Timberland boots have become one of the most popular casual footwear of this generation. Because of their trusted quality and distinctive style, many consumers consider Timberland the go-to brand for boots.
Right now, the most popular websites to buy Timberland boots online are:
These iconic shoes are worn by customers from all walks of life, from the most famous A-listers to the average Joes. And celebrities are definitely among the many fans who make these boots part of their regular wardrobe.
Pharrell Williams receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on December 4, 2014
Kim Kardashian and North West (in Timberland toddler boots) at LAX on September 22, 2014
However, because of popularity and high demand, Timberland is also one of the brands targeted for counterfeiting. The good news is that while fake products may have the look of the real ones from afar, dozens of telltale signs can help you identify the counterfeit items. So, before spending your hard-earned moolah, take some time to do some research and educate yourself on how to spot fake Timberlands.
Here are seven easy ways to check for signs of counterfeiting:
1. Check the box.
All genuine Timberland shoes come in a sturdy box made from recycled materials. These brown boxes display the brand’s name and logo. The side of the box also features a label that shows the detailed information about the shoes, like size, style, color, and footprint details. Make sure that the details displayed match the boots inside the box.
2. Check the tag.
Most of the fake Timberland boots being sold in fraudulent online stores and vendors place a barcode on the tag attached to the eyelet. While barcodes on tags may be a common detail for other shoe brands, this is not the case for Timberland, which never prints barcodes on eyelet tags. This is one of the easiest ways to know if your Timberlands are genuine.
3. Check the logo.
While fake Timberlands will normally still have the logo printed at the tongue or at the outer heel side of the shoes, you will notice discrepancies and slight differences in their shape, spacing, and color. Genuine Timberland boots display a faultless and high-quality logo, and they also carry the brand name and the logo on the outsoles.
4. Inspect the stitching.
Genuine Timberland boots flaunt high-quality stitching that is evenly spaced and in four rows all throughout the boots. The thread color used also matches the color of the shoe for a cleaner finish. Oftentimes, counterfeit shoes will have uneven stitches with threads that are too light or too dark.
5. Feel the shoes’ texture and weight.
All genuine Timberland boots do not just look good; they also feel good. If you can actually hold the shoes and inspect them before purchasing, do so. Being made of leather, suede, and high-grade rubber, these boots should feel a little weighty. If it feels light on your hand, it could be an indication of poor materials used.
6. Verify the style.
Most counterfeit manufacturers copy the most popular styles, but several imitators also produce styles that Timberland has never done before. Make sure to inspect the style number (normally printed under the tongue or along the inner lining), and check online if it matches the shoes. Familiarity with the shoe/boot styles will also help easily determine fake Timberlands.
7. Check if the store is an authorized retailer.
The official Timberland website has a “store locator” tool that allows you to search for authorized Timberland retailers in your area. If you’re buying shoes from a brick-and-mortar retailer, this is an easy way to check if you’re getting the real deal or not.
When shopping online, it’s best to stick to established retailers, such as Amazon, Nordstrom, Zappos, and, of course, the official Timberland website. While it’s possible to buy Timberland products on eBay, have a look at our eBay shopping guide to ensure that you don’t get scammed. For other retailers, see our tips on how to determine whether or not a website is trustworthy.
Watch the following video to help you better spot counterfeit Timberland boots: