Do Timberlands Run Big? Don’t Buy Until You Read This Guide

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William Barton Avatar by  William Barton | Last Updated:  Oct 09, 2020
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Thinking about buying a pair of Timberlands? Online reviews are all over the place for what should be a simple question: do Timberlands run big? 

Our comprehensive guide will show you everything you need to know to get the perfect sized Timberland boot the first try—no returns needed. 

There are dozens of different models, so make sure you read through the entire guide so you can make sure you’re getting your ideal fit. 

Which Timberland Boots Run Big? 

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When most people think of Timberland boots, they’re thinking of the classic yellow 6” Waterproof Boot. As a general rule, you can pick the Waterproof Boot up a full size smaller than your true size. 

Timberland Men's 6-inch Premium Waterproof Boot

The original Timberland rain boot. Chances are, if you're thinking of Timberlands, these are what come to mind.

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That’s right. If you normally wear a size 10 sneaker, you will most likely fit a size 9 Timberland Waterproof boot. 

In our Timberland Earthkeeper review, we picked up a half-size smaller than true size, and the boots still felt roomy. So if you’re considering getting the Earthkeepers, you’re likely to find the best fit a full size smaller than your usual. 

Timberland Earthkeepers

Timberland Earthkeepers are solid mid-weight boots, and if you can find them for under $150, they’re worth consideration. Their unique style might be enough to push you over the edge, but we also like the comfort, eco-friendly materials, and leather quality.

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If you read through reviews on Amazon, you’ll see that several reviewers say the same thing. Always check what the return policy is before you shop for your boots, but you can almost always return your purchase so long as you don’t wear your boots outside. 

Which Timberland Boots Run True to Size?

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The Timberland Mt. Maddsen

We also reviewed the Timberland Mt. Maddsen hiking boots and found that these run true to size—a little narrow if anything. 

Timberland Mt. Maddsen Hiking Boot

The Timberland Mt. Maddsen is light and nimble considering how decked out it is with comfort features. Hikers who need extra arch support will enjoy the insole and shank combination this boot offers---something rare for hiking boots under $100.

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So that breaks the narrative that all Timberland boots run big. 

The same is true for all Timberland hiking boots, which run true to size. 

Timberland sneakers and shoes also run true to size, so if you’re thinking about choosing an inferior piece of footwear (we’re boot fans, through-and-through), go with your true sneaker size. 

Does that seem confusing? Well, it is. But with the proper amount of research, you’ll find the perfect fit for your foot

How to Get the Right Size Timberlands

The best way to get the right size boots is to follow Timberland’s own sizing chart and measure out your foot. 

You’ll need:

  • Pencil
  • Two pieces of paper taped together
  • Pair of socks

Wearing your most common pair of socks (not too thin and not too thick) tape the paper to a wall and stand on it with your heel flat against the wall. 

Using your pencil, make a mark on the paper where your toe ends.

Step off the paper and measure the distance from the edge of the paper to the mark you made. 

Compare the length of your foot to the following size chart.

Timberland Size Chart

Timberland Size Chart 1
Timberland Size Chart 2
Source: Timberland

We recommend measuring in CM for the most accurate size-estimation. 

Before you buy your Timberlands, check the return policy. For most stores, you can get a full refund as long as you don’t wear your boots outside. 

Wear your Tims around the house for a few hours before making a final decision. When buying a boot that costs over $150, you don’t want to get stuck for the next two years wearing something that’s a little too big or small. 

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Are you buying the classic Timberland 6” Waterproof boot or the Earthkeepers? If you are, buy a full size smaller than your true size. 

Timberland Men's 6-inch Premium Waterproof Boot

The original Timberland rain boot. Chances are, if you're thinking of Timberlands, these are what come to mind.

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Are you buying Timberland hiking boots? If so, buy your true size. 

Timberland is a massive company and makes their shoes in several factories throughout the world, and their sizing is inconsistent. 

If you’re worried about buying the wrong size, just make sure to check the return policy before you check out. And when your boots arrive, wear them in the house for an hour so you can be sure you’ve got a boot that fits well.

FAQs

Do Timberland boots run true to size?

It depends on which model you’re looking at. Timberland’s hiking boots, like the White Ledge and Mt. Maddsen run true to size. But their original waterproof boot and Earthkeeper are a full size larger than true-size.

Do boots usually run big?

It’s common to find that boots run a half-size to full size larger than true fit. If you can’t find any information about your boot online, we recommend buying a half-size smaller than your true-size. Always check your return policy and wear indoors for the first few hours before taking them outside.

Do Timberlands run big for toddlers?

Shopping for a tiny human? Timberland’s line of boots fit true to size for toddlers.

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