Timberland Boot Company’s Creative Director Pete Lankford has been designing footwear since 1993. In that time, he’s moved from a small start-up firm, through Converse, to Timberland. Throughout this time, Lankford has been interested in hard, science-based research, focusing on the precise bio-mechanical tweaks that make a better shoe.
One might then assume that his newest project at Timberland Boot Company, rooted as it is in American footwear heritage from the first half of the 20th-century, might be a departure from core interests. However, Lankford is quick to remind that Timberland Boot Company is not in the business of making antiques.
“It’s easy to recreate an old classic from your archive,” Lankford says. “Ultimately, I think there is a lot more [to it] when you combine what’s intriguing from the past and bring it with a sophisticated manner to the world today. I don’t think there are many brands doing that. I think there is a lot to play with there.”
The line is based on the lessons found in materials and construction, resulting in footwear with a classic sensibility that is finely tuned to contemporary needs. So, even though Lankford’s eye is directed historically to the period between 1900 to 1950, his mind as a designer remains tied to concrete notions of how shoes fit today. He does this with the finest Horween leathers and suedes sourced from a venerable factory in Leeds.
With the fall 2009 Timberland Boot Company collection filtering into the shops, we asked Lankford to choose his two favorite shoes. The first, the Colrain Reissue Chukka (above) is described as a very simple shoe in its patterning and piecing. It is stripped to its essential needs and the quarter is sewn to the toe following historic precident. The second shoe picked by Lankford is the Counterpane 6-Inch Lace Boot. A simply constructed shoe, its aesthetic comes from a design that is pushed by referencing construction choices.
View the Counterpane 6-inch Lace Boot after the jump.