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Setting Sail for London

In a few short weeks, all eyes will be on London as athletes from across the globe gather to compete in the world’s foremost sports competition.  The Royal Spanish Sailing Federation will be among them — and along with Timberland Formentor boat shoes and gear, we’re sending them off with our very best wishes for fair winds, calm seas, and good grip.

Go get ‘em, team.

“You Need to Respect the Sea, Not Fear It”

Words of wisdom from 31-year old Ivan Pastor, a member of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation.  Timberland is proud to be the official sponsor of Ivan and his teammates, as they set their sights on summer in London.

Ivan Pastor

We recently caught up with Ivan on dry land and learned a little more about this world-champion sailor:

Started young: Ivan started sailing when he was just 8 years old.

Not superstitious: He doesn’t follow any sort of pre-competition “good luck” ritual, but he does like to take his time getting his equipment ready.

Pretty passionate about the water: If he weren’t a sailor, Ivan would be a professional surfer.

Has a favorite sailing spot: He loves the Isle of the Pines in New Caledonia  – an incredible place to sail.

Appreciates good grip: This is the most important feature in footwear for sailing, according to Ivan.  Good thing he’s wearing our Formentor boat shoes with Gripstick rubber!

Has no fear: When asked for a story about a time when he was scared at sea, Ivan says, I have some anecdotes, but none about being scared.  You need to respect the sea, not fear it.”

Respecting the sea seems to be paying off for Ivan and his Spanish Sailing Federation teammates; they’re having an incredible season, and we’re proud to be a part of it.  Stay tuned for progress updates as the team sails toward London!

If you think Ivan’s an interesting guy, you might also like to learn more about his teammates on our men’s site.  And if you appreciate good grip as much as our Spanish sailors do, check out our entire collection of Formentor boat shoes.

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.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation

Every four years the greatest sailors in the world compete for glory – and this year, Timberland is going along for the sail as the sponsor of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation. Between races, we sat down with three members of the team so we could get to know them a little better:

Onan Barreiros

1.  The most incredible place Onan Barreiros has ever sailed is the Bahamas.
2.  If he wasn’t sailing, Onan would be playing football.
3.  His second favorite outdoor activity is road biking.

Federico Alonso

4. Federico Alonso isn’t superstitious, but he always sails the day before a championship starts.
5. If Federico had to give his boat a name, it would be Miura (that’s what he called his first wooden boat).
6. Even sailors get seasick. He’s been sick on a boat and knows it’s a pretty nasty feeling!

Aaron Sarmiento

7.  When Aaron Sarmiento isn’t on the water, he likes to bike, run and play tennis.
8.  If Aaron wasn’t a sailor, he’d like to be a professor.
9.  He started sailing when he was 11 years old!

And the #10 thing you might not know about the Spanish sailors is that they all consider good grip one of the most essential features in their footwear.  It’s a good thing they’re wearing Timberland Formentor boat shoes with Gripstick rubber to keep them on deck and on course.

The Royal Spanish Sailing Federation knows the no. 1 rule to looking good on a boat (and winning the race) is staying on the boat.  Follow in their slip-free footsteps and get your own pair of Formentors by shopping our boat shoe collection.

The No. 1 Rule to Looking Good on a Boat: Stay on the Boat

Over 18 months ago, we challenged our product developers to come up with a performance boat shoe that could grip like crazy when you need it most, but also look great on shore. The result? The Formentor, which features Timberland Gripstick™ technology.

And no better time to create a performance boat shoe: last summer, we announced our technical sponsorship of the Spanish Olympic Sailing team.  As they make their bid for London in 2012, we’re proud to outfit the team in our Timberland footwear and apparel.

Just how well does our Formentor perform?  See for yourself:

Get your nautical on: Our spring 2012 collection of boat shoes has something for sailors and land-lovers alike.

Meet the Press with the Spanish Olympic Sailing Team

It’s press day for the Timberland-sponsored Spanish Olympic Sailing Team! Go behind the scenes as our Timberland team talks to us about the super sailors. Turns out they’re humble, enthusiastic and dedicated in addition to being world-class sailors … which makes us feel like we’ve already “won,” in having such a stellar group as ambassadors of our brand.

(But let’s still go for a medal … okay guys?)

Behind the Scenes: Spanish Sailing Photo Shoot

Our Senior Director of Global Brand Marketing, Camelle, got a plum assignment recently: she traveled to Santander, Spain for a photo shoot of the Timberland-sponsored Spanish Olympic Sailing Team.  Spain, sailors, summer … what’s not to love?  Plenty, according to Camelle’s trip report:

 

If you really want to see the lengths we go to to test our gear and capture images of our products in action, the following video is for you.  Fair warning that you might want to pop a Dramamine before viewing.

It was a chilly 60 degrees Fahrenheit the day of the photo shoot, and we were several miles out to sea, as evidenced by the large tanker ship passing nearby.  The swells that day were huge – strong enough to turn many of the weaker stomachs onboard, and to cause the mast on the sailing team’s boat to break in the midst of our shoot.

Whoever said marketing is a glamorous job?

Through it all, the four women sailors we were photographing were calm and controlled and showed their absolute expertise on the boat and in the water.  There’s no doubt these women belong on an Olympic team.

I never thought I’d be quite so personally grateful for the Gripstick Technology in our Formentor boat shoes … or to return to dry land at the end of the day.

Check back to the blog for more behind-the-scenes stories and videos from Timberland’s photo shoot, including one-on-one interviews with members of the Spanish Olympic Sailing Team.

Spanish Sailing Team Takes Timberland to the Seas

How’s the Spanish Sailing Team holding up in their Timberland gear?  Have a look at the highlights from the ISAF Sailing World Cup, held last month in Weymouth, England:

Get the look by shopping the Formentor and other boat shoes on our website.

Spanish Sailors Go for the Gold in Timberland Formentors

Timberland introduces our newest brand ambassadors … the Spanish Olympic Sailing Team!

Timberland will accompany the national team in the run up to their participation in the London 2012 Olympics, providing Earthkeeper footwear and clothing made from recycled and recyclable materials.

The Spanish sailors test-drove their brand new equipment in Mallorca during the Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia competition in April, one of the seven competitions that make up the World Cup of sailing.

Remember, you don’t have to be a world-class sailor to wear Timberland’s Formentor boat shoes; even the most ardent land lovers can get the look by shopping our entire boat shoe collection here.