Timberland Boots - About the Company

Timberland boots are a 3rd generation family company making boots - but not just any boots. They make top quality waterproof boots that will stand the test of time.

Nathan Swartz started his bootmaking career as an apprentice stitcher in a small Boston, Massachusetts shoe company. During his apprenticeship he learnt how to cut leather, stitch seams, attach soles and create fine leather boots.

Nathan Swartz later bought his own boot company and welcomed his sons into the now family business. Over the next 10 years the Swartz family built a name for themselves manufacturing quality leather boots.

The introduction of the waterproof boot

In the 1960's waterproof leather boots did not exist. Nathan Swartz changed that. With the finest leathers and genuine English craftsmanship Swartz produced the first truly waterproof leather boot.

The secret to the waterproof boot was in the new injection-moulding technology, which enabled soles to be fused to the leather uppers without stitching.

The Timberland name is born

Although they had been making boots for almost half a century it was not until 1973 that the Timberland name was born. It was the brand name given to the new waterproof boot, but because the boot became so popular the company changed its name to The Timberland Company.

In the coming years Timberland expanded their range of footwear to include casual and boat shoes. And by the 1980's the company's expansion had continued to include an international lifestyle brand.

A new leader, a new direction

Timberland now had a range that included not only boots and casual shoes but also clothing and women's footwear. It also launched itself as an international company by opening in Italy. These new developments were all progressing under the new leadership of Sidney Swartz, son of founder Nathan Swartz.

An innovative family business that has grown into a world leader in the fashion industry, Timberlands, now under the direction of Nathan's grandson, Jeffrey Swartz sells its products to the world.

Three generations of top quality boots

The company started by Nathan and the brand built by Sydney is now growing under the watchful eye of Jeffrey.

Today's products include watches, belts, socks, backpacks, kid's footwear and much more. A 21st century company making so much more than waterproof boots.