Having gone from workwear mainstay to pop culture icon, Timberland boots are among the true footwear icons. Originally designed to provide blue-collar workers with reliable protection against the elements, the classic nubuck Timberland boot has long since become a style adored by a global audience.
While the brand has adapted and expanded over the years – supplementing the original Timberland with an eclectic range of styles – it remains synonymous in the minds of most people with ‘the original yellow boot’, which first burst onto the shoe scene in 1973. Since then, Timbs have been embraced by everyone from hip-hop icons to Hollywood stars.
So, what is it about this brand that’s made it such a firm favourite for so long? We’ll take a closer look at Timberland and give you the lowdown on everything you need to know about this iconic footwear brand.
How to wear Timberlands
Their chunky, statement silhouette means that these classic boots often set the tone of any accompanying outfit. With an original intention to be worn by industrial workers, they work especially well as part of a rugged, dressed-down look – which is a bonus if you’re in a rush when picking out what to wear with your Timberland boots!
Think denim, and lots of it! Skinny and slim-fit jeans work particularly well with Timberland shoes as they allow the boot to do all the talking. Consider coupling a pair with plaid lumberjack-style shirts and a warm winter coat or parka to really pay homage to their practical purpose.
How to lace Timberland boots
When it comes to lacing these unbeatable boots, there are several ways depending on the vibe you’re going for. If you lean more towards a casual, urban look, lace them loosely to keep daily wear feeling comfortable and low-key – but not too loose as to let your feet slide out of them.
There are seven eyelets on the classic six-inch Timberland boot, but don’t feel like you have to use them all. For a shoe statement, pick a coloured design and skip every other lace loop for a boot that screams stylish.
Play around with over and under techniques if you’re after a cleaner and more symmetrical finishing touch; try tying the laces after the third to last eyelet for the perfect amount of remaining lace for a sturdy knot too.
How to break in Timberland boots
Timberlands are renowned for being a durable shoe, so when you invest in a pair, you can have confidence that they’ll stand the test of time. On the flip side, they can be a little tough and stiff at first – which means you’ll probably need to dedicate some time to break them in.
There are a number of ways in which you can do this, such as:
- Wear your Timbs around the house. Wearing your box-fresh Timberlands indoors for just a few hours at a time should help them to feel more comfortable.
- Pair them with some thick socks. These should help to provide your feet with some extra padding and protection against blistering, particularly if they have additional cushioning around the heel.
- Wear your boots sparingly at first. Another good way of minimising any discomfort with a new pair of boots is simply to wear them in moderation at first. Keep a broken-in pair to hand as an alternative until your new pair are slightly softer.
How to clean Timberland boots
This iconic brand prides itself on the hardwearing nature of its footwear, which is one of the main reasons why the brand has remained such a firm favourite over the years. But that’s not to say you can put your Timbs through any sort of punishment – if you want them to last, you’ll need to follow a few tips to look after them.
Cleaning Timberland boots regularly can help them to retain their distinctive appearance and character (so make sure you have plenty of shoe care products to hand, though make sure they’re suitable for the relevant material). Here are a few tips to bear in mind when cleaning your pair:
- Let any mud which has gathered on the surface dry off before attempting to clean them. Leave your boots overnight and try to remove as much as possible with a suede brush prior to cleaning. Use a toothbrush to get into the nooks and crannies of the soles.
- When cleaning the material, particularly if your Timbs are made from suede or nubuck, make sure you only use products that won’t be damaging. A warm cloth with neutral soap should be sufficient as long as you wipe the material down gently.
- Leave your boots to air dry for 24 hours after cleaning. Place them away from radiators, fires or other heat sources, as these may be at risk of either damaging the leather or melting the glue that holds the boots together.
- Use paper to support the shape of the boots while they dry out. Stuff scrap paper into the toe end and any other areas that might appear a little misshapen.
Where to buy Timberland boots
Here at Wynsors, we’re proud to bring you an amazing range of stylish Timberland boots and shoes, all at outstanding value-for-money prices – so whatever you’re searching for, you’re sure to find a pair that’s perfect for your individual look.
If you have any further questions about Timberland boots, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the friendly team of experts here at Wynsors. You can contact us via Facebook, or alternatively, pay us a visit in-store.