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Bought these Wolverine 1000 Mile Centennial Boots for $140 at Nordstrom Rack. I was actually surprised to see them there since they still have them in stock at Nordstrom stores for 260. I actually went hunting for a chukka boot but got these instead because of its Goodyear welt and leather sole. Plus made in USA. I read a lot of negative comments about footwear at Nordstrom Rack. I think these were a good buy. What do you guys think? Worth the buy? Thanks!
post #7397 of 7742
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Bought these Wolverine 1000 Mile Centennial Boots for $140 at Nordstrom Rack. I was actually surprised to see them there since they still have them in stock at Nordstrom stores for 260. I actually went hunting for a chukka boot but got these instead because of its Goodyear welt and leather sole. Plus made in USA. I read a lot of negative comments about footwear at Nordstrom Rack. I think these were a good buy. What do you guys think? Worth the buy? Thanks!

Yes I think it's worth. I've seen this boot at Nordstrom online shop. Did you shop in store? I couldn't find it only $140.

post #7398 of 7742
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Bought these Wolverine 1000 Mile Centennial Boots for $140 at Nordstrom Rack. I was actually surprised to see them there since they still have them in stock at Nordstrom stores for 260. I actually went hunting for a chukka boot but got these instead because of its Goodyear welt and leather sole. Plus made in USA. I read a lot of negative comments about footwear at Nordstrom Rack. I think these were a good buy. What do you guys think? Worth the buy? Thanks!

That's an insanely good buy. I don't even need another pair of W1K's (have the Addisons in brown) and I still wouldn't hesitate to pick those up at that price. Would do it in a heartbeat.


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post #7399 of 7742
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Yes I think it's worth. I've seen this boot at Nordstrom online shop. Did you shop in store? I couldn't find it only $140.

Yes. I was shopping at the store when I found them. That's why I was surprised to see them there because online they don't have them in stock.
post #7400 of 7742
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That's an insanely good buy. I don't even need another pair of W1K's (have the Addisons in brown) and I still wouldn't hesitate to pick those up at that price. Would do it in a heartbeat.


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Yea. Im actually real happy with these boots. Probably the first big steal I've had at Nordstrom Rack.
post #7401 of 7742
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Originally Posted by Newberry View Post

Bought these Wolverine 1000 Mile Centennial Boots for $140 at Nordstrom Rack. I was actually surprised to see them there since they still have them in stock at Nordstrom stores for 260. I actually went hunting for a chukka boot but got these instead because of its Goodyear welt and leather sole. Plus made in USA. I read a lot of negative comments about footwear at Nordstrom Rack. I think these were a good buy. What do you guys think? Worth the buy? Thanks!

 

Lucky you! I just purchased mine in brown and paid full price at Nordstrom. Congrats on a great score!

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I just ordered a pair of rust colored 1000 Mile boots from the Wolverine webpage. I have been looking through some of this tread but there is a lot to read so I haven't gotten time to read it all. Before I start wearing them it looks like I have to condition them, but there are just so many options I don't know what to use. I forgot where I read it but someone recommended Lexol leather conditioner (currently on sale on groupon for $9.99 8oz cleaner, 8oz conditioner, and a sponge). Should I get this or is there some other conditioner that is more recommended? Sorry for being new to all of this, these boots will be my first pair of quality leather.

 

Also I understand that a brush and shoe trees are going to be needed any recommendations on those or are they more or less similar? 

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Originally Posted by chisoshi View Post

I just ordered a pair of rust colored 1000 Mile boots from the Wolverine webpage. I have been looking through some of this tread but there is a lot to read so I haven't gotten time to read it all. Before I start wearing them it looks like I have to condition them, but there are just so many options I don't know what to use. I forgot where I read it but someone recommended Lexol leather conditioner (currently on sale on groupon for $9.99 8oz cleaner, 8oz conditioner, and a sponge). Should I get this or is there some other conditioner that is more recommended? Sorry for being new to all of this, these boots will be my first pair of quality leather.

Also I understand that a brush and shoe trees are going to be needed any recommendations on those or are they more or less similar? 

People get very bent out of shape about conditioning. You really don't need to do much, and you certainly don't need to do anything before you wear them. There are many conditioners with many properties, but Lexol is often recommended as a good basic conditioner because it doesn't significantly change the color of the leather, and doesn't contain a lot of heavy waxes. Simple stuff, which is good. If you want to add shine (totally optional), a neutral cream polish like Meltonian is fine (but again, use it sparingly).

Condition when the leather looks dry - usually not needed until 20-30 wears (or more). It will look like it needs it. In the meantime, keep them clean, use a cheap horsehair brush to brush dirt and dust off the leather, and if you want to maintain them as best you can, put basic wood shoe trees in while you aren't wearing them, and avoid wearing them every day.
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People get very bent out of shape about conditioning. You really don't need to do much, and you certainly don't need to do anything before you wear them. There are many conditioners with many properties, but Lexol is often recommended as a good basic conditioner because it doesn't significantly change the color of the leather, and doesn't contain a lot of heavy waxes. Simple stuff, which is good. If you want to add shine (totally optional), a neutral cream polish like Meltonian is fine (but again, use it sparingly).

Condition when the leather looks dry - usually not needed until 20-30 wears (or more). It will look like it needs it. In the meantime, keep them clean, use a cheap horsehair brush to brush dirt and dust off the leather, and if you want to maintain them as best you can, put basic wood shoe trees in while you aren't wearing them, and avoid wearing them every day.
 

Okay do you have anything in particular you recommend? I know you are trying to say not to worry too much about conditioning but since this is my first pair of boots I want them to look nice and stay that way. I was reading on the good year welt subreddit and they seem to recommend Saphir Renovateur, GlenKaren Conditioner, or Collonil Conditioner, and even coconut oil. Are these any better or worse than the Lexol conditioner?

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Okay do you have anything in particular you recommend? I know you are trying to say not to worry too much about conditioning but since this is my first pair of boots I want them to look nice and stay that way. I was reading on the good year welt subreddit and they seem to recommend Saphir Renovateur, GlenKaren Conditioner, or Collonil Conditioner, and even coconut oil. Are these any better or worse than the Lexol conditioner?

/r/GYW is a dangerous place to hang out, believe me. That said, the boot care guide there is well thought out. Chromexcel leather is quality and forgiving, and it is easy to care for - you don't need to do much to keep it looking good. Here is exactly what I do to my black 1ks, if you want specifics.

- When I first got them, I wanted a bit more shine, and they had a few minor defects I wanted to cover up (they were factory 2nds), so I used a light application of Black Meltonian Cream Polish, applied with a rag made from a t-shirt. After drying, I buffed with a horsehair brush (I have several from Angelusdirect.com, because they are inexpensive and good, but many are just fine, including the Kiwi brand brush you see at Walgreens). One coat only.
- After each wear, I brush them again with the horsehair brush (no new compounds or conditioners, just brushing). CXL has pretty amazing self-healing properties, if you have a scuff, you can usually just brush it out. Regular brushing is good for the finish and keeps it clean from dust.
- After most wears, depending on how late it is and how much I've been drinking, I put a pair of cheap Nordstrom Rack shoe trees in. I'm not religious about it, but get it done most wears.
- When it gets to the point that the leather is looking dry, and my brushing is no longer making much impact on the scuffs, I apply a very thin coat of Lexol conditioner, applied with a Tshirt, and a good buffing afterward.
- If they get really damn dirty I might wash with a little warm water in the sink, some unscented hand soap, and a nail cleaning brush. After this treatment it will probably need another conditioning. I haven't had to do it at all to my 1ks, but have to other boots.

Other compounds I have around are Obenhaufs LP (only for my really wet/dirty work boots), Otter Wax Leather Oil (darkens leather significantly, only used for some heavy boots and a few belts), and Kiwi polish (only for a few pairs I like quite shiny). Saphir Renovateur is a popular conditioner as well, and sounds great, but it is very expensive, and I haven't seen any photos to suggest that it does wildly better than other options for leathers like CXL. All conditioners and products are some blend of oils and waxes, and do their jobs in very similar ways. I wouldn't go hog wild buying everything you see recommended at /r/GYW - just get a few basics (Lexol, horsehair brush, cream polish (optional)) and start a simple routine. A common rookie error is to buy tons of stuff, and way over-condition the leather.
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Originally Posted by phidauex View Post

/r/GYW is a dangerous place to hang out, believe me. That said, the boot care guide there is well thought out. Chromexcel leather is quality and forgiving, and it is easy to care for - you don't need to do much to keep it looking good. Here is exactly what I do to my black 1ks, if you want specifics.

- When I first got them, I wanted a bit more shine, and they had a few minor defects I wanted to cover up (they were factory 2nds), so I used a light application of Black Meltonian Cream Polish, applied with a rag made from a t-shirt. After drying, I buffed with a horsehair brush (I have several from Angelusdirect.com, because they are inexpensive and good, but many are just fine, including the Kiwi brand brush you see at Walgreens). One coat only.
- After each wear, I brush them again with the horsehair brush (no new compounds or conditioners, just brushing). CXL has pretty amazing self-healing properties, if you have a scuff, you can usually just brush it out. Regular brushing is good for the finish and keeps it clean from dust.
- After most wears, depending on how late it is and how much I've been drinking, I put a pair of cheap Nordstrom Rack shoe trees in. I'm not religious about it, but get it done most wears.
- When it gets to the point that the leather is looking dry, and my brushing is no longer making much impact on the scuffs, I apply a very thin coat of Lexol conditioner, applied with a Tshirt, and a good buffing afterward.
- If they get really damn dirty I might wash with a little warm water in the sink, some unscented hand soap, and a nail cleaning brush. After this treatment it will probably need another conditioning. I haven't had to do it at all to my 1ks, but have to other boots.

Other compounds I have around are Obenhaufs LP (only for my really wet/dirty work boots), Otter Wax Leather Oil (darkens leather significantly, only used for some heavy boots and a few belts), and Kiwi polish (only for a few pairs I like quite shiny). Saphir Renovateur is a popular conditioner as well, and sounds great, but it is very expensive, and I haven't seen any photos to suggest that it does wildly better than other options for leathers like CXL. All conditioners and products are some blend of oils and waxes, and do their jobs in very similar ways. I wouldn't go hog wild buying everything you see recommended at /r/GYW - just get a few basics (Lexol, horsehair brush, cream polish (optional)) and start a simple routine. A common rookie error is to buy tons of stuff, and way over-condition the leather.

Knowing good year welt is a bad place to hang around where do you suggest instead? Also I don't think my conditioner will come in by the time I get my boots is there any huge reason I should wait to condition before I wear them the first time?
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Knowing good year welt is a bad place to hang around where do you suggest instead? Also I don't think my conditioner will come in by the time I get my boots is there any huge reason I should wait to condition before I wear them the first time?

I didn't mean it is a bad place - quite the opposite. It is just that people there are enthusiasts, and will happily buy 6 bottles of conditioners just to try them out because they are fascinated by it, and consider $600 boots to be "entry level". You can get great advice there, just remember the context. Your boots will be fine without conditioner - as I've said, you shouldn't condition them right away anyway. They are well made and sturdy, not ballet shoes. Just wear them, keep them clean, and condition when needed and they'll last you a long time.
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Originally Posted by phidauex View Post


I didn't mean it is a bad place - quite the opposite. It is just that people there are enthusiasts, and will happily buy 6 bottles of conditioners just to try them out because they are fascinated by it, and consider $600 boots to be "entry level". You can get great advice there, just remember the context. Your boots will be fine without conditioner - as I've said, you shouldn't condition them right away anyway. They are well made and sturdy, not ballet shoes. Just wear them, keep them clean, and condition when needed and they'll last you a long time.

Ahh I see thank you, as you have been very helpful I can't wait for my boots to arrive so I can wear them right away. 

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Originally Posted by chisoshi View Post
 

Ahh I see thank you, as you have been very helpful I can't wait for my boots to arrive so I can wear them right away. 

I agree with what he said.

 

I have 3 pairs of 1ks, all treated the same (obenaufs heavy duty LP and/or leather oil)

 

Treat them or don't treat them out of the box...won't make a difference IMO.

 

EVery few days mine get dusty or banged up and I brush them with a horsehair (stage 1 cleaning). Just get the $10 off amazon...Sometimes I'll take a wet clean cloth and wipe them (stage 2 cleaning). Every few months I pull out the laces, wipe the shoes & brush them, then apply obenaufs LP.

 

I always have shoe trees in. Just make sure they are cedar and buy whichever ones are on sale.

 

any of these work, I prefer the ones with the split down the middle, but I have both and they are fine.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2/183-5092813-8551058?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=cedar+shoe+trees

 

this is just my 2 cents and has given me good results and the leather color is pretty consistent with what I would expect.

 

If you ordered black boots you have even less to worry about as they won't darken

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New pic of my 3 pairs.

 

all dirty. The black ones are factory seconds.

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