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!

1001 Stephen September 25, 2009 at 12:48 pm

I think I’d wear these pretty much anywhere I could go and possibly find a date.

1002 Matt Clark September 25, 2009 at 1:06 pm

I would walk to Austin, Texas from Chicago, and I imagine post-breakin period they boots would look fantastic on stage or off stage.

1003 Alonso Dominguez September 25, 2009 at 1:27 pm

I’ve had a pair of wolverine’s hiking boots that have carried me through Montana, Idaho, Mexico, Europe and my home state of California.

I can not recommend them enough for comfort, ease, and reliability. They are a great investment.

1004 Jody Whisnant September 25, 2009 at 1:39 pm

I would hike and geocache around my regular stomping grounds, the mountains of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina.

1005 Jacob September 25, 2009 at 1:56 pm

I would definitely wear these boots on my college campus and walk up and down the halls. To show the numerous underclassmen that dressing with some style and class is a much better statement to make about ones self rather than the general attire consisting of pj’s, over-sized t-shirts and flip-flops. It is rather depressing to see the kind of slobs that attend college classes and expect to walk out with a degree garnering a career.

1006 Chris September 25, 2009 at 2:20 pm

I would walk on the shores of Armstrong lake in Reddit, Ontario, a destination that my grandfather took me many times as child. I cherish those times hiking and fishing with him. I had to get a pair of boots just like his for the trips up north. He’s the greatest man I know, and absolutely thought about him when reading this article.

1007 Michael Monce September 25, 2009 at 2:40 pm

A recent reader of Earnest Hemingway, thx to this blog. I would be interested in touring some of Hemingway’s cafe’s, watering holes and love nests. In particular, running with the bulls in San Fermín in Pamplona, rowing to Switzerland, or hunting big game in Africa. The AoM blog has opened my mind to world adventure and these boots add to any experience.
Whoever wins this prize has a load on their shoulders to share their experiences with the community.
Let these boots create several adventures and stories for whomever wins.

1008 Chad September 25, 2009 at 2:48 pm

I would walk to Washington with a copy a copy of the “30 Days to be a better man” eBook and kick it up a couple senators backside so that we can get back to have real leaders, not swayed by polls, but swayed but conviction, righteousness, and yes, even manliness.

1009 phil September 25, 2009 at 3:07 pm

I would walk up into the hills and get them dirty, then I’d eat a sandwich on the hilltop looking over the city.

1010 Chris September 25, 2009 at 3:09 pm

I’d finally go see if I could walk the Appalachian Trail.

1011 Frank September 25, 2009 at 3:31 pm

With great Wolverine boots I would walk with easy steps through life.

1012 K September 25, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Oh my, those are handsome boots. I have been considering a boot that I’d like to wear and it seems most of them are out of practical price range. It would be quite a blessing to win a world-class boot such as the Wolverine.

Where would I walk:

I have a friend that is far more physical than I, that takes a bunch of dudes hiking on the weekends. I have been invited several times, but I’ve avoided it on account of my lack of man-itude. I have a weird condition called “physical urticaria” which pretty much means I break out in hives when I exercise. It has made my lifestyle very unmanly. However, some steady hiking should be a good way for me to take it slow, and avoid the hives.

So with the Wolverine boots, I would begin a new hiking-man lifestyle.


1013 Caleb September 25, 2009 at 3:48 pm

I would walk the entire width and breadth of Grosse Ile, MI

1014 Eric September 25, 2009 at 3:51 pm

I’d walk wherever I darn well pleased with these boots, because nobody would dare try to stop me.

1015 Kevin Coles September 25, 2009 at 4:14 pm
1016 Rob Knight September 25, 2009 at 4:46 pm

With these boots and my RV I would be unstoppable! I would wear those boots from one end of the country to the other

1017 Kyle Wiley September 25, 2009 at 4:47 pm

I would be wearing these on numerous trips to Eastern Europe, Africa and Central America, as my job sends me there. I would probably also be wearing them in my organization’s board room. I guess I’d probably wear these boots anywhere I needed durable, comfortable boots…so pretty much everywhere except the shower.

1018 Pete September 25, 2009 at 4:58 pm

I would walk everywhere in these boots. I might even sleep in them.

1019 JT Morris September 25, 2009 at 5:59 pm

I would walk everywhere in these stylish masterpieces. I would walk up a mountain, walk to class, walk to church, and defiantly score a date with them. Nothing is better than a sweet pair of boots. Heck, I might not take them off for weeks at a time. Eat, sleep, and live in these boots.

1020 Sharvil Shah September 25, 2009 at 6:01 pm

I will walk from Seattle to San Francisco — along the coast as much as possible.

1021 Matt September 25, 2009 at 6:05 pm

I will wear the boots whilst fighting bears.

1022 Pete L September 25, 2009 at 6:45 pm

If a man could marry boots, and a woman, I would marry these boots… I think my fiancee might have an issue with it though….

1023 Andrew September 25, 2009 at 6:50 pm

I would wear them almost anywhere given the quality of their appearance and rugged construction. However, they would be particularly useful next time I go backpacking through Philmont with my old Boy Scout troop.

1024 Steve M September 25, 2009 at 6:59 pm

I would wear these extremely handsome boots on a walk downtown with my wonderful girlfriend. I would of course, walk next to the street and allow her to walk next to the stores. As she often has to remind me, a good man walks closest to the street!

1025 Alex September 25, 2009 at 7:07 pm

I would walk around NYC showing that a good pair of boots could be classy. Then when I was out of college for the year I’d use them to get around in the woods around my house back home.

1026 Ebun Omoni September 25, 2009 at 8:25 pm

I’m currently in Northern Japan and would walk to and up Mt. Fuji

1027 Michael W September 25, 2009 at 10:15 pm

I believe I’d take a walk with my Dad and Father-in-law around Sagamore Hill and Oyster Bay, NY. Walk with men in the footsteps of Teddy Roosevelt.

1028 Stephen M September 25, 2009 at 10:33 pm

I would where these boots while I went about my daily activities…of ass kicking and ninja-ing, which clearly these boots were made for.

1029 Andy September 25, 2009 at 10:36 pm

I would walk to work, church, and everywhere in my community.

1030 Jacob September 25, 2009 at 11:50 pm

I’d walk to the South Island of New Zealand. From Texas.

1031 C Biar September 26, 2009 at 12:12 am

I’d wear them to walk to my motorcycle as I began my daily commute to college, where I would wear them around campus. I’m too manly for flip-flops.

1032 Garrett September 26, 2009 at 1:01 am

Definitely want to do some hikes around Seattle – especially around the cascades. Can’t stay in the books all seven days a week.

1033 Adam September 26, 2009 at 1:07 am

I’d wear them to Woodbadge Training. I’d also wear them to our cub scout camp-outs. The kids would be jealous of my shiny boots!

1034 ryan September 26, 2009 at 2:30 am

I’d hike the trails of Yellowstone with them.

1035 Alex September 26, 2009 at 2:38 am

Wherever there was injustice, I would walk there. Wherever there was suffering, I would walk there. Wherever liberty was threatened, you would find me and my Wolverine 1,000 Mile Boots.

1036 Dan September 26, 2009 at 3:15 am

Anywhere I damn well please.

1037 Jordan September 26, 2009 at 4:18 am

I’m a Law Enforcement student so I would prefer to wear them in my skills training to break them in a little, they would ultimately become my duty boots. Besides that I would take them hunting (Minnesota) and wear them for my approach when I go climbing.

1038 Jimmy The Man September 26, 2009 at 7:49 am

These boots are amazing. I would wear them everywhere but particularly on bivouac camp with the cadets. In the cadets we get provided with leather boots but they are bottom of the line quality that hurt your feet so most cadets invest in a real pair. Unfortunately I don’t have the money to buy a new pair… These look amazing

Quick question: Do you (whoever “runs the show” i don’t know because i’m new to the site) own a pair of these, are they comfortable and rugged?

1039 Andy September 26, 2009 at 8:03 am

I’d wear these boots to make my way around the great state of New Hampshire. Lots of forests and hiking opportunities.

1040 Jared September 26, 2009 at 9:13 am

I can think of numerous places to wear these boots; at the classy bar a mile and a half up the road, or at the country pub where dusty utes line the carpark and cattle dogs tied to the back wait for their masters to finish their pints. However, where I’d really like to test these boots is in the south island of God’s Own Country, New Zealand. There, you’ll find the Milford Track – one of NZs most famous walks. The Milford Track is around 33 miles of rugged terrain and endless beauty – surrounded by dense forest, and snow capped mountains, connecting Earth with the Heavens – that culminates in the grand view of the majestic Milford Sound. If the boots survive that, I’ll consider wearing them back to the classy bar to celebrate.

1041 Jeff Crews September 26, 2009 at 9:40 am

I would take another month off from work and walk 300 miles on the AT from Pennsylvania to Harpers Ferry VA. (Did VA to MD last year)

1042 Russell Stearman September 26, 2009 at 1:08 pm

So far since March I’ve been hiking in my travels around the world without flying (which would be preclude contact with the people of the world) and I’m just over halfway through, so I’d use the boots to complete the journey after I get off the freighter ship (see my post on the frieghter travel article).

1043 Matt September 26, 2009 at 1:09 pm

I’ll be moving next year, but I don’t know where, exactly–I could be walking in these boots in any number of places next year, such as:
or even the cornfields of one of my home state(s), Nebraska and Iowa.

1044 Sam September 26, 2009 at 1:09 pm

I’d wear these boots traipsing about the Pacific Northwest.

1045 Kirsten September 26, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.

- Walt Whitman, “Song of the Open Road”

I’d wear these in cafes, in bars, on long walks at night, and on any adventure I could find while traveling from Texas to the Pacific Northwest.

1046 James R. Ferrer Sr. September 26, 2009 at 1:28 pm

They would replace my Double-H Ropers that have been my daily wear for way over 10 years. I would replace the heels one last time and put away the best pair of boots I’ve ever owned for special occasions.
The “Wolverine 1,000 Mile Boot” looks like it might be a worthy contender for my daily wear preference, the “boot that can do it all” from trail to board room.

1047 Morgan September 26, 2009 at 1:50 pm

I’d wrastle bears, lions and alligators in em.

1048 Denis Zenchenko September 26, 2009 at 1:54 pm

I would wear the my Wolverine boots when I go back-packing around the world, and mainly Russia.

1049 Seaton September 26, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Love the boots!

1050 Chris September 26, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Good looking boots. If I won them I dont know where I would walk but I know I would go in style.

1051 Devan B September 26, 2009 at 3:40 pm

I would wear these boots working, and then take them off and walk barefoot.

1052 Steve September 26, 2009 at 3:41 pm

I would finally be able to get those kids off the lawn by threatening to put these boots where the sun don’t shine

1053 Dustin Boyer September 26, 2009 at 4:22 pm

These boots are made for Winning. I’m gonna win all over you!

1054 Scott White September 26, 2009 at 4:23 pm

These would be my everyday boots. Walking to class, at work, walking around town. Trying to do what I can, and doing it in comfortable boots.

1055 Ian September 26, 2009 at 4:29 pm

I would wear these boots while travellng the path of self improvment. I’ve fallen in love with a girl that doesn’t feel the same way. I can’t blame her, nor am I angry with her, I wouldn’t want to be with me either and the faults are all mine. I thought I had started the path to being a man when i took control of my life, quit the job I hated and returned to education; however, this girl has been a wake up call and I now realise that I and not the man I want to be or thought I was. Thusly I must start anew and to quote the old proverb a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. Well I’ve got a hell of a journey ahead of me, and i’m sick of walking around with a soggy right foot since the sole of my shoe has worn through.

1056 Albatros September 26, 2009 at 4:47 pm

I would totally rock these beasts out geocaching. Hiking up the mountains… HELL YEAH.

1057 Tim September 26, 2009 at 4:52 pm

I’ll just walk up and down the street and look totally awsome doing so.

1058 Sam September 26, 2009 at 5:07 pm

I would wear them all the time, especially when I go trail riding with my girl friend

1059 Conor September 26, 2009 at 5:09 pm

I’d wear these boots so that 1.) their “magical testosterone enhancing” feature ups my beard production ability and 2.) I’d be able to walk a 1,000 miles and not think anything of it, distance is meaningless, the people you meet along the way are more important.
To answer the question though, I’d walk somewhere that gave me a story to tell even 50 years later.

1060 Thomas Lyon September 26, 2009 at 5:41 pm

I would wear these boots all over New Zealand when I visit for a month next year.

1061 Scott September 26, 2009 at 5:53 pm

I will wear these boots while I continue hiking the Ice Age Trail with my 6 year old son, John. The Ice Age Trail extends 1,009.5 miles from Door County, Wisconsin and ends in the west at the WI/MN border.

1062 Doug C September 26, 2009 at 6:02 pm

When the apocalypse comes I will wear these to cover ground with my band of survivors. searching for food and more importantly oil. These rugged boots will come in handy for the rough and treacherous terrain I will most definitely cover in a post apocalyptic landscape. Through the cold dark nights and the long blistering hot days I will be kept comfortable and more importantly safe wearing my Wolverine 1,000 Mile Boot.

…And if the Apocalypse doesn’t come, then these will come in handy for my weekend camping trips and my around the house construction projects.

1063 David September 26, 2009 at 6:37 pm

I would wear these boots when I start hiking the Appalachian Trail with my daughter next year. That means I will need to get 2175 miles out of them before we are done.

1064 Jay September 26, 2009 at 6:51 pm

I do a great deal of walking in my job at a local hospital. I’ve learned through bitter experience over the last 24 years, the value of good footwear. I’m not sure how a leather sole would fare in a hospital environment (non-slip soles are preferred), but in answer to the qeustion “where would I walk in a 1,000 mile boot?”, everywhere!

1065 pat September 26, 2009 at 6:52 pm


1066 Dane September 26, 2009 at 8:54 pm

I’d wear ‘em everywhere. I’d even wear them to bed.

1067 James Milholen September 26, 2009 at 9:00 pm

where wouldn’t I wear these boots, thats the question.
Definitely good for casual wear. They look good enough to wear to work too. So thats at the office, at the bar after work, around the apartment, or at a park on the weekend. Better yet, these boots would be perfect to wear at the cabin my girlfriends family owns up in the Blue Ridge Mountains. What better place then a mountain cabin to wear boots like those!

1068 Jacob M. September 26, 2009 at 9:00 pm

I will wear these boots when I pilrigmage to my Great-Grandfather’s hometown of Freeman, SD to work for a summer hauling 100lb sacks of grain.

1069 Jeff G, September 26, 2009 at 9:10 pm

these boots will accompany me to the beaches of Assatigue island to trap and train a Peregrine falcon to be my hunting companion for many seasons to come.

1070 Eric B September 26, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Looks like a good pair of boots for kicking @$$, which means I would have to wear them every day.

1071 Andy Moynihan September 26, 2009 at 9:41 pm

I would wear these in place of all other footwear I own, they are shorter and easier to wear than my old issue boots, yet far better than sneakers for durability in these times when money is tight( I’ve gone to an extremely short high-and-tight haircut where once a flat top grew, just to have to only spend haircut money every TWO months instead of one), surer footing than sneakers in uncertain terrain, and low enough heels and hard enough toes to keep one in balance when one must defens oneself–a gentleman must, after all, take care to dress appropriately when he must, of necessity, go out among the riffraff, after all.

1072 Pablo September 26, 2009 at 10:18 pm

At school, where I work as an assistant principal. No greater adventure; working with middle school children.

1073 Matt September 27, 2009 at 12:53 am

I would wear these boots to get the job done.

1074 Ryan September 27, 2009 at 12:59 am

With these boots adorning my feet, I would walk clear across the great state of Tennessee. That’s right, even through Memphis…

1075 John A. Baran September 27, 2009 at 1:46 am

Where would I walk in my Wolverine 1,000 mile boots? Name it. Down the street, to work, trails, grocery store, my favorite bar for gin and tonic. Hell, a good pair a boots isn’t just for special occassions, they are my go to foot wear. Even if I don’t win a pair, I’ll have a pair by year’s end.

1076 Rodney September 27, 2009 at 2:20 am

When I go I will go wearing my boots, and those boots will be my Wolverine 1,000 mile boots.

1077 Gabe September 27, 2009 at 2:47 am

I wear boots while working, so that would be their primary function. I might also wear them to bed because a real man should never be without his boots.

1078 Gino September 27, 2009 at 3:35 am

How about walking all over deserts of Qatar where I currently reside? Only in the winter though, too hot to do this in the summer.

1079 Milan September 27, 2009 at 6:43 am

I would walk to the moon and back. With these shoes seems possible.

1080 Kevin Gardner September 27, 2009 at 7:34 am

With chasing my three little boys, going to college full time and working as a Paramedic, I would get plenty of use out of these shoes and look great doing it! Gotta love Wolverine boots and AOM! Thanks for the giveaway and keep up the good work.

1081 Rob Richards September 27, 2009 at 8:12 am

I had a pair of “Iron Age” boots that I loved. I got them as part of my first job out of school to protect my feet when I walked the shop floor. Being frugal, I had them resoled many times over the years that I had them until the uppers got too beat up and they had to be retired.

1082 Brian September 27, 2009 at 8:32 am

My last pair of good boots made it across three continents and fifteen countries before I had to retire them. Next up, hiking the foothills of the Himalayas and visiting monestaries in Tibet, riding horses in Mongolia, and hiking the trail to Machu Pichu in Peru. Or maybe just put hiking and hunting in the woods with my sons.

1083 Craig September 27, 2009 at 9:05 am

It was in Luang Prabang (Laos) last year that my pair of trusty boots gave up after ten years of faithful service. They’d seen me across the Gobi desert, through a couple of civil wars, into headhunter country and overland to a lost city in the Sri Lankan jungle. These wolverines look mighty civilised by comparison, but with a delighful edge of frontier about them. I can imagine playing poker on a riverboat wearing them, saddling up, or wearing them with a pair of honest blue jeans while courting.

1084 Brandon September 27, 2009 at 9:30 am

I would wear these boots whenever I wasn’t in uniform, they look exquisite. I’m a flip flops, dress shoes, or boots guy. These would definitely inspire me to do more hiking and overall exploring. In VA (hampton roads area) there isn’t much exploring to do, but once you get out of here it’s all wilderness.

1085 Keith September 27, 2009 at 9:42 am

I would wear these boots to do our annual firewood: cutting down trees, splitting wood, and stacking it all. I’m also a big traveller, and my next trip is to go to Chicago by train. I would of course wear those to the Windy City and go mostly by foot (just to feel them on my feet).

1086 Jo September 27, 2009 at 9:53 am

In time one thousand miles would be covered, definitely one thousand kilometres… but for now whatever will find my friends chihuahua?! He has not been missing long so we will start with whatever shoes are closest to the door. Ta, they do look handsome.

1087 Herschel September 27, 2009 at 10:21 am

I would wear these boots to work in and then a little cleaning up and out for a night on the town.

1088 rek September 27, 2009 at 11:16 am

i would walk down front street.

1089 Melanie Jelacic September 27, 2009 at 11:43 am

I’d wear these all over Manhattan

1090 Fernando Felix September 27, 2009 at 12:48 pm

its an E.LA ting, Diman St.), the first time I saw my favorite uncle in kahkis and wolverines I new that was for me,….. good luck to all,….. FF

1091 Fernando Felix September 27, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Its an East L.A. ting, the first time I saw my faorite uncle in charp Khakis and Wolverines, I new it was for me,…… Good Luck to all,….. FF

1092 Dex September 27, 2009 at 12:58 pm

I would wear a pair of these awesome boots during my daily life to school, work, and around town. My university has many pathways that are steep hills, but a pair of these boots might just make those daily hikes a bit more bearable.

1093 Josenoe Vargas September 27, 2009 at 2:44 pm

These boots are simply amazing, i wouldnt just walk with these across the Guadalajara forests, i would run with these across the pavement of my university, shuffle with them at social gatherings and pray with them in my congregation. Even if i don’t win, im still going to buy them! Because a real man gets whats he strives for.

1094 Josenoe Vargas September 27, 2009 at 2:44 pm

These boots are simply amazing, i wouldn’t just walk with these across the Guadalajara forests, i would run with these across the pavement of my university, shuffle with them at social gatherings and pray with them in my congregation. Even if i don’t win, im still going to buy them! Because a real man gets whats he strives for.

1095 Clark September 27, 2009 at 2:54 pm

These boots have a great classic look. I could wear them on the job, for a night out and if I was willing to mess them up, they would be worn for a walk on the Ouachita Trail.

1096 John Kemp September 27, 2009 at 4:09 pm

These would definitely be my go-to shoes. I wear the same brown shoes (Dr. Martins) right now for everything. I think these could easily replace those. They are very definition of manliness.

1097 Celso Costa September 27, 2009 at 4:24 pm

I´m already stuying half way across the world in slovakia, these would be awesome to do my trips, from chernobyl to the carpatian mountains, passing by wien, budapest, prague, (insert any city 2500KM away from bratislava), hiking with them would be perfect

They are already late for the oktoberfest, but its ok :P

1098 Brad Reaves September 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm

I would wear these boots to and fro.

1099 James Harrison September 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Everywhere. I like wearing boots or “old man shoes”. I used to buy lace-up boots from Sears and people would ask why I was wearing the kind of shoe their grandfathers wore.

1100 Jim B. Rudkins September 27, 2009 at 5:42 pm

I need to go to Colorado for some unfinished work. I will walk all over Palmer Park. Palmer Park ,in Colorado Springs, has some 70 miles in trails.

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