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Wolverine 1000 Mile Boot Review

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

  1. spena

    spena Member

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    looking for a cap-toe for my next boots and torn between IR and Rockford. please help convince me why the rockford 1k is the better choice that the popular ir
     
  2. cincikid

    cincikid Senior member

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    Give a call to Allen Edmonds (the maker of the Krause boots, I believe). They might be able to help.
     
  3. linafelt

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    Oh thanks, a good idea...
     
  4. linafelt

    linafelt Senior member

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    I actually love the look of the Iron Ranger to be honest, but if you've never tried them on they are VERY narrow, even the so-called EE width (only available in brown, not black) is about medkum width. And virtually no arch support. But LOOKS great.
     
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  5. mg2380

    mg2380 Well-Known Member

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    Speaking of cap-toes... I've been thinking about getting a pair of the boots on the link below. Prices start at £111.95 (£42.95 for shipping). The price comes to around $250 US.

    They come with several leather options (per an e-mail I received from the vendor this morning):

    Black smooth waxy leather
    Dark Brown smooth waxy leather
    Tan Chestnut Waxy leather

    Black Chromexcel horsehide leather
    Dark Brown Chromexcel horsehide leather

    Brown Latigo leather
    Black Latigo leather

    Dark Brown Zug-grain leather
    Black Zug-grain leather

    Black Reverse Kip Butt leather

    http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?70343-William-Lennon-spec-boots/page5


    http://www.williamlennon.co.uk/footwear/78tc-traditional-work-boot.html


    A tour of the factory:
    http://loomstate.blogspot.com/2011/11/william-lennon-factory-stoney-middleton.html
     
  6. ihatesundays

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    Anybody experience problems with the leather sole stitching without a topy? What happens if the stitching frays or breaks? Does it affect the stitching on the top welt? I have some stitching on the bottom sole that wasnt stitched properly in the groove so it is stitched over the leather and exposed. It will probably cause quite a bit of fraying when walking on concrete. Any inputs?
     
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  7. Crane's

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    Non issue.
     
  8. Meezus

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    Just ordered my first pair of 1k's in Rust, and I'm pretty excited. Almost went with the Cordovan, but since this is my first pair of workboots, I figured a shade of brown is the better choice. I'm one of those guys who buy these for form not function (I know, the worst) and I'll be living in the San Fran area for a couple years, then DC. So the only thing I need to worry about is rain and a little snow later. I will definitely be wearing the hell out of these though.

    I've read most of this monster thread, and clearly there's decades of combined experience with 1k's on here, so since I have zero and have yet to see a pair in person (military overseas in Japan), hopefully you fine gentlemen can help me out.

    This is really my first experience with quality leather goods and I obviously want to take great care of these and keep them looking beautiful, but I do NOT want to darken the leather into chocolate. I know Obenauf's LP and Sno Seal are favorites around here, and I would love to never worry about moisture again, but I've read/seen terrifying examples where it's turned medium brown boots dark brown permanently. I hear that these will darken over time anyway, so I'm not in a hurry to get there.

    I recognize it's leather and every boot is unique, but here are a couple pics of the color that sold me on these and how I'd love for mine to end up near:
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    So what I'm seeing is not really a high shine, but I'd like to achieve that depth to the color to bring out that reddish hue in the brown. For the uppers, my research has yielded Venetian, Saphir Renovateur, and Lexol as good lightweight conditioners that won't darken the leather much but will still provide protection against rain.
    What do you all recommend? Maybe in your experience Obenauf's + Rust 1k's ends up looking just like these.

    Oh one last question, if the verdict is Obenauf's will darken the upper considerably, is it a good idea to use it on the sole for maximum protection?

    Thanks!
     
  9. spena

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    Quote:thanks for the feedback. decided to get the regular 1k mile in black instead . maybe in the future I will get the captoe but for now I will play it safe.
     
  10. wdahab

    wdahab Senior member

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    Well, I would like to say one thing: after a year of wearing them, it's time to admit that Crane's (it hurts to say this) is right when it comes to fit. It's time to bid adieu to my 721s and 744s, which were basically grails for me, because I bought them too small. My takeaway from this (expensive) lesson is that the most important part is to get the joint of my toe in the right place, the width right, and ensure my heel doesn't have lateral slippage and not worry about space in front of my toes any more.

    That said, I found a pair of boots that fits me perfectly, modified last Alden Indy's, and its amazing the world of difference my feet feel right now. They have the same tank-like feel to them, though I haven't decided whether I'm going to water-proof them.
     
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    Honestly I did not find the obenaufs darkened the leather at all. They look a little different in the "after" pic but I honestly think it's just as much the lighting.

    Alot of the pics you see of the boots darker may be literally just waxed. When applying the wax the boots will get VERY dark. They lighten almost immediately and continue to over the course of the next few mins with a blow drier.
     
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    That just sucks W. I made a few sizing mistakes in my time with some expensive footwear before so I feel your pain.
     
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    MarioImpemba Senior member

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    What size Modified do you take?
     
  14. Mr M

    Mr M Senior member

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    Next Wolvie 1K I'm getting will be TTS. The half size down after a long day walking and standing get less toes wiggling space.
     
  15. rabiesinfrance

    rabiesinfrance Senior member

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    I have been tempted by Wolverine 1000 mile, but the leather appears to crap up after wear - i.e. go an oily black colour.
     
  16. Crane's

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    I have no idea where you get that from. Then again all my computer monitors are calibrated too. At best I see underexposed photos and the wrong white balance in some pics but nothing that looks like an "oily black".

    edit: Unless they're black to begin with that is. Then I expect them to be black with an oily sheen.
     
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  17. bertie

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    I've had my rust coloured 1000k for four years with minimal care and they look like the same colour just with four years of wear.

    I have noticed thre is a propensity to use a lot of product on them though and that may contribute to discolouring.
     
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    ^That's the coloration that my rust 1k's have with about 3 years of seasonal wear. Except my left toe has a giant 1.5 inch gash on it caused by me opening a back door and the corner rammed into the tip of my boot. *shakesfistatsky*
     
  20. aeymxq

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    bought a pair of 1ks used off craigslist a little over a week ago. they were in pretty decent condition, though the guy never treated them (and I havent had an opportunity to yet). at $115 the price was right anyway.

    I did some walking on rocks though, and a hole is forming in the left sole! not sure if it was already there. I really need to get some rubber soles put in.
     

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