Shoppers mock Jimmy Choo’s collaboration with Timberland
Jimmy Choo has been mocked for flogging builder’s boots covered in paint and graffiti for £695 – while crystal-adorned stiletto versions of the boots cost a whopping £4,500.
The luxury stiletto designer has teamed up with outdoor clothing company Timberland as noughties fashion makes a major comeback in UK stores.
The brands are selling the classic workman-style tan leather boots with a twist, meaning they wouldn’t exactly be at home on a building site or as walking boots as they were originally intended.
The high street-designer crossover boots have ‘Jimmy Choo’ emblazoned on them in graffiti lettering and are splattered with gold paint.
They are nearly four times the price of the same Timberland boot – that cost £180 – without the Jimmy Choo extras.
Jimmy Choo X Timberland Spray Painted Boot, which retails for £695 and has the designer label’s name emblazoned in graffiti on the side
The classic tan boots were not the only ones to get a makeover, as the range features outlandish takes on the classic Timberland boot, including a velvet pink version for £595.
There are also knee-high black ‘harness’ boots and black boots with crystals spelling out on Jimmy Choo on the cuff, which both cost £1,225.
And the most expensive of the range are the Jimmy Choo X Timberland 6 Inch Crystal Boots. which feature Swarovski Crystals and 6 inch heels.
They are now on sale in high-end department store Selfridges in the UK after being released late last year.
The Jimmy Choo X Timberland range was designed by the designer brand’s creative director, Sandra Choi.
Choi, who is also Jimmy Choo’s niece, explained her thinking behind the designs: ‘I love to mix it up by getting together with interesting creative minds, combining our DNA to create a beautiful and surprising designs.’
Shoppers certainly found the looks surprising, with many who are fans of the brands saying they would be giving the latest collection a miss.
‘Timbs with some gold leaf and Jimmy Choo airbrushed on the side. Lame… What a let down.’
The most expensive of the range are the Jimmy Choo X Timberland 6 Inch Crystal Boots. which feature Swarovski Crystals and 6 inch heels
‘I know they’re the Jimmy Choo/Timberland collaboration but that’s a hard no for me.
Another shoe in the collection, the ‘Jimmy Choo X Timberland 6 Inch Crystal Boot’ which retails for a whopping £4,500, was also slammed by customers.
‘Those jimmy choo timberland heels are so fugly and nobody can convince me otherwise,’ said one woman.
One fashionista labelled the design passé, arguing that it was a rehash of the cult classic version.
The range features outlandish takes on the classic Timberland boot, including a velvet pink version for £595, knee high black strappy patent boots, black boots with crystals spelling on Jimmy Choo on the cuff, which both cost £1,225 and the graffiti and gold-decorated tan boot
‘I feel like the Jimmy Choo x Timberland collab is so lazy. They gave us Manolo Blahnik timbs with bling. It was innovative and fun 20 years ago, babe.’
And many more were quick to poke fun at the ‘Jimmy Choo X Timberland 6 Inch Graffiti Boot’.
One – called Angela – said: ‘You could probably spray paint your own with whatever name you choose.’
For £595 there is the ‘Jimmy Choo X Timberland 8 Inch Puffer Boot’ in pink – which have sold out in a number of sizes and received plenty of praise from noughties fashion lovers online
Shopper Andrew added: ‘I’d be tempted to let the toddler loose with some gold paint and a sharpie.’
One – named Crispin – said: ‘Jimmy Choo needs to be jailed for spray painting that Timberland and charging that much for it.’
Samar added: ‘I’ve got an old Timberland that has definitely seen better days, that I bought on sale for £60.
‘Are you telling me if I spray paint ‘Jimmy Choo’ in black on it, I’m £700 richer?
‘People are too stupid.’
Another said: ‘The Jimmy Choo x Timberland looks stupid. Absolute fail.’
Meanwhile others were slightly more impressed with the range.
‘The jimmy Choo timberland collection is so cute!’ one person wrote on Twitter.
Another said: ‘The Jimmy Choo & Timberland collab is damn near fire.’
Responding to criticism, another fan said: ‘Say what y’all want about em but I’m determined to get those Jimmy Choo x Timberland Heels.’
The Jimmy Choo website explains the ethos behind the tan leather boot design.
‘Embodying New York’s urban lifestyle, our JC x Timberland ankle boot is complemented by graffiti art in gold.
‘A design directly inspired by Harlem Fashion Row’s Shanel Campbell’s works.
‘Featuring a padded collar around the ankle for comfort with style and seam-sealed construction in an unmistakable design.’
For £595 there is the ‘Jimmy Choo X Timberland 8 Inch Puffer Boot’ in pink – which have sold out in a number of sizes and received plenty of praise from noughties fashion lovers online.