Timberland boots became wildly popular during the '90s when they became the footwear of choice for the decade's hottest rappers, like Mobb Deep, DMX, and Wu-Tang Clan. RZA, one of Wu-Tang Clan's members, just sat down with GQ in preparation for the group's upcoming album A Better Tomorrow and said that it was his group that helped popularize Timbs:
In my opinion, the trend first started in the very late '80s to early '90s. I think one of the bands that really brought Timberland boots to the forefront was Wu-Tang Clan. In all of our early videos, whether it was Method Man, ODB, the RZA, the GZA, you see the Timberlands stomping.
RZA's love for the shoes began because they were perfect winter staples: "cool, affordable, durable, and kept you warm." RZA claims he was one of the first to start wearing the boots year-round, even though people made jokes about him wearing the shoes during the summer.
RZA has such a fondness for the shoe that he constantly replenishes his stock for when he's on tour. "I buy at least four pairs of black Timbs a year," the rapper said. "I probably got about 20 pairs of black Timberlands right now."
Read the entire interview over on GQ.