When is a boat shoe more than just a boat shoe? When it’s an off-roading, mud-stomping, trail-mastering comfort cruiser known as the Timberland Earthkeepers Crawley Boat Shoe. As mentioned at the beginning of the month, the Crawley is being launched today, and it is a seriously, maybe even surprisingly, good shoe.
Since the Crawley is part of Timberland’s Earthkeepers collection, the full-grain leather from which it was cut was tanned at place that has earned a Silver rating from the Leather Working Group (LWG). The laces are made from recycled plastic bottles, and the sole of this burly all-rounder is made from Green Rubber which contains 42% recycled material. While all of these things are important to know about the Crawley, there’s a couple things that are much more important to consider when considering a shoe: Comfort and quality.
Comfort, you would think, would be a given when a company brings a shoe to market, but after years of product testing, I can assure you that some companies have forgotten about this. Luckily, Timberland hasn’t. In fact, as mentioned in this review of the Timberland Pembroke, it kind of feels like Timberland had my feet in mind when they established their sizes. The 11.5D from Timberland fits perfectly, and the Crawley was immediately comfortable and did not require a break-in period despite the robust leather of its upper. Bravo!
As far as quality is concerned, the Crawley has that category all buttoned up, as well. The construction of this shoe is flawless. The crisp moc-toe runs a smooth arch around the top of the shoe, and all the seams are simply as good as it gets.
The Crawley also wins when it comes to style, too. The subtle suede panels at the heel and toe add a bit of visual and textural contrast on a shoe traditionally bereft of embellishment, and the rugged and recycled PET laces show off this shoe’s off road aspirations while adding another layer of visual interest. The chunky Green Rubber sole completes the look of this boat shoe gone rogue. With the Timberland Earthkeepers Crawley Boat Shoe, there's more than meets the eye.
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**Full disclosure: These shoes were provided for editorial consideration. To think otherwise would be silly.