When Wellington boots came in from the cold as a key autumn/winter 2020 trend, many questioned whether the festival-ready footwear would actually make a splash. Fast forward to February 2021 and, after much pandemic-induced outdoor socialising, tractor-soled stompers have been a headline of the park fashion scene (see also down jackets). Naturally, the Scandi set, the leaders of practical street-style trends owing to their reliance on bikes, were beating the cold snap in rubberised boots with fleece-lined inners first. But now, the focus of Danish influencers appears to have shifted from water-resistant wellies to Timberlands.
Pernille Teisbaek, who collaborated with Gia Couture Firenze on a line of GiaxPernille wellies, has seemingly stowed away her Tippex-white, knee-high rubber boots in favour of Timberland’s classic heavy-duty nubuck shoes. Posing for a series of #couplegoals portraits with her husband, Philip Lotko, on Valentine’s Day, Pernille wore her Timbs unlaced (of course) with a classic grey tracksuit and a black blazer.
J Lo in her Timbs.
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The workaday staple, which was released in 1973 as a durable boot for New England construction workers, is perhaps not the first shoe that springs to mind when conjuring up an image of a Danish woman and her pared-back style. But, where Teisbaek goes, a smörgåsbord of influencers follow. The outdoor brand and hip hop artist favourite (everyone from Notorious B.I.G. to Kanye West owns a pair of Timbs) has collaborated with many of the counter-cultural labels that are integrated in the Scandi fashion scene and its skate culture, including Stüssy and Supreme. For Lotko, who works for Rains, this awareness of mainstream products made subversive and cool is second nature. And for Teisbaek whose job it is to define what’s on trend, it’s all about tapping into zeitgeists that will give her an edge over other influencers.
Rihanna rocking Timberland boots in 2016.
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In the States, Timberlands have never gone out of fashion. J Lo and Rihanna are loyal wearers of the hard-wearing lace-ups once only seen on construction sites, but made mainstream thanks to the rise of the “urban” music scene in the ’90s. Kim Kardashian West’s stylist Veneda Carter, the Danish fashion plate and Yeezy team member who has a knack for translating music movements into fashion looks, is an avid fan. She counts Timberlands among her new-year wardrobe essentials.
“They are my go-to shoes,” Carter told Vogue recently. “I have so many pairs of regular Timbs, but I’m always trying to find the rare colourways from the early ’00s. The modern Timberland hiking boots are also among my favourites. I’ve bought matching pairs for myself and the baby.” Expect the Kardashian-Jenners, who have been known to team their leisurewear with the chunky boots, to up their Timberland game this year. Authentic hiking boots are the 2021 trend that really can’t get anymore 2021, and they are already stomping through Scandinavia.
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