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Wolverine 1000 Mile Boot Review

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

  1. itsmejson

    itsmejson Senior member

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    How do you guys prefer lacing your 1000 miles? Do you guys prefer to go with wrapping the laces around the ankle or lacing it all the way up on the speed hooks?
     
  2. bellyhungry

    bellyhungry Senior member

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    I leave the last hook open. And I hate the wrap around look.
     
  3. VirtruviusR

    VirtruviusR Senior member

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    Another question about sizing: I just got my Rust 9.5s from Crane's (can't give enough praise, got here lightning fast and great service) and I feel they fit big. I am new to the world of workboots, so I am wondering if it is just me being anally retentive or they are actually to big. I can just about fit two fingers behind my foot when I lace them up. I have a ton of space in the toe area (if I put my foot up against the back of the boot I cant press down and feel my toes in the toebox area). If this were a sneaker or dress shoe I would immediately say they are too large, but this is a work boot and that is another ball game. As I understand it, it isn't supposed to fit like a glove, but where does one draw the line between a nice fit, too tight/snug and overly loose? I feel like these fall, just barely, into the overly loose/big category. Given my description can anyone provide any insight/experience? I'm thinking I'll order a 1/2 size smaller (as that *seems* like it would be the perfect size, probably with just a tad bit of breathing room), so a sz 9 D, and give that a go, and I'll just return the one that doesn't fit as well.

    Secondly, I didn't realize that there was that beautiful Cordovan No. 8 color. Is it actually shell cordovan? Or is it just a reference to the color/sheen of the particular leather used (i.e. is it just fancy colored calf/chromexcel?). And do you guys (Crane's) have the No. 8 Cordovan 1K's in size 9 at the moment?

    In any case, the boots themselves are gorgeous, very matte in person which is different and interesting (also my first pair of anything in horween chromexcel). I feel like with some use and polish, the rust will produce a really lovely deep brown/black/red character, I suppose I just wish it was a bit more lustrous (then again these are technically workboots, ha - however, the no. 8 cordovan seems like a happy medium). Also, two thumbs up, again, for Crane's!
     
  4. wesmamyke

    wesmamyke Active Member

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    My boot sizing method is the following:

    Pull laces all the way out, put on thick boot socks and shove feet in boots.

    Now slide your feet as far forward as possible and see how much room you have behind your heel. You should probably be able to fit a couple fingers back there, any more than that and they might be too big.

    It's much easier than trying to figure out how much room you have in front of your toes. The crease made by bending your foot is a good indicator as well, it shouldn't be too far back.
     
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  5. robkez313

    robkez313 Senior member

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    hi if i'm 9,5 in RW GT, what size wolverine 1000 mile boots should i buy? And i checked Crane's site but i can not find 1k boots on that site, can someone drop a link?
     
  6. MarioImpemba

    MarioImpemba Senior member

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    I lace it all the way up, then wrap around between the top and one-down speed-hook (if that makes sense at all). I use 72" leather laces on all my boots.

    It's Chromexcel in the Color 8 finish. The only Shell #8 Wolverine boot was the now extinct 721 LTD.

    If you want some luster, try SnoSeal then Kiwi - worked for me!


    I had RW Beckman's (new GT's) in 9.5. They were slightly large, but then I got used to them. I have Wolverine's in 9 and they are perfect. I would say they size about the same.
     
  7. VirtruviusR

    VirtruviusR Senior member

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    Went out and got some proper, thick boot socks (should have just bought some when I ordered from Crane's, whoops [​IMG] ) and I understand what you guys mean about how they should fit now, it's just how I would imagine a boot should fit. Not snug, but not loose either, just right with some room in there. I must say, these are comfy as hell, even before being broken in. While I wasn't sold on the rust when I first got them, the more I wear them and look at 'em the color is just growing on me more and more. I think I'll save cordovan number 8 for some dressier, actually shell-cordovan shoes/boots down the road when I can afford some. Color me a satisfied customer. Now I just to sno seal these up and wear/apply some saphir to get that beautiful shinier red/black/brown-ness out (I really want to achieve something like the stock photo of the 1k Rusts on Wolverine's site, they're teh sechs).

    Edit: Recommendations on where to buy some sno seal (Obernauf's, correct? Or what is the best recommendation for sealing these beauties up for the shitty NYC winters?) and good, warm boot socks? Because I really need to invest in these two items.

    Muchos gracias everyone (and Crane's) for all the help.
     
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  8. vacuity

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    I just received a pair of Original's from Crane's. I will post pictures once I decide which sole I want to add and have it completed, but for the moment I want to continue the love for anyone else new or on the fence; ordering from Crane's was an absolute pleasure. A small e-mail exchange and 15 minutes of my time and I had an order processed and paid for. Shipping was extremely fast and the boots are in perfect condition. David was prompt, courteous, and communicative throughout the entire process. If you want a pair of Wolverine's, seriously, buy them from Crane's.
     
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  9. wesmamyke

    wesmamyke Active Member

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    As far as boot socks go I have tons of Smart wool and Patagonia socks. I bought one pair of REI expedition weight socks on sale and they are better than everything else, super high wool content, like 80% and seem to hold shape after washing far better than Smart wool stuff.

    Obenaufs and Sno-seal are different brands but Obenaufs heavy duty = Sno-seal more or less. I have only used Obenaufs, it's commonly available around here in agriculture stores because it's used on saddles.
     
  10. EdinLA44

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    Try a pair of Uggs fleece insoles (~ $15). That will help with the slightly large fit and you'll have a warm and super-comfortable pair of boots.
     
  11. Winterbourne

    Winterbourne Senior member

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    Hello friends, I was wondering if this piece of thread hanging off the back of my 1000 Miles looks like it may pose a problem. I can't tell if it is stitching that has come undone or if it is leftover thread that wasn't snipped. I bought them used (vibram half soles already applied - $200 great deal) and the piece of thread was already hanging there when I got them.

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  12. Winterbourne

    Winterbourne Senior member

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    Off subject, But I jjust purchased a new pair of the tan 1000 Wolverines off eBay for a seemingly good deal only to have the seller state I'm a difficult buyer and to stay away moments after me making a purchase - I bought them and used PayPal right away. What hassle is there in that? Moral is I guess I'm growing leery of online vendors that don't have a history and may as well purchase full price from now on from reputable dealers.
     
  13. blueplate

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    Did you make any special or unusual requests? If not, yes, this seems like a bad experience. If you did--- what?

    Buying online can be a smart move but (as with brick and mortar stores) reputation/feedback is important.

    You'll seldom have any trouble just buying an item online --- just make sure you see plenty of pictures of the item, know what you're getting, and buy from a vendor with good feedback (i.e., hundreds or thousands). If you have special requests, always email in advance of making a purchase (or bidding), and don't be offended if they can't or won't accommodate... just best to move on in that case.
     
  14. Crane's

    Crane's Senior member

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    Thanks for the support. /\/\/\

    That thread shouldn't be an issue. Burn it down and wear the boots.
     
  15. Young Pro

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    Another sizing question: is the consensus to size down a half or full size? I have no similar boots for comparison, but I wear an 8.5D in AE Park Avenues, a 7.5E in C&J 337 last, and an 8.5 in most American running shoe styles. Unfortunately, tougher to try on in person up in Canada...
     
  16. johnnyhandsome

    johnnyhandsome Active Member

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    There's a limited amount of models on gilt.com this morning if anyone's interested.
     
  17. Spencer

    Spencer Senior member

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    ^ ehhh they're crap.
     
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  18. herrmj

    herrmj Senior member

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    I'm 12E in AE, took a 12 in these boots. Wearing thicker socks in the 1000 miles.
     
  19. milesbeyond

    milesbeyond Well-Known Member

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    Here are my Rusts from Crane's after about a week and a half. This was taken indoors next to a huge open window. Still relatively new but the soles are forming to my feet and the color is seriously beautiful in person.


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    Like I've mentioned above, a liberal application of Lexol conditioner, two liberal coats of Obenauf's LP and good amount of brushing. They leather still had a bit of tackiness and stickiness from the LP that's just now wearing off. I brush them regularly after wearing them minus the past two days and use shoe trees every night.

    First day wearing them I got a little nick in the leather which you can kind of see on my left toe box. That was a bummer but then after wearing them the next day, I realized, they're boots damnit, they're not going to stay perfect. You'll also notice the significantly darker spot on the inside of the left toe box. Don't know where that's from, but regardless, I like it. And I don't know if you can tell from the pictures, but the inside of the right boot has some very faint lightened stripes in the leather. I'm just assuming that's tied to the leather used on that boot. Not a big deal to me, but may bother some of you guys.

    The ONLY thing that is a little annoying is the right boot's lace hole alignment. You can see that the right side of the laces is just slightly lower than the left side. Traditionally, I feel like they should line up evenly or the outside should be just slightly higher than the inside. This makes the top a little uneven, but no one ever sees it and it doesn't really affect how they feel on my feet and ankles. More of just a cosmetic thing at this point when I look down.

    Like I said, these would really bother me if I got dress shoes/boots. But my goal is to get some great, worn in, beat to shit boots I can wear for the rest of my life. Bring on the battlescars.
     
  20. Winterbourne

    Winterbourne Senior member

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    Thankfully - and I was just told this- it was an error on behalf of the seller's automatic feedback system he/she has set up, and nothing to do with product itself.
     

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