Dr. Martens vs Timberland

by Purposeful Footwear - Last Updated: February 24, 2019

While Timberland is based in the United States and Dr. martens are manufactured in the UK, both brands are successful and well-respected worldwide. Although the success of both companies originally stems from work boots for men, they have both profitably branched out into a wide range of other styles, including those for women and children.

Image of the Timberland Men's 6 inch Premium Waterproof Boot,Wheat Nubuck,8 M US

Online opinions about product quality seem to be about equal, and both companies have a comfort process built into their manufacturing. Some buyers swear by one or the other, while others wear both. So which one is actually better?

When it comes to choosing a specific model, everything comes down to personal preferences. However, Image of the Dr. Martens 1460 Originals 8 Eye Lace Up Boot, Black Smooth Leather, 14UK / 15 US Mens, 49.5 EUthere are definitely some general comparisons that can be made between the two brands on price, selection and style. In our opinion, Dr. Marten wins in all three categories…but not by much.

Here are some examples, so you can judge for yourself.

Price – Men’s Docs Lower, Timberland Women/Kids

This is probably the most objective category and the one where Dr. Marten beats Timberland by the greatest margin in men’s shoes. There are certainly similar products from both brands which are comparably priced. On the whole, however, you have a much greater chance of finding men’s Doc Martens at a significantly lower price than Timberland.

Image of the Timberland Men's 6 inch Premium Waterproof Boot,Wheat Nubuck,12 M USThere is no question that iconic Timberland 6 inch boot with padded collar is a great look. Plus, it’s lined and waterproof, with an anti-fatigue footbed. Since it’s not exorbitantly priced, it’s actually an excellent value.

However, the average price an equally classic Doc Martens with the trademark Image of the Dr. Martens Unisex-Adult's 1460 Smooth Boots - UK 9/10 D(M) US/11 B(M) US, (Navy)yellow stitching, air cushioned sole and Goodyear welt is usually much less. They are also insulated and waterproof. Additionally, these are available in 9 colors, while the Timberland is only offered in 4 colors.

Women’s

Image of the TIMBERLAND 6It must be noted, though, that this disparity is not the same in women’s styles. The Timberland women’s version is not only comparably priced to the women’s version of that particular Doc Martens model, it may actually sometimes be lower. Even more amazing, it is Image of the Dr. Martens Women's 1460 Re-Invented Victorian Print Black Victorian Flowers Lace Up Boot - 4 F(M) UK / 6 B(M) USavailable in 11 colors – including florals, while the female Docs only have 6 colors.

Kids

Image of the Timberland C12909 Kid's 6-Inch Premium Waterproof Boot, Wheat, 6 M US Big KidThe same holds true for kids styles. It may be possible to find a classic looking Doc Marten Kids boot at a very low price in some color/size combinations, but most are at least close to the Timberland Kids boot in price, if not more.

But the real reason Timberland wins big here is that, while there are more than a dozen colors of the Doc Image of the Dr. Martens Kid's Malky Lace Up Fashion Boots, Red, Leather, Rubber, 2 Little Kid M UK, 3 M Martens, the Timberland kids are just like the adults, while the Doc Marten kids are kind of fake – they have a zipper on the inside.

Style and Selection – Doc Marten Wins Men and Women, Timberland Wins Kids

There is just no question Doc Martens have an amazing selection of designs and an equally amazing choice of colors in most of them. Particularly if you are looking for something on the wild side, you are far more likely to find something you like from Dr. Marten.

Which is not to say that Timberland doesn’t have anything worth looking at. In fact, Timberland actually seems to have more models from which to choose. However, there doesn’t seem to be the variety in style and colors – particularly patterns – in the Timberland lineup that Doc Marten has in spades.

Timberland

In addition to the original yellow work boot for men, Timberland has expanded into a variety of other styles for men, women and children. Here are just a few examples of crowd favorites.

MEN

From sneakers to sandals, and pretty much everything in between, Timberland does seem to offer at least one shoe design for your consideration.

  • Image of the Timberland Men's Euro Hiker Boot,Brown,12M US Hiking Boots – Timberland has some very nice hiking boots. The Euro Hiker is a particular favorite.
  • Image of the Timberland Men's Newportbay 2.0 Chukka Fashion Sneaker, Forged Iron Thread Canvas, 11 M US Sneakers – There are a lot of nice sneaker models. One has a bit of a Converse look, while others are quite high-fashion, such as this Bardstown Plain Toe Chukka.
  • Image of the Timberland Men's Carter Notch PT WP Oxford, Medium Brown Full Grain, 9.5 M US Dress shoe – Another one of the chukka styles is a great dressy option, and it’s available in 8 colors. But the Oxfords are nice, too, including this Wing-tip Brogue.
  • Image of the Timberland Men's EK Flip-Flop Gladiator Sandal, Light Brown, 9 M US Casual shoes – Timberland has a very decent selection of non-boot casual shoes, including a loaferand even boat shoes. The sandalsare not that great, but the flip-flops aren’t too bad.

WOMEN

Timberland offers some really nice looking high-quality boots and shoes for women, including:

Timberland definitely has some very stunning styles for women, there just isn’t the variety at that Dr. Marten offers in women’s shoes. Not only does Doc Marten have more styles, but each one has a much wider variety of options in color or patterns. More important, if your taste runs at all to a wilder fashion in footwear, then Timberland will never come close to providing the options you will find in Doc Martens.

KIDS

Image of the Timberland Timber Tykes Wheat Nubuck 11 M US Little KidHere is where Timberland really shines. In addition to the classic wheat colored boot, Timberland has some really nice offerings for toddlers, little kids and big kids. The best thing is that they are real boots, with laces or Velcro closing, whereas the Dr. Marten kids boots have the laces, but they really zip up the sides.

There is a beautiful Navy monochrome short boot that is perfect for all the kids running around in Image of the Timberland unisex-child 6 In Premium WP Boot Navy Nubuck Majority Leather with Synthetic 6Mjeans, and a purple one for kids who want a bigger splash of color. There’s a colorful tall boot, as well, plus a fabulous little lace up boot especially for toddlers.

Dr. Marten

While there may not be quite as many different models of Doc Martens, the variety of colors and patterns available more than make up for it. Plus, the models that are available include far more high-fashion options for both men and women.

MEN

Image of the Dr. Martens Unisex Pascal Beavis Butt-Head 8 Eye Boots, Black, 8 M UK, M9/W10 M US A perfect example of the wide variety of style options offered by Dr. Marten is the Men’s Pascal 8 Eye Boot. While the classic Doc Marten boot is available in many different colors, this one has over 25 colors and patterns, including Beavis and Butthead. And there are plenty more extremely attractive styles of boots and shoes for men, such as:

UNISEX

Image of the Dr. Martens Unisex 1460 Combat Boot Cherry Red Splatter Smooth Size UK 8 (9 M US Men/10 M US Women)Doc Marten has more styles available for both men and women than Timberland does. Of particular note are the bootswhich are offered in more than a dozen colors or prints, and the Oxfords, which have over 15 color and pattern options – including a really striking splatter print.

WOMEN

There are many more different types of boots and shoes offered for women by Dr. Marten than by Timberland. And while there are at least as many basic chic styles, there are even more outlandishly wonderful models.

KIDS

Image of the Dr. Martens Baby Brooklee BV-K, Cherry Red, 3 UK (4 M US 4 Toddler)It is a major disappointment to find that there aren’t many junior versions of Doc Marten with authentic lace up closures. Almost all of them have zippers inside. So Timberland definitely wins the big kid category. However, there are a few adorable choices for toddlers and infants that can compete with Timberland.

Image of the Dr. Martens Kid's Collection Unisex Auburn Lace Bootie (Infant/Toddler) Cherry Red Kids Lamper 0 UK (0-3 Months) MTimberland does offer cute crib booties, but Dr. Martin has glorious ones. Still, the Timberland toddler boots with Velcro closing aren’t quite as cool as the Doc Marten version.

BOTTOM LINE

Quality, comfort and reputation are just about equal between Timberland and Dr. Marten brands, so none of those factors need to be necessarily considered when choosing between them. That leaves price, selection and style.

However, neither one of the companies makes a clean sweep through those factors for men, women and children. That means choosing the brand that’s right for you depends not only on which of those factors is most important to you, but also which of the categories you fall into.

So here is how it all shakes out.

If price is the absolute top priority, then men should check out Dr. Marten first, while women and children will may fare better at Timberland – although it will be close.

For the biggest selection of fashionable choices, particularly for those who like their footwear to be at least a little on the wild side, everyone should head over to Dr. Martens first except big kids – who should probably just stick with Timberland.

In any case, between the two, you should have no problem finding a style that suits you perfectly.

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