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The Search for the Perfect Timberland Knock-Off

If you're going to be strolling through the mean streets of New York City, you might be tempted to buy a knock-off pair of Timberland boots to save some cash. But are you getting anything close to the quality of real Timberlands? In this article, we cut open three pairs of “Timb-like” boots to see if they can rival the iconic brand for quality and style.

The Contenders: Lugs, Beverly Hills Polo Club, and King Show

We have three pairs of knock-off Timberlands here: the Lugs Convoy Fleece, the Beverly Hills Polo Club Six Inch Boot, and the King Show Basic Work Boot. Let's take a look at them one by one and see how they stack up.

Lugs Convoy Fleece

The Lugs Convoy Fleece boasts a retail price of $75 and is made in China. The upper is made from a fake nubuck leather, with lining made from cheap polyester fabric. The cemented construction appears decent, but the fake leather creases easily, making it less optimal for those concerned about appearance.

Upon cutting the boot in half, we discovered that the construction is quite shoddy. In addition to the fake leather and flimsy lining, the boot features a thin and poorly mixed outsole, which is likely to split over time. Stay away from this boot if you want a high-quality Timberland alternative.

Beverly Hills Polo Club Six Inch Boot

The Beverly Hills Polo Club boot retails for $59.99 and is also made in China. Similar to the Lugs, it uses fake nubuck leather and a cheap polyester fabric lining. However, this boot's construction is even worse than the Lugs.

When we cut the boot open, we found that it had even fewer materials than the Lugs and a softer shank, making it far less supportive. This boot is a terrible value, offering just a fraction of the functionality of a true Timberland boot.

King Show Basic Work Boot

The King Show boot retails for $50 and is made in China. The upper is made from real nubuck leather, with lining and construction that is somewhat better than the other two contenders. However, the major drawback of this boot is the block of wood in the heel. This feature is completely baffling and would make the boot incredibly uncomfortable to wear for extended periods.

Though the King Show boot appears to be the best of the three, it cannot be considered a good Timberland alternative due to the block of wood in the heel. It's better to spend a little more money and find a used pair of Timberlands or a discounted pair.

The Verdict

If you're in the market for a pair of Timberland knock-offs, our recommendation is to simply stay away. None of the boots we tested provided the same style or quality as a real pair of Timberlands. Instead of wasting your money on a subpar alternative, it's worth it to save up, scour for deals, or buy a used pair of genuine Timberland boots.

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In conclusion, investing in a genuine pair of Timberland boots is a much better decision than opting for a knock-off alternative. While it may be tempting to save some money on the cheaper options, the quality and durability of the real deal undoubtedly make them the better choice in the long run.

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  1. Talk about the best of a bad bunch! I'd agree Kingshow is the best boot but BHPC might get you the most cred on the mean streets of the Upper West Side where I live XD just because people probably won't be studying your boots for that long! Can't wait for that WW2 boot series my man! Here's to filming more vids together in 2022

  2. My lugz lasted longer than my last pair of timberlands . Still using them today for work ( no tears or holes ) just got new ones to go out ✅ LUGZ OVER TIMZ!

  3. When I was in highschool I had a pair of sketchers that I later learned were Timberland knock offs. They lasted me till graduation and I don't think I actually wore them out. I don't remember what happened to them but they lasted longer than any other pair of shoes I wore growing up. I wasn't big on all the shoe brands back then so to me they were just a pair of comfy boots.

  4. I have the Lugz Convoys in blue. I wouldn't get the wheat color because knockoff Timberlands are corny, but blue boots aren't super common and they were cheap, so why not? I gotta say, they're tougher than I would have guessed. You definitely know you're not making a lifelong investment here, but they're decent for what they are, and they look pretty sharp. They have other weird colors, too – bright red, black with white soles, etc. Probably worth the 50 bucks for the novelty value if you're into that sort of thing.

  5. Lugz are complete garbage. Lasted like 3 months in a kitchen (part time on weekends only) before the outsole was completely wrecked. Tried to waterproof with mink oil. I guess fake leather doesn't take waterproofing.

  6. I lived in Ballston Spa, NY winter of '85-'86. Not sure I would have made it through that winter if it weren't for my pair of Timberlands keeping my feet warm and dry. Only wore them out and about Off duty. Had to wear my Navy issue chukkas at work. IYKYK

  7. How would i take the premium leather band on the back of the premium timberland boots, remove it and attach it to a pair of timberland pros? I feel the only things letting the pro boot down is no pull loop on the heel and the faux/pleather ankle

  8. Honestly kingshows would be decent if not for the flaws in the sole. Ask the Dutch about using wood in footwear. If that completely solid sole was well made and fastened I'd call them better than the basic Timbs

  9. I dont know who said lugs where built well but that hasn't been true since the 90s. Their brand recognition fell off in the mid 90s and so did the quality.

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