Timberland has been making work boots since 1952, when the company was still known as the Abington Shoe Company. In 1973, the company introduced to the world The Original 6 Inch Work Boot, which would soon become an icon beyond its humble beginnings.
Known among employees as Style #10061, the hardwearing, waterproof nubuck work boot was designed for construction workers with New England’s harsh winters in mind.
The Original Timberland Boot became so popular, that shortly after its introduction the Abington Shoe Company stopped producing boots for other brands to focus on building its own brand. In 1978, the company was renamed The Timberland Company.
That same year, Timberland introduced another iconic silhouette. The 3-Eye Lug Handsewn Boat Shoe, which is based on the same rugged boot lug outsole as the 6-Inch Work Boot.
The work boot’s popularity reached beyond Timberland’s blue-collar worker core customer. In New York City, the boots caught the eye of hustlers in the city streets.
It wasn’t long before local rappers started wearing “Timbs”, with The Notorious B.I.G. and Nas mentioning them in their lyrics, while Mobb Deep and Wu-Tang Clan had them center stage on their album covers.
As hip-hop started blowing up all around the world, the 6 inch work boot became synonymous with New York. “Timbs” were part of a uniform, worn with baggy clothes from Carhartt and The North Face.
But as hip-hop style and streetwear evolved over time, Timberland 6 Inch Boots remained an icon and a global status symbol for youth culture.