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The Timberland boot is an iconic shoe, but there are a few different kinds to choose from, including the Premium 6-inch boot, which is an update on the classic original boot. Here we’ll dissect what makes the boots different, and how to spot counterfeit boots.
While these varieties of the boot may differ, they are both classic Timberland 6-inch boots – the original men's boot. It may have started its journey over 40 years ago, becoming synonymous with iconic Timberland style, but today, the Timberland boot has been updated to incorporate the latest footwear technologies and stylish colours. It remains, of course, as sturdy and durable as ever.
Premium Timberland vs Original Timberland boots
When you think of the classic yellow Timberland boot that you can buy today, you’re probably thinking of Premium Timberland boots. It’s an update on the classic Timberland Original Yellow Boot and features many technological and material updates on the Original boot, but both still share many qualities.
The most important update in the manufacture of the Premium boot is the sole. The Premium Timberland boot features a thicker and heavier sole that incorporates many different kinds of materials, which combine to provide greater support and comfort than the sole on the Original boot. The Original boot sole is thinner, with less midsole support and is primarily just made out of rubber. So, the Premium boot is more comfortable, but the soles of both boots are hard-wearing.
Another immediate difference is the collar around the ankle of the boots. The Premium boot features a padded leather collar, whereas the Basic boot has a standard collar in the same nubuck leather as the rest of the boot.
Both boots feature premium waterproof nubuck leather uppers. They both also feature the same level of PrimaLoft® insulation to keep feet cosy and are both seam-sealed for guaranteed waterproofing. However, due to the additional material on the Premium boot’s collar and sole, the Premium boots are a little taller than the Basic boot, and slightly heavier.
How to spot fake Timberland boots
Always make sure you’re buying the real thing – the easiest way to do that is to buy directly from the Timberland website. However, if you still need help figuring out whether the Timberlands you’re buying are the real deal, there are three easy things to check to spot fake Timberlands.
The stitching on genuine Timberland boots is always arrow straight, and consistent across the whole of the boot. There are no inconsistencies in the lengths of stitches, and finishes are always clean and of the highest standard – there are no hand threads or frayed finishes.
Stitching on counterfeit boots can often be a little messy, with inconsistent stitch lengths and frayed finishes. The colour of the stitching on counterfeit boots can also look dull and can be inconsistent across the boot. Genuine yellow Timberland boots have bright, clean white stitching across the full boot.
The lacing eyelets on genuine Timberland boots are sharp, clean and bright. The front of the eyelets feature a circular hole and a hexagonal rim, and the back of the eyelets are fully round, while counterfeit boots have eyelets that aren’t the same quality.
Counterfeit Timberland boots sometimes feature circular eyelets, with no hexagonal design, and can have split fit backings on the inside of the boot. It’s always worth checking the quality of the stitching around the back of the eyelets – if the boots are genuine, the stitching should mirror the quality of the boot’s upper.
The soles of genuine Timberland boots are of the highest quality and feature the Timberland brand name and logo, which should match the logo on the heel of the boot. The rubber should be faultless, and won’t feature any strange lines, seams or inconsistencies in colour or texture.
Counterfeit Timberlands will feature soles that are made from cheap rubber and will often be set in a way that leaves markings, seam lines and inconsistencies in the colour and texture of the shoe. Often the logos on the soles and heels of counterfeit boots do not match.