The original Timberland classic 6-inch boots were made 40 years ago for the cold, wet and mountainous terrain of New England. They were innovative footwear for their time, but now have become mostly a fashion symbol.
They still retain their tough characteristics. So while now there are a wide variety of hiking boots available, I wonder if these classics are still usable on tough terrain? They don't have Vibram outsoles, cushioning midsoles, or goretex outers. But they do have solid grippy outsoles and a tough exterior that can take a beating.
I would like to note that various army boots have a build more similar to the Timberlands than typical hiking boots; and soldiers seem to do long trips in unpredictable terrain carrying backpacks in them just fine.
PS: Yes, I know they are expensive to use outdoors, and I am not proposing someone buy these for the express purpose of hiking, but suppose someone already has an old pair which is in good shape but no longer "fashionable" (discolored, somewhat creased, etc.).