Timberland Boots

Written by Charles Peacock
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Timberland boots are an example of that odd phenomenon of utilitarian shoes being embraced by hip fashion gurus. The same happened with Doc Martens when they were first introduced to the market. While Doc Martens started out as boots for the common British workingman and quickly moved to the punk scene, Timberland boots have made a similar transition from hiking shoes to the footwear of choice for hip-hop pioneers.

The History of Timberland Boots

From their humble beginnings, you'd never guess that Timberland boots would grow into the pop phenomenon they are today. While the name Timberland didn't come about until 1973, the history of the company dates back to man named Nathan Swartz who was making boots as early as the 1920s. Seeing a need for waterproof, leather boots, Swartz began producing them by hand and selling them in his native Massachusetts.

The technology behind Timberland boots is what makes them so special. Instead of the traditional way of making boots--stitching the uppers into the rubber soles--Swartz began fusing the soles directly into the uppers. This created a boot without any holes, thus allowing them to be completely waterproof. Timberland boots were one of the first to be able to make this claim.

In the '70s and '80s, Timberland boots became increasingly popular, and the company expanded its production to shoes and other types of clothing. All of their products now bear the classic Timberland logo, a symbol of rugged quality that appeals not only to outdoor enthusiasts, but now also to those in the hip-hop jet set. Timberland remains a family company to this day, now run by the grandson of the founder.


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