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Wolverine 1000 Mile Boot Review

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

  1. milw50717

    milw50717 Senior member

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    About what ?
     
  2. nevereast

    nevereast Senior member

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    I got a response from Nick Horween on my boots. @Froosh

    I made it clear to him I was not complaining to him or looking for anything other than advice on what to expect and any solutions. Seems like a nice guy.
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    There are a few things that can cause this, and there's really no fix beyond what you're doing. Just continue to beat them up and you can apply black anywhere that you need to. Here's a good brand of dye that's $2 for 4 oz: http://www.amazon.com/Fiebings-Leather-Dye/dp/B004L5R1DY

    If you don't want to wait, you can speed up the process by stripping the areas that are shedding finish. Either way, it's only the very surface that is showing cosmetic issues - the underlying leather will perform and last just as in the other pairs that you have.

    Sorry to not have better news for you!

    Best,
    Nick Horween

    I'm just going to keep them. So far I think I am enjoying them more than my Austens or my originals....dont know why more people don't seem to buy the courtlands
     
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  3. Crane's

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    Hey, no problem and thanks for the order.



    I do the same thing but I wear them for a month or two then get it done.

    I have more severe weather coming in this weekend so the TORNADO20 special is still on.
     
  4. rutabaga

    rutabaga Senior member

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    It's not worth dissecting. My apologies to you. On with the thread.
     
  5. Diggidy

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    Just closed the deal on a pair of Tan Addisons. I plan on giving them a good scrub with Lexol pH cleaner, giving them a coat or two of Meltonian London Tan shoe cream (a nice reddish, medium brown) and then following Crane's method of Obernauf's. I will make sure to post the results incase anybody else is interested in this.

    Also, I was able to get Nordstrom to price match a pair of boots that's greatly discounted right now and wanted to let everyone know about it. The amazon store F.S. Fashion sells many different Wolverine boot models at a hefty discount (I got my Addisons for 260 shipped). I asked F.S. Fashion if they sell factory second, and they told me they didn't -- several posts on here as well as Reddit lead me to believe they're lying about that. Nordstrom will price match this discount though, I had to try a few different representatives to get them to go through with it, but it eventually worked!

    Cheers!
     
  6. nevereast

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    Please post pics of polishing on tan
     
  7. Diggidy

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    I probably won't polish them -- as I understand it the leather of the Addison won't take a good shine like a dress shoe would. I'm hoping that it will absorb some of the dye in the show cream, and that when combined with the darkening of the Obenauf's should give a nice color between the Tan and the rust color of the regular 1000 mile boots.

    I thought about stripping them and using an actual leather dye, but I've never done that before and I'd hate for my first time to be on a pair of 300$ boots. Maybe someday?
     
  8. nashsnazzy

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    Laura at Wolverine replaced my boots for a 2nd time as the last pair had some poor quality leather on the upper of one of the boots. The left boot of the new pair has a really crappy piece of leather in the tongue. I guess you have to accept poor quality with Wolverine boots and expect that when they claim to personally inspect the boots when they ship out an exchange that they don't know what they are looking at.[​IMG]

    It looks a lot worse from the side. Its a shame because the right boot looks great.

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  9. nevereast

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    I'm sorry, whats the issue here? What is "really crappy"? Have you applied any oil to the boots? Have you hi them with a horse hair brush?
     
  10. nashsnazzy

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    These are new out of the box. I'd love to hit them with some Obanaufs but the tongue one one is wrinkled looking and I don't want to touch them until I get ahold of Wolverine on Monday. That pic of the boots together doesn't show it well because I wasn't photographing specifically for that and the straight on shot doesn't show the texture issue either because that is the nature of straight on shots. When you compare the tongues side by side one looks perfect and the other looks like its been used or something.

    Also, keep in mind when I say right boot, I mean the boot that fits my right foot, not right in the photo.
     
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  11. BCer

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    I'm not an expert on here by any means, but have a fairly large collection of good leather shoes and boots. In my opinion, these are fine leather work boots, not highly polished dress shoes. The leather is the skin from an animal. It's going to vary. If you wear these a half dozen times, I don't think you'll remember what this issue even was. And it's the tongue - when was the last time anyone looked at your shoes and said "oh, what happened to that tongue?" It's patina and character that these boots are known and admired for.

    Look back at some of the pictures of well worn boots on this thread, and ask yourself if any of them had issues with a different-texture tongue when new? You'd never know... Wear em, and love em.
     
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  12. 7strung

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    Unfortunately you do have to settle for some blemishes with these boots, but if they arent structural then its not a big deal. You might want to look at another brand if small imperfections are a deal breaker. I know that one shouldnt have to settle, but with these boots I've seen many defects ranging from stitching to size imperfections to bad leather to small cuts/nicks etc. If you wear those boots for an hour, the tongue will end up looking wrinkled on both of them. In the end, they are 300 dollar boots, not custom made or extremely high end.
     
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  13. nashsnazzy

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    The tongues on my first pair didn't look like that after three months of wear. These have never been worn once. Why does one have to settle for this sort of thing when buying a premium American boot? I can go get some Doc 1460 ForLife boots, goodyear welted, and I guarantee you they won't have all of these issues, and they cost 100 dollars or more less.
     
  14. 7strung

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    It's just the way these boots are at the moment. I feel they may have had less issues in the past when demand was lower, but they are very popular right now. Wolverine doesn't seem to care because the boots are selling very well. The doc 1460s are made in china and other countries, likely on a machine. The leather is different from the Wolverines. It's the nature of the beast with handmade goods and natural materials. I've been looking for a good pair myself, and all the ones I have seen have had a minor issue or two. The biggest one I would look out for is the badly wrinkling leather on the toe of the shoe (aka veiny bull penis leather).
    You can see the pair I posted recently, it has a nick from machining on it. If I go back to Nordstrom and find a better pair then I will exchange, but if not I will be keeping them (considering Nordstrom will likely "warranty" them if anything should occur from the small nick). Also the gentleman just posted about the vent-privee sale tomorrow, I will be checking that out, you may want to as well. Good luck with your search!
     
  15. nashsnazzy

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    A nick wouldn't bother me and some leather scaring doesn't bother me either. I doubt the construction of either boot is much different and I love American products but I shouldn't pay a premium for something that is vastly inferior in quality. We don't have to put up with it, we can get Wolverine to make it right or quit buying their crap.
     
  16. milw50717

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    If that is your only qualm about the boots then I'd advise you to keep them. Apply some boot conditioner and leather polish and forget about it. The tongues are going to look a whole lot worse after some wear. The back of the hook eyelets and laces will dig into them and cause rings, stripes and all manner of cuts and creasing.

    Have a look at the tongues in Crane's post

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  17. nevereast

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    Yeah I had a novel typed up why this tongue is such a non issue, but I figured it's your money and you're free to have your expectations on 300 dollar boots

    These are not work boots or dress boots. They are awkwardly in between.

    They will wear asymetrically, I guarantee it.

    Judging by the "poor quality" leather that "creased excessively" and now this "poor quality" tongue, you may be better off with a different brand.

    Trust me, I get the frustration of paying double for shoes made in the US that have defects $80 Chinese shoes do not have

    Not trying to pretend like this is some elusive crew but maybe wolverine does not build the product for you. These boots are proving to be the kind of boots that will only let people down if they do anything but not give a fuck about beating them up

    What about those j crew iron rangers? I love the look of that leather and then I can live vicariously through you
     
  18. Bobbo316

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    There seems to be alot of negativity on these lately. I love all 3 pairs of my wolverine 1000's. Are they perfect? No. That is what I love about them though, theres character in the boot that makes it more appealing to me. I can put some denim on and beat them to heck without worry. Not to mention they are probably one of the most comfortable boots I own.

    My 744's came with a dent in the toe cap, I got a nice refund so I kept them.

    I personally tend to find that even higher quality boots I own arent perfect. Its all in the perspective of the wearer I guess.
     
  19. nevereast

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    Pics!
     
  20. Whats Up

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    So, is there a definitive source/link/thread for the most commonly accepted form of care & maintenance for 1K boots (black, specifically)? I'm talking about methods, care, schedule, products, etc. I've read through much of this thread and find varrying opinions (treat a new sole right out of the box, a la Wolverine's You Tube video, which seems controversial itself. I've got Obenauf's LP, but that's all. Not sure about Montana pitch blend, Obenauf's oil, mink oil, polish, etc.

    Not looking to baby them, necessarily, but want to protect & preserve my investment for many years of service.

    Thanks in advance.
     

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