Timberland boots, a.k.a. Timbs, a.k.a. butter beans, have a long and strange history in skating. Ian Reid has some of the oldest footage of someone skating in Timbs (Kyle James on the Brooklyn small banks around 1997). Later, Tom Penny somewhat normalized Timbs as an outside-the-box skate shoe option, including doing a 540 in a pair, despite the stories having been debunked (he actually rocked Columbia hiking boots). More recently Brian Wenning was spotted in a buttery pair while some psycho filmed a 10-minute Timbs part dedicated to the late rapper Prodigy.
But despite these impressive antics, no skateboarder has fully claimed Timberland work boots as their skate shoe of choice. Until now.
Meet Ferg. He lives in Atlanta and he’s basically branded himself as the sole member of the Timbs skate team. Some of his skatepark clips are honestly kind of sus, like this benihana in blood red Timbs, but watching the street footage he sent us is absolutely astonishing. While others have filmed Timbs clips in the past, no one makes skating in Timbs look as easy or natural as Ferg, and no one is as dedicated as he is to the cause of mixing durability with thuggish style.
Peep the best themed skate part we’ve seen in a while, and remember, it’s not a gimmick if you just do it all the time.
PLOTTING THE LIFECYCLE OF A TRENDY TRICK
"Pressure flips are cool again. Actually, their second act has lasted longer than their first did."
WILL TIKTOK BE THE NEW HOME FOR SKATEBOARDING ON THE INTERNET?
We called up some "skate TikTokers" to find out what they've learned and seen so far.
WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON WITH ILLEGAL CIV?
The Illegal Civ stuff feels like an ongoing soap opera, so to air out any confusion we talked to a few key characters.
CHECKING OUT A HIDDEN DIY FINGERBOARD PARK IN QUEENS
When we heard about a mysterious concrete fingerboard park hiding in Brooklyn, we knew we had to go find it.
INSIDE THE 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY OF EMERICA’S “THIS IS SKATEBOARDING”
We stopped by to pay our respects and see if we could squeeze a few stories out of the crew.