With its large lines of work boots and casual footwear, Timberland has established itself as one of the most popular shoe brands in the world, and it has an extensive clothing collection as well. Despite (or because of) their success, there are still counterfeit Timberland products flooding the market and sometimes it can be difficult to know whether you are buying the real deal or not. However, spotting fake Timberland products does not have to be a chore and soon you will be able to tell if what you are looking at is real.
Look at the tag that is attached to the shoelace eyelets. If there is a bar code sticker on the tag then the shoes are not genuine. Make sure you look at the eyelet tag if you are buying shoes online or from a street vendor. This is often the most obvious way to spot a fake.
Notice the style of the shoe. If the appearance looks too flamboyant or it's a style that you have never seen before, then it is most likely a fake. Often counterfeit timberland shoes will use designs that the actual Timberland company has never used before.
Hold the shoe and feel the texture. If it feels light, plastic-y, or seems to be made of poor quality materials then it is fake.
Look for the style number, which can be found under the tongue or along the inside of the shoe. The most common style number is 10061, which is printed on the classic yellow timberland boots. If you find this style number on a shoe other than that particular style, then the shoe is fake.
For clothing, inspect the tag. Real Timberland should have the original Timberland logo and correct style number. Also inspect the stitching and quality of the garment. Fake shirts and pants often have unusual seams and styles that are different than authentic Timberland products.
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Ian Moore is a student pursuing an associate degree in music and holds a bachelor's degree in English. Moore has been a writer for more than 10 years. He holds a TESOL certification and has taught English abroad. Moore has published work for Transitions Abroad.