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!

901 Martin September 23, 2009 at 6:19 pm

I like the clean look all right, however, leather soles are a weak point for me when it comes to boots. Leather will get wet, will scratch on sharp stone, and is not the best traction. I understand that the designers are aware of this, and would likely reply ” have a rubber sole added ! ” OK bring the boots !

902 Ami Zukowsky September 23, 2009 at 6:23 pm

I would walk to the subway that I take to school. Then walk from class to class, before I turn around and walk to the subway to get home. And I would do it in my comfortable Wolverine Boots Baby!

903 JHR September 23, 2009 at 6:33 pm

I’d wear them to the beach.

904 Emily Gray September 23, 2009 at 6:39 pm

I’d walk these boots over to my husband and give them to him. He’d love me forever.

905 Adam September 23, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Nice boots, even if I’m not much of a boot fan.

906 Ski Krieger September 23, 2009 at 6:53 pm

I’d wear these boots across the Karakum Desert of central Turkmenistan, my boot-hungry place of winter occupation.

907 Ray Davis September 23, 2009 at 7:31 pm

I’d wear them to work instead of my Merrells. I bet that they are really comfortable!

908 Mike Smith September 23, 2009 at 7:32 pm

I’d wear these boots as I traveled around the world with my wife. Starting in Boston, then Europe and beyond. Sure would be nice not worrying about what’s below my feet.

909 Rob September 23, 2009 at 7:35 pm

I would walk through the wild with my buddys in comfy boots that they could only wish to have I would walk through lakes and rivers and not worry about comfiness and how well my feet are doing and last of all I would wear them to bed because they’d be like a second pair o’ feet for me

910 Josh September 23, 2009 at 7:58 pm

I’d walk I stop walking, then I’ll walk some more.

911 Timothy September 23, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Simply I’d wear these boots everywhere.

912 trevorh September 23, 2009 at 9:28 pm

I’d like to walk through my offices and look way overdressed…

913 Mike Norris September 23, 2009 at 9:41 pm

I’d where them around the world!

914 Bayne September 23, 2009 at 9:55 pm

I would wear these boots to work instead of my cheap “dress shoes” and look like a Manly Badass!

915 Russell September 23, 2009 at 10:34 pm

I would wear these to my Father’s funeral, for he taught me the value of a good boot.

916 J.P. September 23, 2009 at 10:48 pm

I already wear my cowboy boots just about everywhere, and a fine pair like these would be ideal for the Texas Hill Country.

917 Pete September 23, 2009 at 10:56 pm

My old man had a pair of these Wolverine boots: they are unmistakable! He and I hiked to the top of King’s Peak in Utah (15,000+ feet) when I was 8 years old ( a long time ago). On that campout I promised my Dad that some day I would take my sons up that mountain. Well, it has been almost 50 years since that hike and my father is long gone, but all the stars have come into alignment, along with sons-in-law for my 4 daughters (never had any sons). So, as my Dad would say, “Let’s get going, daylight’s burning!”

918 James September 23, 2009 at 11:04 pm

I’d wear them everywhere.

919 BJ September 23, 2009 at 11:35 pm

I’d wear them all around Georgetown: to class, out to eat, to the movies, to parties, everywhere.

920 Andrew September 23, 2009 at 11:49 pm

I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more.

921 Damon September 23, 2009 at 11:50 pm

I’d where them as my “duty” boots for the fire station I volunteer at.

922 Jeremy September 23, 2009 at 11:54 pm

I would wear them to class, come home, and change into my Wolverine steel toes for work!

923 Evan September 23, 2009 at 11:59 pm

I’m a student, I’m trying to put together a chance to study in Brazil next year. I’d take those.

924 Joe Jaklitch September 24, 2009 at 12:14 am

I’d wear them EVERYWHERE. To class, to shows, to parties, to work. I’ve needed a good pair of boots for a while.

925 Graydon September 24, 2009 at 12:23 am

I’d walk from Mackey Bar on the Salmon River up the “River of no Return” in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark. Enjoy it for once in my new pair of boots instead of fighting fire in my worn out pair. I’ll take boots over any shoes…Made by angels to fit MEN!

926 Matthew Glass September 24, 2009 at 12:31 am

These are the boots one needs to demonstrate preparation with class! Gotta have ‘em.

927 david September 24, 2009 at 1:18 am

I would wear these boots when I walk down the isle during my wedding. I would kick anyone who asked me why I had them on.

928 Chris September 24, 2009 at 1:27 am

I would take these boots to the parks and trails where my kids and I hike to get a little daddy-and-daughters quality time.

929 Bill L September 24, 2009 at 1:46 am

But i would walk 500 miles
And i would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walked 5,000 miles
To fall down at your door

930 Playstead September 24, 2009 at 2:03 am

I’d wear these bad boys as I was making my way around a remote island in the San Juans teaching my boys how to be men.

931 Mitch C September 24, 2009 at 2:58 am

I would mainly wear them across campus. They would help keep the snow out and the heat in, with the added bonus of me looking pretty spiffy.

932 Dan September 24, 2009 at 3:14 am

I’d wear these boots almost daily at work. My last pair has seen plenty of travel, and I could use a new pair.

933 Reed September 24, 2009 at 4:02 am

I’d wear these on my FOB in Afghanistan, until my First Sergeant made me push.

934 James September 24, 2009 at 5:02 am

They wouldn’t be worn, but will be encased in a glass case with a display label “Break in case of marriage”

935 Boytbpc September 24, 2009 at 6:32 am

I’d wear these boots across Turkey this year, into Sarajevo, through Hungary, and the Czech Republic next summer.

936 erik September 24, 2009 at 6:51 am

I would walk around Yellowstone for the first time. Rugged boots for a rugged wilderness.

937 Jordan Barker September 24, 2009 at 7:50 am

With boots as good as these I’d walk to the moon. Or maybe just to school and work and everywhere else I walk on a regular day.

938 SPT September 24, 2009 at 8:34 am

I would wear them hiking my favorite trip ever, Philmont, NM.

939 Matt Bohnhoff September 24, 2009 at 8:52 am

I’d wear these boots all over the sandia mountain, overlooking my home in Albuquerque.

940 Dan White September 24, 2009 at 8:52 am

I would walk wherever my sons take me. These would make great boots for hiking with the Cub Scouts.

941 JohnMelick September 24, 2009 at 9:12 am

I would walk to Nashville and propose to my girlfriend if I had the confidence-booster of these awesome boots.

942 Matt September 24, 2009 at 9:13 am

I’d walk to the bookstore. Where I live, that’s a long, long walk.

943 Brian September 24, 2009 at 9:18 am

I’d wear the boots hiking through the Colorado portion of the Rockies and, hopefully, find someplace to call home.

944 Steve September 24, 2009 at 9:24 am

I’m a lifelong pedestrian, so I’d walk anywhere and everywhere I have to go.

945 Nate September 24, 2009 at 9:39 am

I’d walk to all the cozy bars near my house during the snowy Michigan winter.

946 Tom September 24, 2009 at 9:55 am

I’d wear them around the house to do chores in.

947 Joseph A September 24, 2009 at 9:56 am

I’d do a lot more walking if I had these boots. something sturdy and good looking to wear to work and the walk to work.

948 John September 24, 2009 at 9:58 am

I am very interested in getting a good pair of boots. Getting quality shoes is an area I’m always struggling with.

949 Robert September 24, 2009 at 10:39 am

As a Scout Leader, I’ll continue to walk everywhere with the boys, only a bit better equipped!

950 Liam Strain September 24, 2009 at 10:44 am

As a street/documentary photographer, I’ve already walked about 1000 miles on the Chicago streets. In the fall and winter, these would have the support and protection my primary transport need.

951 Drew September 24, 2009 at 11:07 am

I would wear them everyday: to work, to church, to the store, and everywhere I plan to travel over the next year or two, starting in Peru five weeks from now.

952 Tristan Berg September 24, 2009 at 11:14 am

I’ve often dreamed about a backpacking treck across the United states. Not via road or rail, but along rivers, trails, the wilderness. Certainly a person can’t avoid civilization altogether, but my best attempt would be made. That would be an adventure worth photographing and blogging about!

953 Matt September 24, 2009 at 11:15 am

I’d wear them on my daily commute so as to be ready to change a tire or offer a jump to a stranded motorist. Every man should be willing and ready to aid a fellow traveler in need.

954 Todd Hawbaker September 24, 2009 at 11:17 am

I’d ware them to the office for sure but probably to a lot of other places as well.

955 Chris Thompson September 24, 2009 at 11:20 am

I’d wear them as I was walking through my house. I’m in the process of buying my first place (a fixer-upper) and these would work much better than my stinky tennis shoes when I’m toiling away!

Thanks for the chance to win a pair!

956 Greg September 24, 2009 at 11:25 am

I’d give them to my father. Over the years he has taught me how to fish, hunt, camp and about life in general…would be a nice way to say thank you.

957 David Gagné September 24, 2009 at 11:27 am

Where I’d walk with them? everywhere!

A nice evening for me is going with friends, walking along my town’s port, hiking in the forest, or just strolling around a calm cemetary. A tough, quality boot can be worn everywhere, after all!

heck, I’d wear those with a suit!

958 Keith Krum September 24, 2009 at 11:46 am

During a recent trip to Wyoming I rediscovered my love of the outdoors and wandering the countryside. Across the country and around the world, these boots would definitely go far.

959 Blake September 24, 2009 at 11:46 am

I have thought fondly of that summer back in 86 when my father and I went backpacking in Alaska. We were surrounded by Wolverines and had to fight our way out, first with guns, then knives, and finally with our shoes. Once we were done, we thought it only logical that we name the shoes of our survival Alaskan shoes. Wolverine makes more sense, and I would love to own a pair.

960 Matthew Guidry September 24, 2009 at 11:48 am

I would walk the road less traveled

961 Michael September 24, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Funny, I have to take a trip that is 1,000 miles…so these would come in handy.

962 Matt September 24, 2009 at 12:31 pm

I’d walk from home to class, and back!

963 Abe September 24, 2009 at 12:49 pm

I recently moved to KY, and am about 30-45 minutes away from the Daniel Boone National Forest. I have yet to travel there, but would love to break in these new boots on the trails.

964 TJ Bailey September 24, 2009 at 1:08 pm

I am a woman who would like my husband to wear those while he is doing his marital duty (nudge, nudge, wink, wink). He wears a size 10.5. Thanks for your consideration.

965 Simon Cousins September 24, 2009 at 2:13 pm

I would wear them for the walk home to visit my family. I usually have an early start, Tabbing over the hills and under the motorways, through famyards and woods and arriving just in time for breakfast. After that, another walk to a pub for a decent ale and lunch and another walk home. More fun than driving and more pleasant than riding the bus. Twenty miles well spent in my opinion.

966 Tex September 24, 2009 at 2:30 pm

I’d use them to walk to class, up and down hills during the Fall and Spring semesters. During the heat of summer, I’d use them to climb 300 ft. of ladder up a wind turbine as I build our nation’s reliance on greener energy. On the weekends of Summer and Christmas breaks, I’d wear them as I worked cattle, walking back and forth between the pen and the chute. This is how I’ve treated my previous pairs of Wolverine Boots, and they’ve never let me down.

967 fkaye September 24, 2009 at 2:32 pm

I’d wear them on my upcoming trip to Macchu Pichu and then here there and everywhere.

968 Sal Ortega September 24, 2009 at 3:59 pm

If I had a pair of 1,000 Mile Boots, I would wear them as I walk through the forest preserves in Cook County. I would also wear them while I (and some other guys from the neighborhood) take care of our older neighbors yards and driveways during the fall/winter.

969 Marco September 24, 2009 at 4:29 pm

I’d wear them to break the worlds record for most miles walked and really see if they are a thousand mile boot – or longer.

970 Chris Edmiston September 24, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Wow – these are the shoes that I have been searching for my entire adult life. Strong, rugged and handsome for sure – but the most important thing is that they are not “disposable.” A real shoe – just as the (oft-considered ‘outdated’) notions of chivalry, hard work and respect – should last a lifetime, with proper care. Where would I walk in these shoes? Everywhere and Anywhere. When the time comes to take them to the local cobbler, I’m sure that I’ll be much older (and hopefully wiser) than I would have been had I been shod in anything else.

971 Mike September 24, 2009 at 4:45 pm

These are a pair of great looking boots. I would wear these on my walk to work every day.

972 Jacob September 24, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Nice looking boots. I have worn Wolverine boots for many years and they have always served me well. From canoeing the everglades to the boundary waters of the north and hiking every where in between nothing beats a good pair of boots.

I would love to wear these boots everywhere but particularly on my monthly camping trips.

973 Mitch September 24, 2009 at 6:36 pm

These are really nice!!! I love wearing boots, I cant think of the last time I wore a pare of tenishoes. I wear them everywhere work, school and out on the town. These boots would be great mine have been taking a turn for the worse and I could use a new pare. These are the real deal they can be used and reused unlike the ones I have. Hell I’d even sleep with these on there that great.

974 WDG September 24, 2009 at 6:45 pm

I just moved to Portland Oregon and realized that it takes a lot of walking to get used to a new place. I would wear them as I checked out cafes, restaurants, stores and as I traveled to school each day.

975 Dave September 24, 2009 at 6:47 pm

I’m planning on making the trek from Kathmandu to Everest Base camp next fall, and maybe do the Annapurna circuit, too. If these bad boys really are that tough, they’d come in handy.

976 Mike Stone September 24, 2009 at 7:03 pm

I’d wear them trying to “walk a mile in my grandfathers shoes”. He was the hardest working man I’ve ever known and never once asked for a handout or assistance from anyone but always gave his whether asked for or not. He toiled in fields as a farmer his whole life and taught all 5 of his kids how to hunt and fish, be self sufficient, and hardworking. I’d like to think that some of that was passed to me.

977 Adam Cook September 24, 2009 at 7:34 pm

These would definitely be a daily walker for me. Being in the military, I obviously couldn’t wear them to ‘work’ per se, but they look like a classy boot for hitting the town in the evenings, going out to dinner, etc… A quality boot like this would last me years and years!

978 Casey Shoup September 24, 2009 at 7:37 pm

I’d trog through the freezing streets of Chicago this winter.

979 felix September 24, 2009 at 7:58 pm

I would wear them all the time, I would also ride in them, and possibly sleep.

980 FJ September 24, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Unfortunately, I don’t live anywhere cool or plan on visiting anywhere cool. But I’d wear them on the bus, and I’d wear them at work. And I’d be showing them off to everyone.

981 Bob Lehardy September 24, 2009 at 10:11 pm

I’d use these boots to hike with my wife along the Kalalau trail on Kauai…

982 peter September 24, 2009 at 10:49 pm

If i had a pair of these boots, the first place that i would wear them is to the woods behind my house. Living on a farm, you learn from your first step, that a pair of solid leather boots is something that is as essential as a pocket knife, or a wallet. I am now in college in detroit, but i still proudly wear my farm boots to class and on campus. Leather boot will always be a staple in my life.

983 Harry September 24, 2009 at 11:16 pm

I’d wear them to the 2010 Cenennial National Jamboree of the Boy Scouts. I’ll be on the Pioneering staff.

984 Evan September 24, 2009 at 11:49 pm

I would walk accross the ends of the earth in them, going wherever and doing whatever it takes to help people in need.

985 Jon September 25, 2009 at 12:28 am

I would walk to the places where my writing takes me. Hopefully they’ll collect just as many stories as I do.

986 Chris September 25, 2009 at 12:35 am

I’ll be walking them around campus, learning the ways of the physicist.

987 corey September 25, 2009 at 1:52 am

I just became a Cub Scout Wolf Den leader. I would wear them everywhere I take my scouts shaping them into men and leaders; ecology conservation projects, camouts, field trips, service projects, and meetings.

988 Kilroy Higgins September 25, 2009 at 2:39 am

I’m a frequent traveller for pleasure and adventure. The boots I’ve owned so far have gone with me to Thailand, India, about 7 to 9 countries in Europe (My memory’s hazy nowadays), as well as Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, and Vietnam. With the prize, I’d be wearing them as part of daily wear around my University, as well as hopefully an upcoming trip to Israel and somewhere in South America.

989 KF September 25, 2009 at 6:36 am

I am a wastewater treatment plant operator. In that capacity I am on my feet a large part of the day and I walk in a wide variety of environments. Our plant, not including the lagoons covers over 20 acres. I traverse gravel, asphalt, concrete, grass, dirt, mud and steel and aluminum catwalks. A good pair of boots are a necessity, not only because of the protection, support and comfort, but they are a safety requirement, not steel toes, just a boot. A new pair would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

990 Dennis Nichols September 25, 2009 at 7:53 am

I’ll wear the boots everywhere I walk. Town, country, on job, off job. You name it.

991 JW Shaut September 25, 2009 at 9:24 am

I would wear my boots daily, always walking in the footsteps of great men who came before me; my father, grandfathers,…you know, the real greats!

992 David Cox September 25, 2009 at 9:42 am

I would wear them…pretty much everywhere I go.

993 Jason September 25, 2009 at 10:47 am

I’d wear these backpacking the 269 mile Sheltowee Trace Trail.

994 Dave Bartek September 25, 2009 at 10:57 am

This is so timely I can’t believe it! Real boots are so hard to find that work for work. You know, no do dads or multi colors etc…

995 Philip September 25, 2009 at 11:18 am

I would definitely use these to explore the state parks and photograph the wildlife.

996 Jarrett September 25, 2009 at 11:20 am

I’d rock these boots in the courtroom for work. I think I could pull it off with a suit!

997 Kris September 25, 2009 at 11:50 am

I’d take them out for a walk through the Valhalla mountain range, here in BC (which look like this – http://www.flickr.com/photos/feffef/3743230047/). That area is riddled with old mines from the 1900′s, so maybe I’d find the ancestor of my new boots in some abandoned cabin.

998 Sonny September 25, 2009 at 11:57 am

I think these boots would be great when walking my dog.

999 Greg September 25, 2009 at 12:32 pm


1000 atroon September 25, 2009 at 12:34 pm

I think with those, I’d walk from Edinburgh to Milan. Seriously, that’s the trip my wife and I are planning in two years’ time. Maybe a few train rides in the middle. But not too many…we have to see how many miles we can get!

In the meantime, though, a good sturdy boot would see many trips to the pier near my home, and many trips to the botanical gardens to admire the stonework of Andy Goldsworthy…a manly artist indeed.

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