Work Hard, Stay Fresh.

Timberland® has partnered with Microban® to bring extended freshness and odor control to their Timberland PRO® work boots.

Timberland's innovation and craftsmanship are unsurpassed, and it all started with a yellow boot. Their inspiration comes from that gritty New England tendency to ‘think outside the box’ and create innovative solutions to everyday problems. In 1973, an icon was born when the Abington Shoe Company launched the Original Timberland® 8-inch Boot. Three years later, the 6-inch version was released, becoming the icon we know today. Fast forward 40 years, Timberland is one global brand with three distinct categories: Work, Life, and Outdoor. They encompass all their products, whether on the job, trail, or street.

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Why Do Shoes Smell?

Odor in footwear is a universal problem. The unpleasant odor emanating from your footwear is most likely caused by a combination of factors, with sweat and bacteria playing starring roles:

  • Sweat: Feet have a high concentration of sweat glands, pumping out moisture throughout the day. This creates a damp environment inside your shoes.
  • Bacteria: Those damp, dark shoes become a breeding ground for bacteria naturally living on your feet. These bacteria thrive on sweat and dead skin cells, and as they break down these materials, they release unpleasant odors.
  • Poor ventilation: Shoes made from non-breathable materials like synthetic fabrics trap moisture and odor.
  • Dirty socks: Socks that aren't changed daily trap sweat and dead skin cells, contributing to the odor problem.
  • Rarely drying shoes: Shoes that don't have a chance to dry out completely after wearing allow bacteria to continue multiplying.
  • Medical conditions: In some cases, foot odor can be a sign of a medical condition, such as athlete's foot or fungal infections.
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Microban Odor Control and Antimicrobial Technology for Footwear Fabric Liners

One of the most effective ways to stop the stink is to treat the fabric liner in your shoe with an antimicrobial technology to inhibit the growth of odor-causing microbes. Timberland incorporates Microban technology into their work boots to prevent odor build-up on the liner fabric. Microban antimicrobial and odor control solutions have a history of safe use and have multiple benefits, including:

    • Controls bacterial and fungal growth, odors, unsightly stains, and product deterioration on the boot fabric liners
    • bluesign® certified technology - a highly regarded Trustmark that represents sustainability in textile manufacturing for both brands and consumers.
    • Keeps hard-to-wash products like boots cleaner and fresher between uses and cleanings
    • Extends the useful life of the boot fabric liner

The antimicrobial technology is built into the product, and it lasts for the life of the fabric. The result is Timberland PRO work boots with 24/7 antimicrobial footwear protection.