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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, it’s no surprise that guys all along the Eastern coast are turning to dependable, weather-resistant footwear for the remainder of the year. Among the most recognized of outdoors-appropriate silhouettes, Leon Leonwood Bean’s signature “Bean” Boot is a classic shoe that still provides the kind of protection and comfort needed for today’s inclement weather. Throughout the years, its combination of a rubber chain-tread outsole, unique foot form, and full-grain leather upper has found fans ranging from Ernest Hemingway and arctic explorers to East Coast trad crowd. As part of GQ‘s “Dropping Knowledge” series, writer Jake Gallagher delves briefly into the history of this iconic silhouette, from its conception by L.L.Bean in the early 1900s, to its eventual release as the Maine Hunting shoe, evolution into the “Bean” Boot, and recent popularity amongst the Americana-obsessed crowd. Those looking for a timeless, rugged option for rain and snow may purchase the L.L.Bean “Bean” Boot now from the brand’s website.