The range of footwear manufactured by Timberland is staggering; from water shoes and sandals to hiking boots and sports shoes, via office shoes, trainers and loafers, Timberland produces it all. Then there is an impressive range of clothing and accessories, including shirts, trousers, shorts, hats, watches and luggage, all of which bear the internationally recognisable Timberland logo. These products are available online or in any of the numerous international Timberland stores.
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Timberland technically started out in 1973, when the success of the Abington Shoe Company’s most popular waterproof leather boot – the Timberland – inspired a shift in company name and identity. The real story, however, began in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1918, when Nathan Swartz began to learn his trade as a bootmaker. He and his sons helped to revolutionise footwear technology by employing injection-moulding technology in their work, which enabled them to bypass the need for so much stitching around the soles, and which in turn made shoes and boots infinitely more water resistant.
Timberland’s best-known and most distinctive range is its trademark six-inch boots. These 14-hole lace-up boots are heavy-duty and waterproof, with excellent foot and ankle support and a good grip on the sole. While these shoes were originally intended to be used for walking and hiking, they have now become so famous that Timberland have developed a range of patterned and coloured six-inch boots, with, for instance, paint splatter or patchwork effects.
Other popular boots in the range include eight-inch boots, which are taller versions of the six-inchers; mukluk boots, designed for extreme conditions with thicker insulation and laces; roll-top boots; the more classical ankle boots; trainers and modern hiking shoes. The selection of shoes is almost as eclectic: Timberland has a wide choice of very smart oxfords for day-to-day office wear, and a collection of casual shoes designed in the same unique style as its famous boots.
The women’s range is somewhat smaller but by no means less varied than the men’s. Indeed, the imagination put into the creation of Timberland products is nowhere more evident than in the fourteen-inch women’s boots, with a choice of colours, heels and designs. The vast majority are lace-up, generally with a minimum of eight holes, and come with Timberland’s own durable laces.
While all Timberland shoes and boots conform to the brand’s general style, even the most cursory of looks at the company catalogue demonstrates how many different ideas can fit into one unified brand image.