The best things in life take time. Aging whiskey to get the right smoky flavor. Learning to hit a curveball. Waiting for your rooftop garden to finally sprout. And let’s face it – that hard work and anticipation is part of what makes the outcome so rewarding. The sweetness of the final product just wouldn’t be the same without the process that went into it.
And so it goes for our shoes: meet some of our favorite handsewn styles.
Our hand-stitched shoes are durable, rugged, and timeless. Leather cradles the entire foot, shaping over time to custom fit the tread of your life. Sturdy thread – top-stitched by hand – ensures the strength and craftsmanship of each pair, making them a long-term investment in both comfort and style.
Timberland Product Director Donald Desalvio explains what makes the process so special: “Our handsewn shoes are sewn ‘on the wood.’ This is an old saying that means the vamps (what you see when looking down on the shoe) are actually sewn by hand while still on the last (a mechanical form shaped like a foot). This is a very difficult and specialized process, but it’s what makes the shoes maintain a great shape.”
It takes 30 times longer to make these shoes. That’s 30 times more skill, 30 times more work, 30 times more attention to detail – and it’s worth every minute.