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Wolverine 1000 Mile Boot Review

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

  1. raags

    raags Senior member

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    Used BostonHedonist's/Crane's method for applying Obenauf's - didn't take before but here's an after photo.

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  2. burnso

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    Nice pic, looks like the scuffs came out alright...
    Lol looking at that pic, perhaps I went too crazy with the LP when I treated mine: I used about half of that tub for my two coats o_O
     
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    I took them to a cobbler who did a lot of work on them - that minimized the scuffs for the most part. They're still noticable even after 2 coats of LP but it's not as blatant so it's okay. The OTF customer service was very reasonable and extremely helpful which was great!
     
  4. jcell

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    I'm thinking about picking up a pair of the tan Addison. When I buy a shoe like this however, I tend to wear it out rather quickly because I will wear it 7 days a week. I have a tendency to wear a shoe a lot and wear it out then replace it after it starts falling apart. this would be my first pair of very nice non dress shoes.

    I am at college and normally wear just regular sneakers like Adidas classics. So I look at these as a first step in upgrading my staples and style a bit.

    So on to my question. I go to uga which is a rather large campus that requires a lot of walking. In the summer it is hot and humid, though sometimes dry as well, and gets rain fall. In the winter it is cold and rains and on occasion, maybe 3-5 times, will snow. It is very hilly here as well.

    Would I be able to wear these shoes on a daily basis in all elements if I treat with a snoseal?

    Will the snoseal Change the incredible softness and pliability of the leather on these boots?

    Finally, will I have to give these shoes a rest day in between uses or can I wear them back to back daily?
     
  5. BrizzleCizzle

    BrizzleCizzle Senior member

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    First rule of 1000 Mile boot club: always ask Crane.

    To address the bulk of your post: yes, you could wear these boots in any manner of environment, just look at Crane's posts.

    BUT, shoes, and the leather that comprises them, require rest at times. If they get flooded with water, they need rest to air out and dry (naturally, not heat source induced). If they've been worn a lot, they'll need rest occasionally with some nutrients in the form of a leather conditioner or other nutrient-providing product to prevent excessive drying out and cracking of the leather. Having said that, i wore mine 3 days back to back when I first got them, and do a fair amount of walking each day at work, and I noticed not even a single sign of creasing or excessive wear, and they have yet to be treated with anything.

    Hopefully some of the other guru's here, Crane especially, can dial in on how the leather feels when conditioned with things like snoseal and obenaufs, but judging by what Crane has done to his boots and how well they keep going, 1000 miles means 1000 miles, especially if you treat them right with conditioning, rest after intense excursions, and general care.

    One note: if you're going to see a lot of rain and snow, consider resoling with a topy or vibram sole as the general idea is that leather soles will degrade faster in repetitive water/snow/salt exposures versus a rubber sole.
     
  6. digga

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    I wouldn't call UGA a large campus, you shouldn't have any trouble walking the whole thing in these boots. I'm not sure I would bother using sno-seal in Georgia, though. I imagine most of the moisture and salt will come from your feet, rather than the sidewalk.
     
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  7. digga

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    I happened across this video earlier. I searched the thread and didn't see it posted, but it may be a repost. Wolverine video about 1000 mile care.

     
  8. FENWAY

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    Had a thin Cat's Paw topy installed on my 1000 Mile oxfords...looks and feels good.
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  9. Crane's

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    LOL! Yeah I probably know a thing or two about these boots.

    Anyway, I've worn these boots day after day for weeks at a time without any issue. The trick is I wasn't sloshing around in mud, water and my feet don't sweat much. Now if I do go out and stand in ankle deep water or fully submerse them then I'll let them dry out completely before wearing them again. That BTW usually takes a couple of days. Once dry I'll give them a quick light coat of boot oil and they're ready to go again. The big thing with leather footwear is to let them naturally dry out in an airy area if they feel damp or you get them wet. Generally speaking wearing them 3 or 4 days in a row won't have any bad effect on them at all. As far as any of the treatments go they don't stiffen the leather. In fact keeping up with a treatment regime will keep the leather supple and in good shape. I've posted enough photos of before and afters to show how well these boots hold up. No one anywhere abuses these boots more than I do. My brown 1Ks are 3 years old and going strong.

    Getting a half sole is a good idea as well. My world famous commando resole job consists of a Vibram Raptor half sole and the Vibram lugged heel plate. This combo works well on ice, snow, mud, scree, rock and loose dirt. Basically all my 1Ks are light hiking boots that get a ton of use on "easy" hikes. LOL!
     
  10. giantslor

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    If you want a chromexcel belt to match your 1Ks, but don't want to pay through the nose, try here: http://theleathershop.com/belts.html
    $65 isn't unreasonable these days for a belt made of real leather. I haven't gotten mine yet, but it looks pretty solid. Not sure about that "leather backing" to the buckle, but we'll see.
     
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    ive been wearing my addisons without padded socks for about a year now. i have no complaints and i LOVE these boots but am interested in using padded socks as someone mentioned earlier. where can i find such socks? do they do much? what do you guys think about them?
     
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    Post up your impressions, I'm not sure how I feel about the backing either.
     
  13. mike134

    mike134 Well-Known Member

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    for $55 you can get a great belt from from filson as well
     
  14. Grayland

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    Filson makes great belts, but the brown they use is super dark - almost black. Reminds me of Blundstone's Stout Brown. I'd love it if they offered a more traditional brown color.
     
  15. BrizzleCizzle

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    I know this may sound a little, foreign, but if one happened to have a filson (or any other quality leather) belt in dark brown, you MAY be able to take the shoe polish approach of lightening up the color a bit. That discussion was going on in the Allen Edmonds appreciation thread, and apparently you can lighten to a degree if you choose the next shade lighter shoe polish. It makes sense, although not as easy as darkening. The one condition you may approach is that belts can sometimes, as they are pretty thick, be tanned to the point of holding in a lot of oil and whatnot (to be able to wrap without cracking, be pliable, maintain a shine, and not need a lot of maintenance). You can even feel this at times when you touch the belt and feel like it's slick, but no residue is left on your hand. Anyway, I'm rambling, back to the point: if it's heavily tanned it may not take the light polish as easy, so you might want to consider using a saddle soap or other mild conditioner/cleaner to prep the belt to take the lighter polish.

    Anyway, that's my answer for a question that wasn't asked.
     
  16. JackFlash

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    Another great source for bridle leather belts is Narragansett Leathers. Very affordable and come in a range of colors and buckles. I am very happy with mine. Narragansett has been mentioned before on the forum, so do a search.
     
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  18. BrizzleCizzle

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    Don't know how I missed this earlier. Yes, they do wonders. My background is long cross country trains (in the military: humps), and socks (and your feet in general) are the difference between comfort and misery. Wool socks are amazing. They are soft against the skin, naturally regulate temperature and pull moisture away from your feet, eat odor, and can be created in such a way to provide great comfort in the heel and sole of your feet. The downside? Not exactly cheap, compared to normal socks, but often less expensive than the designer socks you see on here. My recommendations:

    Darn Tough Vermont
    SmartWool
    Icebreaker

    They've all supplied socks, successfully, to military customers and they hold up very well. You can also use sales outlets like sierra trading post. A final note, make sure you get the ones with titles like "cushioned hiker" and "thick". They make wool socks that span the entire spectrum of socks, go for the thicker, cushioned ones.
     
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    They have some of the nicest looking briefcases I've seen, especially for the cost. I'll probably buy one of thos in the next few months.
     
  20. JackFlash

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    They have suspended briefcase orders due to overwhelming demand. Still make belts!

     
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