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Wolverine 721LTD Shell Cordovan 1000 Mile Boot Review

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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
post #2 of 611
Looks nice. Too bad pics don't do the Horween cordovan justice. Keep us posted on the wear.
post #3 of 611
Beautiful boots, the 1000 mile has been on my list to buy for this winter.
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Every photo I have ever seen of these says, "the pics don't do them justice." Someone somewhere needs to invest in a better camera, or are the boots just so stunning that camera technology hasn't caught up yet?

in any case, looking forward to your ongoing review!
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re: photos, it's like anything else: you don't know what you have until it's actually in your hands.
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Sick.
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Sick.

They really are a bad ass boot. Really comfortable out of the box. I'll wear them all day tomorrow.

It's supposed to rain here after that so I'm going to do my infamous welt/upper snoseal treatment before they see water. I suppose I should take pics of the process for the benefit of anyone who wants to know how waterproofing a leather boot is really done.
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I suppose I should take pics of the process for the benefit of anyone who wants to know how waterproofing a leather boot is really done.
Please do. I was amazed when you claimed that your feet stayed dry after hiking through some sloppy stuff in your 1000 Miles. I'm guessing that had something to do with your waterproofing technique.
post #9 of 611
Congratulations - wear them in good health.
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Please do. I was amazed when you claimed that your feet stayed dry after hiking through some sloppy stuff in your 1000 Miles. I'm guessing that had something to do with your waterproofing technique.

It also has a lot to do with the construction of the boot. If they leak like a sieve versus slightly seeping you're out of luck no matter what you do. These boots looks like they might seep a bit if you trudged through a swamp for half the day. What I do virtually stops this problem when done on a regular basis. I really really hate wet feet. LOL.

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Congratulations - wear them in good health.

Thanks Moo, I plan on it.
post #11 of 611
I want a pair of these soooo bad. Alden took all my cash. :/

I think I'll ring up unionmade to see if they have my size though.
post #12 of 611
please put up a snoseal tutorial. i am about to rder some for my 1000 mile regular boots. those cordovans look absolutely amazing.
post #13 of 611
I didn't think I'd like these but even on this shitty monitor they look bad ass. Luckily (or unlickily) I don't have a spare G for boots right now
post #14 of 611
I hate you.

I hate you.

I hate you.

Nice boots btw.
post #15 of 611
Nice, but they really cost that much?
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