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Timberland Premium Waterproof Boot Review – Is the Hype Real?

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This is it: the original yellow boot that made the Timberland Company so famous. The company was founded in Boston in 1928 when it was called the Abington Boot Company, then bought by Nathan Schwartz in 1952 and renamed Timberland in 1973, the same year this boot was launched. Intended for wear by New England’s working class, the boot became popular among construction workers and farmers who spent northeastern winters working outside on their feet.

They were popular from the drop, but sales more than tripled in the 1990s when the boots became an icon in the rap and hip-hop communities.

The story goes that the reason the boots were so popular is the insulation: they keep your feet warm when you’re standing on chilly street corners dealing drugs. I don’t know how true that is, but rappers (and former drug dealers) like Notorious B.I.G., 50 Cent, and Jay-Z famously sport Tims, or reference them in their music, and there’s no doubt they’re enormously popular in the African American community generally and the hip-hop community specifically.

But these shoes have extremely widespread appeal. Here in Brooklyn I see them on absolutely every kind of person, from trust fund hipsters to construction workers and everyone in between, and there’s no doubt that Tims have a rare crossover appeal that gives them a place in just about any wardrobe.

So is the boot worth the hype?

Timberland Boot Style & Look

  • 6 inches high
  • Wheat nubuck leather
  • Completely insulated
  • Gripstick rubber lug outsole
  • Taslan nylon laces

These are the classic 6-inch Premium Waterproof boot. They’re available in a ton of colors — regular colors like black and brown, but they can also be found in more out-there shades like pink or neon green. But I got the wheat color because when you hear “Timberlands,” this is the boot you think of. Like I said, it’s ubiquitous.

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They’re pretty bulky, so they don’t look great with slim pants or skinny jeans, if that’s your thing. They’re versatile in that they can fit into a variety of different styles, but they’re not dressy by any stretch of the imagination.

A pair weighs about two pounds, and a lot of that comes from the insulation, which is made by a US company called PrimaLoft. The inside of the upper is totally insulated and at least half of that is made from recycled plastic bottles, which is a pretty cool touch that’s on brand with Timberland’s eco-friendly ethos.

Other signature features of the boot are the chunky, grippy rubber lug called Gripstick, the iconic laces made from Taslan nylon, and the leather collar, which helps with insulation.

But look, before we go any further, we need to talk about this leather.

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Timberland Leather

  • Wheat nubuck
  • Sanded on leather’s grain side
  • Slight nap of protein fibers
  • Totally waterproof

The leather is, in fact, nubuck. A lot of people assume it’s suede, which is a similar texture, but it’s not; nubuck is a top grain leather which means that it’s made from the top layer of the animal’s hide, and it’s been sanded or buffed on the grain side (the outside of the leather) to give it a slight nap of protein fibers.

There’s some disagreement about this definition of top grain leather. The world famous Horween Leather Company, makers of the beloved boot leather Chromexcel, told me that full grain is actually considered a type of top grain. But I’m not going to get into all that here — check out my interview with them for more information.

The crucial difference is that suede, which is similarly buffed, is made from the inside or flesh side of the leather, while nubuck is made from the slightly tougher outside. Unlike some kinds of suede or traditional leather, nubuck won’t really develop a patina over time, so you’ll want to take some care if you want to keep it looking good.

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Timberland Boot Leather Care

  • Use stiff brush to remove dirt
  • Pencil eraser may remove stains
  • Use “Renewbuck” for cleaning
  • Hard to keep clean

As it says in the name, these boots are waterproof. So waterproof, in fact, that a lot of people find that the usual leather conditioners don’t work because they can’t seep into them. Which is fine, because nubuck isn’t really something you condition, so don’t go pouring Venetian Shoe Cream on your Tims.

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To be clear, these boots get dirty really easily. There are a lot of ways to take care of them, but I think the biggest downside of the boots by far is that they get dirty way more easily than regular leather. I actually had to delay publishing this review because the boots got too dirty on my walk into the office! So if you’re someone who likes having pristine boots, know that it’s gonna take some work with Tims.

Timberland recommends simply brushing them to keep the dirt off. You can use a nylon brush or a toothbrush – you’ll want something stiffer than your standard horsehair. That’ll also raise the nap of the nubuck and brighten the color. If the boots get stained, allegedly you can use a pencil eraser to clean them up, but I haven’t tried it. Sounds complicated? To make things easier, Timberland makes their own dry boot cleaning kit you can get on Amazon here.

If brushing or an eraser doesn’t do it, and you need to give your boots a really good cleaning, Timberland suggests you use their very cleverly named nubuck cleaner called “Renewbuck” which is a water-based cleaner. Spray it on a cloth, rub it all over the shoe, and then let it dry.

If you’ve had yours for a long time and the waterproofing is wearing off, or if you’re particularly worried about salt or oil stains, you can use Timberland’s Balm Proofer, another water-based all-purpose protector.

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Timberland Boot Sole

  • Gripstick rubber outsole
  • Made from 10% recycled materials
  • Steel shank
  • Urethane insole
  • Removable foam insert
  • Hard to resole

This outsole lives up to its name: Gripstick. Out of the box it’s very, very sticky and it gets stickiness all over you and sticks to the ground. It’s a little annoying, but it doesn’t take long for it to wear off. The rubber is made from 10% recycled materials, again in line with Timberland’s Earth-friendly branding.

There’s also a rubber midsole and a urethane insole — no leather or cork to be found here. These Tims have a removable foam insert, which doesn’t really mold to your foot over time the way those other, more expensive materials would, but is pretty comfy from the get-go. They also have a steel shank, which makes for good stability and arch support.

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The sole is bonwelted, not Goodyear welted, meaning the sole is cemented to the upper in a manner not totally dissimilar to your standard pair of sneakers. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s poor quality — it’s very waterproof, made with sealed seams — but if and when you go through this sole, that’s it. The advantage of a Goodyear welt is that it makes the shoe easy to resole; you can’t usually resole a bonwelted shoe like these.

That said, Timberlands are so popular that there are some cobblers who specialize in resoling them, and they’re just a Google away if you want to try your luck.

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Timberland Boot Fit & Sizing

  • Order at least a half size down from sneaker size
  • Very roomy fit
  • Great shock absorption
  • Insole is a tad slippery before it’s worn in

Available in full and half sizes up to size 18. (Shaquille O’Neal famously got a pair made in size 23 so maybe if you ask nicely, you too can get an extra-large pair.)

A lot of people say they’re true to size, but I wound up returning my true size (11.5) for a size 11. (My Brannock size is about an 11.75.) They fit fine but they’re actually still pretty roomy — I’m not slipping around in them, but I can’t really get away with the cool open laced look that’s so popular. I think I would have even been fine with getting a size 10.5, which is something I’ve never said before.

They’re easy to walk around in and don’t really have a break-in period. The urethane insole makes for really nice shock absorption, and the arch support is solid. All in all, they’re comfy boots.

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Timberland Boots Price

About $180. The price varies a ton — I paid $174 — but one advantage of the boots’ popularity is that they’re available absolutely everywhere, so it’s not crazy hard to find them on sale if you’re patient.

People who usually just wear sneakers might try to tell you they’re expensive but I’m here to tell you that’s not expensive for nice boots. Sure, they’re bonwelted, not Goodyear welted, and there’s no leather or cork in the sole, plus the nubuck is pretty pedestrian leather; all that said the price feels right to me. It’d be pretty nuts if they were over $200.

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Timberland 6″ Premium Waterproof Boot: Worth the Hype?

PROS

  • Relatively inexpensive (for boots)
  • Waterproof
  • Insulated
  • Great shock absorption
  • Good arch support

CONS

  • Hard to keep clean
  • Hard to resole
  • Hard to wear with slim pants

For a pair of boots this popular and inexpensive, I confess I was ready to be disappointed, but I wasn’t at all. They’re sturdy, comfortable, functional, and damn cool. They’re not that much more expensive than a pair of good sneakers and they’ll last you a lot longer. They’re not dressy and sure, they’re tough to resole, but I give them high marks: these boots deserve their reputation.

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It’s no secret that Allbirds is our favorite sneaker brand. Not only does the brand make stylish activewear shoes, but they’re also eco-friendly and sustainable, which makes us feel even better about buying from the brand—especially when they’re on sale. Right now, Allbirds’ massive Black Friday sale is on, which means you can save up to 50% off sitewide.

This is Allbids’ biggest sale of the entire year, so whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone on your holiday shopping list or just need a new pair of sneakers or sweats, now’s the time to treat yourself. Grab some of the brand’s best-sellers like the Tree Dasher 1s, Wool Runners, and Natural Leggings. Allbirds’ Black Friday sale runs through December 2, but we suggest shopping sooner than later—it’s selling fast!

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Huk Gear is a Charleston-based company. Their ideology is firmly hooked into the fishing and diving culture in their home state. Huk Gear combined a unique look with high-performance materials. Their outerwear, headwear, and swimwear all get the same devotion to feature and quality that you expect from their shirts. They always try to stay on the upfront with innovative products at very reasonable prices.

Products and services of Huk Gear: They bring you genuine apparel from the company that was raised on the water of Charleston. Fishing is a way of life, and they want to create something that full include the passion that is inside all of them. Huk Gear brings functional clothing without losing comfort. They started under the approach of being comfortable while on the water or bounded by nature.

Huk Gear offers tops, bottoms, fleece and hoodies, outerwear, footwear, belts, headwear, sun protection, and boxers. They also allow you to shop by their collection, such as Icon X, Foul weather, and rainwear. Huk Gear is expanding the brand to include fashion looks that reflect water, sand, sun. Their customers will always find a massive collection of casual fishing gear. Huk Gear believes in celebrating life and overcoming whatever hurdles get in their way.

Complains and feedbacks of Huk Gear: feedback is essential for the company to maintain its product quality and service.

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The Huk Pursuit Long Sleeve is packed with Huk Performance Technology to handle the elements on the water. This lightweight crew neck shirt is an ideal layer on cooler days and perfect worn by itself when it’s hot. With +UPF 30 to block UVA and UVB rays for all-day sun protection, stain resistant and anti-microbial treatments and superior breathability, the Pursuit shirt is a must-have for any angler’s arsenal.

HUK WOMENS ICON X LONG SLEEVE SHIRT

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The Huk ICON X is one of the most popular fishing shirts available. When you wear this comfortable, perfect-fitting, sun-blocking +50 UPF crew you’ll be wearing apparel that not only looks great, but is built from state-of-the-art fabrics, durable poly-knit construction and most advanced materials for protection against the elements.

We proudly introduce our latest women’s ICON X long sleeve featuring our Internal Cooling Element (I.C.E) technology – engineered at the fiber level to cause an endothermic reaction once there is any contact with moisture (sweat) causing your body temperature to drop in minutes.

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The Huk Pursuit Long Sleeve is packed with Huk Performance Technology to handle the elements on the water. This lightweight crew neck shirt is an ideal layer on cooler days and perfect worn by itself when it’s hot. With +UPF 30 to block UVA and UVB rays for all-day sun protection, stain resistant and anti-microbial treatments and superior breathability, the Pursuit shirt is a must-have for any angler’s arsenal.

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The Huk Pursuit Long Sleeve is packed with Huk Performance Technology to handle the elements on the water. This lightweight crew neck shirt is an ideal layer on cooler days and perfect worn by itself when it’s hot. With +UPF 30 to block UVA and UVB rays for all-day sun protection, stain resistant and anti-microbial treatments and superior breathability, the Pursuit shirt is a must-have for any angler’s arsenal.

HUK WAYPOINT HOODIE

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The Huk Waypoint Hoodie is a must-have for your days on the water. Made from recycled plastic bottles, we have created our softest and lightest fabric yet, while keeping plastic out of the waterways. The bottles are cleaned, crushed, melted and stretched into fibers that are woven into yarns. This then becomes a durable fabric that features 50+ UPF rating to keep you protected from the sun. The Waypoint Collection: Protect the Water. Protect your Skin.

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The Rogue Wave is engineered for all kinds of nasty conditions. Its full neoprene and rubber upper construction provides durability and comfort. Bring it on, Mother Nature.

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HUK ICON X COLDFRONT 1/4 ZIP

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Our Coldfront Icon X 1/4 Zip will keep you warm and comfortable by combining durable, water-resistant material with cuffs and hem that guard you against the cold.

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HUK RUTLEDGE FISHING FLANNEL

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The Huk Rutledge Flannel Shirt is the perfect addition to your fall wardrobe. This incredibly soft, warm and comfortable shirt is made of 100% polyester for all day wear. It features two chest pockets with flaps and a button closure and an eyewear wipe.

HUK WAYPOINT WADING PANT

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Introducing: The Huk Wading Pant

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HUK BAND PURSUIT LONG SLEEVE

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The Huk Pursuit Long Sleeve is packed with Huk Performance Technology to handle the elements on the water. This lightweight crew neck shirt is an ideal layer on cooler days and perfect worn by itself when it’s hot. With +UPF 50 to block UVA and UVB rays for all-day sun protection, stain-resistant and anti-microbial treatments and superior breathability, the Pursuit shirt is a must-have for any angler’s arsenal.

HUK WAYPOINT PACKABLE INSULATED JACKET

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This exceptionally warm and lightweight full-zip jacket is constructed with stretch insulation, offering a versatile cold-weather jacket.

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  • Recycled yarns
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HUK PURSUIT VENTED HOODIE

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The Huk Pursuit Vented Hoodie is packed with Huk Performance Technology to handle the elements on the water. This lightweight crew neck shirt with mesh vented sides is an ideal layer on cooler days and perfectly worn by itself when it’s hot. With +UPF 50 to block UVA and UVB rays for all-day sun protection, stain-resistant, anti-microbial treatments, and superior breathability: the Pursuit shirt is a must-have for any anglers arsenal.

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We’ve all heard the canonical phrase, “on Wednesdays, we wear pink” from the 2004 cult classic Mean Girls, but the phrase has been reincarnated in today’s launch of the Allbirds x Lindsay Lohan collab which declares, “on Wednesdays, we launch pink.” The pink to which the beloved brand is referring is a limited edition Lux pink color of the Allbirds Tree Flyer running shoe, available in both men’s and women’s sizes. The shoe also comes in six other color options and has gained attention for being both sustainable and a comfortable and reliable training shoe.

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The shoe was most recently included in Runner’s World’s “What We’re Testing” roundup for May. Runner-in-Chief Jeff Dengate found the shoe to be lighter and bouncier than Allbirds’ original running shoe, the Tree Dasher. “It’s a little lighter than the Dasher, the upper feels a bit more refined for running fast, and the innovative midsole is soft but can handle my daily runs,” stated Dengate. “It’s still a little heavier than comparable shoes—and there are a lot of great daily trainers you can find for $160—but it shows promise that Allbirds is committed to making a great running shoe without using petroleum-based products.”

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While sustainability has become a top priority for countless consumers, many companies have fallen short of the mark with their supposedly eco-friendly offerings, which have either become subject to greenwashing or are simply sub-par products. But Allbirds is actually doing the work, creating a quality product that’s also actually eco-friendly. This shoe in particular is carbon-neutral and contains materials like castor beans, eucalyptus fiber, merino wool, and recycled water bottles. The brand has also pledged to continue lowering its carbon footprint as it expands its product offerings.

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Besides her fame—and ties to their slogan—Lindsay Lohan may seem like a bit of an odd choice for a running shoe collaboration, but Allbirds says that was intentional. They state on their website, “with Lindsay’s help, we’re reminding the world that anyone and everyone can lace up and move their body.”

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