People keep mentioning the same questions keep getting asked, so I figured it's not a bad time for an FAQ in this thread.
Why shouldn't I buy this boot?
If you plan on using this as anything more than a dress boot, then there's likely better options for you. At $350 MSRP, it's not too far off from White's Boots and Nick's Boots, both of which have superior construction and higher quality materials. For example, Wolverine uses cheaper leatherboard for their insoles, an integral part of the shoe's construction, while White's and Nick's use thick leather insoles. A lot of folks spend $30+ on adding a rubber half-sole, putting the full price Wolverine 1K plain-toed boot at $380+, putting the boot very close to the price range of Nick's and White's. With that said, the boot is a steal if you can find it for around $75 off or more.
Example of White's Boots (Click to show)
What size should I wear?
Buy it from Nordstrom, if you're unsure, get a few sizes, send back what doesn't fit. It's free returns.
How should I treat my boots?
Brush lightly to remove dirt, condition with Lexol conditioner (everyone can agree on that). No need to condition frequently with CXL, buff with microfiber towel in between conditionings (brush lightly beforehand).
Do you want to put protective wax on your boots? Is there nothing I can say to convince you otherwise? OK. Get Obenauf's LP, use a blow dryer to heat the container, if neccessary, not the fucking boots, and put it on the boots. Don't put Obenauf's LP on the sole or the inside of the boot.
Shoe trees are a good idea. Woodlore is good, you can also get that at Nordstrom Rack for really fucking cheap. You don't need them, but they help.
My boots are roughout though, how do I treat that?
See this post.
I have a bad scuff on my boot, what do I do?
Try applying some conditioner and buffing with a microfiber towel.
I shit on my boots, how do I get the shit off?
Get as much of the shit off as you can with a soft towel. Toilet paper is particularly good at dealing with this problem. Apply saddle soap to the problem area (use as directed), condition the area.
Is this normal?
No. Did you wear it outside? No? Return it.
I put Obenauf's LP on my boots here's a picture. Do you want to see?
What's a good insole?
Search this thread. Some people like Superfeet. You're probably better off getting the appropriate sized boots or padded wool socks, instead. Wool will wick moisture away more effectively and help prevent blisters, especially in the summer.
I bought leather-soled 1Ks, but I really wanted a rubber sole boot, what's the best sole?
If you wanted a rubber sole boot, you should have bought one to begin with. Each time you resole the boot, it will shorten its life. Don't resole the boot until the original sole is worn out. Leather soled boots are more vulnerable to damage when wet, and so if you plan on walking quite a bit through very wet weather, you may want to consider having a cobbler add a Topy or Topy-like sole to your boots.
Where can I get replacement laces?
I've had a bad experience with the stock laces, and Wolverine CS has suggested paying $17.99 for replacement ones (I'm sure you can get them to send you another pair for free if you really try), so I looked into other avenues: these aren't shit and Viberg makes the best waxed cotton laces I've handled.
I'm a woman, and I can't buy from Nordstrom, what do i do?
Buy it direct from Wolverine (call one of their stores), or look into White's, Nick's, or Dayton. You'll get a boot with better materials and construction, for a small amount more. If you're open to dress boots, look at C&J, Edward Green, or St. Crispin.
Are there sales?
Yes. Look in the sales thread in this forum.
Are these boots good for hiking?
No, you will fall and die. Buy hiking boots.
Edited by misterjuiceman - 2/5/14 at 10:18am