Timberland Men’s Earthkeepers 6-Inch Lace-Up Boot

Last updated date: June 23, 2021

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9.6

Timberland Men’s Earthkeepers 6-Inch Lace-Up Boot

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We looked at the top Men's Lace-Up Boots and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Men's Lace-Up Boot you should buy.

Update as June 23, 2021:
Checkout The Best Men’s Lace-Up Boots for a detailed review of all the top men's lace-up boots.

Overall Take

The removable sole cushion is easy on your feet, while the recycled materials are easy on the planet. This is the rare pair of boots that is rugged enough to outlast tough hikes but stylish enough for everyday wear. The break-in period is surprisingly short, too.


In our analysis of 12 expert reviews, the Timberland Men's Earthkeepers 6-Inch Lace-Up Boot placed 1st when we looked at the top 5 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

These are our flagship Earthkeepers men's boots, made with soft, premium leathers, recycled materials and anti-fatigue technology. We recommend buying boots a size down from your usual sneaker size. So if you’re a sneaker size 11, order a size 10. Upper made with premium 100 percent full-grain leather from an LWG Silver-rated tannery. Breathable linings are made with 50 percent PET (recycled plastic bottles). Laces are made with 100 percent PET (recycled plastic bottles). Removable anti-fatigue footbeds with Gripstick rubber provide all-day comfort and support. Durable outsoles are made with 15 percent recycled rubber. Weight of a single boot (size 9): 1 pound, 3 ounces. Imported. Covered by the Timberland Limited Warranty. Because Timberland is unable to control the quality of products sold by unauthorized sellers, unless otherwise prohibited by law, the limited warranty is not available for products purchased from unauthorized sellers. The warranty claim must be made within 12 months of purchase. Proof of purchase is required. For complete terms, limitations, and instructions on how to make a warranty claim, please visit the Timberland website. Timberland's Earthkeepers boots are original, rugged boots with a smaller environmental footprint than other shoes have. Timberland durability combined with lightweight versatility, along with linings made from recycled materials, outsoles made with recycled rubber and the all-day comfort of their exclusive Smart Comfort Biorhythmic system.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

7.0
3 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.8
4,621 user reviews

What experts liked

Environmentally conscious construction using many recycled materials. Full-grain leather uppers. Very short break-in period required. Removable anti-fatgue inner sole. Stylish enough for casual wear.
- BestReviews
Comfortable. Supportive. Stylish. Eco-Friendly.
- Boot Mood Foot
Unique style and built with classic Timberland quality. Lining and sole are made with recycled materials. Comfortable with very little break-in needed. Full grain nubuck leather from a Silver-rated tannery.
- Boot Spy

What experts didn't like

Soles are not durable, as they may separate from upper. Stitching is more decorative than functional. Not waterproof.
- BestReviews
Poor Sole Durability. Easily Stained. Expensive. Hard to Size.
- Boot Mood Foot
Runs a full size larger than standard. Not ideal for sub-freezing conditions.
- Boot Spy

An Overview On Men's Lace-Up Boots

From the pockets on our pants to the T-shirts that we can slip on with ease, men’s clothing is all about functionality — and there’s arguably no more functional part of the package than a solid pair of lace-up boots.

Those laces imply a certain ruggedness, and you certainly won’t want to wear your lace-up boots to any weddings. Still, there are certain styles of boot that can work surprisingly well with a range of casual and even semi-formal outfits. And if you choose the right ones, you can expect those boots to withstand any kind of weather you encounter on the way.

Whether you’re buying your boots for style or for outdoor use, materials are the primary concern. And while there are a number of synthetic boots available at different price points, good old leather is still the primary option. This is true for a variety of reasons: Not only is leather naturally water-resistant, high-quality leather can actually absorb moisture from inside the shoe and release it onto the exterior. Combine this breathability with leather’s legendary toughness and resistance to scuffing and you’ve got a material that’s made for hiking.

Of course, not all leather shoes are created equal. Shoe manufacturers apply a lot of terms to their leather, but there are a few easily identifiable grades. Full-grain and top-grain leather are at the top of the list, generally speaking. Full-grain refers to a less processed type of leather that will take on that coveted “cowhide” look as it ages and absorbs more oils. Top-grain leather is buffed and sanded to create a smoother look. It’s just as durable, but the color and appearance will stay relatively consistent with regular cleaning (which is also easier to do).

Split-grain leather, such as suede, is made from a less desirable part of the hide, but still retains some durability along with a distinctive look. Products with the grade of “genuine leather” might sound the most authentic, but they’re generally made from the bottom of the cut, with few of the natural grains that give leather it’s toughness and appeal. And bonded leather is barely leather at all. It tends to be on the cheaper end of the spectrum, as it’s actually made from a mixture of leather scraps combined with some sort of synthetic bonding agent.

Of course, it’s not necessary or even always desirable that your outer sole be made of the same leather. Some are, and they might be perfectly suited to street wear. But rubber or other synthetic materials can be just as durable and even less slippery. (The venerable Dr. Martens boot is one example of rubber soles done well.)

Whatever sole you choose, make sure the stitching that binds it to the rest of the boot is even and tight. The upper part of your shoe might be waterproof, but that won’t mean much if water can squeeze in through the sole.

The Men's Lace-Up Boot Buying Guide

  • The fit of your boots is paramount, especially if you’re planning to do any long-term hiking in them. When trying on a pair, make sure you’re wearing the socks you’d usually have on during a long walk.
  • If you wear insoles, bring them along to try on with the boots as well.
  • If possible, try shoes on toward the end of the day when your feet have swelled a bit from your daily activities.