Are Timberlands Waterproof?

When most people think of Timberlands they think of the iconic Yellow Boot. Is this boot waterproof? The quick answer is yes. The uppers are bonded to provide 100% waterproofing and the tongue is joined on both sides so water will not get in.

But Timberlands have boots besides their flagship Yellow Boot. Let’s dive in!

The brand, Timberland is known for its extensive lines of outdoor boots and shoes, with styles ranging from hiking boots to rugged work boots, to fashion boots and sneakers. However, the most iconic shoe that Timberland manufactures is their Timberland winter boots. 

These boots are designed for grip, insulation, comfort, style, water resistance, and durability.

While the boots are described as water resistant, you may be wondering if this means that they are waterproof, and suitable for a range of outdoor activities where they may become soaked, wet or drenched. 

Luckily, we have all of the information available for you about Timberlands, and which styles are waterproof and which are not! So, read on to find out! 

What are Timberlands?

Timberland boots are one of the most iconic shoes available. You can recognize this brand and style of boot absolutely anywhere. The most famous of the Timberland boots is the Timberland Yellow Boot.

These boots are made from strong nubuck leather, along with hard wearing suede materials for a mixture of style and functionality. 

Timberland boots are known for their sturdy, durable nature, and can be worn for work, play, hiking, or outdoor activities.

The boots themselves are insulated yet breathable, and provide all day comfort, with a good grip perfect for harsher weather conditions such as ice and snow, giving users lots of traction, while keeping the feet warm, dry and stylish! 

Are Timberlands Waterproof?

Timberlands were first designed in the 1970s when the founder Sidney Swartz saw a growing demand for waterproof, long lasting boots that could be used by laborers.

They were also designed for durability and practicality as those working long shifts did not want wet, cold feet for hours. So, Timberlands have always been synonymous with waterproofed shoes. 

All of Timberland’s current work boots, hiking boots, and the iconic Yellow boot are completely waterproof. For most of these boots, the uppers are made from leather that is tanned for greater water resistance and coated by Timberland themselves.

The tongue of the boot is also joined on both sides so that there is no risk of water getting into the boot. In addition, the sole of the shoes and the uppers are permanently bonded to provide 100% water tightness. 

Timberland actually put every single pair of ‘Waterproof Timberland Boots and Shoes’ through hours of rigorous testing to ensure that they are actually waterproof and completely watertight before they even leave the production line.

They also only used the finest quality materials and seal every single seam to guarantee that the boots are waterproof and safe for use. 

Can you wear Timberlands in the rain? 

Up close shot wearing Timberlands in a wet creek bed.

While Timberland claims that their sturdy boots are waterproof, you may wonder how they hold up in the rain.

Well, what Timberland means when they say that their boots are waterproof is that while on, your feet will stay dry and protected from the rain, puddles, and other forms of water and that no water should enter the boot unless fully submerged in water.

However, the leather of the boot will get wet, and lose its water repelling treatment, which over time can cause damage. So, it is advisable not to wear them too often in the rainy season. 

While the boots themselves are waterproof, all leather, suede and natural materials will over time buckle under the pressure of wet weather conditions, which will crack and wrinkle the shoes. So, yes you can wear timberlands in the rain, but over time this can damage the boots and cause them to crack, rot and wrinkle. 

Are Timberlands good for snow?

Yes, Timberland boots are perfect for snow. This is because Timberland’s winter boots are specifically designed to offer the best waterproofing protection, while also ensuring that the feet stay warm, dry, and protected at all times from the harsh elements and winter weather.

The vast majority of the Timberland boots available are fully seam-sealed and made of specifically designed and treated leathers or fabrics to keep the feet dry, snug, and safe from extreme weather conditions.

Additionally, Timberland boots are made with waterproof, insulated, and breathable materials, while also providing comfort for all day wear. One of the most important factors that you have to consider when looking for boots suitable for snow is the grip.

The good thing about Timberland boots is that they offer great grip and traction for deep snow, slush, and icy weather conditions. Yet, they still keep the feet toasty warm on those very cold, icy days. 

For snowy and icy weather, it is recommended that you opt for a style of Timberland boot that goes up over the ankle rather than the shorter boots.

This will help as you can tuck jeans or pants into the boot, keeping out any water or cold temperatures, and ensuring that you can stay warm and dry in the worst weather conditions. We recommend something like the Timberland 6 Inch Premium Waterproof Boot

Timberland Men's 6 inch Premium Waterproof Boot, Black Nubuck, 11

Are Timberlands Slip Resistant?

If you want to ensure that your Timberlands are slip resistant, then you may want to invest in a pair from the Work Boots line, called Timberland PRO work boots. These are field tested for optimized protection and safety in working environments, including industrial working environments. 

In addition to this, the boots are made with anti-fatigue technology, electrical insulation, along with slip resistant rubber soles for long lasting wear and the utmost safety and security when working. 

How Long Do Timberlands Last?

Timberland boots are known for their durable and long lasting capabilities. They do often come with a hefty price tag, but you are investing in a strong, reliable pair of boots that you can wear for multiple uses. 

For most people, they report that their Timberland boots last about 4-5 years or more with frequent use.

However, you have to take good care of your Timberland boots, and you may even want to waterproof them once more to ensure that your feet are always dry and protected in the rain! 

Which Timberlands are waterproof?

Not all Timberland boots are waterproof, so you will need to choose the right pair if you need them for protection in harsh weather conditions rather than for fashion. For instance, the classic boots are typically waterproof. These are the Nubuck Premium Waterproof boots from Timberland: for women,

Timberland Women's 6' Premium Waterproof Boot, Wheat Nubuck, 8.5 W US

or for men

Timberland Men's 6 inch Premium Waterproof Boot, Wheat Nubuck, 12 W

The Nellie Double Waterproof Ankle boots are also waterproof, and are made of similar materials to the iconic Nubuck Yellow Timberland boot, however they are shorter:

Timberland Women's Nellie Double Waterproof Ankle Boot,Black,8 M US

You can also purchase hiking boots from Timberland that are waterproof such as:

Timberland Men's Chocorua Trail Mid Waterproof Snow Shoe, Brown/Green, 8 D - Medium


Timberland Men's White Ledge Mid Waterproof Hiking Shoe, Black, 11

Timberland also offers Snow Boots that are waterproof and insulated for men:

Timberland Men's Chillberg Mid Waterproof Insulated Snow Boot, Mulch TBL Forty Full Grain, 8 M US

and as pull on boots for women: ​​

Timberland Women's Mabel Town Waterproof Pull On Snow Boot, Black Nubuck, 070M M US

The vast majority of the boots from Timberland are waterproof, so just double check when you are purchasing! 

Can I make my Timberlands waterproof?

To ensure that your Timberlands stay waterproof after years of use, you will want to use waterproofing spray, while keeping on top of cleaning and maintenance.

Timberland themselves recommend that you use Balm Proofer to protect the surface of your Timberlands:

Timberland Balm Proofer XL All Purpose Protector Shoe Care Product, no color, OS 0X US

but you should also wax them with a leather protector:

Timberland' WaximumTM' Waxed Leather Protector,One Size

However, you can also keep your Timberlands in the best shape and lasting for so much longer with a Nikwax Nubuck and Suede Waterproofing spray:

Nikwax Nubuck & Suede Proof, 125ml, Spray-On Waterproofing Restores DWR Water Repellency in Textured Leather Footwear, Shoe & Boot Care and Rain Protection

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