50 of 57 people found the following review helpful
NOT fake, Timberland company has changed. Bring back the quality!,
This review is from: Timberland Men's 6" Premium Boot (Apparel)
Instead of repeating the same experience, I'm going to borrow from other reviewers.
Exert from Amazon Review for Timberland Men's 6" Premium Scuffproof Boot by Spain:
Wrong Style - Wrong Leather
"The boot that was sent to me by Amazon is a different leather, and different style #. The different version on Amazon feels like sandpaper, whereas the Timberland style 10061 feels more like suede. Style 10061 has better padding inside and is made in the Dominican Republic. The Amazon version is made in China."
Exert from Amazon Review for Timberland Men's 6" Premium Boot by Alvin Lee:
"Just got around to wearing my Timberland boots ordered from Amazon two weeks back. On closer inspection, the built quality seems to be poorer than those I saw in the retail store. At first I thought it could be due to the different factory it comes from (Those in retail stores in Singapore are made in Vietnam while the one I ordered from Amazon was made in Dominican Republic)."
Exert from Amazon Review for Timberland Men's 6" Premium Boot by "drakenX":
not like they used to be made
"I love timberland boots, I've been wearing them for the past 5 years and overall I was very satisfied with them. However this last pair that I bought disappointed me a bit though. I've had to send them back after a few months because I was getting a very annoying sound from each one on every step I took. The return was easy, and I got my refund. I bought a new pair at a store, and have been wearing them for about 6 months now, but I a starting to get the same sound of one of the pairs. This issue needs solving fast."
Add in all of Timberland one-star reviews given from 2012 to present (November 2013), which make up almost all of Timberland's one-star reviews. The most frequently ranked Timberland boots have many of these bad reviews, which are easily found as they appear among the top reviews for being marked "helpful." So, is Amazon selling counterfeit Timberlands or are we seeing a down turn in the quality of these awesome boots? Timberland and Amazon representatives have stated that the Timberland brand sold on Amazon is a verified Timberland product. If you are in doubt, call Timberland with your product in hand and they can help you check.
On the other hand, the New York Times published an article on June 13, 2011 entitled "VF Corporation to buy Timberland." ([...] Apparently Timberland slipped into tough times around 2006 ([...] then recently, due largely to rising material costs, it took a sharper turn downhill, suffering losses until VF Corporation bought the company in June 2011.
This merger added Timberland to VF Corp's amalgamation of outdoorsy-type brands such as Vans, Lee, Jansport and The North Face. And this big change for Timberland brought other changes by VF Corp, a company driven to make big brands even bigger. The NY Times article reported that "VF [Corp] executives appeared confident that it could wring profits by improving Timberland's business performance, primarily by folding it into the apparel giant's global platform and cutting costs." By the end of 2011, VF Corp "expect[ed] to reap benefits from the Timberland deal."
It appears that Amazon sells the same Timberlands that are sold in retail stores, but that either overall quality or quality control (or both) have suffered in the merger. Based on recent reviews and my recent experience, VF Corp is not sustaining the classic American, well-built, all-day-everyday-boot reputation that the Timberland name earned. Bring back the high standard that the Timberland working boot deserves!