The Boots of a Famous Writer


Apparently, writing the classics calls for wearing the classics, too. The photo below  is of a pair of L.L.Bean Boots that belonged to renowned writer Ernest Hemingway. Taken by Town & Country Magazine, this photo accompanied an interview with Mariel Hemingway, the author’s great-granddaughter.


Hemingway's Boots

Photo by Jonathan Becker for Town&Country, posted to Secret Forts blog


Mariel Hemingway, at right, and her daughter, as photographed by Town & Country

Mariel lives in Sun Valley, Idaho, a beautiful mountain-scape ideal for exploring the outdoors. Like her great-grandfather, Mariel lives in the very place where Ernest Hemingway settled in 1939.


When he wasn’t writing, Hemingway enjoyed the traditional outdoor sporting pursuits of fishing and hunting. In fact, we have a letter he wrote in 1928 to a friend about an upcoming hunting trip – in which he recommended his friend buy a pair of L.L.Bean Boots, just like his.


Below is the letter. Look at the second line of the second page, where Hemingway writes “Heavy socks – rubber bottomed shoes (Beans).”

Hemingway's Letter Page 1


Hemingway's Letter Page 2


As you can see, our boots are truly made to last. Do you have a multigenerational Bean Boot story to share?


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