Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.
You would think that by this point in the cold season, that I’d have started to tire of wearing boots. Well…I haven’t. I really, really haven’t. I find that almost every single day, I pull on a pair of boots before heading out the door. In fact, I start thinking about my boots when I’m picking out my outfit for the day.
With boots at the forefront of my mind, I read for a pair of ponte pants or skinny jeans–since they just stay tucked in so nicely when I pull on any given pair of boots. Jeans with a slight flare leg just don’t tuck in the same way, even if you fold the bottoms in. And forget dress slacks – there’s just no future for them being paired up with some boots.
After picking out a pair of pants or jeans that are appropriate for pairing with boots, I’m pretty content to just throw on the first sweater that I grab from my closet. I pull on a toasty winter coat, and it’s off to face the day that I go. While I like to be stylish, staying warm and comfortable is definitely a top priority for me during these bitterly cold days.
I love the bustle of being out in the cold, with people rushing to and fro from their cars and trucks all bundled up. Bright colored coats pairs with matching scarves and gloves in fun patterns make the dull days just a little brighter. Cold weather in Pennsylvania means bundling up in seasonally appropriate outfits in order to help stay warm enough.
I have a particular aversion to the state of being cold…which is a bit difficult, as I’m pretty much always on the chilly side. And while I’m our and hurrying along in the frigid air, every once in a while, I get stopped in my tracks. And am thrown for a bit of a loop when I see what other people are wearing.
While some cute pumps paired with a pair of ankle pants are cute, they look as though they would be especially cold if worn this time of year. Especially with NO SOCKS! And while I an appreciate a stylish outfit when I see it, I can’t bring myself to cross the line and dress more for fashion then for warmth. Because did I mention that I REALLY don’t like being cold?
One name that has been synonymous with boots from the time I was in my teens was the name Timberland. And whenever I hear the name to this day, images of their classic looking work and hiking boots come into my mind. Little did I realize just how much Timberland has expanded their line, to include a variety of chic lifestyle boots that are ready to face the outdoors.
This season, my feet have faced the conditions of winter while wearing the Earthkeepers Stoddard Tall Waterproof Boots from Timberland. I was pleasantly surprised when I first ran across the Stoddard Tall boots while browsing around online on Timberland’s website. The boots have a look of rustic simplicity about them, that I find to be completely charming.
When I first pulled the Stoddard Tall boots out of their box, I found them to feel soft to the touch. They are constructed out of a waterproof burnished nubuck leather, that has a suede-like appearance. And, the boots also have a waterproof membrane that helps to keep your feet dry, no matter what the conditions are like.
The Stoddard Tall boots also feature an easy-to-use side zipper, which includes a nifty hexagon shaped pull tab in a lovely shade of bronze. After pulling the boots onto my feet and zipping them up for the first time, I noticed that they were a very nice mid-calf height on my longer legs.
I also had plenty of room to zip them up over a pair of skinny jeans or pointe pants without them being snug – and there is a subtle triangular elastic panel coming down from the top edge on the inside of the boots, which allows for a more customized fit. And I was very pleased with the way that the foot itself fit – I feel as though my foot is held nicely in place in the boot, and my ankle has a good amount of support.
Keeping true to the name of Earthkeepers, the lining and footbed cover of the Stoddard Tall boots are both made out of recycled plastic bottles. Plus, both are very comfortable and breathable. The boots also feature an OrthoLite footbed, that is designed to provide support so that you can be comfortable even when wearing them all day long.
The rubber outsole of the Stoddard Tall boots also feels tough and substantial, without being overly heavy. It is made out of Green Rubber – which means that it is constructed out of 42% recycled rubber. And, it also has a slight lug, which helps to improve traction. They also feature a low heel, which looks great, but is still comfortable to walk in.
I’ve found that while the Stoddard Tall boots look terrific on, I really like that they are also durable and can stand up against the elements. Rain. Snow…neither have been a problem for me while wearing the Stoddard boots. Their waterproof properties make them great to wear even when out and about in wet weather. And they still look great even after surviving wet conditions!
Along with a terrific fit, and weathering the elements though, I like that the Stoddard boots are included in the Earthkeepers line from Timberland. Through all of the wear they have been through, the boots have shown their ruggedness. But I also love the fact that parts of them are made out of recycled materials, which make me feel good for the Earth.
The Timberland Earthkeepers Stoddard Tall Boots are still available in a more limited range of sizes, and they retail for $220.00. You can also check out the entire line of Timberland’s Earthkeepers boots here, to view more styles and colors of boots that are also ready to stand up to the elements and are made out of recycled materials. Which makes for happy feet and a happy Earth.
Go Waterproof Boots (AND the Environment). Go Timberland. Go Eventing.