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Wolverine 1000 Mile Boot Review

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

  1. Neognosis

    Neognosis Senior member

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    I hate my wolverine 1K miles. The leather is awful and the stitching is very poor.

    I'm going to wear them every other day or so, and only brush them once a week, if even that much. I'm going to treat the leather with nothing other than the matching cordovan color shoe cream every month, and oil them with neatsfoot oil three times a year. I'm curious to see what will happen to them.
     
  2. milw50717

    milw50717 Senior member

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    They will likely be just fine for a good few years. Too much neatsfoot oil could overly soften the leather, so you may end up with a flaccid bull penis leather look.
     
  3. Neognosis

    Neognosis Senior member

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    They already have the flaccid bull penis leather look! They had it a little right out of the box, but it has spread across one entire panel!

    That's one reason I hate them so much!
     
  4. milw50717

    milw50717 Senior member

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    Why not return them again for refund or exchange ?
     
  5. Neognosis

    Neognosis Senior member

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    Because I already sent back a pair that had an eyelet ripped out of the leather, and this pair is the pair that they sent me to replace that pair. I'm just done with wolverine and chromexcel.
     
  6. milw50717

    milw50717 Senior member

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    I know, hence the use of the words 'again' and 'refund'.

    Why torture yourself, just return for a refund on the basis that you believe them to be defective, sub-standard or whatever as per http://www.wolverine.com/US/en/Returns-Exchanges
     
  7. Neognosis

    Neognosis Senior member

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    It's just not worth the effort to return them.

    I'll use them for kicking around, doing chores around the house, mowing the lawn, etc.
     
  8. nevereast

    nevereast Senior member

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    Pics?
     
  9. milw50717

    milw50717 Senior member

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    That's what you are meant to use them for.
     
  10. Neognosis

    Neognosis Senior member

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    Pictures:

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/393324/chromexel-vs-featherstone


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    The materials and construction would seem to indicate that they are meant to LOOK like that's what you use them for, IMO.

    There's no reason to use a leather-soled boot to do yard work when there are more robust and modern boots available that are actually meant for doing outdoor work, like most of the redwings that are not in the "heritage" collection, and a few that are.

    Either way, they have failed to fill my expectations, and so I'm saving up for a pair of White's bounty hunters. And if finances don't allow that, I'll replace them with some redwing beckman's or Iron rangers. Those things seem bulletproof compared to the two wolverines I've owned.

    Though, aside from the flacid bull penis and the scuffiness of the leather, half-assed construction, etc, the boot is very nice. The pattern and form of the boot is very pleasing to the eye, no debate there.
     
  11. milw50717

    milw50717 Senior member

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    I'd still be tempted to return for a refund, to let the manufacturer know that their product is not meeting consumer expectations.

    I have a pair of RW Beckmans and for sure they are easier to keep looking presentable than my 1Ks. However, be aware that the Featherstone leather on the Beckmans does graze easily so you'll be spending some time polishing them too. Some people complain that these end up looking dark on certain colours of leather.

    I treat all my boots as work boots, leather sole or not. People used to fight wars in leather soled boots, so I suspect they can handle yard work.
     
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  12. Neognosis

    Neognosis Senior member

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    People USED TO because they had no option.

    And I can guarantee you that my grandfather's workboots, or standard USMC boondockers issued in WWII were far more substantial than the current 1K miles.

    What does it mean when you say you "treat all your boots as workboots?"

    I seriously doubt that my W1Ks would survive a weekend of digging ditches. I think they would fall apart. I don't think that they flimsy stitching and single leather sole would survive stomping on the top of a shovel blade, but maybe I'm wrong.

    You don't see many construction workers in W1Ks though, nor firefighters or oil rig roughnecks or really anyone who really has to work for real in boots. You see those guys in bonafide redwing work boots, whites, Nick's, etc.

    I think that the W1K is a fashion boot built to the classic workboot aesthetic. And there is nothing at all wrong with that. As I said, they are very good looking boots. I just think they are a distant, distant third in quality and construction when compared to white's and red wings.

    I'm looking forward to seeing what happens to them without diligent care.
     
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  13. milw50717

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    Maybe I should have said "I treat all my boots like foremans boots", which is pretty much what the Beckman is meant to be.

    I'd still be returning the 1Ks to Wolverine rather than letting them just sit there. The more people that do that with sub-standard boots, they more they are likely to feature on a bean counters report.
     
  14. Neognosis

    Neognosis Senior member

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    I see your point.

    I had them topied... I wonder if that would be a problem if I tried to send them back.
     
  15. milw50717

    milw50717 Senior member

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    Send them back and ask to be reimbursed for the cost of the Topys !
     
  16. MarioImpemba

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    I liked my Red Wings but could never get over how awful the Ronald McDonald bulbous toe looked; I still want a pair of moc-toes at some point. I really liked the SB leathers I experienced: Featherstone and CR&T. They seemed much sturdier than CXL. I was able to get good shine on Redwings, but I got good shine out of CXL, too, just a matter of elbow grease. The Featherstone Beckman's would stay presentable longer, but all it takes is a good 30 sec of brushing per boot to get CXL humming again, it's really that easy; I keep a brush and cloth at my desk. When it came to jobsites, I reached for the Wolverines, simply because they are among the most comfortable footwear I own and I'm usually on site in a supervisory role, not labor. For ~$250, I think Wolverines are a great buy for most people who are using them in casual settings for fashion - where else can you get a CXL boot that cheap? As long as you purchase from Nordstrom, Cranes, or some other reputable dealer, you can at least somewhat mitigate or have a fallback if quality issues spring up, though it's lousy that so many people have had to go through that experience. If you're shelling out +$350 retail on W1K's, I agree that it's well worth it to spring a little more on White's.
     
  17. ZenSilk

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    The Chromexcel on the 1k boots is nothing like what is used by Rancourt, OSB, White's, Viberg... etc. The 1k CXL is thin and not as supple. This does, however, make the boots very easy to break in, and they mold very nicely to your lifestyle. The SB Foot pull-up leather is much more thick and supple as well, used on a couple of red wing styles (see Brooks Brothers).

    I don't think 1k's should ever be purchased at full price to be honest, and as a savvy buyer you should never have to.

    My 1k's have been through some shit, resoled, scuffed to death and the insole is seriously messed up. They have been through salty winters and soaking rainstorms. They have been waterlogged.

    You just have to clean 'em, oil 'em, put a different insole in and be on your way.
     
  18. milw50717

    milw50717 Senior member

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    Talking of comfortable boots. 7 year old Blundstones in need of a retread as the soles are now thin and split.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I think that is partly the dilemma of these boots. The MSRP and Wolverine's marketing placement is above that of a work boot, but below that of a true dress boot. People's expectations are accordingly across the board
     
  20. MarioImpemba

    MarioImpemba Senior member

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    My buddy loves his Blunnie's. I was looking at getting some Comfort Craftsman RM's for my recent vacation to walk around, but just couldn't do it... As my buddy put it, Chelsea boots are too "Dane Cook".
     

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