Wolverine 1000 Mile Boot Review

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

  1. DougR

    DougR Member

    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2012
    Location:
    Geneva, NY
    I just got my second pair of 1000 mile boots...the regular plane jane ones, no fancy embroidery. I loved my black ones so much I needed the brown. I found them for $200 on Amazon, (Amazon wasn't the actual seller). They were "blems" though I can't see why. There were a few scuffs in them, but I put worse on them the first day using them.

    Question for you all, however. My black ones have almost worn through the bottom stitching that runs along the perimeter of the leather sole. Will the sole fall off when the stitching wears all the way through? I know it's probably a silly question, but I'm just not sure what is supposed to happen in the normal wear and tear of thing.

    I walk hard, and a lot. I'm fine with having them resoled when need be (might try a mini-vibram on the blacks) but just want to get a sense of what to expect.

    Thanks

    Doug
     


  2. Spencer

    Spencer Senior member

    Messages:
    2,085
    Likes Received:
    115
    Joined:
    May 11, 2008
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    

    No I was confused he was referring to the 744 LTD's.

    Ended up buying the 1000 Mile Courtlands.
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2012


  3. burnso

    burnso Senior member

    Messages:
    191
    Likes Received:
    52
    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2012
    Location:
    Melbourne, Aus
    Yeah thanks. First time for me.

    I used a lot for a nice thick bead along the welt, ala Crane style, but it didn't 100% melt in it was too thick.
    Despite that, I didn't wipe off as much excess as you might think, the leather soaked up huge amounts, and I actually still got some light water seepage at the bottom...

    But to be clear, do you think my conclusion of two double coats for a 4oz tub is way too much also?
     


  4. otc

    otc Senior member

    Messages:
    14,493
    Likes Received:
    4,123
    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2008
    

    You gotta work in a warmer environment/warm up the boot somehow. Some people are scared of the oven method but I have never had a problem putting the oven on "warm"/absolute minimum setting (you should still be able to put your bare hand on the rack) and putting the boots in for a couple of minutes. Then just switch between working on one boot and warming the other.

    I did two coats on some Katahdin's last week and barely made a dent in the 8oz tub--I think there is still a fair amount of factory flat surface on top of the stuff. The boots had been sno-sealed before but probably a year and a half ago and it was pretty much gone (and I didn't use that much sno-seal either). The first time application will really soak in, but using 2oz of the stuff on one pair of boots is pretty crazy.
     
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2012


  5. MarioImpemba

    MarioImpemba Senior member

    Messages:
    1,096
    Likes Received:
    134
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2012
    Location:
    PDX
    I ovened mine for ~10 min @175 F (lowest my oven would go); it even says to on the SnoSeal instructions!
     


  6. gardenbuffet

    gardenbuffet Member

    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2012
    Hello all! Any suggestions on how to pick the right size for 1000 mile boots? I've heard all sorts from true-to-size, to 1/2 size down, to even full size down. I'm sure this topic is in this thread somewhere, but seems too difficult to search through all 1700 posts. Just wanted to see what the most consistent answer is. Input is much appreciated! Thanks!
     


  7. MarioImpemba

    MarioImpemba Senior member

    Messages:
    1,096
    Likes Received:
    134
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2012
    Location:
    PDX
    1/2 size down or use your Alden-Barrie size.

    TTS is for true hikers with thick wool socks.

    I went 1-full size down from Nike's.

    1-full size may work, too, so I'd suggest going to Nordstroms to trial fit if available in your area.
     
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2012


  8. tsekh

    tsekh Senior member

    Messages:
    265
    Likes Received:
    18
    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2011
    

    Oven itself does no harm, it's the temperature you set that matter. Putting your boots into an oven that is not turned on does nothing. Setting the temperature as high as you do when baking a chicken will kill your boots. Setting the temperature to something like a very hot summer day will probably work very nice.
     


  9. otc

    otc Senior member

    Messages:
    14,493
    Likes Received:
    4,123
    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2008
    

    The key is that you do NOT want to do something like this to dry out wet boots. You are fine to do it for these purposes since you are *immediately* applying conditioner back into the leather.

    If you aren't going to be moisturizing the boots, you should keep them the eff away from hot, arid environments.
     


  10. althanis

    althanis Senior member

    Messages:
    1,837
    Likes Received:
    475
    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2010
    Location:
    Toronto
    

    I agree with going a whole size down from whatever you wear in Nike or other sneakers.
     


  11. spbrat1

    spbrat1 New Member

    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2012
    maye what did they use to SHINE your boots??? look awesome
     


  12. jcell

    jcell Member

    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2012
    I've Got a question for Crane.

    I posted on here a while ago, and ended up finally receiving my Tan Addisons. The are my first ever pair of boots like this. In fact, my first ever pair of quality leather boots. They are amazing.

    On to my question, When I got them I used a little lexol conditioner on them and have been wearing them religiously.

    1) What type of brush should I get to shine them?
    2) Will Obenauf's severely darken them permanently? Will Snow seal? How did you treat your tan Addisons for water?
    3) What Boot Oil should I use? Is lexol Okay? I don't mind buying another.
    4) What cleaner should I use? Is lexol Okay?
    5) How did you Keep the toe part of the leather sole from getting so scuffed?
     


  13. MarioImpemba

    MarioImpemba Senior member

    Messages:
    1,096
    Likes Received:
    134
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2012
    Location:
    PDX
    Not Crane's, but based on my experience, yrmv:

    1) Brushing won't do much for a shine; Chromexcel is pretty oil impregnated and doesn't spiff up much. I was able to get some shine with Kiwi. For your tan, I would use neutral.
    2) Sno-seal darkens only slightly, but they will lighten up over time due to the "pull-up" nature of the leather/tanning. Important parts to apply treatment are the welt and seams.
    3) Not necessary. Lexol would be fine.
    4) Brush and water.
    5) ...
     


  14. jcell

    jcell Member

    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2012
    I didn't really mean a brush to shine. Rather just a buffing brush. Like a shine brush. Is there a prefered brand or is kiwi fine?
     


  15. jcell

    jcell Member

    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2012
    Oh, Also, If I have worn the boots and the sole shows some wear, is it too late to add a vibram half sole?
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by