The 30 Greatest Men's Style Innovations

Waterproof Injection-Molded Boots

Who Invented It: The Swartz family
Year Introduced: 1965

Timberland started with Nathan Swartz, who bought the Abington Shoe Company and eventually brought his sons into the family business. In 1965, they introduced injection-molding technology into the footwear industry, allowing them to connect the soles to leather uppers without stitching. The result was a virtually waterproof pair of boots.

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