Archive for May, 2012

Timberland Women Play Favorites

We all know it isn’t nice to play favorites — but nice or not, the truth is that most of us do have a pair (or two) of shoes or boots that get more than their fair share of love and attention.

Even here at Timberland — where we’re surrounded by footwear made to look good, feel good and perform well — we’ve got our own personal can’t-resist picks:

Marketing associate Gillian has a soft spot for the Earthkeepers Deering Boat Ballerina because, ” It’s a trendy looking cross between a boat shoe and a ballerina, with a touch of casual ruggedness—perfect for any outfit, any day of the week.”

Earthkeepers Deering Boat Ballerina

Our senior retail marketing manager Rachel has found a perfect travel companion in the Timberland Boot Company Marge Wood Heel Sandal“For someone like me that travels a lot, this is the pair I’m going to pack first this season. Handcrafted details, great heel height and a back strap so I can run to catch my next flight—it’s perfect!”

Boot Co. Marge Wood Heel Sandal

The members of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation aren’t the only ones who covet our Formentor boat shoe.  Women’s product manager Andrea says, “When I race sailboats, I’m often on the foredeck—by far the most unstable and slippery part of the boat. That’s why I absolutely need to make sure my shoes are really made for performance sailing with the best traction imaginable.”

Formentor Fabric and Leather Oxford

And senior designer Penelope loves the versatility of the Earthkeepers Nevali Peep Toe: “Because it’s a peep toe, it works in warm and cooler temperatures —so it has a longer season in my wardrobe. It works with skirts, dresses and jeans.”

Earthkeepers Nevali Peep Toe

You can see which styles are topping the list for other Timberland women by checking out our staff picks section.  To find a new favorite pair for yourself, shop our entire selection of women’s footwear now.

Strengthening Relationships Through Service

As a values-driven company, Timberland is always looking for ways to walk the walk as we talk the talk. It’s not always easy. When it comes to community service, we often face questions from employees about how to take time out of the office to serve while staying on top of their job responsibilities. How do you show employees that when they serve, it isn’t just good for the community but in fact also good for the business?

That’s the task at hand for Rob Rizzotti, Director of National Accounts for Timberland’s U.S. Field Sales Team, a group of fifty-plus field-based sales reps. In his role as a Global Steward, Rob works to inform, inspire and engage the sales team by sharing our CSR programs and values. Chief among these values is creating positive and sustainable impact by serving in our communities.

Rizzotti recognizes that the sales team has unique opportunities to engage customers, whether they’re large national retailers or small independent retailers.

Service strengthens relationships with retailers and business partners in a way that taking them out to lunch doesn’t. You see a different side of people when you’re rolling up your sleeves and working for a common cause.

- Rob Rizzotti

Timberland’s sales teams have developed their own memorable and meaningful traditions of service over the years. Every September 11th, a Timberland sales team serves at a school in the Bronx, commemorating the same day in 2001 when they first served at a school in that community — before knowing the historic events that would unfold.

Rizzotti staunchly believes relationships are the core of his team’s business. “When you’re serving with an account, it makes a huge difference in building trust and a deeper relationship,” he says. “As a sales rep, when you do something like this, it shows what you’re made of—that you’re a person with a heart, you want to give back, and you want your business to honor that as well.”

At Timberland, we’re optimistic that this type of interaction will continue to create different conversations and new partnership opportunities – and that’s simply good business. To learn more about the ways in which we engage citizens, employees and consumers around the world through community service, visit our Responsibility website.