A Good Boot: The Wolverine 1,000 Mile Boot Giveaway

by Brett & Kate McKay on September 21, 2009 · 1,170 comments

in Dress & Grooming


For centuries, when a man needed extra support and protection for his feet, he would lace up a good pair of boots. Your grandpa or great-grandpa probably had a solid pair of leather boots in his shoe collection. During the frontier days, a good leather boot was an essential piece of clothing. Industrial workers did and still do wear boots to protect their dew beaters. Returning soldiers would often continue to wear their military issued boots when they returned from war back to civilian life. Consequently, the leather boot was common among men.

After conquering the frontier and moving from the factory floor to a cubicle, men replaced the boot with sneakers and dress shoes as their go-to footwear. But just because you’re not out chopping wood doesn’t mean you can’t wear boots. A nice leather boot can class up your casual wardrobe and make you look ruggedly handsome. And because of their solid construction and timeless look, a quality leather boot can last a lifetime (and more) instead of the 1-2 years that you may get out of today’s mass produced nylon mesh shoes. In other words, a good boot is a good investment.

If you’ve been wanting to add a nice pair of boots to your wardrobe, you’re in luck. We’re giving away a free pair of the new Wolverine 1,000 Mile boots from Wolverine’s Heritage Collection. The Wolverine 1,000 Mile boot is based on the original design from 1914 and it’s uber-manly. Have I whet your appetite yet? Read on to find out how you can get your hands on a pair.

The Prize

bootThe Wolverine 1,000 Mile Boot

Recognized for its long-standing dedication to comfort, durability, and style, Wolverine is debuting a one-of-a-kind collection of boots and shoes inspired by its own classic designs.

The cornerstone of the new collection, the 1,000 Mile Boot is crafted with the same attention to detail found in the original 1,000 Mile shoe that was first developed in 1914. Wolverine designers worked meticulously to replicate the original aesthetic of that first boot created so many years ago.  Made in America, the boot features soft, supple leathers in weathered tones, a
stacked leather midsole and outsole and classic welt construction. The Wolverine 1,000 Mile retails for $325 and you can purchase it online at Amazon.


A pair of the 1,000 Mile Boot is up for grabs in this giveaway. Ready to get your hands on a pair? Then read on.

How to Enter


You have three ways to enter to win a pair of these manly boots.

1) Leave a comment on this post sharing where you would walk in your pair of Wolverine 1000 Mile boots.

2) Join the “A Good Boot” Group in the Art of Manliness Community. You’ll have to sign up for the AoM Community before you can  join the boot group.

3) Email your friends about the contest. For each friend you email, you’ll receive 1 entry. Email up to 10 friends. (We won’t share your email with anyone, and we can’t even see theirs)

Deadline to enter is Monday, September 28, 2009 at 11PM EST. We’ll then randomly select one lucky winner. Enter today!

1101 Clinton James September 27, 2009 at 5:54 pm

1000 miles sounds like more than enough for the kids and I to explore our neck of the woods, for my wife and I to take those long walks we keep talking about but never seem to do, for myself to work around the house and yard to beautify the place where I live.

1102 Austin Jones September 27, 2009 at 6:01 pm

I’ve worn wolverine boots (plain ol 6″ nonslip ones) to class pretty much daily for the last 6 years. Love them. As for the 1000 miles, I’d wear them all spring in Ireland (study abroad) and as I explore Europe with my brothers.

1103 Chris Ladika September 27, 2009 at 8:08 pm

I would walk to the top of the Matterhorn in California. Gotta love Dharma Bums.

1104 Allen Martin September 27, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Since my start into the electrical trade, I’ve learned two things: take care of your hands and your feet. Now, I might be green, but I know that much. The Old Hands tell me that an Electrician will be lucky to get a couple months out of his boots. But 6 months ago on the day before my first day on the job, I bought a pair of Wolverines, and they don’t look to be giving out anytime soon either. I can’t imagine having the 1,000 Mile Boot. Keeping in mind, they’re going to quit before I do. Now, thats something to live up to.

1105 Matthew S September 27, 2009 at 8:09 pm

I’d wear these boots as I trek the vast tundra of Siberia.

1106 Kevin Fehlen September 27, 2009 at 8:15 pm

I’ve always hated “sneakers” or “tennis shoes” Only recently did purchase a pair of “chucks” to go with my shorts that I also purchased for the first time ever. Otherwise it’s always been boots. I live in rural WI and boots have always lasted me the longest, and been the most comfortable for hiking, walking, and when I ride my motorcycle, I accept nothing but boots from any passenger I may have.

Wolverine boots would be just awesome. I’ve always wanted a pair, but couldn’t afford that three digit price tag. If I had a pair, they’d see many miles on a motorcycle, hiking through the trails of the many state parks I live near by and even to the grocery store.

1107 Peter September 27, 2009 at 8:20 pm

If I had a nice, comfortable pair of boots, I would wear them when walking my young son of 8 months around, carrying him when he is having trouble sleeping or when his teeth are hurting him too much to play.

1108 Joel September 27, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Man, I know exactly what I would do with these pair of man-makers. I would take me a nice long hike on the AT, just to check them for their claim. Nothing like finding out some boots don’t fit like in the middle of some woods on the AT, huh?

1109 Doug Harrding September 27, 2009 at 8:38 pm

I will wear them while in the field after quail with Jet Vom Wiredhaus and hiking with my wife, who tolerates Jet, wherever she chooses.




1110 Alex K. September 27, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Backpacking across the world after graduation, of course.

1111 Will Prater September 27, 2009 at 9:40 pm

I’d finish my trek of the Appalachian Trail with my brother. We finished the Georgia portion this summer, but We’ve still got a ways to go. I’ve got a pair of Merrells but they didn’t hold up very well even after only 80 miles of trail. I need some tough leather boots to finish the job.

1112 Andrew Canavan September 27, 2009 at 9:50 pm

I’d use the boots to explore the northern regions of Wisconsin and Minnesota … pretty close to my Chicago homebase but needing a great pair of boots to inspire me to take the plunge.

1113 Lenadams Dorris September 27, 2009 at 10:04 pm

I would walk over to my kitchen, and perhaps the fifteen feet to my front door to the cab. I used to walk epic miles, but I am now disabled and happy to be able to walk at all and not be (yet) confined to a wheelchair. So while I wouldn’t get as much real use out of my pair as many, I would wear them proudly and in memory of my long-hiking days!


1114 Paul L September 27, 2009 at 10:06 pm

First I would break them in with a few hikes through the Catalina mountains, then take them with me when I go to Wisconsin for the winter. These gotta be better than the sneakers I got now!

1115 Aaron September 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm

I would wear the Wolverine 1000 Mile boots most of the time which means walking to pick up my child, walking around work, to/from/in stores, walking the dog, family walks, to church, to/from the car (as needed), walking when travelling locally, domestically, and internationally, when out taking pictures, when visiting my dad…Man this is going to be a long list so maybe a better topic would be where I wouldn’t walk in the boots.
I wouldn’t wear them in the shower or too much in bed ;-) While the boots were on the newer side, I wouldn’t wear them in mud, snowshoeing, running long distances, on the beach, while doing yard work, while crawling around under car while doing maintenance, or wear them inside our house (house rules). Yep, this list is pretty limited compared to where I would wear the boots and will become even smaller as time goes on.

1116 Steve September 27, 2009 at 11:24 pm

I’d use these to do some hiking and get back in to shape. I figure it will take about 1000 miles to drop the 50lbs that I ought to lose 

1117 Joshua M. September 28, 2009 at 12:04 am

Living in Northern Nevada there are plenty of hiking and walking places to wear the boots in, not to mention the five acres at home and when I start college wearing them would also make quite the statement.

Best of luck,

1118 Nathan LaBrecque September 28, 2009 at 12:17 am

I would love to use these shoes to do some serious backpacking/hiking along the various trails in maine, and to do some serious log cabin building.
And also a bit of frolicking here and there.

1119 Mr. Pickwick September 28, 2009 at 1:18 am

Where would I walk in my pair of Wolverine 1000 Mile boots? Well, I cannot answer that, simply because it would not be I wearing the boots, but rather the boots me. They would be the one’s deciding where I shall go, mapping out the directions, and choosing the best places to trod. Yes, I think I will simply be along for the ride, up to a Moroccan bazaar, or downtown to the Grocery store; trekking up the peaks of the Matterhorn, or rambling down the hill to my local Post Office.

Only when she needs a good shining up or have a weathered sole re-cobbled, only then I should think I will have a say. But it certainly wouldn’t disappoint me in the least. No sir, ‘cause life is one long trip, which can either be an endless stopover at desolate bus depot or a novel adventure into the wild and vast expanses of this blue marble. It’s yours for the choosing. Hopefully, you will choose the latter, but the only way you’ll ever get through it is with a resolute head, a compass that points in all directions, and last but not least, a good and faithful old sturdy pair of boots. (Preferably Wolverine 1000 Mile ;) )

1120 Robert September 28, 2009 at 7:08 am

I would walk 1000 miles

1121 Matt Burden September 28, 2009 at 7:52 am

I would simply head north.

1122 Dave September 28, 2009 at 8:49 am

North South East or West 1000 miles would be a big change in athmosphere. thinking about it I have probably walked 1000 miles in all sorts of shoes and boots, but I have to say putting on thousand mile boots would have to inspire me to greatness anywhere my feet landed.

1123 Matt September 28, 2009 at 9:02 am

I would hike around Starved Rock State Park near my hometown.

1124 Jared Enos September 28, 2009 at 9:06 am

I would hike to Alaska. Living in Rochester, NY I don’t get to experience the outdoors like I sued to. I would love to visit Alaska during the spring. Do a little hunting and fishing. I’d be in heaven.

1125 Jared Enos September 28, 2009 at 9:06 am

I would hike to Alaska. Living in Rochester, NY I don’t get to experience the outdoors like I used to. I would love to visit Alaska during the spring. Do a little hunting and fishing. I’d be in heaven.

1126 Nik September 28, 2009 at 9:17 am

I would wear these boots up some fourteeners in Colorado and hopefully along as much of the Appalachian trail as I could find time for. And while 1,000 miles sound like a lot, I’m sure these would have a longer life than that, especially if you care for them well and do them the decency of resoling them when they need it.

1127 Rob September 28, 2009 at 9:44 am

I’d walk down the aisle in them. The lovely woman I’m marrying was just commenting on a pair of these yesterday.

1128 Dave September 28, 2009 at 9:56 am

I’d wear the boots to hike the Appalachian Trail.

1129 PT September 28, 2009 at 9:59 am

Walking through the woods with my new camera trying to learn nature photography would be great in these boots! More likely, I would be walking through the grocery store aisles getting dinner ingredients and just thinking about better journeys….

1130 Shaun September 28, 2009 at 10:00 am

The Wolverine 1000 mile boot has a reputation to it’s name that very few boot can live up to. With a pair, I would walk to work, to run errands, to hitchhike the east coast from New York to Maine thrift shopping the best places, to mountains and to the sea. I would take the boots every single mile of the 1000 miles and more.

1131 Michael Carroll September 28, 2009 at 10:11 am

I’d walk my 1000 miles around the Scout Reservation I work at in the summer. I have to walk all around the specific camp I work at for part of my job (to make sure everything is in good shape) and I’d take all the trails to the beautiful mountain views of the lake.

1132 Travis K September 28, 2009 at 10:17 am

I would walk around the hills of Sumner Co, TN but they would also get to enjoy the world. In my travels I’ve been to Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Turkey, Jamaica, the Yucatan Peninsula, Gibraltar, Bolivia, Puerto Rico, and Spain.

1133 Luke September 28, 2009 at 10:20 am

These would make some nice fancy boots. I’d walk in these to weddings and all other kinds of formal occasions, and maybe show a little more variety than cap toe Oxfords.

1134 mike norris September 28, 2009 at 10:34 am

I might hike down to some fall and winter social events in these boots as well as they are a beautiful boot!

1135 Abel September 28, 2009 at 10:58 am

I would like to take these boots to south Texas when I am hunting game. I am also interested experiencing the world in these boots as I am planning on going back to Europe this summer.

1136 Christian Galdames September 28, 2009 at 11:07 am

With 1000 mile boots I would walk back in time an undo a couple of things that I did as an adolescent and do some other adolescent things that I did not do. :-)

1137 Scott September 28, 2009 at 11:49 am

I’d wear them pretty much everywhere; isn’t that the point of thousand mile boots?

1138 Larry September 28, 2009 at 11:49 am

I would walk wherever I would leave the best footprints for my two daughters to follow. I just got back from a trip to Texas and would love to see more of that beautiful state. I think 1000 miles across Texas would be a great start.

1139 David Mukai September 28, 2009 at 11:53 am

I am headed out in January for 10 months in New Zealand and since we are limited on what we can take along, I would make these my work/hiking/play boots. As for hiking in NZ, they would go all over NZ south Island. After that, I would use them all over Wyoming, when I return – mostly in the Snowy Range and Medicine Bow forest.

1140 Bob Cornero September 28, 2009 at 12:36 pm

I’m currently researching a trip to sail out on to Italy and hopefully tour around Europe with my brother this summer for at least a month. Nothing better than adventures across Europe with your own blood. I’d like to be able to wear in a good pair of boots on this adventure, as I get to know the world and my brother better.

1141 Jesse Conway September 28, 2009 at 12:40 pm

I would follow in the footsteps, literally, of the great John Muir and take a walking trip across the nation, south of the border, and hopefully end up in Tierra Del Fuego.

1142 Nate Willis September 28, 2009 at 12:42 pm

I would walk around my block

1143 Michael September 28, 2009 at 1:27 pm

I would totally wear those 1000 miles through the woods hiking with my wife. As well as the parks in our city.

1144 Dustin September 28, 2009 at 1:43 pm

If i get a pair of wolverines before November I would wear mine to stomp some pumpkins – Hell, I would stomp Pumpkins every year until I am 80!

1145 Tom Bach September 28, 2009 at 1:50 pm

I would wear the 1,000 miles boots as I manfully stride through the manly world of global corporate leadership. I would also while thus beshod and beladen with carbine and cartridge stalk the wily snipe and snark. Finally, when my foot finds itself so manly and manfully enclosed from its manful heel to its many toe, I would manfully and manly with my bestest little girl to the light fantastic twirl and to the big band beat swirl. In short, with these manly shoes on my feet, I would look ever so manful and neat as I live life complete and with manliness replete.

1146 Chris Smith September 28, 2009 at 2:40 pm

I would walk to the bar and back home. Twice!

1147 Mueller September 28, 2009 at 2:46 pm

I want these boots to free myself from the daily grind and hike in the mountains with my pooch Moose by my side.

1148 Otto September 28, 2009 at 3:24 pm

These look like they would be perfect for my morning commute on my motorcycle. At home on the road and in the office. Perfect blend of substance and style.


1149 William Irvine September 28, 2009 at 3:43 pm

I would walk into every roadside diner, down every sidewalk, and through every state park I visit on my cross-country motorcycle trip next summer.

1150 Ryan Rad September 28, 2009 at 3:48 pm

I do jobs (all types of construction, design, and stylism) across the country from Washington to Florida and from New york to California. Im known as a trendsetter and when I get those boots were going to set off a tipping point like Hush Puppies in New York, Elmo on Christmas, The Sartorialist, or Paul Revere “The Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots Ryan Rad’s.” or “The British are coming.”. And the Winner is…

1151 Ryan Rad September 28, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Im a contractor that travels to all corners of the main land US and always has chances to travel around the world. I’ll wear that 1000 mile boot so much they’ll rename it the million mile boot.

1152 kyle September 28, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Would love to have a pair of these boots…they look awesome and would certainly be worn 1000 miles.

1153 Alexander September 28, 2009 at 4:31 pm

I’m a big fan of hiking up mountains here in Colorado. I have a pair of wolverine work boots already and they’re quite comfy. Finding nice fitting hiking footwear at places like REI has proved quite difficult. If these boots were mine I would hike up many a mountain in them. I would then polish them off and wear them downtown, because they are that nice.

1154 Ian September 28, 2009 at 4:33 pm

I’d wear’em with my Paramedic school uniform, provided they’re in black.

Or, once they’re broken in and I’m finished my studies, I’d use’em to scramble a mountain I’ve been meaning to climb.


1155 Landon September 28, 2009 at 4:55 pm

I work in a manufacturing plant as an engineer. In that position, I not only have to go out into the plant for both lines over 1000 yards long a piece and wear appropriate footwear daily. Also, have to run meetins in a more corporate setting where dressing appropriately and not like a schmuck is a must. The wolverine boot provides both functionality and aesthitic appeal.

1156 Philip September 28, 2009 at 5:52 pm

I wore the same pair of Wolverine work boots for four years daily on the construction jobsite and for property surveys; I only recently retired them in favor of more fashionable footwear after moving into the office (I still wear them hunting and hiking).

1157 Nekko September 28, 2009 at 8:23 pm

When I finish college in a year I plan on taking a backpacking trip. Although no route is definite yet, I am thinking of beginning the journey by leaving my home town of Lincoln NE and heading west toward San Diego. From there I want to head south.

1158 David Ferguson September 28, 2009 at 8:33 pm

My buddy’s family has some land in New Haven, KY, in bourbon country of Nelson County. We walked this property for 2 hours last weekend, and are dying to do it again. I’d wear those boots in the beautiful Kentucky woods as much as I could.

1159 T.J. Edwards September 28, 2009 at 9:33 pm

I am a petroleum landman and, as a result, spend a fair amount of time in county courthouses, law offices and family farms. I need a pair of boots that’ll not only wear well on the courthouse steps, but stand up to a tromp through someone’s back forty as well. The Wolverine 1000 exemplifies classic style in addition to practical utility.

1160 Hugh September 28, 2009 at 9:42 pm

I would wear these boots out! Those look like the ultimate hiking boot and if I win them they will never see concrete or pavement. They will hit the hunting trail this fall and the fishing stream this spring.

Here’s hoping

1161 JHR September 28, 2009 at 10:42 pm

I’d wear them to work.

1162 Drew September 28, 2009 at 10:53 pm

I would wear them along the road less traveled, for the fight of manhood, town and country.

1163 Lucy September 28, 2009 at 10:56 pm

My boyfriend of 8 years has been looking for a good boot as long as we’ve been together. He’s lived in rough country, worked hard, been across the US and back…but his next big step is to use his civil engineering degree to change people’s lives around the world, for the better. He doesn’t know I’m entering this, but if I win I know he’ll get a lifetime of wear out of them (and look good, to boot).

1164 SmilinEric September 28, 2009 at 11:00 pm

I would wear them on a Walking Tour of Ireland with my wife for our anniversary.

1165 Man Overboard September 28, 2009 at 11:41 pm

If I won the Wolverine 1,000 Mile Boots, I would walk through the inner workings of the oldest commercial nuclear power plant in the country. I would pump out 650 Megawatts of carbon free energy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year knowing that my feet carried me in rugged, manly style.

1166 Eugen September 28, 2009 at 11:55 pm

As far as boots go i have had one pair that ive worn from high school all the way through college. These boots survived beer drenched college bar floors, 6 chicago winters, and they muddy farmlands of eastern croatia when I went their this past summer. Sadly they were not made to last, which i why i wish i had a pair of Wolverine 1000. I wouldn’t treat them differently from my last pair but hopefully they would be the last pair i ever needed.

1167 Jakob Schultz September 29, 2009 at 12:04 am

I would put them on and walk just to be the man that would walk 1000 miles just to fall down at your door.

1168 Clayton Creech September 29, 2009 at 12:51 am

I would walk the Appalachian trail enuff said.

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