STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: To Timb Or Not To Timb

What used to be a shoe worn only by workmen and farmers has now rejuvenated as the hottest trend of this winter season. On the feet of style icon Kanye West, young adults, particularly men, are taking style influence from the rapper and purchasing Timberland boots. From light browns to dark shades, many find themselves struggling to style the moderately expensive boots, and ultimately few have the extensive wardrobes such as Kanye in which to properly highlight the well crafted footwear. I suggest an alternative—the Nike Air Force One Boot. Although Timberlands are trending, don’t be afraid to look for more affordable alternatives. Standing out can often be more fun and economical than following a brand name that is popular at the moment.

At a more tangible price level, and with a slightly more casual feel, the Nikes are a great substitute to the popular Timberland boots. Easily paired with jeans, khakis or a pair of trending joggers, these boots can go from day to night for any type of look, as showcased by this Fashionisto. A nonchalant mix of camouflage joggers and a dark blue puffy jacket creates a relaxed look, all the while accenting the boots, the lightest colored object in the outfit. One complaint often surrounding Timberland boots revolves around their incredibly heavy weight. Fortunately, the Nike boots are lighter and more comfortable in my opinion as well.

Although work boots are fashionable and in style for both genders, I believe the trend is a better fit for men. As showcased in this Fashionisto’s look, boots can be formal as well as a casual accessory. Pairing these Nikes with fitted sweatpants could be a perfect day look. For a night look, simply change into khakis or jeans. With the cold weather upon us, Timberlands or Nike Air Force One Boots serve as a great fashionable boot to truck through the winter sludge that is surely around the corner for us Northerners. Although I am aiming this article at men, ladies, this does not mean you cannot go into your boyfriend’s or best friend’s wardrobes and raid their footwear!

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Although Timberlands are trending, don’t be afraid to look for more affordable alternatives. Standing out can often be more fun and economical than following a brand name that is popular at the moment.”