Timbers come in many models and they make some of the best work boots and shoes in the world. Their work boots come in ankle and calf length and their work shoes come in sneaker design, mostly. Here, we are going to do a Timberland Pro Powertrain review.
We shall look at the features that this boot comes with. That way, you can see whether it will give you good value for your money.
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Please note that the Pro Powertrain is not a work boot. Rather, it is a work shoe. However, it is designed in such a way that it can give you the protection that you would get from boots but at the same time, it is lighter in weight and more flexible.
Timberland Pro Powertrain Features
Timbers come with many features and the Pro Powertrain work shoe is not any different. It comes with many admirable features. Here, we are going to look at the safety features first, because Timberland is very big on safety.
Design and build quality
This low profile work shoe has a low cut, sneaker design. Therefore, if you are looking for things such as ankle support, these are not the shoes for you.
Because of the sneaker design, you can also wear these shoes to town during the weekend with casual outfits. They do not look like work boots at all.
These shoes come with a man made sole that offers good traction on different surfaces. It will keep you safe on slippery surfaces. Besides, the sole does not wear away easily and it also protects against common electrical hazards (more about this later).
These work shoes come in different colors, so you can choose the one that catches your fancy. Most men though prefer the dark color because they go with every outfit. The bright colors are too bright and they might collect too much dirt and dust at the workplace.
Timberland is very concerned about keeping you safe in your day-to-day work. Therefore, this should be your first consideration all the time, before you can buy a pair of work shoes.
These shoes come with a reinforced toe area. Granted, this might not have the same tensile strength as you would get from a steel toe. However, it still keeps your toes protected. Besides, since the toe area is reinforced with an alloy shield, it is light in weight.
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One of the biggest safety threats when you are working is having things dropping on your toes. You need good toe protection that can handle serious compression. Even if you are not in carpentry or welding, you still need toe protection. You could also be working in a grocery or a store, but you still need protection from falling items.
If you hit your feet against something, this toecap can withstand a lot of blunt force. It will absorb most of the impact and keep your toes safe.
These work shoes also offer protection from electrical hazards. If there are active conductors and open circuits at your place of work, these shoes are going to protect you.
Electric machines can also cause short circuits, so it is best to get protection against such. There are so many risks. However, do not go exposing yourself to electrical risks assuming these shoes will protect you. Take care and only work in safe environments.
To conclude this section on the safety measures of these shoes, they meet most of the ASTM standards for safety.
If you will be spending a lot of time in the week in these work shoes, you will need all the comfort that you can get. In this case, these shoes are not too bad.
First, they come with a mesh upper, so you are going to enjoy super breathability. When you have to spend many hours on your feet, your feet become sweaty and cramped. However, with meshed shoes, there is enough airflow flowing over the feet, making you feel comfortable, dry and cool during the day.
Because of the breathability, you can wear these shoes in summer and your feet will still be comfortable. However, in the winter and in the rain, they will not offer any protection at all. They will absorb water.
Secondly, these shoes are designed with the popular design that Timberland calls the Anti Fatigue Technology. To explain it briefly, when you walk or run, there are those places on the shoes that hit the ground first.
These are designed with cones that contract and expand easily, absorbing all the shock and protecting your feet. For walking or standing on hard surfaces, these shoes are just perfect. The impact will never get to your feet.
Third, we think that even the lightweight design of the shoes makes them safe because you won’t be carrying all that weight. If you have ankle pain, wearing heavy work boots can take their toll on them.
Break-in and fit
These shoes run true to size, so you can just order your usual size. In addition, these shoes do not require you to break them in.
You can wear them to work even on the very first day that you get them. The toe box is wide enough and the footbed is designed to absorb most of the impact from walking on hard surfaces.
If you do not like the stock insoles or you have a foot condition that needs special insoles, you can swap them with your custom ones, such as Protalus or SuperFeet.
The shoes are designed to offer your feet support in all the areas that need it most. For instance, your ball of foot area, heel and arch are well supported.
Timberland is known for making boots that support the foot, enhance posture and balance and even help to alleviate pain from foot issues such as plantar fascia, heel pain and others.
These shoes are going to absorb debris and water, so it is best to make a habit of cleaning them from time to time. You can clean them once a week so that you can avoid developing stinky feet.
Timberland Pro Powertrain Pros
- They are made with anti-fatigue technology that supports your feet fully
- Good traction on different surfaces
- These shoes are super breathable making them perfect for working in summer
- It offers toe and metatarsal area protection without adding extra weight
- These shoes fit true to size and require minimal break-in period
- The work shoes help with foot fatigue
- Even with a stiff toe, these shoes are comfortable for long working hours
Timberland Pro Powertrain Cons
- The cost is high
- Some people complain that the shoes age too quickly
- No cold or water protection
Who Should Buy the Timberland Pro Powertrain
These work shoes are good for people who spend many hours on their feet. However, they are not for the very hectic work environments such as factory floors, logging and welding because they lack the superior protection that work boots have.
If you work in a grocery store, in a busy space such as WalMart and other similar settings, these are perfect shoes. They let in good airflow, keeping your feet dry, cool and comfortable through the day.
You can also wear these shoes with casual outfits on your weekend. They are flexible work shoes that look so good so you can wear them to town all the time.
In this Timberland Pro Powertrain review, you have seen the features that these work shoes come with. So by now, you have already made up your mind whether they will give you good value for your money.
They will! Despite a few downsides, these shoes come with good design, durability and traction. They also have electrical hazard protection, so they will protect you.
They come with minimal weight and since they incorporate Timberland’s anti-fatigue technology, they support your feet fully and even if you spend tens of hours on your feet, you will not experience foot ache.