I guess I’m bad at packing, or it was just a subliminal way to make myself okay with buying another pair of boots, but the one thing I had my mind set on before embarking was packing my Red Wings, and I somehow forgot them back home. Walking around in Atlanta the first night was such a chore, they just had a heavy snow storm, and there was still slush, ice, and puddles of water everywhere. I got stuck dodging all of these disasters trying to save the suede on a brand new pair of Quoddys. Well the following morning I was wandering around Little Five Points and stumbled into a neat little store named Abbadabba’s that had an amazing selection of nice footwear: Redwing, Sebago, Birkenstocks, Clarks, and last but not least, Wolverine. I hadn’t been able to find a Wolverine dealer that carried 1,000 Miles in Florida, and I wanted to see these in the flesh before making the investment.
It didn’t take much convincing, after I initially set my hands on them I had already made up my mind. It was an investment worth investing in. I went with my normal size, a 10.5D and the fit was perfect. They are roomy throughout, but snug enough to make walking around in them all day not uncomfortable. The toe-box has plenty of room, and I’ve been wearing them with J.Crew camp socks. The classic leather sole gives the boot a more “dressy” silhouette which is something I was missing in my footwear arsenal. They are Goodyear Welted which allows for them to be resoled whenever necessary, making these shoes a friend that you’ll know for a lifetime. Made from the one and only Horween Chromexcel leather:
“Chromexcel is the original pull-up leather; using time honored techniques and formulas that were developed nearly 100 years ago. Chromexcel is still produced in the United States using a bark retannage from a proprietary recipe, and then genuine hot stuffed with our secret blend of natural oils and grease.” -Horween Leather
I’ve been a really big fan of Chromexcel since wearing my Oak Street Trail Oxfords. It’s tough and can be worn without worry, which is such a great thing. I like buying a boot/shoe that I can wear and not worry if it gets a little scuffed up, muddy, or even wet. It’s no fun to have to watch every step you take, worrying about scuffing your expensive footwear. Well, I should probably get off the internet, and start walking… only about 992 miles left to go, and I’m sure that’s just the beginning.
Thanks Wolverine, for putting together such a timeless boot.