Posts Tagged ‘men’s footwear’
It’s the Diamonds against the Camos in an extreme (and extremely stylish) game of capture the flag, featuring the Men’s Fall / Winter 2012 collections for Opening Ceremony and OC & Timberland. If only all outdoor sports were this much fun to watch:
When asked about style, fashion designer Mark McNairy says, “Either you got it or you don’t.” It doesn’t get much more simple than that.
Whether you’re a style “have” or “have-not,” there’s something for you in the new McNairy x Timberland Collection, featuring 2 interpretations of our classic 6-inch boot and a camouflage field boot. (If you’re not naturally stylish, take our word for it – you want these in your closet.)
Here’s McNairy himself to share his thoughts about the collaboration, his personal style, and how the two come together in this Timberland collection:
We’ve invited some of the most influential stylists, menswear designers and editors to guest-write for us here on the Bootmakers Blog. Here’s David Hellqvist, Online Editor at PORT Magazine sharing his thoughts about the history and inspiration that came with his pair of Timberland Abington Work Boots.
Inspiration is in the eye of the beholder. It’s not exactly how the old saying goes, but it is equally true. Especially in all creative fields and when there’s a journalist (me) involved, interpreting and translating what we see, trying to reference pieces and themes, putting them in a context that I and others will understand. Hopefully.
That’s what happened when I first got my Timberland Abington 6″ Work Boots. In my eyes, the olive suede boots – 6013R if you want the proper colour code – were inspired by US army boots. It was something about how the suede mixed with the British Millerain canvas on the ankles that made me think of the USMC boots, worn by Marines all over the world. Clearly, the Abington appeared to a be a rarified version; the luxe Charles F. Stead suede, the white Vibram soles and subtle piping details made it obvious that this was a boot made for Hackney, not Hanoi.
Initially it was this connection that attracted me to the boots; all quality sportswear have elements of military utility details incorporated at one point. Why? The level of functionality and craftsmanship involved in producing military RAT gear (Rugged All Terrain) is superior. Take away all of the nasty and depressing downsides that comes with the military per definition, and you are left with one of the best sources of sartorial inspiration ever.
But. Having done a bit of research into the Abington 6″ Work Boot I soon realised that its humble beginnings was not a desert battlefield, but a mill in New England. The boot was modeled on the kind of protection gear workers “wore during their long, demanding shifts.” And that was it, my dream of wearing US Marine Crops boots shattered. But then it hit me; after army-influenced equipment, what’s the next best thing? What other category of professionals need and use hardened boots and state of the art protection gear? Workers, the people who gave us workwear!
The history and heritage of these workers go way back; mill towns and factory villages began developing in the Northeastern corner of the US from early to mid 19th century. Centered around New England, the factories manufactured steel products like saws, ploughs, cutlery, axes and guns, but textiles were also a big part of the production line.
It was the men who worked these factories who inspired my boots. And their need of footwear and clothing that kept them safe and dry is as an important source of inspiration today as any army gear, and rightfully so. There’s something noble about going back in time, looking at what honest blue collar artisans wore, and how that can be translated into a 21st century wardrobe. Having read about the factories, I’m fine with wearing New England mill-inspired boots. I can always pick up a pair of Delta Force boots next time around.
Rounding out a week of phenomenal videos that just so happen to feature some of our favorite products, here’s one created by the super hip, incredibly talented team at the Madbury Club, starring our rugged, colorful, always fun-loving GT Scramble boot:
Boom, as they say. Let’s go start the weekend.
This is what happens when you let a group of the most influential artists in New York City loose with nothing but a box of shoes and a camera:
When it came time to create the imagery to present our Fall 2012 Abington Collection, we knew we needed a crew with expertise, style, creativity and passion — and we found it in 13th Witness, Zack McTee, Josh Madden, EIKNARF and Cody B. Ware.
You can see the end result of their collaborative effort in our Abington Fall 2012 catalog. And for more behind-the-scenes action, stay tuned – we’ve got a series of videos featuring 13th Witness, EIKNARF and Josh Madden that we’ll be rolling out over the next few weeks.
They’re already pushing Halloween candy in the grocery store, which means we haven’t got much time left to talk about summer shoes (at least not without looking pitifully behind the times). Without further ado, here are a few of our favorite Timberland men, sharing their picks for Best Footwear of Summer 2012:
For his weekend escapes, Jan from our Belgium sales team loves the Earthkeepers Radler Approach: “I load up the van and drive to Wallonie, ‘the deep south of Belgium,’ for some hiking, camping and even a little rock climbing—and Radler can do it all.”
Italian sales planner Diego favors the Formentor boat shoe – and not just for sailing: “The second you put them on, you feel ready for anything. They’re really lightweight, super comfortable and now they’re my top pick for every day.”
Look and feel helped to make the Earthkeepers Hookset Handcrafted chukka a favorite for senior product manager Troy: ” They look great and are easier on the environment. I love the way the organic canvas feels. Plus, they’re really comfortable and flexible.”
If you’re looking for a good reason to be thankful for the impending change in seasons, I’ve got one for you:
Isn’t he handsome? The Abington 6″ work boot is just one member of the Fall 2012 Abington Collection of products — built with premium materials and inspired by an era in which work was hard, days were long and everything — especially the shoes on your feet — needed to last.
Flip flops have their place (namely, on the beach in July) … but when the temperatures drop, wouldn’t your feet rather be laced up in a pair of these?
The ask: Create a footwear collection that has unique Timberland DNA and is appropriate for spring and fall casual wear when you’re kicking it beachside with friends or lounging in the park. The answer: The Hookset Handcrafted Collection.
Ok, next question: What do you do when you learn that this collection is distinctively hand made, minimalist-inspired, stylish, fun and great for the environment? You can’t help but make a sexy stop-motion video to show the Hookset Handcrafted in all its glory.
Four materials expertly combined: 100% organic cotton canvas, genuine leather, 100% natural latex and aluminum. That’s it, that’s all. The Hookset Handcrafted Collection features minimal amounts of these materials, combined with a lean environmental impact in an extremely stylish package.
We asked filmer / photographer Spencer Higgins to bring his talents from the fashion and automobile world to Timberland. And the result? Oozing with cool, the Hookset Handcrafted. Four materials, expertly combined with our lowest Green Index score measured to date.*
Take a peek and see what we’re made of. Then learn more: mens.timberland.com.
*Green Index score of 3.5 measured as of May 2012.