Timberland is the most iconic work style boot today. The easily recognizable yellow leather boot was first introduced in 1973 and is still quite popular. Originally built to “cope with the hard, wet, snowbound winters of New Hampshire”, it has found a place in outdoor fashion. But are Timberlands good for hiking?
As a note, Timberland makes a lot of boot styles, some even for hiking. But for this article, we will look at the the classic boot that Timberland is most known for. To see what boot we mean,
Timberlands – Good for Hiking or Not?
If you are thinking of doing any serious hiking in Timberland boots, they probably aren’t going to be the best choice.
For one, they weigh a lot. The men’s classic boot weighs a whopping 1lb 13 oz per boot, or 3lb 10oz per pair.
Compare that to a typical Merrell style hiking shoe, such as the Moab 2, which weighs only 2lbs 2oz, or 1.5lbs less than Tims. If you are comparing Timberlands to Merrell’s more rugged 8-inch all weather high tops, then they weigh pretty much the same. Still, Merrells are going to function better because they are specifically designed for hiking.
You might not think weight is a huge deal, but 1 pound on your feet equals 5 pounds on your back. And the longer the hike, the more important weight becomes.
I’ll admit, I haven’t done any rigorous hiking in Timberland style boots (I own a cheaper pair of Brahmas). But based on some research I’ve done, there are mixed reviews when it comes to durability, but that might depend on the boot. Most reviews I looked at though said they were pretty durable.
There are lots of different kinds of boots that Timberland makes, and some are designed for hiking. If you head over to Amazon, you can see all the Timberland hiking style boots. They actually do have pretty good reviews.
Why Timberlands Might Be Okay
So you might already have a pair of Timberlands or thinking about buying some to go hiking in and also wear casually. If it works, why not?
If you already have a pair of Timberlands that you want to go hiking in, such as a day hike or a walk through the woods, then I think it’s perfectly fine to wear them.
What it comes down to is this – People wear all sorts of footwear when hiking. Every foot type is different and different boots are just going to feel more comfortable to certain people. If Timberland boots fit you comfortably and they work fine for you, great. The important thing when it comes to footwear is that it’s safe and comfortable.
If you are doing any regular hiking, I would really buy a real pair of hiking shoes though. A good pair of hiking shoes will last a long time and take care of your feet well.
So are Timberlands good to hike in? Overall, Timberlands aren’t meant to be a hiking boot. Even though they might be pretty waterproof and hold up well as a work boot, doing any serious hiking in them is generally not recommended.
The main reasons why Timberlands aren’t recommended is because they are often heavy and simply aren’t designed for hiking.
If you are going on a short hike or are an experienced hiker and love your Tims, then hiking in them regularly might be okay.