I saw this story in the paper today and it gave me a Happy! Back in the 80's I made the patterns and molds for LL Bean's insoles. I have a pair of Ducks that I watched being made, For Me, when I went up for a meeting/tour.
I had a sad when I remembered Bass, Sebago and Dexter among other shoe companies I did business with. I worked with a man in Brockton that claimed the North won the Civil War because we had shoes. He said the Chinese will be wearing shoes when they come looking for money.
WAIT, what? They went out of fashion? Deck Shoe Season and Duck Boot Season. HELLO!!!
"Batman has the Batmobile, Oscar Meyer has the Weinermobile it only makes sense that L.L. Bean is bringing us the Bootmobile.
The Maine-based outdoor outfitter is marking their centennial this year, and theyre celebrating by driving a giant boot-shaped truck through Times Square and lacing er, racing it through the streets of Manhattan.
From the trademark windows, green gas cap and tiny wheels, the Bootmobile appears to be cobbled together from a diesel Ford F-250 pickup. (Its an automatic, so no heel-and-toe downshifts.) In true Yankee fashion, its wearing all-terrain tires, sports a Maine license plate and is missing a hubcap. It also has no trunk to speak of, which is sure to confuse the heck out of British tourists."