Timberland’s success began in 1973 when Sidney Swartz created the Original Yellow Boot. These shoes were intended for labour and construction workers, and crafted to provide powerful support with hardwearing technology. Built in premium waterproof leather with a seam-sealed waterproof construction and thick rubber lug soles, these boots were designed with functionality in mind rather than style. However, its faultless design soon caught the attention of others.
By the 90s, Timberlands began being worn by US hip-hop artists like The Notorious B.I.G, Wu-Tang Clan, and Nas, giving the boots serious street cred. This interest hasn’t faltered among musicians today; the yellow boot is still favourited by artists like Jay-Z, Kanye West and Rihanna. A true fashion icon, the Timberland yellow boot stands with the likes of the Converse Chuck Taylor and Doc Martens for being legendary and untainted by time.