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Of all the boots we’ve talked about, this is pretty near the top of our list. From New England’s own L. L. Bean (American List-approved!), this Maine Hunting Shoe is one of the original creek-walkers, and the basis for a small mail order empire.

And if you know someone’s shoe size well enough, it might not be a bad thing to leave on their doorstep in a month or two…

—R.B.

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  • Russell Brandom