By Paul Heavener
The Timberland Field Boot is virtually limitless in its cultural and stylistic versatility. Moving uptown from Matt Mooney’s skatepark stomping grounds, the boot also finds itself at home in the dirt-biking and four-wheeling scene in Harlem. With a massive musical heritage, including some of the most prolific rap artists of the last 30 years, Manhattan’s Harlem neighborhood is no stranger to the fashion trends which come along with the arts — including Timberland’s iconic boots.
In the footwear giant’s latest video, Uptown rapper and veteran urban dirt biker, Benadon, takes the “Beef and Broccoli” Field Boot for a ride. Having grown up around bikes, Benadon taught himself how to wheelie for the first time as a kid. Then, ever since witnessing the striking displays that crews put on in Baltimore, he made it his mission to breathe life into New York’s dirt bike culture. When he’s out riding around the city, Benadon has adopted the newest iteration of the Field Boot part of his uniform. Updated with anti-fatigue technology and enhanced to be 100% waterproof, the rugged boot is the perfect mix of throwback style, comfort, and protection for the bike life scene.
Tell us about growing up in Harlem.
I was born and raised by West Indian parents who came to the Americas during the late 60′s and found a place I’ve called home my entire life — Harlem. Harlem was pretty much a neighborhood filled with lots of cultural experiences. The economy wasn’t so great during those times, but we always tried to make the best out of our situation and didn’t allow those things to effect our daily lives.
How did you get into biking and four-wheeling?
Growing up, I was always around the bike scene. Mostly the older guys from the neighborhood had them and sometimes they would stop and give the younger kids a ride on the back. My first dirt bike I owned was a KX 80 that I brought back in 1997. It made me one of the youngest kid to ever ride the streets with the older guys. I taught myself how to ride and wheelie without the help from the older guys because they weren’t into teaching that much, there were not that many practice spots, and most people could ride but couldn’t do a wheelie. After I learned about how to wheelie, the older guys were stunned but gave me my props. That was when I became the new generation rider. After that, I started teaching my friends how it was done.
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