How to Spot Fake Timberland Boots: 7 Ways to Tell Real Timberlands

Timberland boots have become one of the most popular casual footwear styles of this generation. Because of their trusted quality and distinctive style, many consumers consider the American label the go-to brand for boots.

However, due to the insatiable demand, it is also one of the most popular brands among counterfeiters. Buying Timberland boots from authorized retailers like Zappos and Nordstrom is arguably the simplest way to ensure that you get the real thing.

Timberland’s 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. Do you know what the tree logo represents?

Pharrell Williams receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on December 4, 2014Pharrell Williams receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on December 4, 2014

Pharrell Williams wearing red Timberland bootsPharrell Williams wearing red Timberland boots

Kim Kardashian and North West (in Timberland toddler boots) at LAX on September 22, 2014Kim Kardashian and North West (in Timberland toddler boots) at LAX on September 22, 2014

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. Before spending your hard-earned moolah, take some time to do some research and educate yourself on how to spot fake Timberlands.

Where to Buy Timberland Boots

Right now, the most popular websites to buy Timberland boots online are:

1. Timberland (Official Site)

2. Amazon

3. Nordstrom

4. Zappos

5. Foot Locker

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 detailed information about the shoes, like size, style, color, and footprint details.

Make sure that the details displayed accurately describe 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.

Timberlands will normally still have the logo printed at the tongue or at the outer heel side of the shoes

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.

Genuine Timberland boots flaunt high-quality stitching that is evenly spaced and in four rows all throughout the boots

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 “unique’ styles that they come up with on their own.

Most counterfeit manufacturers copy the most popular styles

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:

Credit: Timberland

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