Written by: Nick Schonberger
Kith is pleased to present its latest exclusive RF Design Timberland.
Adjusted to meet contemporary requirements, the Ronnie Fieg x Timberland 6” 40 Below presents a fresh new image of a certified classic. Intelligently designed and beautifully crafted, the boot introduces a new level of considered luxury to the four-decade long legacy of Timberland. With reverence to the character of the original Super Boot, Ronnie Fieg and Timberland have built, through collaboration, a new icon. Dropped four inches, the rugged 40 Below now matches the classic 6″ workboot in height. It is a boot that represents the past, present, and future of Timberland.
Following the return of the indestructible Super Boot in celebration of Timberland’s 40th Anniversary collection, Ronnie Fieg pays homage to its history and the legacy of NYC’s 8th street shoe shops. Originally produced in 1979 to withstand harsh working conditions, the 40 Below reached cult status when worn by Tupac’s renegade character Bishop in the 1992 film, Juice. Two years later, Fieg began working as a stock-boy at an 8th street shoe shop serving customers with a footwear selection that exceeded expectations.
On 8th street, people reached for items like the Super Boot and turned hardwearing footwear into street icons. Largely unheralded in the pantheon of New York City shopping districts, the short stretch between 6th and 5th Avenues defined the city’s footwear trends and became a mecca for celebrities and day-trippers alike. Today, Kith honors the tradition of 8th Street shoe sellers by offering a similar escape from the retail norm and goes a step further—taking a hand in designing future classics that meld tried and true style with advanced functionality.
The Ronnie Fieg x Timberland 6” 40 Below comes in three colors. The first, a Butter Pecan nubuck ($250 USD), recalls the Classic 6” Timberland but surprises with every detail. Lined to the toe with sheepskin, the Butter Pecan boot reimagines the utilitarian Super Boot with an opulent, street savvy look. It is complemented by two sumptuous suede offerings — Cinnamon and Plum in color ($220 USD) — which keep the typical 200g primaloft lining associated with the Super Boot and are lined with a smooth, super-soft cow leather. All boots are fitted with the brass d-ring and hook hardwear and decorated with distinctive “RF” embossing on the lateral side below the collar and tongue. Dual-branded hangtags and Kith-branded lace locks finish the look.
In all, Fieg’s design retains the traditional elements of the 40 Below—ultra-warm lining and that unmistakable stacked collar—and transforms it through contemporary, luxury fabrication. It is an example of recognizing the integral elements of a good product and bridging a gap between style and function. The objective is two-fold: First, solve a problem presented by a gap in the market and second, employ fabric and hardware selections that elevate the finished product. The RF x Timberland 6” 40 Below pulls from the unparalleled history of the New Hampshire-based brand and further entrenches the company in the trajectory of function-born street fashion. Highlighting the strengths of both parties, the boot is a triumph of true collaboration.
All three boots will launch exclusively at the new Kith pop-up shop at 66 Bleecker Street (between Broadway and Crosby), as well as at Kith Brooklyn and KithNYC.com on December 14th at 11am EST. Due to the fact that each boot style is limited to only 250 pieces, there will be a strict 1 piece per product/size per customer.
Check out a closer look here.