The outdoor apparel manufacturer that would eventually become Timberland was essentially founded in 1952 when Massachusetts shoemaker Nathan Swartz purchased an interest in the Abington Shoe Company. By 1955, Swartz had officially bought the company outright and brought his sons in to manufacture private label shoes. The brand really made a name for itself in 1965 when the family figured out how to use injection-molding technology to create truly waterproof shoes and boots.
In 1973, the Swartzes introduced the Timberland brand name. The popularity of these new Timberland boots eventually led to the company being renamed. Throughout the '70s and '80s, Timberland began to expand its product line to include a wider range of footwear as well as men's and women's apparel. Led by Sidney Swarts--Nathan's son--the company went public and made a name for itself as one of the nation's top manufacturers. A children's line was officially introduced in 1997. For years, Timberland has ranked on lists from national publications as being one of the top companies in the nation to work for as well as one of the most innovative corporations. In 2011, Timberland was acquired by American textiles giant, the VF Corporation. It operates retail stores and outlets around the world as well as selling clothes and shoes through authorized retailers.
Footwear remains the number one product made by Timberland, and the kids' options are available in infant (0-1 yrs), toddler (1-5 yrs), youth (5-9 yrs), and junior (9-13 yrs) sizes. Each age group is divided into categories for boots, shoes, sandals, and hiking. The brand's boots are a child-sized version of Timberland's classic waterproof and insulated footwear. Available in colors and sizes for both boys and girls, these boots are designed to get kids through rain, puddles, and mud without soaking their feet. Shoes range from oxfords to boat shoes to slip-ons, and they exude class and style while still being incredibly durable. Timberland sandals are much more rugged than flip-flops. These products are designed for active wear, and many of them are closed-toed to provide protection. Finally, the brand's hiking boots feature superior traction and heavy-duty construction to provide active kids plenty of support on the trail. Kids' accessories include hiking socks to keep your little one's feet warm and well protected when he or she faces the elements.
Teens will fit into Timberland's adult sizes, and they have a wide range of men's and women's styles that go beyond footwear. Choose from clothing options like tees, polos, jeans, outerwear, and more. You'll also find accessories like backpacks, luggage, watches, hats, and sunglasses.
Active kids need rugged clothes and shoes to protect them against the harsh outdoors, and Timberland has firmly established itself as a trusted brand. The company revolutionized boots and shoes when it came up with its waterproofing technique several decades ago, and it continues to innovate with new technology to keep wearers safe and comfortable. While the selections for kids are fairly limited, they still provide several options in each style for you to choose between.
As a business, Timberland strives to be responsible by promoting manufacturing practices that help preserve the environment as well as insisting on safe, healthy working conditions in its factories around the globe. The company is also well known for its commitment to community service, and it encourages employees to volunteer by providing paid service time as one of its benefits. All things considered, we give Timberland 4.5 stars out of 5.