How Timberland Boots Became Popular. In this video, Jeff from The Style O.G. discusses how Timberland boots became so popular. He talks about how a blue collar boot became a global style icon.
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Timberland stands behind their product. I had a pair that were 10 years old and developed a problem. I sent them to Timberland and they sent me a new pair. I don't know of anyone else who looks after the customer like Timberland.
Timberlands quality has went to shit. My first pair lasted 4 years. One year as nice casual boots then three years in the construction feild. I was very satisfied. Bought another pair and theyre barely a year old. The stitching has already split and the sole is separating from the upper. It’s disappointing.
Really great review of how the urban market adapted the brand. I worked at Footlocker in the Mid 90's and watched the brand fly off the shelf's. I like to encourage you to continue making more videos like this one. Thanks again.
Another cool history of lesson. Only problem I have with them is all 3 pairs that I’ve owned were never actually waterproof. Also the sole always separated. I just don’t have luck with work boots I guess
Yo I'm 54 in 1982 we started rockin Herman Survivors just like that. They went perfect with the sheepskins bubble coats and suede front zip up sweaters. I remember the dude describing the Nu-buck to me. I was used to leather and suede and knew this was neither. After a while I realized they were easier to keep clean then suede and nu-buck replaced suede across the board. My first pair of Tims was 86 leather butters. After that DC homeys wore the 40 but called em Super Tims. Then Brooklyn started rockin em then it was over.
Timberland reduced their lifetime warranty to a "1 year warranty" because many people were sending back the 6" waterproof boots because they have a defect that causes rain/snow to leak in the toebox area. Due to that fact ; in my humble opinion it's a bad investment to spend $190 on boots when Timberland warranty will only cover the "waterproof" boots for 1 winter. Even in NYC it's less common to see Timbs; aside from the classic wheats. Also; many clubs,bars,lounges,venues, etc. have a strict "No Timberland Boots" dress code policy at the door in New York City.
Good short verbal history on the timberland boots bro! I the early to mid 1990s in the dirty south only sporting goods stores (like Friedman's) carried tims and it was limited stock! In Nashville we got our knowledge on them from brothers up North who went to Tennessee State and Fisk University
@ cafelogis, thts totally false my man. U didn't need to be a drug dealer to buy nor wear timberland. Dudes wth a sense of fashion made timberlands. Truth b told, construction workers dnt even wear timberlands for there intended use. Timberland boots r now a part of fashion.
It's not crazy that a company doesn't want to be associated with drug dealers and thugs, not because they are black people. Currently Fred Perry is facing the same issue with racist alt righters adopting their polo's as a symbol.
HARLEM HUSTLERS STARTED THIS 1ST THEY WOULD HAVE 24/7 DRUG BLOCKS AND THEY USED ALL KINDS OF HEAVY WINTER GEAR(carhart) TO STAY WARM...THE JUNGLE BROTHERS WAS SOME OF THE 1ST TO BRING TIMBERLAND HARLEM D-BOY STYLE OF DRESS TO VIDEO!!! GET YA STORY RIGHT O.G!!! I KNOW FOR A FACT I WAS THERE(you from philly)!!! FK YO FEELINGS!!!
I being a 43 y/o New Yorker and Former hustler in my younger days Agree and appreciate your Knowledge of timbs The fact that hustlers and D boyz put timbs on the map.Back in the early 90s we would go from the BX to the Timberland factory store in Reading Pennsylvania and cop like 10 pairs in the summer and have them on deck Once winter come around.Definitely a east coast classic
I have been wearing a pair of Tims since the 1980s. My mom got them for me for the mean cold Chicago falls and winters! Now living in Florida been wearing them in the fall/winter. Butters are the classic Tims! In middle school 1992-1995 I had army green suede pair. I woud love to get a pair like them.
Being from Philly you must know about the Reading, PA. Timberland factory outlet. I remember going there in the early 90s when Tims were at their peak in popularity. They used to have a buy one get one not for half off like they have nowadays but for free! There was a line for miles outside the store. I ended having to cop a couple of pairs of the non padded collars because everything else sold out and I didn't want to walk away empty handed after waiting in that line for hours . That's the only time I've ever owned a pair of the non padded collars lol.
TIMBERLANDS CAME AROUND ALRIGHT CAUSE NOW THEY HAVE A BUNCH OF STORES IN MANHATTAN AND THEY'VE BEEN DOING VERY WELL FOR A LONG TIME SINCE THEY OPEND THEM , POPPIN UP LIKE McDONALDS AND I HAVE'NT SEEN 1 CLOSE DOWN YET , BTW I'VE BEEN ROCKIN THEM SINCE 1990 A N.Y.C. DAILY FOOT-GEAR ALL YEAR ROUND ..
Salute for the history lesson! I bought my 1st pair of Tims in 1990. I moved over to the classics in 1994. I'll probably be 80 and still rockin' Tims! LOL . I currently have the Buttas and a pair in red.
Man hearing that those rumors are true got me looking at my timbs side ways...LOL ,gonna continue to rock and mantain the ones I have,but nowadays there’s so many other brands and styles to choose from,so it’ll be all good.
Great vid,as always and thanks for the info....Salute.
This was dope! Tim’s are classics will never go out of style. Even though I don’t personally rock them anymore, I can still respect someone who them as part of their style. Having lived in both New England and the tri-state I know this is the winter essential.
What's up with ur left eye brow up so much higher than ur right and ur head is 2 times bigger than it should be. Anyways. The boot became popular in the early 90's hip hop from 2 pac biggie Naz norega tlc LL cool j etc. Doesn't take a genius. And that they are waterproof for hustling. Didn't watch the video cuz dude looks goofy ✌
Great video, Jeff.! Being from NY and going to college in upstate NY, I have been with the brand since the '70's. Back then, we wore them mainly because they were the best in the inclement weather and elements. It was in the '90's and looking for something to wear while doing anything outside in the winter did I discover that all the younger generation were wearing Tims. It never moved me one way or another that the hip hop and rap crowd wore them, I just thought it was a style choice made better by a quality product.
More recently, I was in need yet again of a good hiking boot to wear casually and moved to a Eurohiker. And MOST RECENTLY, I was again looking for something for the winter and found how far Timberlands had moved into the fashion world. Best of both worlds for me. And as an older guy now, I wasn't limited to one pair at a time. Discovered the Limited Releases line and the rest is history.! Have to love a product that grows with you over the years but never loses its character or its roots while doing so.
T'land boots are so popular?? The mob will always follow the mob, doesn't mean that T'I is the best or even in first 5. Just crass and classless. Like the u tube hustlers who always seem to be screaming their message in stead of politley explaining the positives.NAH , give me quiet class.N'other thing, no gentleman would put an unpolished shoe or boot on HIS feet, jes 'cause de mob is wering them on the subway
I’m in construction,so Tims pro been my absolute favorite work boots.If you not in construction ,I think you shouldn’t wear a work boots as casual shoes.Same goes with Carhartt clothes.That means if you are not a ballet dancer-don’t wear pointe shoes!
The Style O.G. Gotcha bro!My point of view probably coming from the fact I gotta wear them 8-10h a day,every day.Thats probably I don’t see myself rocking those as casual shoes.To each his own,I guess.
almost all men's clothing started out with utilitarian purposes Dmytro . you would be hard pressed to mention an item that wouldn't fit your category. no tennis shoes when not playing tennis, no denim jackets other than work, no jeans other than work...see my point?
+The Style O.G. It could cover style and other things, for example, a coffee table book, a quality chef knife, shaving kit, dopp bag, a bike or car, piece of art, courage, a pet, lip balm, a hat, 2 party tricks, a musical instrument (absolutely anything you deem relevant) without necessarily being specific to any brand. Its personal to you as you see the modern gentleman in 2019. It could be any number of things, but things you aspire to build over time. Your output is always thoughtful and high value.
The Style O.G. Yea man they was under the timbs at foot locker as if like “can’t afford the timbs? Get these!” I still kept them clean and felt like the man in 5th grade. Just bought a fresh pair of constructs/ butters for the new year. Peace from South Jersey bro, I enjoy your videos.
+The Style O.G. Not really, Cole Haans cost the same, so do Johnston & Murphys and you can always get some kind of (whack) Jordans for a hundred. I bet if Timberland had kept their original demographic they wouldn't have gone up so much.
Peace Jeff, i been following you for a year, BX in the house ! Been Rockin Timbs since 94 Most deff a must have . . .Can you PLEEEEAAAZE do a few videos on exotic skin leather shoes like gators Crocs, ostrich, lizards ??? Brands like Belvedere , and Mezlan etc . Thanks in advance Peace BRo
I had some blue and white Timberland boots. The bottoms of the boots got worn out and I had to throw them away. I need to find another pair. I still have my wheat, black and tan, and black and white Timberland boots.
I ordered my Timb 6 inches, from a friend who was traveling in the US, a little more than 20 years ago. With minimum maintenance, they are still serving me in tough conditions e.g. fishing, hiking, as after skii boots etc.
My educator .. smart.. handsome.. and stylish.. you know ur shit. Great video. I like Tim's.(brothers hugging the block lol lol ) real talk!! I like the wheat buck. You shared alot i never knew.. good job bro❤
I grew up on the East Coast...I'm from Delaware, and we literally are sandwiched in between
NY, Philly, D.C. and Baltimore.
Being that close to 4 major cities, we naturally observed (and copied) everything the cities did...especially in the music, and fashion...everything we did was mostly copied from NY and Philly, because we saw it on BET and where exposed to it via the Hip-hop culture!
Being Black and from the East Coast... we ALL naturally had family members that lived in the various cities surrounding us...so you always had exposure to the latest fashion trends via christmas and birthday gifts!
So since im a little older now (just turned 40) i will admit...I came up in that early 90's era when tims first started getting popular. Tims were so new and unheard of in a typical clothing store at that time in our area (91-92ish) that my parents never even bought me a pair of tims at that age!
I got my 1st Tims in 10th grade (1993) with money I made from working at my 1st "summer job" and also cutting grass on the side!
-me and a couple of my friends were the 1st people in my school to have "real tims" and I got mine by giving my Aunt that lived in Philly the money to buy them for me and bring them down when she came to the family reunion!
A few years later, the Tanger Shopping Outlets in Rehoboth Beach, DE were built, and one of the first stores that came there was Timberland outlet!
-literally less than 5 miles from where i grew up in Lewes, DE!!!
From that point on, i used to get multiple pairs of Tims in various colors and leather styles every year to keep the collection fresh!
By the late 90's Tims were common in Delaware because of having the Timberland outlet store, they were no longer stuff we only saw on t.v. in "rap videos" like Mobb Deep's Shook One's!!!
Now fast forward 20+ years later...and now I have teenaged kids....and Tims aren't as popular as they used to be when I came up, and I don't understand why??? After ALL these years of production...Tims are still damn near the perfect footware!!!
Tims will always look good with jeans (especially the butters!) And can be the base of so many outfit combinations!
Now I must admit, i was one of those dudes that wore tims in the summer time as well with shorts too! (looking back, that is definately an LOL nowadays!!! 🤣)...but that was the style back THEN!!!
-You couldnt tell us we werent the SHI*T!! Back in those days!!!
Me and my Wife STILL purchase and rock tims on occasion because its just so nostalgic for our age group!!!...our kids and others their age group don't care too much about Tims anymore, but its one of those things younger shoppers won't understand until they get a little bit older, and THEN...they will realize the history, the dopeness, and the overall SUCCESS of the Timberland Boot!
Loved this video Jeff....thanks for bringing back some fond memories of high school!
Imma go throw my Tims on with long black basketball socks, listen to A Tribe Called Quest on a walkman with huge Sony heaphones, and watch the Michigan Fab5 documentary!!!
Damn those were some awesome times!!!
-before we started "Adulting" and being responsiblele grown ups! 🤣🤣🤣
Thanks for this video Family!!!
I grew up in Compton and Das EFX was the rap group I remember the most rocking Tims. I didn't even know they were called Timberlands. I called them Das EFX boots. I been wearing Timberlands since like 97. I rock Timberland eurohiker boots and boat shoes as well. Timberland is 🔥🔥🔥
way back in the mid early 80's the original boot in NY was the Herman Survivor wheat colored work boot a precursor to the tim, worn with leather jeans a mock neck and a lumberjack or sheepskin coat, add the gizzy and Cazals and you were super fly, miss those days
Great video. I had the butters and the mobb deep brown. As a teenager I also wanted the 40 belows (or what we called them in DC) aka da Supa Tims or Drug Dealer Boots but couldn’t afford them till now.
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