If you followed fashion in the late 80s and 90s, you may be noticing a dramatic trend. Timberland boots, which were popular then, are now back in style. These tan colored construction boots have made their exodus from the construction industry to the fashion scene.
These boots are well known for their unique look. They are usually made of tan or yellowish material leather, with a brown or black ring around the top of the boot. They have a wide, thin tongue, large grommets, and a thick rubber heel. The boots are usually steel toe, but they come in soft toe varieties, too. They look like your stereotypical construction boot, nothing exceptional about them.
With that said, they are all abuzz in the fashion world. As someone who grew up in a fairly rural town, I always see a decent number of my fellow students wearing them. They are waterproof, warm, and protective, making them popular with men who work in construction, farming, etc. Now, though, they are being worn by a vast majority of the male students at my school. More often than not, it is apparent that they are not used the way they are intended (spotlessly clean, never worn to actually work, and never tied).
This make it clear where the fashion aspect of them comes in. Personally, I am not a big fan of Tims (affectionate nickname for boots of the day). I find that they are a bit ridiculous (and way over priced). To me, they have a compensating type of vibe to them. It’s as if people feel it is necessary to advertise how manly they are by wearing boots. If you wear Tims, but obviously keep them clean and don’t work in them, what’s the point. You just spent $140 on steel toed boots that will never be used the way they were intended to be used. At the same time, if you do actually work, go ahead. Get some. But I wouldn’t wear them around school or other public places. No one wants you tracking around your dirty work boots. You just look like a slob doing that.
With this all said, I think Timberlands are nice looking boots. I can understand why they are popular. But my issue is with the wearing of them. What’s the point of investing in work boots if you don’t work in them?