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Introducing the L.L.Bean Bootmobile


Visitors to the L.L.Bean flagship store in Freeport, Maine, are greeted by a 16-foot-tall Bean Boot sculpture thatstands prominently next to the store’s entrance and always makes for a prime photo opportunity. Over the years, we’ve added smaller sculptures to some regional L.L.Bean stores and even created a Bean Boot parade float for use in Freeport-area parades. To properly kick off our centennial, we’re taking one huge step forward with the introduction of the L.L.Bean Bootmobile — a larger than life, road-ready replica of our iconic Bean Boot, the product that’s been near and dear to us and to so many of our customers since our founding in 1912.


The Bootmobile in front of our Freeport store

But how did such a gigantic Bean Boot come to be? Take a peek and find out how the L.L.Bean Bootmobile was born:


From its send-off at our factory in Brunswick, Maine, to today’s Times Square debut in New York City, the Bootmobile is off to a great start. We’ve planned an entire year of Anniversary festivities, and the Bootmobile will join us for the fun all year long — giving away gear, hosting Outdoor Discovery Schools® courses in unique locations and featuring a celebrity driver or two. Stay tuned throughout 2012 for travel plans, fun facts, and updates from the Bootmobile’s journey.


Here’s a Bootmobile factoid for you:
If the Bootmobile were a real Bean Boot, it would fit a 143-foot-tall person.
What shoe size would this Paul Bunyan-esque person wear?


Submit your guess below, and we’ll post the correct shoe size on our blog next week.

Comments (21)

  1. Martha | January 18, 2012 | 12:52 pm

    You mentioned a 147′ Paul Bunyan, so taking the average shoe size for an American male 10.5(“) and the average height for an American male 9’9.2″ (117.2”), you can do this math: 10.5(“) : 117.2(“) = x : 1764″, 18,522” ÷ 117.2 = 158.0375(“) ÷ 12(“) = 13.169’+/- Bean boot!

  2. Martha | January 18, 2012 | 1:04 pm

    Corrected… the average height for an American male is 5’9.2″ and the average shoe size 10.5, so the numbers would be: 10.5(“) : 69.2(“) = x : 1764(“) 18,522(“) ÷ 69.2(“) = 267.65 ÷ 12(“) = 22’30” Bean boot! Think I got it right this time!!

  3. pfjk | January 18, 2012 | 1:19 pm

    my husband is 6’5” and wears a size 13 shoe. so i would say size 294 shoe!

  4. William | January 18, 2012 | 3:41 pm


    • Sara | L.L.Bean | January 24, 2012 | 4:30 pm

      We’ve had a lot of great guesses this week – but only a few of you hit the nail right on the head. If the Bootmobile were a real L.L.Bean boot, it would be a size 747. Thanks for sharing your guesses with us!

  5. ZachE1 | January 18, 2012 | 4:41 pm

    When will the bootmobile visit your stores in Pennsylvania?

  6. Nancy Whitcomb | January 18, 2012 | 4:54 pm

    Size 325 (size 13 every 6 feet of growth?)

  7. ThatCar | January 18, 2012 | 6:03 pm

    there is nothing that “drives home” a message like an artcar!

  8. jean | January 19, 2012 | 10:15 am

    I think “Bigfoot” would wear a show size of 151! Now those are some big
    shoes to fill!

  9. Bean Fan | January 19, 2012 | 12:02 pm

    Where can I find a schedule or list of all the cities that the bootmobile will visit? Will it travel all the way to the west coast?

    • Nathaniel | L.L.Bean | January 24, 2012 | 1:52 pm

      The Bootmobile’s schedule will be posted here on our 100th anniversary Web site and on Twitter (@llbean) and Facebook in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more details.

  10. Maggie | January 19, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    Size 273!

  11. Gary I | January 20, 2012 | 8:21 am

    267.67….round up to size 268…add another 1/2 size if you are going to wear heavy socks!!!!

    You need to have a Bootmobile tracker.

    Let the public know where it’s going to be so they can go to your stores for pictures and promotions.

    Don’t waste this great marketing tool!!!!

  12. Betty | January 20, 2012 | 1:12 pm

    Based on inexact calculations, he would wear size 288.

  13. Nancy | January 20, 2012 | 9:10 pm

    I’d go for size 269.5 – I’m basing this on a six foot tall man wearing a size 11. Size 11 is to 6 feet as size 269.5 is to 147 feet.

  14. Ron | January 21, 2012 | 4:54 pm

    Size 747

  15. sb | January 22, 2012 | 8:19 pm

    In the spirit of Boeing, a size “747”

  16. Angela | January 23, 2012 | 12:39 pm

    size 779

  17. Chummy | January 23, 2012 | 10:37 pm

    Size 268!

  18. kds | February 25, 2012 | 11:25 am

    294 has my vote…

  19. Astieff | April 19, 2012 | 9:11 pm

    This boot so needs to be at the Maryland hunt cup next weekend. Preppy hunting riding heaven!

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