There’ll be no reason to duck out of the rain this spring, as the iconic duck boot once again makes its way to land. The rubber and leather style, created by L.L. Bean founder Leon Bean in 1912 to help hunters stay dry, became a fashion statement among the preppy set during the 1980s. This time around, the classic waterproof look is being reinterpreted in both high and low versions and in different colors by brands such as Sporto and Polo Ralph Lauren. Mark McCormick, SVP of Eastman Group’s Sporto division, said the 1980s are making a comeback this season, so it was a perfect time for the brand to reintroduce its Original Duck Boot collection. Retailing for $65 for the Low Duck, $75 for the Mid and $85 for the High, the styles come in a fun color scheme. And for preppies-in-training, Polo Ralph Lauren by BBC International is doing a downsized version for kids.
— Barbara Schneider-Levy