Duck Boots or Work Boots: Gliks’ Guide

Sorel Duck Boots

With Winter weather upon us and fall foliage at full force, it’s time to protect those toes from mucky conditions. So, how can you do that while still keeping up with fashion? Here at Glik’s, we can make that easy.

If you haven’t noticed, duck boots and work boots are the hottest thing to keep your feet from the cold this season. Celebrities all around are rocking the Timbs with any outfit be it casual or polished. Meanwhile, prepsters throughout the colleges won’t leave the house without their duck boots. So, for those who can’t hop on both trends, how can you decide? I’m here to help. Here’s some background.


Let’s start first with the Timbs. Since 1973, The Timberland Company has manufactured durable footwear. At its roots, the boots became perfect for constructions workers, but truly all who were at the mercy of Mother nature. Timberline Work BootThen, time passed, and their popularity exploded when the boots trickled down to street wear through the influence of the hip hop culture in the 80’s and 90’s. And for those who haven’t been paying attention, the 90’s are back.

Next, let’s look at the duck boots. Since 1912, LL Bean has sold their famed “Bean Boot”. However, due to its recent popularity, other companies have started to produce similar styles, but with more and superior options. Here at Glik’s we sell these duck boots from Sorel and Sperry. Both provide unique and functional styles.

Now, let’s break ’em down.


ClassTimberline Work Boot

For this portion, the decision is hard. Since both are boots, they aren’t designed to be classy, but instead functional. So, I felt it best to simply think or their look. And with that, an all leather shoe is without a doubt classier than a shoe that is half rubber. With that, Timbs take this category.


This one I keep going back and forth on, and so it’s a tie. For a flashy look, you gotta stand out. And Timbs will help you do that; however, there are all too many styles of duck boots. This allows you to find your style and add that flash your outfit needs.


Sorel Duck Boots

Now this can be a big one for some. If you’re one who needs their shoes looking fresh, Timbs simply aren’t the way to go. If you’re going to be wearing these in the mud, rain, and snow, they’ll get dirty. However, the duck boot’s clean look, is here to stay. These boots have been around forever and there is a reason. They are simply easy as heck to keep clean. Their waterproof rubber design makes for a simple and effective clean up. With that, duck boots win.


On the other hand, if you’re one who likes that rugged and dirty look of toes, Timbs are without a doubt the way to go. When they’re dirty, they’re dope.


Sperry Duck Boots

Now in this regard, duck boots take the crown. Both are great to protect against harsh conditions, however, duck boots and their waterproof design top the timbs. In snow, they’re great. In rain, their great. And in mud, they’re great. Whereas the Timbs, still functional, just aren’t as great.

Slip Factor

When it comes to walking into your house after a wet stroll home, both boots will put you out of your element. Neither are made for wet floors, and so you need to walk carefully in these situations. Because of that, this portion is a tie as well.


As for this category, it’s a close one since adding warmth is as simple as adding another pair of Stance socks. However, the duck boot’s rubber base makes the possibility of wet toes far fetched, and so duck boots have a slight advantage here.

Sperry Duck Boots

Prep Style

For this, the winner is straightforward. Prep has a new footwear besides boat shoes, and it’s duck boots. With that, if you are all about that southern prep style, go snag yourself a pair of functional and fashionable duck boots.

Street StyleJay-Z and Family Timberline Boots

Similar to the above portion, the winner is obvious. If you’re into that hip new street style with the likes of Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Cara Delavigne; Timbs are the way to go.

 Care to read up some more on this Duck Boot trend and our Sperry selection? Read this blog we wrote just last year.

Visit here us to shop our great selection of Duck Boots by Sperry and Sorel as well as featured boots from Timberland.

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