The classic Buck has been a staple of men’s footwear wardrobes for nearly 100 years, and hasn’t changed much since it was first introduced in the early part of the 20th century. A favorite of Gatsby in the roaring 20’s, and Ivy League Prepsters in the 80’s, today Timberland has redesigned the timeless buck silhouette to be better than ever and we call it the Stormbuck Lite.
The Stormbuck Lite is 50% lighter than our original Stormbuck style! The new EVA outsole not only reduces the weight of the shoe by half, the siped channels help move water away from the bottom of the foot creating better traction. Combining Timberland Anti-Fatigue technology with our lightest Stormbuck ever, the Stormbuck Lite brings a versatile shoe that provides all day comfort. Why do we call it a “Storm”buck? Because our Stormbucks are water-resistant so that unexpected rainstorm won’t dampen anyone’s day.
Important in all Timberland styles, craftsmanship and attention to detail is key. The Stormbuck Lite features premium suede uppers wrapped by a leather welt with iconic white stitching, which has been a long-time symbol of fine craftsmanship for the buck style. This style also incorporates 100% organic cotton laces and 100% recycled PET footbed covers, the stuff that plastic bottles are made of. The Stormbuck Lite is a great representation of how Timberland can take a timeless classic and update it for the modern man’s needs, while creating a more environmentally conscious piece of footwear in the process.
This past Spring I graduated from the University of New Hampshire and while at a post-commencement celebration, I was particularly surprised when a family friend approached me and handed me a Dr. Seuss book, “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” This was the most unique gift I received that day, and after a quick read, it turned out to be a simple yet very sincere story, a tale of chasing your dreams and moving mountains along the way.
After spending the summer working on the grounds crew at a local golf course, while wearing my faithful Timberland 6” yellow boots, I now find myself sitting at Timberland’s headquarters in Stratham, NH working as an intern in the Global Marketing Department. I couldn’t be happier with the way things have played out since graduation. Growing up in Stratham, I’ve always known that Timberland was right here in my own backyard, and I am very excited that my relationship with the brand has gone from wearing my Premium 6” boots out on the golf course, to working here at the corporate headquarters.
One of the first tasks doled out by my manager was to connect with the men’s product design team to learn how an idea and inspiration becomes a collection of shoes. So I sat down with the Designer and Product Manager responsible for the popular Front Country Travel collection, and I came away from that conversation with a newfound appreciation for the stories that help inspire our products — and I started to discover an odd connection to the strange gift that I received that day at my graduation party.
The Front Country Travel collection are shoes designed for the man who is going places and needs a versatile shoe to help get him through his day. This shoe is inspired by the traveling man who does not have time to change his shoes for every event in his busy daily schedule, and is looking for the perfect mix of style and functionality in a single multi-use shoe. The Front Country Travel collection delivers excellent comfort for long days of travel from point A to point B. From the office to the airport, to a stroll in the countryside, to dinner at a local pub, the Front Country Travel brings you a stylish, versatile shoe that can be worn for every occasion.
Because the Front Country Travel is designed to be worn in a variety of different situations, it must look good and be comfortable. The suede outer material provides a stylish look that is appropriate for the office or a night out on the town, but is also lightweight and breathable for maximum comfort. The 15% recycled rubber lug sole is built with traction control to help conquer any terrain, while the foot also rests atop a Timberland anti-fatigue footbed, designed to absorb shock and provide all day comfort for your feet.
The way I like to look at it is that the Front Country Travel is the perfect shoe to take me on the journey into my young professional career. Six months ago I received “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” as a gift, having no idea where my shoes would take me in the coming months. I was transitioning between leaving college life and trying to find the best path to take to begin my career. Now after my first month at Timberland the path is becoming clearer, and I think it’s time to get myself a pair of Front Country Travels to carry me forward to the many places I’ll go in the future.
You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
~Dr. Seuss ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’
Ironically, my feet have led me to Timberland, right here in my hometown, and I couldn’t be any happier.
Here at Timberland, we love our snow. Nothing is better than the white stuff. But even I have to admit that this year I couldn’t be more excited for the warming temps!
Spring is all about having fun in the sand, sun, and water. When it came time for our Spring 2013 photo shoot, we kept this spirit in mind and traveled to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
For over a century, MV has been one of the most popular summer destinations on the east coast- and we definitely aren’t surprised. There is something for every warm weather traveler. Not only does it have some of the best beaches in the country, but it is also home to lakes, miles of trails to explore, and authentic boat builder workshops.
We found lots of interesting landscapes to act as a back drop to our colorful Spring 2013 product (where better to shoot a boat shoe then on an actual sailboat?). Plus, we actually got to meet some of the boat builders who crafted our ship the old fashioned way – how cool is that?
Be sure to check out the results of our trip! Our MV photos are all at womens.timberland.com
In the next few years, every person will be able to interact and have a conscious choice on colour and the way that a garment is constructed and finished. In a true sense Timberland are pioneers in the new movement, the biggest of our generation: “The makers movement.”
- Matthew Miller
This season, Matthew Miller has partnered with Timberland to design the footwear for his show at LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN. Using our Design Your Own online tool (US version here and UK version here), the breakthrough menswear designer created four unique styles which mirror the themes of his Autumn/Winter 2013 collection.
Miller picked from the hundreds of leather bases, laces, rivets and soles available on Timberland.com to adapt the classic boot to sit alongside his collection. See the finished products and hear more about the collaboration from the designer himself: