Recently I received a pair of Timberland Whiteledge hiking boots from James Menta of SoleLabz.com who asked me to do a review of these Timberland hiking boots. When I got the boots several weeks ago, I decided to wear them for a couple of days to see how they felt. Well I found them to be so comfortable that I am still wearing them every day. I like them.
First a bit of information on Timberland
Timberland is an American company that is headquartered in Stratham, New Hampshire, but they have offices all around the world. While they are an American company, the boots that they sent me were manufactured in China.
The term “Timberland” was firstly introduced in 1973 as a name of a specific innovative model. It featured their revolutionary (at the time) injection-molding tech, allowing for a stitching-free sole upper. This made the boot completely waterproof and left room for changes depending on the designated climate.
Here’s what Timberland had to say about these waterproof boots
Timberland recommends this boot for occasional hikers.
The body of the boot is full-leather, meaning it’ll provide optimal water-resistance. It’ll take some time to break in, and the flexibility won’t be its main asset. On the other hand, leather offers sturdier construction and increased durability as well as high abrasion-resistance.
Since the major part of the upper is one big piece of leather, there’s no need for side seams, which increases performance in the water-resistance department. They’re lightweight considering the chosen material.
As Timberland boasts, the feature that defines Timberland White Ledge is the thick padding around the ankles provided by the upper tongue and collar. It is supposed to provide better ankle stability, which is especially important for beginner hikers.
This level of cushioning also adds to the overall comfort of the boot. The sole is made of rubber and connected to the upper without any stitching.
They feature a well-known Timberland’s signature mark, there oiled leather, so don’t be alarmed by sporadic scuff marks on this boot.
OK, so that’s what Timberland claims, now here is what I think.
The boots are very comfortable and with all the rainy weather, we are having they have proved to be waterproof. Because I pronate rather badly I am really hard on shoes and boots. I will destroy cheap tennis shoes in several weeks. So far these boots are showing no signs of damage and I think they will hold up well.
With all the rain and leaves on the ground, many of the surfaces around here are slippery. The tread on these boots seems to grip well. These are comfortable boots that look good, so I can wear them most of time. In an emergency in which I had to walk a considerable distance to get home, I think these boots would do the job. Even thought they are made in China as almost everything else is these days, I would recommend the Timberland hiking boots.