Yep that's right. This is the thread where I'm going to do a long term test of the Wolverine 721LTD 1000 Mile Boot made of Horween's world famous #8 Shell Cordovan. Wolverine has produced two excellent videos about the leather used in these boots and how they are made. Both are worth watching. You can find them here. Recently Wolverine posted a press release about these boots and if you google up the 721LTD you'll find various other press releases and sneak peak reviews.
Well I'm not employed by Wolverine, some style magazine or ad agency. What I'm going to do to these boots is run them through the mill much like my other pair of 1000 Mile Boots which I have written about in other threads on this site. Still two thumbs up on those boots BTW. Just might make that 1000 mile claim of Wolverine's. Anyway let's get back to the 721LTDs shall we?
So back in the store there's this shipping container from Wolverine with my PO number on it. Oh baby it's Christmas in October for this ol' boy! I open it up and peak inside. The first thing I see is a certificate of authenticity and little card that says they are made of Horween Shell Cordovan. Under that are two black boot bags that say 1000 Mile 721 LTD Wolverine with a boot in each one. Hmmmmm this is pretty cool and a nice touch on Wolverine's part. Out comes the boots and well to say they are nice is an understatement. There's nothing like a good pair of boots or shoes in Shell Cordovan. The smell of the leather, how it looks and feels is just plain sexy. It's even better when I figure out mine are number 57 of 1000 pairs produced. I guess now you can add exotic as in there aren't many of these around into the mix of my first impressions. I like that. I looked them over and the construction is top notch as expected. Again this isn't my first pair of the made in USA 1000 Milers so I really wasn't expecting anything less than top notch quality. So out came the boot trees that Wolverine includes in the package and I laced them up and put 'em on.
Nice, very nice indeed.
For anyone who hasn't read my field test of the original 1000 Mile Boot here's what's going to happen. These boots were bought for specific types of use. Like my other pair these will be used as light hiking boots, daily shit kickers out in the pasture and for general walkabouts in the neighborhood or afield. I'm not going to baby them in any way. These boots are patterned after the original 1000 Mile boot sold in 1914. In 1914 they were marketed and sold as a premier work boot. To me this is not about fashion or following some trend. I don't give a rat's ass about either when it comes down to footwear. I need a boot that is comfortable, durable, highly water resistant and goes wherever I go without failing for years and years. Some people might think I'm nuts to beat a 700+ buck retail priced boot but IMO Wolverine never designed the original to be babyed and I doubt that's what they intended with the current release.
If anyone else who owns these wants to post pics or add comments feel free to do so.
Let the fun begin.
CIMG0907 by DYSong Photography, on Flickr
CIMG0909 by DYSong Photography, on Flickr
CIMG0911 by DYSong Photography, on Flickr
CIMG0913 by DYSong Photography, on Flickr
CIMG0914 by DYSong Photography, on Flickr
CIMG0915 by DYSong Photography, on Flickr
CIMG0916 by DYSong Photography, on Flickr
CIMG0920 by DYSong Photography, on Flickr
CIMG0921 by DYSong Photography, on Flickr
CIMG0922 by DYSong Photography, on Flickr
Edited by Crane's - 5/3/12 at 10:21am