Posts Tagged ‘Timberland’


February 23, 2013

Regular readers of this blog will know I’ve a bit of a ‘thing’ for Italy and Italian culture. The Boot inspires me foodwise, clothingwise, and of course I love their football too. One of the most fascinating aspects, and certainly least documented in the UK, is Italian youth culture, and the most enigmatic period of all – the 1980s and the Paninari.

During the height of what we brits now call Thatcherism – young urban and suburban Italians were discovering Americana, hedonism and high fashion. Starting out in a burger joint in Milan early in the decade, the Paninaro phenomenon spread to the rest of Italy and beyond, and eventually found its looks replicated on the football terraces of Merrie Olde Englande in the late 1980s.

When I was in Genoa and Turin lately, I tried tracking down the eponymous Bible of the original Paninari, ‘Paninaro’. My pidgin Italian didn’t cut it at all the independent bookstores and stalls I sought out there. So, I had to turn to that love/hate internet phenomenon – good old eBay – to find some satisfaction.

For a few Euros I picked up some original and dog-eared copies of ‘Paninaro’, direct from sellers in Italy. Flicking through these is like looking at a postcard from youthful continental holidays in my schooldays. Tanned, young and happy people, dressed to the nines in Moncler, Timberland, Best Company, and Stone Island. The 1980s were the best ten years in the history of the world, and I miss them now, I really do. Enjoy these scanned pages, their like will not be seen again anytime soon. Ciao ragazzi.

A casual buy no. 40

August 25, 2011

I haven’t posted about clothes for a little while now, the football has been hectic since the start of this new season and frankly I’ve been totally immersed in the new stadium and great results. That’s not to say I haven’t been picking up bits and pieces here and there, I have, but I’m also not one who shops for big winter coats in the middle of August, so what I have bought has been lightweight and summery (I know, the weather is shit right now) and probably not that strictly ‘casual’ (for want of a better word). Anyways a winter sport will have a wintery influence on ‘football fashion’ (for want of even better words). But I’m waffling now.

Nothings speaks of ‘summer’ more than ‘deck shoes’, they are an essential piece of kit in any self-respecting dresser’s wardrobe. The ubiquitous short and trainer combination is fine for cutting about town or holiday during the day, but if it’s still hot enough at night and you still want bare knees the humble deck shoe should keep you one-up on the riff-raff in the sartorial stakes.

I used to wear a lot of Sperry deckies, probably the most iconic deck shoe on the market, with a large preppy heritage. Two things have gradually turned me off Sperry though: they wear out rather quickly, and the classic deck-thin non-slip sole doesn’t look right with my ever-expanding ‘muscular’ ankles and calves (‘cankles’ for the ladies I believe).

Timberland is a brand of footwear that, although popular with the masses, makes very sturdy shoes across the range. So then, these Heritage 3-Eye Classic Lug deckies are the hybrid that makes the deck shoe ‘right’ again for the big boned, as the the yacht-friendly thin sole is swapped for a big old workman-boot chunky sole, job done . So the real bonus is that they will last longer that three pairs of Sperry or other lesser brands.

A casual buy no. 32

January 13, 2011

I owned my first pair of Timberland boots back in 1988, in fact I was the first person to wear them in an army barracks of about 800 soldiers. One of my best mates wanted to borrow them to go with his newly bought semi-flare jeans – I told him to fuck off and buy his own, these Timberlands were mine and mine only.

I’m still that enamoured of Timberlands, 23 years later, and I’ve owned a pair without a break since then. They are simply one of the most iconic items of footwear ever produced, a design classic, the Coca-Cola bottle of the footwear industry. They were also the bootage of choice for the paninari, enough said.

Here’s my latest pair, not that I get through them at any great speed, they wear very hard. Yes, you do see them on the feet of everyone nowadays, but that doesn’t take away from how good a boot they are, a pair of jeans are bare naked without a pair of Timberland hanging out the bottom of them.


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