Posts Tagged ‘boots’

Bye Bye, Wool Socks … Hello, Peep Toes

If you’re not quite ready to give up the cozy comforts of winter and embrace the light bright styles of spring, these fresh-picked Timberland Boot Company beauties may give you just the kick you need:

The Spring 2012 Boot Company styles draw their inspiration from the similarly durable-yet-beautiful women’s footwear found in the early 20th century — well made, well worn and well loved.  Here’s Penny, our Women’s Boot Company Designer, to tell us more:

Our Spring 2012 Boot Company collection for women offers beautiful craftsmanship in a bouquet of styles. Pick one for yourself.

Behind the Scenes: How Boot Making Begins

It seems contradictory to be talking about spring footwear when there’s several inches of snow and temperatures are in the 30s, but that’s how it works – we’re often designing our shoes, boots, clothing and accessories years in advance. So for example, it’s now early March of 2012, and we’re looking to put our Spring/Summer lines for 2013 to bed. This creation process starts months in advance with inspirations started often as a doodle, scrap of an idea or an insight from a great trip in the outdoors.

These ideas turn into sketches that turn into CADs (Computer-Aided Designs), which then turn into product samples. We conduct global meetings where we discuss the merits of each individual shoe one-by-one with various Timberland folks from Stratham, New Hampshire to the UK to Singapore. It may seem exhausting or pedantic, but this is where you see the true passion come out from each member of the Timberland team. Designers sing the merits of their product while marketers dream up ways to get our products noticed by consumers like you.

To illustrate this point, I thought it’d be fun to give you a sneak peak of the creation process for the Fall 2012 GT Scramble.

It starts with an idea, a sketch discovery on a piece of paper.

It's not just leathers, fabrics and style. We also focus on tread patterns.

Then we put it all together, starting to add color accents and style points.

We make sure that the sole is made of our Gripstick and Green Rubber.

The last step is to pull together all the specs for production.

The finished product: the Timberland GT Scramble!

If you can’t wait for the GT Scramble, check out our current collection of hiking boots – perfect for whatever outdoor adventures you’re planning this spring.

Where Every Day is a Snow Day

We teamed up with Outside Television to talk with Jesse Davenport– an extreme skier, mother of 3 and Aspen local who loves winter weather as much as she loves her job as a ski patroller.  And really – what’s not to love?

You don’t have to live slopeside to share Jesse’s enthusiasm for everything that’s wonderful about winter; declare your own personal snow day and then go outside to enjoy it!  Really, go.  But be sure to gear up first.

Time to Get Your Warm On

Only 2 weeks to go until the official start of winter … have you checked your mitten drawer and given a critical eye to your boot collection to make sure you’re ready?  Whether you’re in denial or can’t wait, here’s a little inspiration to get visions of snowball fights dancing in your head:

Check out our complete winter product collections for men and women — great ideas for holiday giving (or keeping for yourself!).

The Gear Junkie Takes on the Toughest Trail in the East

To tackle what is often cited as “the toughest hiking trail in the East,” Stephen Regenold (aka The Gear Junkie) relies on his fast and light Timberland LiteTrace boots. Can he and his crew successfully make their way up 6 major peaks, 14,000 feet of elevation and 25 miles of Catskill Mountain’s Devils Path? See for yourself:

You’ll find more Gear Junkie / LiteTrace adventures on the Outdoor tab of our Facebook page and on the Gear Junkie website.  To shop for your own pair of hard hike-worthy LiteTrace boots, visit our website.