Wolverine 1000 Mile Boot Review

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

  1. patrick_b

    patrick_b Senior member

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    Also, the 1K's felt fantastic right out of the box. Very little break-in required. I found the GT's very stiff out of the box. I'm sure they'd break in nicely, but I loved that the 1K's were comfortable from day one.

    I'm still up in the air about adding a rubber/composite half sole for this winter. We had more snow last year than in the 10 before it. I really like the half soles that can be added to the leather like the Vibram 2341 Raptor:

    http://www.cobblersupplies.com/servlet/the-106/VIBRAM-2341-Raptor-Rubber/Detail

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    It's not so beefy to ruin the aesthetics of the sleek leather sole but would add considerable grip...esp if you are walking a lot.

    The Vibram #435 is another option that doesn't seem overkill on a boot like the 1K.

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    http://www.cobblersupplies.com/servlet/the-653/VIBRAM-435-Oil-Resisting/Detail

    Good luck with whatever you end up with. I'm loving my 1K's.

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    Yeah, I have been thinking off adding a half-sole too, especially since the cost of a new sole is aprox. $ 200-300 here in Norway, and we get a lot of snow. Is it required to wear the soles down before you can put one of those vibrams on it ?

    I also love the leather laces, I have been drooling over your pics since the first time I saw them. Probably the reason why I'm getting these shoes. You wrote back then that you have loads of these, is it still possible to purchase some from you?

    I highly appreciate your help. :satisfied:
     


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    When I asked my cobbler about putting Vibram half soles on a pair of dress shoes, she told me that it was best to install them before the soles were worn out since the process involves shaving off a thin sliver of the sole so that the new half sole is flush with the rest of the sole. The cobbler couldn't do it if there was not enough leather for her to remove a layer without having to replace the entire sole.
     


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    I've had vibram half soles attached (topy style) to a few pair of dress shoes/boots over the years. My cobbler mentioned the same thing about applying them before the sole is worn out. Just to clarify, my understanding is the leather sole can certainly be broken in or even well used, it just can't be to the point where a new sole is required, i.e., no holes or not worn through to the point that the leather has soft spots. Again, this is just my understanding. One cobbler indicated that he prefers to install topy type soles after the shoe has been worn a few times and not brand new, right out of the box. I assumed this was to improve the adhesive grip, kind of like roughing up the surface of an inner tube with sandpaper before applying a patch with adhesive.
     
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    Thanks, I'll ask my cobbler and ask what he prefers.
     
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  6. NormanF

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    Why? You could just buy the Branson in the US or Tyrol in Europe and not bother with resoling with Vibram. The 1000 is a good boot and the leather outsole is what makes it worth the investment for many people. Its boots that will last a lifetime.
     


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    mikecch Senior member

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    ^ I wouldn't say that a leather outsole outclasses a synthetic one at all, and certainly not a prime reason to invest in a pair of boots.
    If you need a synthetic outsole, buy another boot or get it resoled/covered.
    For re-soling, Vibram or Biltrite (Cat's Paw!!!) are good options if you're in the Americas, Dainite (studded, med-/ridgeways) or Corinium (Victory, commando variants) in or around the UK are fantastic - plenty to choose from, and since the cost per unit differences between a high-end and lower-end product is low compared to the re-sole labour cost, don't cheap out.
     


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    Hello all,

    I'm about to pull the trigger on either the Addison or the 1000 Mile and was wondering if anyone can report on whether the boots have expanded, shrunk, or stayed the same as new with extended wear?

    Thanks!
     


  9. malaujai

    malaujai Senior member

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    ^ I think with most leather boots, they will have a little bit of give after some initial wear? I think for these pair it would be best that they fit snug when you try them on as they will probably either stretch out a bit or re-form to the shape of your foot?
     


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    I just got my Wolverines in the mail from Revolve Clothing (Canada Post sucks). The total cost was $300, including taxes and duties. Much cheaper than the $395 + 13% taxes, which is the going price in Toronto.

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  11. NormanF

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    Bestard of Spain has a new sole - BG3 for their hiking boots. Its said to offer excellent traction on snow and ice. I wish it was available as a resole option. Obviously, to get soles that give a good grip on slippery terrain, you want a good gripping compound sole.
     


  12. NormanF

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    No. If you like the footwear style and want a specific kind of sole, any shoe repair shop should be willing to work you on an upgrade. I don't see why you should be limited to keeping the stock soles if they don't meet your needs.
     


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    Nice! I'm expecting mine in this week also from Revolve... What province are you in? Or how much % tax? Hoping I don't get dinged with the customs and duties, but would be nice to know how much it would be if I were to get charged...

    Also, is sno-seal all I would need to apply for the winter season in the city (in Toronto)? I just need to use a hairdryer and warm up the boot before applying it right?
     


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    Addison's with the toppy.
     


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    I'm in Ontario. The $300 includes $40 that I had to pay when I picked it up from Canada Post; I think it was $32 duties and $8 handling or something.

    240 cost
    20 expedited shipping
    40 duties and handling

    I didn't really mind the $40 to be honest.

    I'm still a little new at this, but I bought Obenauf's LP, and I'll be putting a coat of that on it - it makes it water resistant, though not water proof. If the winter is as bad as it was last year, I'll probably think about the sno-seal.

    Any suggestions for where I can get a Vibram sole added to it in Toronto? It's pretty damn flat to risk walking on ice with.
     


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