How to Wear the New Utility trend with Timberland Boots
Trendstop first identified New Utility as a fashion trend in 2014, and has announced it as it’s Fashion Trend of the Year for 2016 . We’re thrilled with this practical trend, which reimagines classic, rugged utility style into modern silhouettes without compromising on functionality.
New Utility is something that Timberland boots have always done well. Their iconic yellow boot is now omnipresent, spotted on the feet of construction workers and fashion gurus alike. Today, Timberland has taken that iconic functionality and style to the next level with heritage styles like the Women’s Wheelwright Hiker and the Men’s Willoughby boot.
Feminine enough to wear with a dress and rugged enough to hit the trails, this boot is ready for anything. Reversed suede adds a distressed aesthetic that works from countryside to city street. Waterproof construction makes this boot down for whatever. Pair it with your favorite tench coat or military jacket.
Need some outfit inspiration? Head on over to Polyvore to see how you can wear this boot with jeans, dresses, and skirts.
Breathability is important because feet that can’t breathe will sweat, producing moisture that will make your feet get cold! Your feet sweat even when they’re cold, so carry an extra pair of socks and swap them out.
2. Know your materials.
When it comes to warmth, what makes up your sock or shoe lining is way more important than how thick it is.
Cotton = Cold ! Cotton easily gets wet, especially if your feet are sweating. And once cotton gets damp, it no longer keeps its warmth. That means frozen toes! Cotton socks have their place, but being outside in cold, damp or wet conditions requires something else.
Wool = Warm ! Merino wool is our favorite material for cold-weather socks, because the wool fibers manage moisture and regulate temperature naturally. It’s also less itchy when compared to other wool materials. You’ll find Merino wool in our SmartWool and Darn Tough Socks.
3. Layer Up
Sometimes one sock isn’t enough to do the job. Instead of picking one heavy weight sock, it’s usually better to start with a lightweight, moisture-wicking sock (liner sock) and then add a wool sock on top. If you’re heading out in seriously cold temperatures, your best bet is to use three layers–a lightweight moisture-wicking sock under a lightweight wool sock, with a medium to heavy wool sock on top.
When layering, it’s important to make sure that your feet are still comfortable. If your shoes or socks are fitting too tightly, skip the extra layer. Too much pressure on your foot will cut off circulation to your toes, which can be dangerous in some conditions and defeats the purpose of wearing multiple socks to keep your feet warm. You want enough space that you have a layer of warm air between your socks and your shoes–enough space to wiggle your toes easily in socks.
4. Add some sole.
A wool or sheepskin insole will keep you warm in cool weather. Most winter boots have a thick sole to prevent too much conduction on cold surfaces. The further away your feet are from the cold ground, the warmer they will be. Look for antimicrobial technologies that keep your feet dry, comfortable, and odor-free!
Make sure to pull out liners and insoles when you take your boots off so that they dry properly!
5. Foot Warmers
You can always buy foot warmers to keep in your shoes, but there are a few other ways to warm up your feet at home. You can make your own footwarmer out of fleece material filled with rice or flax seed. Pop it into the microwave and then wrap it around your feet. You can also fill a water bottle with hot water and then roll it under your feet. Make sure you have socks on or that there is a layer over the water bottle to protect your feet. For more foot warming ideas, see our Pinterest Board: Cozy Toes.
Entering college often signifies a new stage in your life–and the perfect time to update your wardrobe. As you grow and learn, your style should also reflect that growth. Plus, moving from class to class and around campus means you’re spending a lot of time on your feet. We’ve made a list of some of our favorite shoes for college and university life below.
Chukka / Desert Boots
Add a little class to your casual look. Chukka and Desert boots are laid back and comfortable, but look much nicer than your tennis shoes. A traditional chukka boot has a crepe sole and two eyelets, but plenty of variations exist. Try a pair from Clarks, Timberland, or Johnston & Murphy.
Whatever your price range, it’s important to have a well-maintained pair of dress shoes. These will come in handy for presentations, interviews, scholarship banquets, and other formal events. A go-to staple is a plain-toe, black balmoral (click here to learn about the difference between a blucher and a balmoral/oxford), which will work at almost every formal event. A straight tip (cap toe) shoe is a slightly less formal option that is still commonly accepted, but brogues and wing designs are seen as informal. If you already have a staple formal pair, you can feel free to experiment with bluchers, brogues, toe styles and leathers. Try a pair from Johnston & Murphy, Florsheim, Cole Haan, or Bruno Magli.
Being out on your own in a new place may be a little scary, but it also comes with plenty of opportunities for new experiences. Always be ready for whatever adventure comes your way–or just for inclement weather with hiking shoes and waterproof boots from Merrell, Timberland, and Kamik.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have shoes for warm weather. Depending on where you attend college (and if your dorm room has a/c), the first and last few months of your first year can get really hot. Remember that if you’re walking between classes, you’ll need more support. Save your flimsy flip flops for the shower–sandals from Vionic, Olukai, Timberland, Naot, Chaco, and Sperry Topsider are comfortable enough for all-day wear.
Entering college often signifies a new stage in your life–a perfect time to update your wardrobe. As you grow and learn, your style should reflect that growth. We’ve made a list of some of our favorite shoes for college and university life below.
Comfortable flats from Cole Haan, Timberland, and Softspots are perfect for when sneakers or other casual shoes just won’t do. Wear them to class with skirts and dresses (easy to throw on!) or slip them on with your business casual wear for all-day events.
Times are changing, and now you are more likely to receive an interview for a job or internship while still in college. While flats are acceptable in interviews, closed-toe dress heels are more traditional. Comfortable heels not only feel great, but also make you look more practical. Try a pair from Rockport, SoftSpots, or Cole Haan (45 or 65 series for lower heel height).
Your summer wear doesn’t have to be restricted to flip-flops. Rock a more mature look that also helps keep your feet comfortable as you run from class to class with cork-bed or leather sandals from Naot, Olukai, Vionic, or Softspots.
Lace-Ups are comfy, but slip-ons like moccs, loafers, and boat shoes are easy to slide on and off–perfect for those mornings when you don’t really want to get out of bed. Make getting to class on time easy by leaving a pair near your door. Our favorites? Minnetonka Kilty, Sperry Top-Sider classics, and Cole Haan LTE styles.
Weather & WP Boots
Wet, cold, and crazy weather happens–and it doesn’t always result in canceled classes. Be prepared for whatever with Waterproof Boots from Kamik, Timberland, Sperry, Cole Haan, and Sorel (Coming Soon).
As the temperature outside drops, the risk of cold-related injury to your feet increases. Prolonged exposure to cold weather can result in frostbite or–in the case of very humid or damp conditions—trench foot or pernio.
You face a greater risk of frostbite and other cold-related injuries if you have poor circulation or nerve damage, have been consuming alcohol (increases body heat loss), or use products that contain nicotine. Here are some tips to protect your feet from the cold:
1. Stay nourished and hydrated. Dehydration, lack of nutrients, and low blood sugar can all have a negative effect on your body’s temperature regulation.
2. Stay warm. Layer your clothing. Your base layer should be an insulating material that wicks away sweat and moisture, such as wool or synthetic material. Wear socks in materials designed for cold weather, such as Smartwool and Darn Tough socks. Longer socks offer more protection than ankle socks.
3. Stay dry. Remember that drier feet are warmer feet. Clothing should be waterproof if possible. Avoid Cotton because it retains moisture, choose synthetic or wool instead. Carry an extra pair of socks in case your first pair gets wet from sweat or the elements. You can help prevent your feet from sweating with antiperspirant products, foot powders, and special insoles.
4. Pick the right shoe–in the right size! Waterproof shoes are preferable in wet, cold weather. Be sure that the shoes are a good fit, and that you try them on with the pair of socks you intend to wear with them. (For info on how to try on shoes properly, watch the video below.) Shoes that are too tight can interfere with blood flow. Shoes that are too loose will allow exposure to wind and cold.
5. Rotate your shoes. Your feet need time to breathe in order to stay healthy—and so do your shoes. Rotating between two or more winter shoes is ideal so that each pair has time to air out and dry, creating a better environment for your feet.