Archive for February, 2012

Happiness is a Pair of Indestructible Boots

When an email from a Timberland consumer starts with, “”This is what happens when you sell a product with the Timberland name on it,” it doesn’t always end with hearts and happy faces.  Which made the following feedback from Scott in Pennsylvania such a pleasant surprise:

Since I have owned these boots, I have had to buy two sets of laces and an insert for the interior.  Why?  Because I just can’t ruin these boots.  The laces wear out from getting tied 365 days a year. These boots have to be around 8 years old, I use them for work – motorcycle riding – hiking – hunting and even church. I just can’t destroy them no matter how bad I abuse them. I noticed the stitching starting to come apart on my right boot and just started to laugh, they still won’t fall apart.

I just wanted to let you know that you make an amazing product and I plan on purchasing a new pair.  Thank you for making a great product.

Scott's boot - well worn, well loved

Life’s Too Short to Stay Indoors

So says Adam, the global product manager on Timberland’s Men’s Outdoor Team.  He knows a thing or two about the outdoors – the Tennessee native grew up boating, kayaking, hiking and backpacking and has climbed 20 of the 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado.

Adam’s expertise makes him a great asset to our product team, and also makes him the perfect guy to offer some advice for your own outdoor adventures:

  • You should be flexible; your gear should be versatile. The outdoors has a way of throwing surprises at you; the better you and your gear can adapt, the better your experience will be.
  • To scale a mountain, keep your feet on the ground. I see a lot of people climbing the steep, smooth stuff on their tiptoes. But your goal should be to keep as much of your sole on the ground as possible—so you’ve got traction.
  • Just get out there. It doesn’t matter how fast you go or how far you go—just do what you love to do, with the people you want to do it with.

If that’s not enough to make you want to get up off the couch, check out our Men’s collection for spring, including the new Pathrock hiker (it’s versatile — Adam would approve!).  And to see what products Adam and other Timberland guys love these days, be sure to click on staff picks.

Shaun Samson Designs Timberland Boots for London Fashion Week

This season, California-born and British-trained designer Shaun Samson has partnered with Timberland to design the footwear for his London Fashion Week MAN Day show. Using our Design Your Own Boot function, the breakthrough menswear designer created three unique styles which mirror the themes of his 2012 collection.

Shaun Samson

Samson picked from hundreds of leather bases, laces, rivets and soles available on our website to adapt the classic boot to sit alongside his collection.

Shaun’s personally-designed Timberland boots

The ease and gratification of the Timberland Design Your Own function meant the design process was effortless. The design possibilities are endless: you choose your own colours, hardware, fabrications and can even take the customisation further with your own embroidered initials.

- Shaun Samson

Model wearing Shaun Simson's designs, head to toe

To read our complete interview with Shaun Samson and see his styles (and our boots) in action on the London Fashion Show catwalk, visit treesandboots on tumblr.  Want to design your own Timberland boots?  Visit the custom footwear page of our website (US here and UK here).

New Bags Bring Smiles for Students in China

Last October, employees at Stella Group, a longtime Timberland factory partner, organized a schoolbag donation at the Long Xiang primary school in Qingyuan City, Guangdong province, China.  The school, which is located in a remote, mountainous area, serves more than 250 students between preschool and grade 6.  There are just ten teachers.

For the school bag donation, Stella volunteers contacted the school to determine how many students in each grade, and the number of boys and girls.  Then, they purchased school bags and study tools, including pens and pencils, erasers, notebooks, painting books and stationery cases.  Once the supplies were packaged in each new schoolbag (pink for the girls and blue for the boys), the volunteers delivered and distributed at the Long Xiang school.

The students were all so happy to receive these colorful new schoolbags full of study tools!

The boys love their new blue bags

Colorful pencil boxes!

Long Xiang students proudly displaying their new schoolbags

American Beauties

In honor of Presidents’ Day (in the US), we’d like to take this opportunity to highlight some of our own American-born favorites: the boots in our Timberland Boot Company Eastern Standard Series.

Eastern Standard 6" Canvas and Leather Boot in Tan Chamois (also available in black)

Made in Maine and featuring materials sourced in the United States, our Eastern Standard boots are expertly constructed by local craftsmen and designed to be lightweight, durable, comfortable and beautiful.

Eastern Standard Plain Toe Chukka in Red Rum and Brown Suede (also available in tobacco)

Our founding fathers would have worn these well, no?

To learn more about the American lineage of our Eastern Standard Series and to shop the collection, visit our Timberland Boot Company website.

Providing Over 800 People With Water for Life

Back in December, we kicked off Canvas that Cares, auctioning off 75 pairs of limited-edition Timberland® Earthkeepers® Bionic® Canvas boots featuring artwork and autographs by the one-and-only Ringo Starr. And we have some exciting news to share! The auction raised over $20,000 for non-profit organization WaterAid. To put that amount into perspective, that’s enough money to provide over 800 people with water for life.

We want to thank all of the auction’s bidders and supporters for making it a success, but we think that the folks at WaterAid really say it best:

Nothing Screams Romance Like Reusable Shopping Bags

If you haven’t already been to our website and memorized the tips and stats in our Green Guide to Dating and Love, it’s not too late – you’ll find everything you need to know about giving and getting eco-love right here.

Consider it our Valentine’s Day gift to you.

Learn more about how important eco-behavior is to finding and keeping true love by reading the complete results of Timberland’s Eco-Love Survey.

The Look of Love

Stuck for last-minute gift ideas for your valentine?  We’ve got a few red hot suggestions:

Plastic Frame Sport Sunglasses

Whiteledge Backpack

Timberland Logo Baseball Cap

If you’re looking for more head-to-toe crimson, check out our rain jackets and Radler Trail Camp shoes.  And if red isn’t your style, we’ve got plenty of other great accessories in more subtle shades and great materials – check them out.

A Few of Her Favorite Green Things

If you’re suffering from post-Sundance depression, don’t despair – you can go back in time with Amanda (even if just for 2 minutes) as she shares with us some of the great green initiatives she spotted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  (Solar powered parking meters – who knew?!)

Need a bigger dose of Sundance? Check out our Festivals page.

10-Sec Tech: Rain is Wet. You Stay Dry.

That’s the problem with rain; it’s just so darn … wet.  Fortunately we’ve found a few ways to make our gear so incredibly waterproof it’s silly.  It’s true that our waterproof technologies are a little loud and probably inappropriate, but if you can get past the constant quacking and disapproving glances, you’ll love it.  I swear.

Those of you more interested in fact than funny stuff can feel free to check out Timberland’s Technology Guide, where we outline the materials and technologies we use to keep our products and our consumers dry – the very idea our company was founded on.  And if you’re not sure a duck-laden parka or “all-hood” jacket is your style, check out our collection of more socially acceptable waterproof apparel and footwear.