Jul 17, 2017 | By Marian Park
Timberland boots have been a wardrobe staple since 90s hip-hop royalty starting adapting this classic workwear boot for their streetwear-inspired looks; a look that soon caught on with their audience. Last year we reported on the reemergence of the Timb and all its new forms and we continue to track the evolution of this versatile boot.
Long-time Timberland collaborator, Stussy, has teamed up this fall to create two luxury renditions of Timberland’s popular classic 6″ boot silhouette. Two styles are offered in the traditional wheat colourway and also in clean black. The 100% premium leather upper features a side zip, extra large SS logo embroidered tongue, as well as a contrast white rubber sole and ankle pad. –Matt Feniger & Stephen Garner
Custom-painted Timberlands are a relatively new edition to the streets with artists such as John Born creating covetable, original artwork on these classic boots. Born’s creations have been spotted on the streets as well as on celebrities such as The Game and Jaime Foxx. Most recently a Born-original made an appearance in Ne-Yo’s new video, “She Knows.”
Timb-inspired boots have also entered “high end” streetwear with designers’ like Rick Owens and HBA referencing the classic boot. The classic boot silhouette remains, but are elevated with elements such as side cut-outs, Velro and zip closures.
Kanye West undoubtedly is a huge supporter of Timbs with the Yeezus-effect influencing the streetwear fashion scene. He’s spotted all over wearing his signature elongated tee, jeans and parka with his boots. He even featured Timberlands as his shoe of choice for his A.P.C x Kanye Fall 2014 lookbook.
Timberland boots are also styled into the soft streetwear trend, paired with cotton joggers and layered knits to create a more laid-back look. Arno De France used this soft streetwear trend paired with Timbs in their fall 2014 lookbook, and even our street style photographers captured this head-to-toe style on Balmain’s creative director, Olivier Rousteing.
Timbs have also been styled in a smart, preppier fashion seen from bloggers like Scout Sixteen and Isaac Likes. The classic what 6″ boot is being worn with items like slim chinos and chambray shirts to crewneck sweaters layered over button-ups to create a more polished look.
It is no doubt that more guys are making the versatile Timberland boot a wardrobe staple this fall/winter season.
Know what’s next. Become a WGSN member today to benefit from our daily trend intelligence, retail analytics, consumer insights and bespoke consultancy services.