried on Yuketen Boots last Dec and they were actually pretty tight in the toe box (even with my normal D width feet).
- the crepe sole is like walking on golfing greens - super soft and you can feel the ground too.
- there is a substantial/comfortable insole thats leather with padding.
- over all construction and quality is great. the leather is soft and color is nice. the laces are rawhide and dyed blue to match the shoe. Its thicker leather compared to the work boot and needs a little breaking in compared to the no break in period of the Work Boot.
- compared to the sleeker yuketens they are more clunky. This can be a plus for comfort wise if you have wider feet, but the yuketens are cooler looking because they really hug your whole foot and ankle (actually are a bit binding).
- I have a feeling the crepe sole will not last (this is obvious because well its crepe).
- They are hard to put on and take off quickly.
- they aren't totally waterproofed, just like the work boot the tongue isn't connected/webbed its total length.
So thats about it. color wise the blue is nice. I would have bought the browns but I already have the brown work boots so I wanted to mix it up.
Hopefully there's no more snow/blizzards. I don't really care about needing boots for the rest of this year.