"These boots are made for walking, and they're a collaboration between Mark McNairy and Timberland", as Nancy Sinatra almost once sang.
We love collaborations here at Esquire - Lennon and McCartney, Jagger and Richards, Hoddle and Waddle. But the collaboration that's currently capturing our attention is between Mark McNairy and Timberland.
The American designer has been effortlessly cool since his days at Ivy League specialists J Press, and is currently producing a range of intriguing footwear under his own label, Mark McNairy New Amsterdam.
A perfect time, then, to hook up with Timberland. Together they have created a new range that gives a new edge to the boot's classic design. We spoke to the man to get his thoughts about working with Timberland and his inspiration for the collection.
How did this project come about?
"It all started when I met Andy Freeman from Timberland [...] I was a huge fan of the 6-inch Timberland boot, Andy and I got talking and we just decided, you know, let’s do this".
Which of Timberland's design attributes did you particularly appreciate?
"Well the 6-inch boot is my favourite Timberland piece, so that’s the firs shoe that we chose to work on. I wanted to take it,make it from wolverine suede and add the yellow collar pad".
What is the archetypal McNairy style?
"McNairy style is all about smart, traditional, modern, Anglo-American sportswear".
How did you combine your own style with the brand’s design aesthetic?
"The brand’s aesthetic is my personal style. I make things that I want to wear".
Who do you see as the customer for this range?
"As far as my version of the boot is concerned, I think that people who have been wearing Timberlands for a long time will be drawn to it, but I also think it will introduce the boot to people who have never worn a Timberland boot. The boot has been very fashionable for a long time but I think this will introduce it to a new customer".
What are your thoughts on sustainability in fashion?
"To me sustainability is very important; because I try to make things which you can keep in your closet for the rest of your life as opposed to buying garbage fashion items that you’re just going to throw away next season".