This article is about a shoe that doesn’t exactly exist yet. Though it may, at first glance, appear to be something from the past, thanks to its classic moc-toe boat shoe styling, it is, indeed, a shoe of the future. The Timberland Earthkeepers Crawley Boat Shoe holds onto the best of what was and mixes it with some modern-day sustainable technology to reinterpret, and with any luck, improve upon a venerable timeless classic.
The Crawley, which will launch on January 24, and sell for $95, is sort of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It looks and fits like a boat shoe, but it’s built to tackle tough trails. The upper is made from a premium full-grain leather sourced from a tannery that has earned a Silver rating from the Leather Working Group (LWG), an organization dedicated to improving environmental stewardship “by creating alignment on environmental priorities, bringing visibility to best practices and providing suggested guidelines for continual improvement.” Further efforts to “green” this shoe include PET laces and a breathable lining made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, and a Green Rubber outsole that is comprised of 42% recycled material which, according to Timberland, contains at least 85% post-consumer waste by weight. Comfort and impact protection is handled by a compression-molded EVA midsole and an OrthoLite open cell footbed for lightweight cushioning and support.
Whether strutting across the deck of your ChrisCraft Corsair 36, stomping up your favorite trail on Mount Tam, or merely running to the grocery store for some milk, the Crawley, which is definitely built for whatever adventure you may have in mind, should be up for the task. You’ll have to check back later in the month for the full review to see how it performs.