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OUR ORIGINAL YELLOW BOOT™



It started 40 years ago with a boot called Timberland.

Timberland

Founded on quality craftsmanship and Yankee ingenuity, that boot helped build a brand and set new standards in the footwear industry. Its quality, authenticity and rugged outdoor heritage continues—inspiring new collections for today. This site pays tribute to the yellow boot’s heritage and influence­­—to the icon that built a brand.


Nathan Swartz started it all in 1952 with the Abington Shoe Company in South Boston. His two sons, Sidney and Herman, joined him a few years later and relocated the company to Newmarket, New Hampshire. In 1973, Sidney introduced one of the first waterproof leather boots of its kind. Incorporating premium full-grain nubuck leather, thick rubber lug soles and unprecedented craftsmanship, the yellow boot was an instant classic. He named it the “Timberland.”

WHAT MAKES AN ICON?


  • Yellow Boot Overview

    4 Rows of Stitching

    Multiple rows nylon stitching is used to resist rot, mildew and stress.

  • Yellow Boot Lug Sole

    Honey Lug Soles

    Genuine quality crafted soles were designed to complement the yellow leather of the boot. Using injection molding, the soles are permanently bonded to the top of the boot to guarantee that feet will stay dry.

  • Yellow Boot Anti-Fatigue

    Anti Fatigue Technology

    Exclusive anti-fatigue technology is built into the midsole and uses geometric cone support to provide exceptional standing comfort, shock absorption and energy return all day.

  • Yellow Boot Heel

    Glove Leather Linings

    Full saddle glove leather lining encircles the foot for a more comfortable fit.

  • Yellow Boot Leather Lining

    Waterproof Leathers

    The finest quality full-grain nubuck leathers are carefully cut and sewn to form the boot. Every seam is thoroughly sealed to ensure waterproof performance.

  • Yellow Boot Taslan Laces

    TASLAN® Laces

    Some of the strongest, longest lasting laces around.

  • Yellow Boot Padded Collar

    Padded Leather Collar

    Specially treated leather, double foam-padded and nylon reinforced—it comfortably hugs the ankle.

  • Yellow Boot Brass Eyelets

    Solid Brass Eyelets

    The hex shape itself is iconic. The eyelets are rustproof and strong for years of wear.

THE BOOT WAS FIRST INTRODUCED IN THE UNITED STATES.




Timberland didn't set out to create a new fashion icon. The yellow boot was born for a hard working New Englander. It was form, function and craftsmanship that inspired Timberland to create its yellow boot, not trends and runways. And remaining true to that authenticity is the very ideal that appealed to the fashion world's trend makers everywhere.

Eventually, selling to stores like Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue was the beginning of a whole new era of the yellow boot: the boot as fashion.

SOON THE YELLOW BOOT BECAME AN ICON IN EUROPE...

Timberland

The Timberland® brand was known for quality handsewn boat shoes in Europe in the early 1980s. But by the mid-1980s, everyone wanted to know more about the yellow boot. Timberland distributors attended shoe shows across the continent. The rugged, waterproof nubuck leather was like nothing else ever seen on display at these shows. Soon the yellow boot could be found at high-end sporting goods stores, department stores and men's fashion stores throughout Italy, the United Kingdom and Germany.

In Italy, the epicenter of the yellow boot explosion, the rise in popularity can in part be credited to the "Paninaro". The Paninaro movement in the early 1980s was a subculture of youths that were known for their regular hangouts at the "Al Panino" bar—a popular sandwich and burger joint in Milan's Via Agnello district. They chose the yellow boot as a cornerstone of their fashionable style. By the mid-1980s, the yellow boot was adopted into popular culture in Italy, appealing to a consumer-driven middle class that was searching for a "Made in the USA" look.

IN ASIA, THE BOOT NOW STANDS AS A SYMBOL OF INDIVIDUALITY.

Timberland

Urban hip-hop style first started in Hong Kong in 1985, then swept through Japan. It brought along with it a surge in demand for the yellow boot. The fashion was heavily influenced by American hip-hop culture that incorporated the yellow boot. Over the years, the boot has grown into a symbol of independence for many young adults in Asia.

Boot Your Dream
To many, wearing the yellow boot means you're ready to chase your dreams. That's exactly what the "Boot Your Dream" project was meant to inspire in Taiwan, rallying thousands of young people to pledge their commitment to pursuing their own dreams.

  • Yellow Boot Laces Close-up
  • Pharrell Williams Boot

    “Timberland is an all-american brand focused on work, utility and the outdoors, that managed to find a place in the fashion world as well.“
    - PHARRELL WILLIAMS

    From singer-songwriter, rapper and producer to fashion designer and author - Pharrell Williams does it all. With a style and collaborative spirit all his own, he's carved out a unique path for his vision of popular culture.

  • NAS

    “Out of all the boots, the yellow boot or 'Construction Tim' was the fresh and fly boot. Just as fly as a sneaker!”
    - NAS

    Hip-hop artist and actor Nas is an icon in his own right, selling more than 15 million records in the United States since 1994. He remembers the boot as New York City's "official" footwear. Strong. Ready for anything.

  • Va$shite Kola

    “As a girl who was coming into my own as a tomboy it was cool to be able to be fashionable, but still in tune with my own tomboy style... It makes me sort of feel invincible.”
    - VA$HTIE KOLA

    Va$htie Kola, a.k.a. "Downtown's Sweetheart," is a true-to-form New York Renaissance woman. Known for her vision as a music video director, she's also a designer, artist and fashion-forward thinker who in 2008 created her own "casual and couture" clothingline, VIOLETTE. She's been sporting the yellow boot since the 1990s and remembers the confidence she drew from the Timberland classic.

  • Humberto Leon

    “As a youth, they allowed me to create my own identity”
    - HUMBERTO LEON

    Humberto Leon is the co-founder of Opening Ceremony, an internationally known niche fashion boutique with stores in New York, London, Los Angeles and Tokyo. For Leon, the yellow boot offered him a way to grow into his own personality as a teenager and develop his own style.

  • David Z.

    “You could chill out in a hot club & look fly with that boot. And you could work at a construction site with the boot all scuffed and look even better.”
    - DAVID Z.

    Footwear titan David Zaken opened his first David Z. shoe store in 1983. Since then, David Z. has become synonymous with offering quality and fashion to New York City shoppers. In his eyes, the yellow boot's iconic status comes from its versatility.

  • Jeff Staple

    “No matter what the trends are, or how fashion ebbs & flows, they've always remained true.”
    - JEFFSTAPLE

    jeffstaple knows a thing or two about how icons evolve. His clothing collection, the Staple Apparel Collection, has developed over the last 10 years into a hallmark of street culture. He sees the yellow boot as much more than just a fashion trend..

Collaborations


  • Staple Design X Timberland

    STAPLE DESIGN X TIMBERLAND

    OCTOBER 2007

    The Chinese New Year Timberland® Boot was created with New York-based Staple Design, one of the most respected street culture apparel brands that built their reputation by mixing street-minded and high-end fashions.

  • Undefeated X Timberland

    UNDEFEATED X TIMBERLAND

    OCTOBER 2007

    Undefeated collaborated on three 6" boots, focusing on quality construction and durable performance. The boots featured premium suede on the vamp and Cordura® fabric panels. They were available in three colorways—sand, black and olive green—with the Timberland logo embossed on the side and the Undefeated logo below it. They were sold at Undefeated stores in both Los Angeles and Tokyo.

  • Mastermind Japan X Timberland

    MASTERMIND JAPAN X TIMBERLAND

    NOVEMBER 2011

    Masaaki Homma from mastermind came together with Timberland to produce a limited run of the original Timberland® boot. The details it featured included a front zipper closure, twisted lace endings, a mastermind JAPAN logo stamped on the heel, a skull and crossbones logo embossed on the left tongue and a goldtone pin clutching the side of the shoe.

  • Mark Mcnairy X Timberland

    MARK MCNAIRY X TIMBERLAND

    OCTOBER 2012

    American designer Mark McNairy, known for his collection called Mark McNairy New Amsterdam, collaborated with Timberland to create a 6" premium boot in tan suede.

  • Tony X Timberland

    TOMMY X TIMBERLAND

    FALL 2009

    American fashion brand Tommy, known for the use of bold colors, collaborated with Timberland to create a red women’s 6". boot that featured the Tommy signature on both the tongue and the leather diamond tag.

The Boroughs Project


Envisioning the boot as a canvas was at the core of the Boroughs Project in New York City. In 2007, jeffstaple recruited five celebrated local artists, one from each of the New York City boroughs: Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens. Four of the submissions featured interpretations of the yellow boot. In the ultimate expression of authenticity, each of these artists designed a boot that best represented their neighborhood and their artistic medium. The result was a stunning collection of 6" boots that are uniquely New York.

  • Manhattan

    MANHATTAN

    JEFFSTAPLE, DESIGNER

  • Staten Island

    STATEN ISLAND

    RZA, MUSICIAN

  • The Bronx

    THE BRONX

    CHRIS MENDOZA, PAINTER AND LINE ARTIST

  • Yellow Boot Heel

    BROOKLYN

    DAVID "SKWERM" ELLIS, ARTIST FILMMAKER

The Ginza Project


In celebration of a new store opening in Ginza, Japan in 2003, five young Asian artists were given the yellow boot as a starting point for creating something unique. Using a mixture of fabrics, designs and mediums, the artists produced an exclusive collection of boots that remains true to the authenticity of the yellow boot..

  • Multicolored Boot

    MULTICOLORED BOOT

  • Hairy Boot

    HAIRY BOOT

  • Cloud Boot

    CLOUD BOOT

  • Stray Dog Boot

    STRAY DOG BOOT

  • Red Boot

    RED BOOT

TIMBERLAND'S CULTURE OF SERVICE CAN BE TRACED BACK TO 50 PAIRS OF ITS YELLOW BOOT.



In 1989, an emerging nonprofit organization out of Boston, Massachusetts sent up a request for 50 pairs of boots to outfit their corps of young volunteers. City Year's request was granted by then Chief Operating Officer, Jeffrey Swartz, the son of founder Sidney Swartz. Inspired by City Year's commitment to service, Jeffrey established the Path of Service™ program in 1992. Today, full-time Timberland employees get 40 paid hours for community service.

DARFUR

Timberland

In 2005, Timberland partnered with Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle, and SaveDarfur.org to raise awareness about the atrocities of genocide occurring in Darfur. An exclusive Stomp Out Genocide boot was created as part of the highly successful campaign, placing the Timberland footprint on another cause born out of the company's commitment to social responsibility.

CLARA BARTON - 9/11

Timberland

When Timberland employees arrived at the Clara Barton school in the Bronx in 2001, they were ready to serve, equipped with paint brushes and tools; their yellow boots laced up tight. They had no way of knowing that their lives would be forever changed that sunny late-summer day on September the 11th. As the day's events unfolded they continued to work alongside their fellow volunteers from Timberland partner organizations.

Every year since then, a dedicated group of volunteers returns to complete different projects in the Bronx on September 11th, once again ready to serve and once again, with their yellow boots laced up tight.

HURRICANE KATRINA

Timberland

In the wake of 2005's Hurricane Katrina, 400 members of the Timberland community gathered in and around New Orleans to offer their services to people devastated by the storm. After putting in a full day of work, Timberland employees toured the infamous Ninth Ward, one of the communities hardest hit by the wrath of Katrina. Passing a tent full of donated goods, one of the employees decided to take off his boots and leave them behind for someone in need. The sentiment quickly took hold and before long, hundreds of pairs of Timberland® boots filled the tent.

40TH ANNIVERSARY

In 2013, Timberland’s Yellow Boot celebrated its 40th anniversary with a global advertising campaign and events in it's honor.

Timberland's 40th Anniversary

The authenticity of Timberland’s Yellow Boot has transformed it into an icon. The boot is a badge of independence and reliability. Whether it’s worn by college kids on a New England campus or high school students in Tokyo; backcountry explorers in Europe or fashion moguls in Manhattan, by reflecting the core values of craftsmanship, functionality and ingenuity, the boot remains true to its roots-and continues to inspire people around the world.