The Timberland story began in 1918, in a small Boston, Massachusetts shoe company where Timberland founder, Nathan Swartz, began his bootmaking career as an apprentice stitcher, eventually introducing an injection-molding technology to the footwear industry. This technology fused soles to leather uppers without stitching, producing one of the first truly waterproof boots.
In 1973, the Timberland name was born. "Timberland" started as the brand name for the original waterproof leather boot. Come 1978 and 1979, Timberland added casual and boat shoes to its line to become more than just a boot company. In the 1980s, the company expanded into an international lifestyle brand, and today Timberland offers clothing as well as footwear.