Freeport — Faith in humanity restored! After decades of having only one boot in the front of LL Bean’s Freeport location, there’s a pair once again.
“It was such a huge relief, after all these years of just having one boot, having the other one returned,” a spokesperson for LL Bean said of the occasion.
“We’ve always said we’d accept the boot if someone were to return it. Any time, any condition, no questions asked. And then in the middle of the night, without warning, it reappeared.”
While the main LL Bean store in Freeport famously never closes, the boot was returned during its least-busiest hours, so no one was able to get a look at who had it or who returned it.
“We came outside to salt the sidewalks and there it was,” the spokesperson said.
The iconic, size-120,000 Bean Boot joins its partner once again in the front of the store.
“This is a huge day for LL Bean. Now visitors to our store have twice as many chances to get their photos taken with a giant boot. We’re so happy to have increased our giant boot stock by 100 percent!”
Officials gave up looking for the second boot long ago, telling LL Bean it would have to settle with having a single giant signature boot in front of its store.
It’s extremely unlikely the story of the boot’s whereabouts will ever come to light. There is one clue, however, as to where it may have spent at least some of its time away.
“We noticed the tag on the inside was blacked out with magic marker, so we’re pretty sure this boot spent some of its time in a thrift shop somewhere.”