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Wolverine 1000 Mile Boot Review

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

  1. MarioImpemba

    MarioImpemba Well-Known Member

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    I got you; I'm working on a tut on how to shine up the 1K's. Should have been done this weekend but life got in the way. Though, if you've LPed them, you may be screwed since that stuff gets pretty dang oily. I LPed my leather backpack, and it has a nice sheen after some diligent brushing.
     
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  2. Mr. Moo

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    Letting go of some rarer large size shell 1K boots. Check my sig.
     
  3. Nithy

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    My 1000 Miles just arrived and I'm looking forward to breaking them in. They're a fair amount stiffer than my 2 year old J.Crew Chippewas.

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  5. shizlefonizle

    shizlefonizle Well-Known Member

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    I have a pair of the tan 1ks and its a little bit too orange for everyday wear. Is there anything I can apply to get to them to safely darken it up a little?
     
  6. Crane's

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    Waterproof them and then wear the hell out of them. This type of leather darkens when exposed to the elements and LP or Sno-Seal will darken them up too.
     
  7. stretchmann

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    I'm wanting to purchase a pair of 1K boots and so i've been to a couple of shops to try them on. the first shop, i tried on a pair of what i was thought were brown. These were pretty much exactly the same colour as a pair of RW Beckman 9016s.. Another day i went to another store to check if they had a pair in rust. The pairs i tried were all a lot darker than what i remember the brown as being. They also showed me a pair of what they said were the browns, but which were pretty much the same colour as the rust pair, and a lot darker than what i remember the brown being. I'm pretty sure they were actually the same boot.

    Basically now i'm completely confused. which is the darker out of the rust and the brown? I liked the slightly lighter colour better (colour of the RW 9016s), rather than the darker, slightly redder colour of the second pair. but i'm not sure if the lighter is the brown or whether the second shop had them confused. I want to order online, and i don't have the chance to go back to these shops as they're in a different city. Searching this thread, i am of the opinion that the rust are the lighter colour, but they become much darker than the brown. or am i completely off? can someone who has tried on both please let me know the difference.
     
  8. Willin

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    These were all new out of the box? The rust is lighter out of the box but from my experience they darken quite a bit from wear and especially if you apply snowseal, etc, from what I've read.

    Perhaps the first store thought they were brown but they showed you a rust pair? Did you check the color description on the box?
     
  9. fathergll

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    Im so torn between tan, rust or the no 8. My biggest issue also the brightness of the tan, i'd want them as dark as possible. Decisions! :embar:
     
  10. Crane's

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    Buy all three, that's what i basically did. LOL! Seriously though tan is the color that will have the most dramatic color changes over time. The end result will generally be a light to medium golden brown with dark marbling. My tan Addisons are just sitting around right now so I have nothing to really show how it ages. I'm actually hell bent on trying to wear out my brown 1Ks. LOL! Now my tobacco SBL satchel has dramatically changed colors in the last year. I have a pic of how light tan leather ages.

    Everything in the photo started life out as either a light tan or natural colored leather. The age of the individual pieces range from a few years old to 35 years old. The color, saturation and exposure are as close to 100% accurate as one can get.

    From front left to right. My 5 year old tan big wallet. It spends most of it's time bouncing around a bag and hasn't really been exposed to the elements. Next in line is my satchel. It's 3 years old, half the age of the big wallet, and it has been used out in the field a lot. Again this is what nothing more than using the item will do for you. The next item is a 4 year old moleskine notebook cover made from natural Kip leather. It's another item that sees no harsh conditions. It's beginning to darken slightly. Then there's my 35 year old compass case. It started out ala natural as well. It's made of thick full grain boot leather. It's been through more adventures than I can remember. The color is now a deep mahogany brown after going through all kinds of shades of tan. Last but not least is my Filson Scotch colored bomber. It's 6 years old and has seen it's fair share of sun, rain and snow. Originally the color was a light boring tan with little character. Now it's a nice golden shade of a light medium golden brown. All of these items have been regularly treated and cleaned according to how I use each one.

    So don't worry about whether or not the tan boots will darken over time. They will. treat them, use them and don't worry about it.

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  11. chocobo

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    I've decided to stop being so cheap and finally buy a pair of 1000 Miles. I like the look of the cordovan no.8 color... but I'm not sure how versatile it is, I could use some advice.

    It looks great with dark jeans, but I'm beginning to think it's not quite as compatible with other pants. Probably 2/3 of the time or more, I'm wearing Dockers D1 or Alphas, the rest of the time jeans. I'm not so sure about khakis with the reddish cordovan boots, the more I think about it. Can someone let me know if I'm right about this or not?

    There's nothing wrong with the nice simple dark brown, it is safer and hard to go wrong with it, and for a newbie like me that might be the better way to go...
     
  12. fathergll

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    Thanks for the info. Im not sure about all three but I could easily see myself with 2 of them. :D

    I also looked into your profile and saw your tan addisons. nice color, though too dirty for me ;)

    For the crane method do you recommend Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP and Sno-Seal Original Beeswax? I saw it abbreviated somewhere in this thread I wanted to make sure it was the




    im trying to decide too and the cordovan no.8 or Rust is my leading color at the moment over the brown because I tend to wear dark pants/jeans. Sometimes it's difficult to tell the color because you don't know if the white balance is set correctly from someone posting a pic on the interent
     
  13. Crane's

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    Yes, Obenuaf's Heavy Duty LP or Sno=Seal Beeswax is what's been talked about. both work good so pick your flavor and go with it. The other thing you'll want is a good cleaner like Lexol or Saddle Soap and good boot oil.
     
  14. chocobo

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    Definitely nothing wrong with the rust, that and brown will go with anything while I'm not so sure about cordovan... hoping someone more knowledgeable can offer some advice on that topic.

    I like the dark brown a little better than rust myself, it seems (to me at least) the brown is a little dressier looking while the lighter rust color might be more casual. I'm looking for a slightly dressier appearance, with the brown or cordovan.

    Very true about the colors. On Wolverine's site, the rust color looks cherry red. On Amazon it looks like actual rust, and on Nordstorm it looks like... I dunno, coffee with cream in it. Fortunately there are a ton of pictures in this thread so that helps clear things up.
     
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    Oxblood, #8 or cordovan colored shoes are absolutely appropriate for wear with a suit and tie. We are talking about work boots here and any of the colors are suitable for any form of casual or informal attire. Attempting to judge a color as being more formal than this is well sort of an oxymoron when things are kept in this context.
     
  16. fathergll

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    So ill go with Kiwi Saddle Soap, Obenauf's Leather Oil


    Do you have any opinion or remember reading any comments if Obenuaf's Heavy Duty LP or Sno will have a darker effect on a tan pair of Wolverine's? I'm pretty much dead set on tan as a first pair but want them as dark as possible. Just curious. Thanks for your help again
     
  17. Crane's

    Crane's Well-Known Member

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    LOL! Do I remember reading about whether or not the tan will darken up with either product and exposure to the elements? Um, I'm the one who pretty much wrote the book on this. The answer is yes I'm sure of it. LOL! ROFL!
     
  18. fathergll

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    No I meant if there was a difference in darkness between using Obenuaf's Heavy Duty LP or Sno on Tan boots?
     
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    The effect will be the same.
     
  20. ProfessorShak

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    Ok I cant decide btw the rust,brown,and cordovan?
    I plan on getting a pair of these and a pair of Red Wing GTs in either cigar or blk cherry.
    I avoid earth tone clothing and wear dark indigo jeans. I wear a saddleback leather chestnut belt (actually all my access/bags are chestnut)
     

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