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Wolverine 1000 Mile Boot Review

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Rollin Tumble, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. Crane's

    Crane's Well-Known Member

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    I would say that means it's been treated with something to make it waterproof. Where's Nick when you need him? LOL! If I remember perhaps I'll call him tomorrow.



    My tan Addisons act like my brown 1Ks. I'm not sure what you mean by crease/wrinkle. All leather footwear creases.



    Non refundable on sale boots? Pinching pennies with these boots have proven disastrous for a few people in this thread. As far as advice being to size down is concerned that's also proven to be interesting as well. It works for a lot of people but may be completely wrong for you.
     
  2. Crane's

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    In stock on my back shelf. I told you if things went well we would start stocking more boots right?

    Original 1Ks:

    5301 Brown 8.5 D , 9 D, 9.5 D, 10 D, 10.5 D
    5299 Rust 7 D, 8 D, 8.5 D, 9 D, 9.5 D (2), 10 D
    Cordovan 10 D

    You want them, you know the drill.....
     
  3. Patek

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    True, but they are on sale from a trusted forum vendor and sponsor who I have worked with before so I know it won't be an issue with quality. If the size is not right I'm out $250 which is not the end of the world but not what I would like to happen either. They are black which is not my favorite color but great for my rotation as all my boots are brown and tan.

    You don't happen to have rust in my size(s) would you?
     
  4. Crane's

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    Not currently but that problem can be solved within a few days if you want them.
     
  5. wdahab

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    Wolverine 744 LTD with a bit of Crane's method thrown in.

    So, I got my 744 LTD's yesterday, and can I just say that the online pictures don't due them justice. I had been looking for a nice pair of shit-kickers, since I'd always felt my last pair were just a bit too big for my foot. I wanted something that was office appropriate (it's a casual-ish office) but could withstand me not having to baby them. I live in the Northeast, on Long Island. It can be wet, snowy, muddy, rocky, dirty, sandy, I might just be kicking sidewalks in the city, or repairing some Sandy damages to my house. I had settled on getting a pair of 1000 miles, when I saw Crane's 721 LTD. Now, I knew that I could probably find a pair of 1000 milers for around $300 if I tried, but I had just been by the local Allen Edmonds outlet to return some things and knew that I could get a pair of 744's for $350 there. At the time, I thought "what a great deal on shells, but I really don't need a dress boot." Well, after seeing just what Crane's put his through, that sealed the deal. I went in knowing that I wanted a half-sole and to sno-seal these.

    Called up the outlet on Saturday, ordered them in They were at my office yesterday (Wednesday)! I restrained myself (kind of) from showing them off to everyone, and after work dropped them off at the cobbler for a half-sole. I asked about the Raptor vs. the Mini-Lugs and he said neither, you want these: Adler, Made in Italy spiky things. Boy do they grip, and match the aesthetic pretty nicely. $45 installed, which is a lot for some places and cheap others. Around here it's about right, and he has always done amazing jobs on my shoes and he had them done by this afternoon (Thursday). Didn't do the heel, didn't see the need, and I didn't want the boost.

    Sizing info: I got these in a size 9D. I generally wear 9EEE or 9.5EEE balmorals, since it's important to get them laced all the way closed. I usually wear 8.5EEE boots, or 9.5D, which tend to have the exact same form factor, but different length eyelet pieces (so that when you lace them, there may be a larger or smaller gap between them). Since these are unlined, and I know that shell will fit like a glove, I went with these. They really do fit perfectly, if a bit snug. The toes are bulbous, but whatever.

    The seconds don't come in any kind of fanciness, just a 1000 Mile box with a small little sticker indicating they are 744S (S for seconds) and the true seconds price of $609 vs. the $350 I paid. There was no *definite* reason these should be considered seconds. Scuffed toes and scratches? Easy to buff out with some elbow grease. A slightly messed up piece of leather on the side? Maybe, that's the best I could figure, but that would happen to any piece of leather. The semi-circle brogue-ing on the cap-toe is really, really abbreviated on mine. When I saw the display pair in the store, it had big semi-circles that turned me off a bit. They looked like big flaps, and were just as pronounced as the online pictures look. These edge designs are barely even there, almost flush with the stitching. Some people on the forums would pay extra for this. Regardless, the tongues state that at one point, these were 229/1000, but then someone thought better of that.

    These demonstrated the "infamous" sole separation that others have mentioned. My cobbler said it wasn't an issue, but one of the heels was separated enough that I knew it'd bug me. Thoughts of sand and pebbles getting trapped in there, and I'd be checking constantly to make sure it hadn't gotten worse. Especially since AE doesn't use nails in their heels, just glue. So when I brought them home from the cobbler, grabbed my professional grade liquid cyanoacrylate glue. This is similar to krazy/super/gorilla glues with a major difference: liquid, not a gel/not thick. Makes less of a mess and is easy to get into the crack.Just ran it along the edge, let it get in there, and pushed the sole/shoe together. 10 seconds later no gap when I let go! 2 hours later, no gap when I flex. Edit, Update: this actually ended up not working, and doing slight, but non-important, damage to the heel piece. Showed it to my cobbler, he just smiled at me and said, "next time you'll listen to me, right?" and assured me I hadn't done any actual harm. The issue with being inquisitive I guess.

    Crane's mentioned plenty that you just don't know how the boots have been stored. I can tell you that these boots have been sitting somewhere, unloved, for a while. There were plenty of parts that just felt way, way too dry. So tonight I took some Obenauf's Leather Oil (not LP) and oiled them up. They sucked it in like crazy. So fast that I gave them a bit more, and that disappeared just as fast. Didn't matter to me that the oil made them darker, since I was just going to sno-seal them anyway. They are now a chocolate brown, really dark. Darker actually then the photos of them make them appear. Let them soak for a while, wiped off the residue, letting them sit. Going to give them a nice sno-sealing tomorrow evening, so it's not like I'm concerned with their color. I'll post pics of that as well.

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  6. Roguls

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    CXL creases so deep and wide, it bugged the hell out of me. For a "dress" boot, I can't live with that. I've got some beaters for kicking around and adventuring. I just love tan shoes, and these look really good and can be had here and there for a deal. But, I'm gonna pass.
     
  7. Crane's

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    These aren't a dress boot. They're a heritage line of boots patterned after turn of the century work boots put out by a work boot company.
     
  8. frenchji

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    Any idea what's going on here?? I've worn these boots a week now. A little raised bump in the shape of a horse shoe appeared in the crease. Didnt think much of it at the time. I put some leather conditioner on the shoes last night.. since I didn't do it till then. Today as I was walking I noticed a darker spot started to appear where the bump was.. then as the day progressed it got bigger and bigger. It's dry to the touch.. and I've not gotten anything on these shoes so it's not grease or anything like that. What is it? [​IMG]
     
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  9. Pecan89

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    I think of mine as city boots. I like to wear them to the bar
     
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  10. Crane's

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    My guess would be the conditioner is coming to the surface as the leather is flexed. What are you using to condition these? Did you clean/brush them before you conditioned them? In any case it looks like nothing more than what to expect when you wear them.
     
  11. Patek

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    @ Crane, hat do you have in a woman's size 7?
     
  12. Crane's

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    Anything you want we can get. Right now I don't have any women's 1Ks on the back shelf.
     
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    Those that have switched to leather laces, what brand do you use and/or where did you get them? I picked up a pair of leather laces from a local sporting goods store that actually matched pretty well in color to my rust boots. One lace broke as soon as I laced them up (luckily it was only about 12" on the end, which is just about what I was planning to cut off anyways) and the other lace broke within a week. Were these crappy laces or is this just a risk of buying leather laces?
     
  14. squyntz1

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    Maybe they were too dry? Did you condition the laces?
     
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    I did clean and brush before I conditioned. I used bickmores bick 4.. it was all my local shoe place had. Anyway.. it disappeared.. so I think you are right.
     
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    I did not condition. I did notice that when I laced them up they got leather "dust" all over the boots. Not sure if that was a sign or cheap or dry laces
     
  17. MarioImpemba

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    I get mine from the grocery store and haven't had any issues. Sorry to hear about your bad luck.
     
  18. squyntz1

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    Sounds like your laces were dried out and brittle.
     
  19. Brian Itzaina

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    Whats the beefiest topy possible on these guys?
    Does anyone have a good cobbler in north county/san diego are for having some 1,000 miles topy'd?

    Thanks,
    Brian
     
  20. blazingazn

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    You can get a Vibram Tread Commando style on them.
    Only a bit more expensive. Just ask your cobbler.
     
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