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Behind the Scenes: Timberland Boot Company Fall 2012 Photo Shoot

Timberland Boot Company examines an era defined by hardworking men and women in New England from 1900-1045. This was a time when the world was rapidly changing, with one foot firmly rooted in the past and the other relentlessly marching forward. Precipitated by the advent of machinery, craftsmen mixed tradition with innovation.

When it came time for our Fall 2012 Boot Company photo shoot, we kept this spirit in mind and traveled to Peabody, Massachusetts — the unrivaled Leather Capital of the World. In the 1920s, men endured long days in harsh conditions to create exceptional footwear. To capture their story, we endured our own long days and harsh conditions inside one of the last remaining leather tanneries in North America.

Our photo shoot location - an old leather tannery

There we found lots of rich material to act as a back drop to our amazing Fall 2012 product (as well as lots of trash, mice and other gnarly stuff). The air was stale, but steeped in a rich history. In true Boot Company fashion, we found vintage leather dying barrels, handmade carts resting next to industrial measuring and cutting machines. Stacks of beautiful, multi-colored leather sat unused next to well-worn tools and gears. It would be a DIY, restoration aficionado’s dream. Interestingly, you could chart the history of this tannery through the various pin-up girl calendars scattered throughout the building.

Piles of beautiful, unused leather

Not kidding about the old pin-up girl calendars

Over the next few days, we worked feverishly to get all the shots in the waning winter light. Once we were done, we found out that we were the last ones to use the building before it was destroyed to make way for a condominium housing complex. Time continues marching forward.

Getting the last few shots

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the Fall 2012 lookbook images.  Enjoy and stay tuned — Timberland Boot Company’s Fall collection will be available soon.

What Happens When 400 lbs of Steel Meet PRO Boots?

The short answer is nothing good … the longer answer (complete with visual) you’ll find below in an email we received from Michael, a Timberland customer who most definitely does NOT have a desk job.

Hearing from Michael made our day – and do you know why?  Because there’s nothing better than hearing from people who have nice things to say about their Timberland products.  Check out the Timberlove:

A few weeks ago while working, a large 400 lb block of steel fell on my foot from about waist level. The way it landed, the tip of the steel toe took most the weight but part of the “foot print” of the landing caused it to hit above where the steel toe ended, resulting in a broken big toe. The boot held up, other than a gash in the leather. That aside, I know for sure if I was wearing any of my other brand boots … it could have been worse. I just have to say, as I walk on my foot that I still have, I’m definitely a lifetime Timberland customer.

Michael's Timberland PRO boot. Does anyone else's toe hurt just looking at this?

We also received the following from Hall — longtime Timberlover, first time commenter:

Over the past 15+ years I have purchased numerous Timberland garment items (jackets, shirts, shorts, socks, shoes, etc.), and I don’t recall that I have ever worn out any of these items to the extent that they are not still suitable for wear.  This is an unsolicited compliment concerning the uncommon quality of all your products and, therefore, I am never reluctant to buy any garment that bears the name of your company.

I felt compelled to stop what I was doing and give you encouragement to continue providing the inimitable quality of products that I have experienced during the last 15 years and I thank you so much!!!

Believe it or not, we also like to hear it when our products don’t work the way they’re supposed to – knowing when there’s a problem helps us to create a solution.  Got kisses or disses for us?  Fire away.

Take Our Sandal Quiz and Find Your Sole Mate!

Strappy flat, cork wedge or durable heel – which pair of Timberland sandals will be the perfect companion for you this summer?  With the click of a mouse, you can take our Summer Sandal Survey and find your “sole” mate.  Here are the contenders:

Summer-ready, classic style:   The neutral colors of our Earthkeepers Katama Strappy Sandals go with every outfit, and the contoured cork footbed ensures all-day comfort, no matter where you’re headed!

Earthkeepers Katama Strappy Sandal

Our Earthkeepers Maeslin Cork Sandal is the epitome of feminine, outdoor-inspired comfort footwear for summer.

Earthkeepers Maeslin Cork Sandal

With its woven jute footbed, raffia wrap and wood-wrapped heel, the Earthkeepers Wrapped Chauncey Heel is the perfect marriage of expert craftsmanship and eco-conscious materials.

Earthkeepers Wrapped Chauncey Sandal

Click on over to our sandal quiz to find out which one will best complement your personality and complete your summer wardrobe.  Not feeling a love connection?  Never fear – the rest of our summer sandal collection is waiting for you on our website.

Don’t Miss a Minute of Fun: New Watches Are Here!

Late spring’s longer, warmer days mean more time for you to get outdoors and play.  Whether your preference is trail or sail, Timberland’s got just the watch to keep you on time and in style.

Belknap Watch

Our Belknap Watch is as rugged and outdoor-ready as the New Hampshire county it’s named for. We’ve paired an ion-plated brushed stainless steel case with a versatile rubber strap that’s washable and durable.  The Belknap’s date feature and water-resistance add functionality and performance to this stylish timepiece.

Hydroclimb Moon Phase Watch

Whether you’re tracking high tide or getting ready for full moon fever, you’ll be ready when you’re wearing our Hydroclimb Moon Phase Watch.  A sleek, polished stainless steel case contrasts nicely with the rubber strap, which is rugged and easily washable. The Hydroclimb is water resistant to 300 feet – peace of mind in case your canoe tips unexpectedly.

Front Country Chronograph Watch

Sleek, hard-wearing and ready to time your hikes and runs, our Front Country Chronograph will quickly earn its place on your list of essential gear. Water resistant to 300 feet, the Front Country features a polished stainless steel case and rugged leather strap that will conform to your wrist over time.

If you’ve got a dad or a grad in your life that’s perpetually 10 minutes late, don’t forget – watches make great gifts, too!  You can shop our entire watch collection online.

“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.

7 Cups of Caffeine in Every Coat

You can leave the travel mug at home if you’re wearing our Formentor Race Jacket. It’s made with S.Café yarn, which contains PET from recycled plastic bottles and – wait for it – recycled coffee grounds.

Why coffee grounds?  Turns out they’re excellent at absorbing odor, which is pretty important if you’re working up a sweat … or shipwrecked on a deserted island without a bar of soap (it could happen).

Here’s Dean, our senior director of apparel, to tell us more:

S.Cafe is just one more way we’re thinking about the planet as we design our products.  To learn more about the eco-conscious materials and technologies we use, check out the Timberland Technology Guide.  To get your own Formentor Race Jacket (or one of our other non-caffeinated styles),  shop our outerwear collection.

We Say Deering, You’ll Say Darling

Because they are really just the cutest boat shoes going, don’t you think?

And if cute isn’t enough, our Deering Boat Ballerinas are part of our Earthkeepers collection — Timberland’s most eco-minded product assortment.  Here’s our women’s footwear designer Erin to tell us more about how eco-consciousness plays a role in the design and development of Timberland products:

From 100% recycled PET laces and linings to recycled rubber outsoles to leather sourced from tanneries rated Silver for their energy, waste and water practices, the Deering was made with the environment — and your summertime outdoor adventures — in mind.

And in a bouquet of bright colors, the Deering Boat Ballerina was made with the rest of your wardrobe in mind, too; shop for your favorite flavor now. To learn more about our use of  eco-conscious materials, check out the Timberland Technology Guide.

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.

10-Sec Tech: Ride the Wave of Uneven Terrain

The great outdoors doesn’t come equipped with level surfaces or handrails — and sometimes, navigating a tough trail (or even a seemingly innocuous path) can cause even the most agile among us to slip, trip and fall.  To save face and stay on her feet, what’s an outdoor-loving woman to do?

That’s the very question that inspired our latest 10-Sec Tech:

Trail Wave Technology may not be as fun as pillow feet or as confidence-boosting as having your own wave of fans, but if you’re looking for comfort and stability in a woman’s shoe that lets you rule the trail (as opposed to the trail ruling you), look no further.

Check out the Trail Wave Collection for women on our website.  And to learn more about Trail Wave Technology and the other ingenious ways we’re working to make our products grippier, sticker and just plain better, flip through the Timberland Technology Guide.

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.