When it comes to fashion nostalgia, few brands can rival our affinity for our Timberlands. If you recall, the New England-based brand was initially known for its iconic yellow work boots, which were introduced back in 1973. But as anyone who was around in the ’90s will remember, the boots eventually took on a whole new life as a street style staple for American hip-hop artists, becoming an international symbol of the Americana look.
Twenty years later, fashion’s ’90s revival is in full force, with It girls everywhere embracing chokers, puffer jackets, and, yes, trusty Timberland boots. These days, however, the brand has given its classic work boots a modern update, offering up new silhouettes (think sneaker boots and chunky heels) that all incorporate elements from the originals. The result? Comfortable shoes with no shortage of style.
Just ask bloggers Cori Robinson (Dress Corilynn), Erica Lavelanet (Fashion Philosophy), and Meggan Morehead (Somewhere Lately), all of whom have adopted the new Timberlands into their spring wardrobes. “I’ve had Timberland boots since I was in elementary school,” Lavelanet says. “While I’m an eternal fan of the classic boots, I’ve also come to appreciate the new styles and color palettes.”
Ready to try a pair of the new Timberlands for yourself? We enlisted the three fashion bloggers for styling tips ahead that’ll get you through anything this spring. These new kicks are as sturdy and stylish as the first.
Morehead recently moved to Dallas, and she spends her weekends exploring the city with her fiancé and her toddler. Her best advice for styling an outfit around boots? “To accentuate the shoes, keep the outfit simple,” she advises. “Skinny jeans look best, in my opinion.” Since Morehead describes her style as classic with an edge, she styled the boots with details like distressed skinny jeans and a studded white leather moto jacket, which allows her to wear them from day to night.
For Day Trips
Lavelanet is based in Brooklyn, which is a quick train ride away to upstate New York for a quiet, long weekend. For these escapes, she gravitates toward clothes and shoes that she can move in. Her tip for finding the perfect pair: “With boots, I’ve learned the importance of investing in comfort, quality, and simplicity.” She styled this pair with ankle socks, a breezy floral dress, and a hat for an easy wear-anywhere outfit that stands up to spring rain.
In addition to running her blog and a clothing line, Robinson is a mother of four, so she’s always on the go. “I like my shoes to make a style statement, but I want them to be comfortable enough for me to wear all day long,” she says. Plus, she lives in Seattle, where perennial rain and cobblestone streets make for a slippery style situation. These waterproofed leather peep-toe heels more than fit the bill: Robinson says she didn’t slip once while wandering around Pike Place Market.
Do you love the new Timberlands as much as the originals? Tell us!