By keeping feet warm and dry through tough weather and tough times, L.L.Bean Boots have played a vital role in our customers’ lives over the years.
On a recent trip to the company archives, we unearthed one general’s photo and another’s note that highlight L.L.Bean’s role in World War II – when the company supplied the armed forces with boots known as “shoepacs.” From the Unami Delaware Native American tribe’s word chipahko, roughly translated as “moccasin,” shoepacs came to be used for a moccasin that’s been winterized with an extra sole, as with our rugged boots.
At L.L.Bean, we often hear stories of how our shoepacs were preferred by military personnel. In fact, General Simon Bolivar Buckner, an American lieutenant general, wore them while commanding the defenses of Alaska. Here’s a photo of him sporting our trusted boots while flying over Alaska in 1943.
Now to the note from the WWII general who shared General Buckner’s enthusiasm for L.L.Bean. Though we can’t travel back in time and thank Brigadier General George F. Deriot for his note, we’d love to share it with you.
The outdoors can be challenging at times – that’s why L.L.Bean Boots are designed to stand up to the elements. Have you taken on a tough expedition while wearing our boots or shoepacs? How have our boots helped you in a challenging moment? Share your story with us, or share your thoughts in the comments below, and we will donate $1 to our Million Moment Mission.