Timberland Madaket Review

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Timberland is the best known for its classic boot but they have so much more to offer. The brand has forayed into multiple different looks for every occasion but their classic remains iconic. Timberland is one of the ruling companies for casual and work options.

This full-grain leather Madaket is an exciting new look from Timberland. This Madaket is an example of their casual, more neutral styles and it can be worn with almost anything. Timberland just made looking great a lot more effortless and more fun. The Madaket combines the best elements of athletic and dress styles, plus so much more.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Full-Grain Leather
  • Aerocore Midsole
  • Aerodynamic Outsole Design
  • Stain and Water Resistant
  • Rubber-Guarded Outsole
  • Made From Recyclables
Cons
  • Not Weather-Resistant
  • Not Lightweight
Brand

Brand

What a lot of people don’t know about Timberland is that they actually hail from New England. Often associated with New York and the trending styles there, Timberlands really began a state over. Though they are inspired by New England culture, their styles have shifted to become appropriate for city streets just as much as a trip into the wild. The outdoors are one of their biggest style inspirations, and you can still see the rustic appeal of the woods in their favorite styles.

Though the Madaket is more contemporary, it still helps the brand to accomplish its real goals, which are primarily giving back to the community and uplifting their team of employees. Making great, leather shoes are only one part of being a fantastic company, and with this in mind Timberland pays special attention to the needs of those working for them, which increases not only employee engagement but the overall quality of the products they produce and sell. Their philosophies and execution come together to cement Timberland as a brand that will remain prominent for years to come.
Durability

Durability

Timberlands are always built pretty tough. From their work boots to their casual line, their shoes have high-quality materials and careful construction to give them serious longevity. The Madaket uses a Defender repellent system, which will save you time and money in maintaining and treating your shoes. This means they will last longer with less effort on your part, which is a fantastic quality to have.

Full-grain leather helps to make this shoe stand up to heavy wear and become worked in and comfortable rather than ratty. This isn’t the type of shoe that will fall apart on you after only a short time of wear. Their soles are the one element that ensures their longevity even further. The base is made of a foam material, which is great for a variety of things, however, being long-lasting is not included in their laundry list of positive qualities.

Therefore, their addition of rubber beneath the foam where it is in direct contact to the ground is an awesome way to protect and extend that foams performance ability. Rubber remains one of the most reliable sole materials, with only cracking creating a risk of destruction, otherwise, they tend to have a very long life.
Heel To Drop

Heel To Drop

Though the specific measurements of this Timberland Madaket are not displayed, you can tell by looking at it that the heel to drop is minimal. While this shoe doesn’t look like an athletic option, its build was actually inspired by performance sneakers with a more sporty appearance. That means it has some of the great shape and performance of an athletic sneaker without looking like one.

The heel to drop is the difference in distance from the bottom of the heel to the floor and the ball of the foot to the floor. So large heel to drop gaps, think heels with no platform, not only straight the arch and put unnecessary pressure on the ball of the foot, but they can have an adverse effect on the way the foot strikes the ground as well. This can have a negative influence on your gait and overall comfort while walking. A casual shoe that keeps in mind the importance of a minimal heel to drop to help keep you comfortable is always awesome to see.
Key Features

Key Features

One feature that I absolutely love about the Timberland Madaket is that its lining is made from over 50 percent of recycled materials. With at least half of the material sourced from recyclables, Rebotl material in the Timberland Madaket is able to reduce waste and repurpose something that would otherwise be discarded. This may not be a feature with a direct impact on the shoe itself, but it is one that is awfully cool and environmentally conscious if that is something you value in an apparel brand.

The materials they are using come from recycled plastic bottles. Plastic bottles, water bottles, in particular, are a huge source of waste all over the world. People often value convenience more than the environment, as well as many locations not having access to free-flowing clean water to replenish reusable options. While this isn’t a problem Timberland is able to address directly, their implementation of this material into many of there shoes does wonders for environmental impact.
Outsole

Outsole

This outsole is fantastic, using a fusion of two materials to create a sneaker that is going to feel just as great as it performs for you. Taking their inspiration primarily from athletic performance models, Timberland created an aerodynamic outsole design that elevates the experience for the wearer of the Madaket. The soft materials of the midsole are fused to a hearty rubber outsole.

Though it may be tough and abrasion resistant, it actually appears quite slim and sleek against the upper of the shoe, helping to maintain its style while still being effective as an outsole. The Aerocore in the middle of the outsole is slightly lifted, with deep angled grooves around it for great traction against a multitude of surfaces. This is an awesome sneaker for office casual attire or a shoe to wear for your every day relaxed ensembles. The outsole is ready for everything, gearing you to take on surfaces from pavement to dirt roads.
Shield

Shield

It is hard to imagine that this shoe is water resistant in any way, but Timberland is full of surprises. While this isn’t necessarily verifiably waterproof, a special process is taken to make it more resistant to common damaging agents. To prevent stains and water, as well as the damage to the fabric’s integrity that they bring. On the Madaket, the upper is treated with Defender Repellant Systems. Blocking stains and repelling water increases the life span of this shoe while decreasing maintenance. Those are two factors that everyone loves, regardless of their taste or style.

That being said, this isn’t an all-weather boot, and won’t be able to hold up like a winter or rain boot with. If you are looking for a casual pick that will last well, then you’d be happy with the Madaket. If you are requiring more in terms of resistance to damage in your shoes, there are more heavy-duty options to pick for dress sneakers that are more suited to rough conditions and wear. This is a great shoe if you aren’t looking for something with true weather-resistant features.
Style

Style

Much to the chagrin of others, there are many people who wear athletic sneakers with everyday clothes without paying much attention to how that looks. If you know someone or are that someone, who values comfort more than looking stylish, a shoe like the Madaket could be the perfect solution. Designed after an athletic option, it will definitely mimic the feel of a performance pick while looking far better with a wider variety of clothing.

The full-grain leather is in a rich brown that perfectly accents so many different outfit choices and style options you can’t go wrong no matter what you wear them with. The combination of a sporty construction with premium fabrics makes this shoe accessible for those who want nothing to do with fashion. On the Timberland Madaket, there are overlays that give the vibe of a fun sporty pick but the style is uplifted to be appropriate for a wider range of situations. It is hard to wear a fashionable shoe when it doesn’t treat your feet well. Timberland covered that concern by creating this great and wearable sneaker that can transition from one outfit to another with ease. Versatility in closet staples is an absolute must when you’re trying to maintain your style in an effortless way.
Support

Support

As mentioned, this Timberland Madaket uses an aerodynamic approach to its outsole, great for comfortably walking without being dragged down by your environment. You may wonder what this has to do with support, but when it comes to arches, a lot actually! There is an Aerocore in the center of the outsole that is embedded into the bottom of the shoe. This lifts and helps to support the arch independent from any insole or midsole support.

That means that even before it gets to the comfort elements, there is a basis for the wonderful support, to begin with. In terms of support, the heel to drop offers the same kind of additional boost. In addition to this strong foundation for support in the shoe, there is an incredibly effective midsole with a high-energy return to make you feel light on your feet regardless of how long you are on them. High-rebound cushioning in the Aerocore makes the inside of the shoe make you feel like you are treading on air no matter what the day brings. Padding in the collar helps to support the ankle for a complete package in the Timberland Madaket.
Weight

Weight

Though this shoe is reminiscent of an athletic style, it is obviously made with natural materials instead of synthetic. Leather has so many great qualities but it can’t compete with the lightweight nature of synthetic material. The full-grain leather upper does make this shoe a bit heavier than its fully performative counterparts would be. This doesn’t translate as much of a problem because this shoe isn’t meant to be worn during super grueling or intensive activities.

The Timberland Madaket may feel ready for a workout, but it definitely isn’t intended for a workout. This will hold up really well to hard wear within the normal range of activities, but it won’t be a shoe to wear on intensely hot days. Though leather is breathable, this is padded in the collar and tongue, so you can expect for it to bog you down a bit if you step out on a high-heat morning.
Upper

Upper

What makes this shoe so special is the full-grain leather upper. The build says performance but the materials say luxury, two statements that rarely coincide in footwear. Full-grain leather is one of the highest qualities used in shoemaking. What it means is that the natural grain hasn’t been sanded or buffed out. While many types of leather are given an artificial grain to appear more genuine than they actually are, full-grain speaks for itself with its appearance.

No imperfections have been removed on full-grain leather, so it is important that Timberland chooses hides that start out with a stunning appearance. You can tell by looking at the Madaket that a lot of attention was paid to the details. The overlays help to reinforce seams and ensure the longevity of the material used in making its upper. Overlays over the eyelet make this a durable choice for those who don’t want to fuss with their footwear. While seven eyelets help to give you the best possible fit you can on a sneaker.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The perfect fusion between leisurewear and fashion, the Timberland Madaket is an unexpected sneaker option for upcoming seasons. Always looking fresh and cool, while feeling phenomenal on the foot, this sneaker is the low-maintenance solution to people who live in their athletic favorites. Though it doesn’t hold up well to extreme weather and is a bit heavier than the average sneaker intended for the same demographic, neither of those things take away from its overall quality. Timberland successfully created an awesome upscale sneaker to add to any shoe collection.