Archive for February, 2013
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.