Unless you’ve been dwelling under a boulder, you’ll know that menswear has been dominated by outerwear of late. It’s a similar hype to the workwear phenomenon – heritage, Dad brands (North Face, Columbia, Dickies we’re looking at you) have become really fucking cool for their functional, technical garms.
Timberland have used this to their advantage, their sturdy, sandy boots still proving popular for weathering any weather. As their vice chairman and grandson of the founder – Jeffrey Swartz – put it back in the ‘90s: ‘We are not able to execute trendy.”
We reckon that’s a bit hard on themselves, though. This latest collab with streetwear label Wood Wood proves that they’ve got their toes on the pulse of fashion, while still focusing on the functionality that’s always been their material obsession. (Though, sure, “trendy” is ironically the least trendy word ever).
If you don’t know about Wood Wood – they’re an all-elements, earthy, brand who have collaborated with the likes of Barbour, Nike, Adidas and Eastpak. They also host a load of other labels’ outerwear wares, making them a one-stop-shop for urban adventures and high-up hikes.
The capsule mixes both apparel and footwear. Down below, the focus is on two styles – the Brooklyn 6inch boot and the Madness 6inch boot, both in classic beige colourways, chunky outsoles and stand-out specs.
Matching garms nicely tap into the technical, zip-heavy wear splattered across current lookbooks. Raincoats and fleeces can be combined into one wind-breaking fort; jackets are stuffed with zip pockets; hike pants zip down into shorts; tees and hoodies twist terracotta tones for travelling to new territories (or just traipsing around the house, to be fair).
The best thing about the capsule? It really makes us want to roam around the outdoors and leap off-the-grid: styling out stiles across the way. Borders are for the bored – time to stop sitting on fences and hop over ‘em, instead.
The Timberland x Wood Wood ‘Cooperation across borders’ collaboration is available now at timberland.co.uk