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The boots look appropriate for the situation and perfect for muddy ground. However, it looks fairly warm. He is going to have swamp foot by the end of the day.
Love my duck feet for marshy ground: They look decent enough for polite company, but are unashamedly outdoorsy. I have the exact style he’s wearing. As Michael points out, you have to be careful if it’s not actually cold out, preferably by wearing heavy cotton socks. Prevents the problem like a charm.
Meh, I think they look like children’s boots. Their profile is too rounded, too soft looking. Girls wear the exact style of boot, and it looks good on them.
Personally, I’d go for something more masculine, a work boot, something more robust & edgy.
Perhaps something like this:
They’re masculine and suitable for the terrain, but the cones of my eyes have never seen any charm in putting a tan dais underneath a sea of blue or gray. He needs something brown or green on his upper body that coordinates with the boots to make them seem like a part of the whole.
This is fine. Not amazing, not bad. Just a safe and simple fall look.
My main complaint is that weather/ground conditions appear mild enough that the boots are overkill. Bean boots work best as a stylish, lesser-of-all-evils option in genuinely inclement weather. That is, bean boots aren’t comfortable or handsome enough to be worn in anything other than sloppy weather, but, when the weather is sloppy, they offer good protection and look better than most other footwear options.
As to Revo’s comment about the boots looking childish or effeminate… I don’t disagree that a work boot might be more weather- and look-appropriate here, but if you’re going to question to masculinity of bean boots, you’re going to question the masculinity of just about everything in life. As PJ says, bean boots have an outdoorsy, getting-my-feet-dirty vibe. Calling them effeminate seems more a projection of your own insecurities than a genuine flaw of the boots.
It’s not that the bean boots are inherently unmasculine,(well, maybe. They do look like.. a bean.) My beef is more accurately stated that the beanie boot has been adopted on a widespread basis by women and children. Based on my observations (granted, in SWPL land), it seems as if 10 times as many women wearing these boots as men.
I bought the Anniversary Maine Hunting Boots last year, and I love them for the really snowy days here in Salt Lake City. http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/72753?feat=maine%20hunting%20boot-SR0&page=men-s-100th-anniversary-maine-hunting-shoe&attrValue_0=Tan/Brick%20Red&productId=1207603
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