Worn by men and women of all walks of life around the world, Timberland is one of the most popular footwear brands in the world. In fact, they’re so popular that they really don’t need an introduction.
The rugged style and yellowish color (though there are several different colors available) are iconic, to say the least, and for good reason. Not only are they extremely durable, but they’re also comfortable and stylish. There’s an assortment of styles to choose from, too, such as the classic 6-inch boots, and outdoor work boots.
Timberlands are extremely versatile boots, too. They can be worn at the office with a pair of slacks or even a suit, with leggings on a hike, with jeans and a T-shirt or button-down for a casual date; heck, they can even be worn with sweatpants, shorts, dresses, and skirts! Given their durability, neutral design, assortment of styles, comfort, and versatility, it’s easy to see why Timberlands have been some of the most sought-after boots for more than 50 years.
While there’s no denying that they’re an outstanding boot, they are pretty pricey; they can cost more than $100, and some run around $200 or more! Needless to say, if you’re thinking about investing in a pair, before you drop some serious coin, there’s no doubt that you want to find out what type of protection you can expect the boots to provide, and what, if anything, you need to do to preserve them so that they’ll last a long time. To that end, you’re probably asking the same question that so many other first-time Timberland buyer’s ask: Are Timberlands waterproof? Keep on reading to find out.
Are Timberlands Waterproof?
The short answer to this question is this: yes for some, but not for all. In other words, some Timberlands are all-weather, waterproof boots, while others are not. Remember that the manufacturer makes several different styles of footwear. So, which styles are waterproof? All Timberland work boots and hiking boots are waterproof, for both men and women, are waterproof. Options include the 6-inch Premium boots, the Chukka Boots, the Mt. Maddsen Hiking Boots, the Flume Hiking Boots, Garrison Trail Hiking Boots, the Davis Square Chukka, the Graceyn Tall, the GreenStride Edge, the Love Collection 6-Inch, and the Sienna High Boots; and that’s just a small sampling of the waterproof footwear that Timberland offers.
For a complete list of Timberland’s waterproof boots, check out their website, or do a search with a reputable online retailer, such as Amazon or Zappos.
What Makes Timberland Boots Waterproof?
Mr. Swats, the man who is credited with creating the very first pair of Timberlands, designed the original, now iconic, yellow boots for manual labor. As such, he made sure that they were made of the most durable materials, that they were thoughtfully constructed, and that they were truly able to prevent water intrusion to keep the feet of the wearer stable, protected, and dry. Mr. Swats did such an incredible job with the original yellow work boots that to this day, they serve as the prototype of all Timberland waterproof boots.
So, what is it that makes Timbs waterproof? Their made of the highest grade leather, and unlike other boots that claim to be waterproof that are merely coated with a waterproof protectant that almost always starts wearing off after a few wears, leaving them susceptible to damage and the wearer’s feet prone to getting wet, Timberland uses a different approach. They inject the leather with a specialized silicone material, which not only completely prevents liquid from getting into the shoe, but also boosts their overall durability, so they’re able to withstand all types of wear and tear with ease.
Timberland not only makes their waterproof boots with silicone-injected leather, but they take their waterproofing one step further! They fill the gaps where the leather is stitched together with silicone, too. This seals up the seams, ensuring that even the smallest droplets can’t penetrate through the shoes; furthermore, an advanced, specialized mold injection heating process is used to press the upper leather of the boots into the sole of the boots, sealing together and further reinforcing all sections and gaps in the boots.
The bottom line: the combination of the silicon-injected leather with the additional silicone that’s used to fill all gaps, and the mold injection heating process mean that Timberland waterproof boots truly are waterproof.
While such incredible waterproofing protection certainly sounds impressive, you might be thinking that the boots would be heavy and hot; however, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that in reality, the opposite is actually true. The materials that Timberland uses to waterproof their boots are very lightweight and breathable. As such, while moisture will not penetrate the boots, air does pass through with ease, ventilating your feet, and ensuring that they remain cool and comfortable.
How to Care For Your Timberland Waterproof Boots
Given the fact that Timberland boots are so exceptionally waterproof, you can safely wear them in all types of climates and conditions. On the construction site, in the rain, snow, or any other type or precipitation, through puddles, on hikes (you can even wade through shallow streams), and at bars or concerts where drinks may be flowing and things could get rowdy (and spill on your feet). Plus, because the soles are made of such durable rubber and feature such incredible traction, you’ll have confidence knowing that you’ll have a good grip in slippery conditions.
While Timberland boots are waterproof, in order to keep them in tip-top shape and ensure that they will protect your feet and look great for years to come, you do want to care for them. Here are some tips that you can use to keep your Timbs in great condition – and your feet nice and dry: