Posts within ‘Hikers to Handsewns: Products & Design’

A Modern Classic: Timberland’s Stormbuck Lite

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.

Calling All Designers: Do You Have an Award-Winning Handbag?

If so, take note:  The HBDNetwork cordially invites you to compete in the 7th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards — the only handbag competition of its kind in the world. Submit your handbag and compete for one of nine awards in handbag excellence, international recognition and a variety of fabulous prizes.

As in past years, Timberland is proud to sponsor the Best Green Handbag — awarded to the best handbag made of sustainable, recycled or organic materials and completely recyclable at the end of its life.  As a brand that’s passionate about design and protecting the environment, we’re always excited to see the beautiful green bag submission!

Fiona Kempton's beautiful bag won our "Best Green" award last year.

Other 2013 award categories include Best Student-Made Handbag, Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design and the ever-popular Audience Fan Favorite Handbag.  To see a complete list of award categories, submission requirements and details on what each winner will receive, go to the 2013 IHDA website.  Ready to submit your design?  Enter here!

Looking for inspiration?  Plenty to be found in this video from last year’s IHDA awards in New York City:

Tick tock, designers — the deadline for IHDA submissions is April 27, 2013.

“Oh, the Places You’ll Go” with the Front Country Travel Collection

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.

Behind the Scenes: Spring ’13 Photo Shoot

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

Embracing the ‘Makers Movement’: Matthew Miller x Timberland

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:

1 Piece, 3 Ways: Fabulous Faux Fur

Whether your weekend involves snowy slopes, one last round of holiday parties or simply navigating an icy walk, we’ve got the boots to help you stay warm while making a statement.  The Earthkeepers Mount Holly Faux Fur Boot was made for winter weather, featuring premium full-grain leather, recycled rubber lug outsoles, cozy faux shearling linings and our exclusive anti-fatigue technology.

The Mount Holly Faux Fur: Warm and wonderful

If you’re not sure how this shaggy-chic pair of boots fits into your winter wardrobe, take a page from our stylist’s lookbook:


For inspiration on how to wear some of our other favorite Timberland boots, shoes and jackets, check out the entire 1 piece, 3 ways gallery on our website.

Happy Holidays

From our Timberland family to yours — best wishes for a happy, healthy, joyous, peaceful, very merry holiday.

Here’s hoping there’s something special waiting for you under the tree.

(Thank you Instagram fan @giozinna for sharing this great pic with us!)

8 Great Gift Ideas for Guys

I’ve had a few people reach out to me via iMessage or Facebook asking what to get “their guy” for the holidays. With the gift-giving season upon us, here’s a guy gift-giving guide from the perspective of someone who spends a lot of time on the go, for business and pleasure, in both the outdoors and the big city.

1. Timberland Boot Company Tackhead 8-Inch Boot

In full disclosure, I’m a bit biased as the Boot Company Brand Manager – but I can say with confidence that the Boot Company Tackhead 8-Inch Boot fits in whether you’re in a swanky restored whiskey distillery or on an authentic Yukon Territory ranch. With a mix of organic cotton canvas and premium full-grain leather with a wool liner, it’ll keep you on the cutting edge — and warm. It also features a Vibram® outsole, so you know it’s ready for anything.

2. Timberland Chocorua Alpine Waterproof Raincoat

When you can only pack one jacket, you need something that’s dependable, waterproof, warm and makes a statement. The Chocorua Alpine Waterproof Raincoat is seam-sealed waterproof and features Primaloft® ECO insulation (made from 50% PET, recycled plastic bottles). The aesthetic mixes classic mountaineering alpinist with mixed media elements in the form of leather in high wear locations normally reserved for Cordura® or Ripstop.

If orange is too bright for you, check out the Earthkeepers Front Country Hiker Jacket in Forest Night (Green), Black or Rust. You can layer it with a Lightweight Quilted Jacket and achieve a similar effect.

3. Timberland Front Country Chronograph Watch

It’s a sad reality that whether I’m on the go for work or play, keeping track of time is usually a necessity.  The Front Country watch is water-resistant (so go ahead and play in the snow) and durable enough to stand up to your daily workout or simply daily wear, thanks to materials like stainless steel and leather.  If classic black isn’t your thing, it also comes in olive green.

4. GoPro Hero3 Camera

I’ve become obsessed with documenting my life. I blame my kids. I’m a huge proponent of the aggregation of devices (aka iPhone), but there are times when you need to have some specialized gear for the task. The new GoPro offers you the ability to capture all of life’s little adventures wherever they may take you. No need to worry about dropping the iPhone in the ocean with this one.

5. Rapha Merino Base Layer

When I’m not working, I try to spend a bunch of time on the bike. When it got a bit chilly, I always wore this layering piece. Eventually I started wearing this off the bike, under button-downs when it was chilly or even on its own in place of a t-shirt. Merino wool keeps you warm, but also naturally wicks sweat and water. This makes it a perfect piece when you need to travel. I usually wear these on the plane, where the temperature changes more frequently than my 3-year old’s mood.

6. Cocones iPhone Sleeve

Here at Timberland, we’re a pretty crafty bunch. We like sleek stuff that is hand-made from natural materials, so it’s only natural (get it?) to have an iPhone case made of 100% wool felt.

7. Men’s SmartWool Diamond Jim Sock


Remember what I said about Merino Wool and its awesome abilities to wick sweat and keep you comfy? The same goes for socks. These little guys keep you warm, dry and also sport an argyle, diamond pattern for your inner hipster. Rock these socks in an office meeting or on the trail.

8. The North Face Base Camp Duffle

We’ve all been there. Your luggage arrives in baggage claim, and it looks like someone packed a honey badger in your bag. It’s that exact moment that you want to avoid when you’re traveling for work or for fun. This duffle comes as small as XS and as large as XL. It’s made out of a crazy, waterproof ballistic nylon, is tested at Mt. Everest (no joke) and can be carried like a backpack too.

Deep breaths. You’ll be ok. Happy shopping and happy holidays!

1 Piece, 3 Ways: Lovely Layers

It’s a coat, it’s a sweater, it’s as cozy as that snuggie we bought a few years ago as a gag and really don’t wear.  Really.

Introducing the Chunky Long Cardigan — featuring super soft merino wool and a super stylish cable knit pattern.  In a classic charcoal color that compliments everything from colorful tights to animal prints, the cardigan is a great choice for those days when you want winter warmth without heavy jacket bulk.  See?

For more ideas on how to style the season’s best boots and jackets, check out our entire 1 piece, 3 ways gallery.

Give Your Feet Something to be Thankful For

Packing up for the long holiday weekend?  Throw a pair of Earthkeepers Radler Camp boots in your bag – they’re lightweight, toasty warm and take up next-to-no room, thanks to their zip-together design.  Best of all, they’ll take you from food coma on the couch to brisk walk around the block (you know you should) without missing a step.

The Radler Camp boot comes in a variety of colors and patterns for men, women and kids. Take your pick here.