tags: Things That People May Not Know - David Zaken and the Timberland Grey Construction
For David Z. this is where it all started. I remember being a sales person in 1996, i was 14 years old. David Zaken, my boss/uncle/mentor came up with the first “Special Make-Up” (collaboration) in the footwear industry introducing grey to the market which was saturated with basic colors. Until today i have yet to see a reaction to a release of any shoe including Jordans and Yeezys to match up against the craziness i witnessed behind these joints. I remember selling over 450 pairs of these out of one door on the first day and we ended up selling over 10,000 pairs in a little over a month. I personally sold these to Jay, Puff, Mase, every member of Wu Tang, Red Man, Mobb Deep, AZ, Nas, and Guru(we still have pics of all of them and many more at the shop). After seeing the success with Timberland we went on to produce grey Dolomites and grey suede Clark Wallabees all in the same year. When bringing up originators to this game make sure you remember Mr. Z, the first one to collaborate on footwear and the dude who mentored me throughout my career.
These boots have been re-released and can be purchased here.
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