Skip to page content
Enter promo code LIBERTY at checkout Details
Save 10% on Your Entire Order. Offer Ends Monday. Enter promo code LIBERTY at checkout.
Save 10% on Your Entire Purchase. Offer Ends Monday, February 15. TO REDEEM AT OUR RETAIL STORES, print this coupon and receive 10% off. Sorry, offer not valid at L.L.Bean Outlets.

Terms and Conditions

Save 10% on select merchandise purchased from L.L.Bean at, by phone or at retail stores; not valid at L.L.Bean Outlets or through our Web site. To redeem offer, either click through your promotional email; enter promo code LIBERTY during online checkout; provide the code to a phone representative; or present email to a store cashier. Offer applies to merchandise only and excludes shipping and handling charges; return labels; taxes; license/stamps; gift cards; repairs; duty; engraving; monogramming; alterations; gift boxes; select boats, optics, electronics, knives and tools; firearms; 100th anniversary products; Bean Boots by L.L.Bean and Maine Hunting Shoes; Outdoor Discovery Schools private lessons and custom adventures; and Direct to Business orders. Not valid on previous purchases or with employee discounts. Cannot be combined with other percent-off or dollar-off discounts. All refunds will match the discounted amount on the purchase receipt. L.L.Bean reserves the right to deactivate promo code(s) in the event of fraud or technical issues and to limit quantities of individual items eligible for purchase with this discount. Offer valid from Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 12:01 a.m. ET, to Monday, February 15, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Added to Your Shopping Bag

Accessing Shopping Bag

Accessing Shopping Bag

Choosing Hiking Boots

On the trail, footwear is your most important piece of gear. Here's how to choose the best boots or shoes for your needs.


CHANNELS: Men's , Women's

The enduringly comfortable Signature Fisherman Sweater

The enduringly comfortable Signature Fisherman Sweater (00:29)

The forever chic French Sailor's Shirt

The forever chic French Sailor's Shirt (00:28)

Primaloft Packaway Jacket

Primaloft Packaway Jacket (00:14)

Comfort Ratings

Comfort Ratings (01:47)

DownTek Technology

DownTek Technology (00:37)

Stowaway Rain Jacket with Gore-Tex

Stowaway Rain Jacket with Gore-Tex (01:28)

Pathfinder Soft-Shell Jacket

Pathfinder Soft-Shell Jacket (01:09)

One Minute on L.L.Bean Boot Care

One Minute on L.L.Bean Boot Care (01:04)

BeanSport Tank Suit

BeanSport Tank Suit (01:44)

Cresta Hiking Boots

Cresta Hiking Boots (01:57)

Super 200 Cresta Fleece

Super 200 Cresta Fleece (01:01)

Bean Boots by L.L.Bean

Bean Boots by L.L.Bean (02:19)

Layering for Warmth and Comfort

Layering for Warmth and Comfort (01:55)

Bean's Chamois Cloth Shirt

Bean's Chamois Cloth Shirt (01:00)

Ultralight 850 Down Jacket with DownTek

Ultralight 850 Down Jacket with DownTek (01:37)

Baxter State Parka

Baxter State Parka (01:29)

Ascent Outerwear Collection

Ascent Outerwear Collection (01:50)

Choosing Hiking Boots

Hi. I'm Anne from L.L.Bean's footwear development department, and I'm here today to talk to you about how to choose a hiking boot. Footwear is the single-most important piece of hiking equipment you'll need. When choosing your footwear, start by identifying the type of hiking you'll be doing. The most popular types are day hiking and backpacking. A day hike might be anything from a brief morning stroll to a multiple mile trail in a national or state park.

Your footwear should be lightweight, flexible and protective, like our Trail Model Hikers. The Trail Model comes in a low-cut style and a mid-cut style that provides more ankle support. It's designed to fit comfortable right out of the box, with plenty of cushioning. On a longer or more challenging hike, you need to be prepared for changing weather and varying trail conditions, like rocks, mud and tree roots. Look for a higher-cut boot that provides extra ankle support and protection.

These Gore-Tex Cresta Hikers have been our most popular backpacking boots for years. They're expertly crafted, durable, and fully waterproof, and have an aggressively lugged Vibram outsole for reliable traction in any conditions. Backpacking boots should feel snug but comfortable. A good hiking boot will conform to your foot over time, so you'll want to break them in a bit before you take them out on a long hike.

At L.L.Bean, we have hikers to fit every activity, whether you're headed out for a walk in the park or backpacking in the mountains, choosing the right footwear is the first step toward an enjoyable hike.