Wolverine's 1000 Mile Boot
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Curious about experiences with this classic. Cautious to order online if the fit isn't great...though it seems they can be returned within 45 days (except for custom boots).
Fit: Online comments suggest ordering a size 10, for example, rather than 10.5 (as a typical ideal fit). How about width? Is a standard D actually D width or slightly narrower or wider? D and 3E seem to be the only width options.
Models: So many.... Any advice/preferences/etc. in picking the style? An attempt at summarizing *boot* style variations:
  • Original -- including a leather sole...
  • Evans -- grippy sole, otherwise original style?
  • Addison Wingtip -- fanciest?
  • Rockford Cap-toe -- fancier...
  • Harwell Chukka -- lower cut & fancier...
  • Montague Chelsea -- slip-ons & grippy sole
  • Courtland -- grippy sole & boxier toe??
  • 'Cortado' -- full Vibram sole
I'll likely go for the Original, though the Evans is also appealing. Are leather or rubber soles 'better'?
Color: How do the various color options wear over time? The black and brown are my likely choices, but which one?! :) Thoughts on color versatility with outfits? Is Cordovan No. 8 color a slightly reddish brown? Any dye leakage with wetness (rain, sweat, etc.)?
Any other advice is appreciated, such as 'Care.'
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I've got the original in black with the white "wedge" sole. In my experience, they fit large. I wear an 8.5 in casual/dress shoes, 9 in running shoes, and needed an 8 in the Wolverines. The medium width seems about right, and should be fine unless you have really wide feet. They started out almost a chalky grey color, but broke in quickly and darkened up after an application of Snow Seal (that I melt in with a hair dryer then buff the excess out). I didn't experience any bleeding of the color, but then again, I'm typically wearing dark merino socks. I wear them throughout our rainy PNW winters. You can occasionally get a great deal on these at Sierra Trading Post (make sure to get the latest coupon codes), or Nordstrom Rack. Other similar quality USA made boots to consider - Red Wing Heritage and Chippewa.
Nov 2, 2017