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Wolverine 1000 Mile Boot Review

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

  1. typericey

    typericey Well-Known Member

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

    chisoshi Member

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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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  3. phidauex

    phidauex Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  4. chisoshi

    chisoshi Member

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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?
     
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  5. phidauex

    phidauex Well-Known Member

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    /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.
     
  6. chisoshi

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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?
     
  7. phidauex

    phidauex Well-Known Member

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    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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  8. chisoshi

    chisoshi Member

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    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.
     
  9. nevereast

    nevereast Well-Known Member

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    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_n...rch-alias=aps&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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  10. nevereast

    nevereast Well-Known Member

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    New pic of my 3 pairs.

    all dirty. The black ones are factory seconds.
     
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  11. Newberry

    Newberry Well-Known Member

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    Hello SF! I jst started my boot collection. This is what I have so far:

    Wolverine 1K Centennial Boots
    Allen Edmonds Dalton Boots
    Wolverine 1K McClean Boots

    Now im looking for a good chukka boot under $200. I dont really like the Clarks Desert Boots or Bushacre 2 Boots. Any other suggestions?...
     
  12. chisoshi

    chisoshi Member

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    So my boots arrived today and I just wanted some opinions before I did anything. Is this crease normal because it is only on one boot.
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    Either way the boots came and was covered in dust is that normal? Once again thanks for the input.
     
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  13. nevereast

    nevereast Well-Known Member

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    I've always liked these... Cole Haan Liam Chukkas or something
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  14. nevereast

    nevereast Well-Known Member

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    someone tried these on and walked around a bit in them.

    Yes, that crease is "normal" in the sense that a ton of these boots will have a very similar issue. it will get worse and if the other boot has no crease you will probably have two different looking boots. If this is going to annoy you, I would return them and try again. The new pair may have the same issue, though.

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  15. cj10

    cj10 Active Member

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    Do any of you have a black courtland with a half sole on it? I'm considering adding a half sole as the leather sole is pretty much useless on wet floors and that the sole looks kinda thin
     
  16. grizzlygiant

    grizzlygiant Well-Known Member

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    Courtland doesn't come with leather soles.. I believe it comes with a Vibram rubber sole.
     
  17. nevereast

    nevereast Well-Known Member

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    This is what the courtlands comes with. I have them, they're maybe a bit better in the wet but still pretty much useless. Garbage in the snow or slush.

    I am planning on getting them to a cobbler soon to have a full leather sole put on and a vibram halfsole with some lugs.
     
  18. gsmith

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    Do any of you guys have plantar fasciitis? I'm curious if an insole could be added to these boots? If so, any recommendations on an insole?
     
  19. jfranci3

    jfranci3 Well-Known Member

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    There's a s*** ton of room in there. These are work boots. Nearly every tradesman uses shoe inserts.
     
  20. ClassySOB

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    I'm having the same issue with both my 1000 mile laceup and Emerson boots.
    The back of the heel (not the bottom) has worn smooth/shiny from slight slippage and are making noise.
    Is this common with full leather boots?

    edit.
    to be more clear,I'm talking about the inside back of the boot,where my own heel makes contact with.
     
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