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Timberland Taps Pangaia for Triple-Threat Shoes

Pangaia and Timberland teamed up for their first-ever collaboration tapping three eco-friendly components to produce a limited capsule collection.

Designed with nature in mind, the colorful Timberland x Pangaia footwear capsule launched Thursday with two styles partly produced with natural materials. The capsule features a reimagined 6-inch boot and a mule, both offered in men’s and women’s sizes.

The brands worked closely to create the $250 Timberland x Pangaia Premium Fabric 6-Inch Boot­—an updated version of the iconic style that leans into a cleaner aesthetic with subtle flaps covering the eyelets and tonal outsoles. The modern take on the classic boot is made in part with renewable materials such as responsibly grown rubber, abaca plant fiber and organically grown cotton. It is available in signature Pangaia colors, Galaxy Pink and Palm Green, as well as Timberland’s trademark Wheat.

“We are incredibly excited to partner with Pangaia for the first time. As brands, we share a passion for products that are not only beautifully crafted, but also made with the environment in mind,” Drieke Leenknegt, chief marketing officer at Timberland, said. “By using innovative materials like abaca plant fiber in the boots, and designing the mule for circularity, together we are working toward a greener future.” 

Timberland x Pangaia Premium Fabric 6-Inch Boot in Galaxy Pink

The $170 Timberland x Pangaia D4C Fabric Slip-On Mule is specifically designed for circularity, in line with Timberland’s Timberloop design process. Both the outsole and the inner webbing system are engineered to be easily disassembled at the end of the shoe’s life. To close the loop, Timberland asks customers to send back the product once it’s no longer in use, so its parts can be put into a proper recycling stream toward a second life. The mule is available exclusively at Timberland.

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Each product in the footwear capsule features a custom text block explaining the material composition, a design detail synonymous with Pangaia. “These boots are made in part using responsibly grown rubber, abaca plant fiber and organically grown cotton,” the text block on the boots reads. “These shoes are made in part using responsibly grown rubber, abaca plant fiber and organically grown cotton,” the mules read. “They are designed for circularity.”

This isn’t Timberland’s first foray into the circular economy. This summer, Timberland was the first company to partner with Lenzing on its Tencel lyocell fibers with Refibra technology fiber, which uses upcycled cotton scraps from different garment productions. This collaboration combined Timberland’s outdoor heritage with Tencel’s commitment to supporting a circular economy in the textiles industry, both pursuing the common goal of reducing their ecological footprint across the value chain. And Pangaia is no stranger to sustainability, either. Its latest capsule collection used dyes made from food waste, and it previously launched 100 percent Infinna T-shirts made from recycled waste.

This launch marks the next step in Pangaia’s commitment to working with communities, artists and changemakers that share the same values and mission as the brand. Rooted in its collective commitment to reforestation, the material science company is donating a portion of the proceeds from this collaboration to the Tomorrow Tree Fund, created to support grassroots NGOs with a commitment to plant, protect and restore trees around the globe.