Timberland Boots: The “Next” Shoe Trend?

First, there were the cornrows.

Then, there were big booties.

Now, yet another mainstream fashion magazine is proclaiming that something many of us have worn for years is the “next” big thing.

This week’s Columbus-ing culprit is none other than Elle magazine.

Interestingly enough, the article in which fashion editor Danielle Prescod (whom, might I add, appears to be Black) decided Timberland books are a “trend” has mysteriously disappeared from Elle’s website. Hmm…

But not before #BlackTwitter went H.A.M.

According to, Prescod wrote:

This season, I predict a similar ascent to fashion greatness for the classic Timberland boot. Here’s why: All cool girls are wearing Timbs, from Cara Delevingne to Rihanna to Gwen Stefani. (And it’s no coincidence that they all hang out, either—cool begets cool. I’m not saying she’s not cool, but Taylor Swift has never been photographed in a Timberland.) Anyway, now that stylish babies North West and Blue Carter have been spotted in Timbs—and they just learned how to walk—I know that they’re about to explode.


Timbs are not “about to explode” just because RiRi and a couple of White celebs have been spotted wearing them recently. I never donned a pair (save for the knockoff “Manolo Blahnik Timbs” I had back in my “’03 Bonnie & Clyde” days), but nearly everyone in my middle school class wore them.

A question that has been popping up a lot lately (and one I would be remiss if I didn’t ask myself) is how comes these “trends” are considered “chic” when White celebrities wear them, but “ghetto” when a regular Black girl from the block does it?

I understand that what goes around comes around when it comes to fashion, but c’mon! Timberlands have been around since hip-hop was invented (okay, practically).

I wonder what will be next on the Columbus-ing bandwagon … FUBU? Bamboo hoop earrings with your name in the middle? Oh, wait …

Bamboo earrings

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