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First Look | Wolverine Heritage Collection

Feb 2nd, 2009 | Categories: Americana, Footwear, Made in the USA | by Michael Williams

Maybe there is hope for classic American brands. Wolverine, the 125+ year old boot maker, is launching a heritage collection this coming fall with a selection of boots made right in one of Wolverine’s U.S. factories. After looking through the collection, I have to say I am really impressed with the results. The boots are made from beautiful leather, have good detailing and are in classic shapes. I love it when a company keeps it simple and falls back on its roots for inspiration. Wolverine is on the right track with this new line and I look forward to adding a pair to my wardrobe.


More info from Wolverine’s Christina Vernon.

We are getting ready to re-launch Wolverine’s 1,000 Mile Boot which was first produced in the early 1900′s and was the boot that really put Wolverine on the map in terms of making great fitting, comfortable and durable footwear.  At the time it was known for giving you 1,000 miles of wear.

For fall 2009, we are re-launching the collection throughout Europe, Asia and North America.  with several styles taken directly from our archives.  The pinnacle of the collection is the original 1,000 Mile Boot which will be manufactured in the US.  The rest of the collection is not made in the US, but we are planning future developments of the US made line for Spring and Fall 2010.






Comments: 36

36 Comments to “First Look | Wolverine Heritage Collection”

  1. Tyler
    on Feb 2nd, 2009
    @ 12:46 PM

    Wolverine steeled toe boots and Chevy 2 door tahoes were essentials in highschool. Oh the memories.

  2. AndyM
    on Feb 2nd, 2009
    @ 1:08 PM

    Georgeous! Looking forward to them.

  3. victoria thorne
    on Feb 2nd, 2009
    @ 1:18 PM

    essential americun garb. elegant & useful. what could be better?

  4. Seth
    on Feb 2nd, 2009
    @ 1:23 PM


  5. Abe
    on Feb 2nd, 2009
    @ 2:10 PM

    so right, I see a pair in my future.

  6. Thom
    on Feb 2nd, 2009
    @ 2:16 PM

    Those look to be exactly what I’ve been looking for the last two years, describing it only as “a Dickensian pickpocket boot.” Thought Timberland’s new line would have to do, but these look much more the part. Brilliant.

  7. David
    on Feb 2nd, 2009
    @ 2:24 PM

    yes! i was mad at myself for waiting too long to buy a pair of indys this winter but good things come to those who wait…these are beautiful, rugged, classic…just what i was looking for. i hope theyre comfortable/not impossible to find

  8. Jesse
    on Feb 2nd, 2009
    @ 2:29 PM

    I want em!!

  9. jon
    on Feb 2nd, 2009
    @ 3:05 PM

    Can anyone tell me the name of the model with the square patch right above the sole?

  10. benjamin
    on Feb 2nd, 2009
    @ 3:22 PM

    a good boot – I’ve just moved to Tokyo and as a fan of pretty much all that ACL has to say , I’d be keen to hear more about the vintage scene over here

    I’m be surprised if there are any american made clothes left over there.

  11. David
    on Feb 2nd, 2009
    @ 3:25 PM

    will quality of these (at least the US made models) compare to that of alden, redwing, etc.?

  12. jbird
    on Feb 2nd, 2009
    @ 4:06 PM

    I can’t help but be cynical about this…i’m not saying these kicks aren’t beautiful…indeed they are…what irks me is that it seems there is this “boot war” that’s beginning to look a lot like the sneaker war that’s been happening for several years now. Who can boast to have the best, most authentic pair of work boots on the market…”our story is more real than yours”…I mean jump on the bandwagon Wolverine, Timberland, Redwings, et al.

    Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system…these boots are beautiful and will hopefully inspired other Wisconsin brands like Weinbrenner, Russell Moccasin, and Chippewa Boots to do the same. This will allow me to not only support our national economy, but my state economy as well.

  13. Sean
    on Feb 2nd, 2009
    @ 5:12 PM

    My bank account is not a fan of you Mr. ACL

  14. dan
    on Feb 2nd, 2009
    @ 5:32 PM

    Not to be Dan the Downer, but as a former marketing and ad guy how much of that handsome boot is photography and presentation? I mean, my boots won’t be glistening like that all the time….or will they? Can they?
    At least my borderling poseur-ish J Crew Red Wings (which, fyi, I stole on ebay) are photographed all broken in. Jumping off cynical soapbox: yes, how much for that patchwork boot? Nice!!

  15. dan
    on Feb 2nd, 2009
    @ 5:39 PM

    When I click the first pic – hoping it’ll come up in a new window so I can send the url – it just shows a little x.

  16. Michael Williams
    on Feb 2nd, 2009
    @ 5:42 PM

    I don’t understand Dan. It opens larger for me. Here is the image location:

  17. don weir
    on Feb 2nd, 2009
    @ 6:20 PM

    must haves i think.

  18. dan
    on Feb 2nd, 2009
    @ 7:51 PM

    Has to be something on my end. Even the newer link does not bring it up. A quick pic save and attachement sent to 4 long-time friends all fetched the same reply: NO, not your next boot.

    May need new friendly opinions, ha.

  19. trip
    on Feb 2nd, 2009
    @ 8:39 PM

    Those look great. Based on the old ad (or old looking ad) about using shell cordovan, I wonder if they are actually going to be it for the boots.

  20. Cyclo
    on Feb 3rd, 2009
    @ 5:48 AM

    In the UK there have been moves to resurect our classic workboot, the Dr Marten’s, or DM. So far with no real success….these Wolverines look nice. Wonder if we’ll get ‘em over here?

  21. OregonDodger
    on Feb 3rd, 2009
    @ 5:07 PM

    Where did the photos come from? Is there a catalog available? I couldn’t find them on the website. Great looking boots.

  22. George
    on Feb 4th, 2009
    @ 7:43 PM

    Any guess on how much they will cost? $150ish? more?

  23. Harry
    on Feb 5th, 2009
    @ 2:09 PM

    Fall 09 ? That seems so far away. These look amazing. I can proudly say i can’t wait to spend my stripper money on these..

  24. zach
    on Feb 5th, 2009
    @ 2:20 PM

    ok so where/how can we buy these? I can’t find…

  25. Michael Williams
    on Feb 5th, 2009
    @ 2:21 PM

    Not out yet Zach…

  26. Frugal Dougal
    on Feb 5th, 2009
    @ 3:57 PM

    Any idea of the pricepoint?

  27. Keesean
    on Feb 11th, 2009
    @ 6:16 PM

    These boots are hott. Vintage look without the occasional vintage unreliability.

  28. Albin
    on Feb 13th, 2009
    @ 2:53 PM

    Very cool, these… I need a pair of.

  29. Joon
    on Feb 13th, 2009
    @ 7:01 PM

    dope…..where i can get these? I couldn’t find these at their website.

  30. Dave
    on Feb 24th, 2009
    @ 5:11 PM

    I like the idea of a heritage line. And heaven knows Wolverine has heritage out the wazoo. But I have to say the line suffers from too much trim. 90% of being a great artist is knowing when to stop painting. Do the boots really need all the extra stitching? All they had to do was one-up the Red Wing heritage line – it would’ve been so easy to do. But I fear they’ve gone too far. Too bad.

  31. Chuka
    on Feb 25th, 2009
    @ 8:29 PM

    I love these boots… I have a pair of 16 inch high Wolverine 1000 mile boots made of horsehide. Any ideas when they were first made?

  32. Alessandro
    on Mar 30th, 2009
    @ 4:00 AM

    Love these boots, too! I searched for them on google and found the whole collection here :
    but didn’t find any info on prices..

  33. Mr G
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 9:43 PM

    Never knew what they were worth!!! Bought my first pair in Fall 2004 when I came to the US as a student…threw them away after using them for like 6 months….I’m already drooling like a DOG looking at these models….heheheeh..can’t wait…

  34. manpikin
    on Jul 10th, 2009
    @ 3:37 PM

    These are great looking boots. Would be nice if we could buy a pair right now.

  35. LuxuryObsessed
    on Aug 9th, 2009
    @ 3:21 PM

    I can’t wait to see these in person. I need some new boots.

  36. Aldo
    on Nov 3rd, 2009
    @ 10:32 PM

    Any websites I can grab the 1000 mile ones?