Wolverine 1,000 Mile Boots Giveaway

by Brett & Kate McKay on March 15, 2011 · 4,186 comments

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After publishing Tony’s post about shoes and boots a couple of weeks ago, which mentioned Wolverine’s 1,000 Mile Boots, the good folks at Wolverine contacted us about running another giveaway with them. I was dee-lighed, as the last giveaway we did for the boots was quite popular. But also because I myself am a proud owner of Wolverine’s 1,000 Mile Boots and an unabashed fan of them.

The design of the boots is based off the design of the original 1,000 Mile Boots that were introduced back in 1914. This was a time when a man needed a pair of boots that could walk miles of unpaved roads and yet still look good with a set of handsome duds.

The 1,000 Mile Boot Collection comes in three styles: the Bradford, the Original, and the Addison.

The boots are made in the USA with top quality leather in a process that involves some of the same construction methods used to make the boots nearly a century ago. They’re built to last a very, very long time and only get better with age.

For me personally, the best part about the boots is how incredibly versatile they are. I’ve worn them with everything from a t-shirt and jeans to slacks, a tweed sports coat, and a tie. And everything in-between. They can go from walking and working to an upscale event. Practical and handsome: now that’s manly.

The Prize:

We’re giving away two, count em, two pairs of Wolverine’s 1,000 Mile Boots.

To enter, leave a comment sharing who you’d like to walk 1,000 miles with. The person can be real or fictional, dead or alive, someone you know or a famous person.

Deadline to enter is Monday, March 21 at 9PM CST. We’ll then randomly select two lucky winners. Enter today!

Edit: The contest is over and comments are closed. We’ll be announcing the winners on The AoM Trunk shortly.

4101 Jeff Honeycutt March 21, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I’d love to walk 1000 miles with my wife; however, I’d probably have to carry her for part of it so these boots would be perfect!

4102 Conor March 21, 2011 at 6:04 pm

I would walk with Abert Einstein. As a fellow scientist and physicist, I feel I could learn so much from him…

4103 Marlon March 21, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I’d walk 1,000 miles with my girlfriend, Alyssa. She’s been studying abroad for our last semester in college, and it’s been quite the test having her gone. I’m proud of how our relationship has worked even 4,000 miles apart and over three long months, but once I get her back next to me, I don’t want to go anywhere without her. She’s the love of my life and I’d go anywhere with her, especially 1,000 miles somewhere.

4104 Jay Skiles March 21, 2011 at 6:05 pm

My Mom (died 1977) and Dad (died 2010). No question. Hard walk, but an easy pick.

4105 Sean Dehan March 21, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Definitely, St Augustine. The conversation would be enlightening, fluid, and amazing

4106 Sonia March 21, 2011 at 6:10 pm

I’d walk with my best childhood friend, who is currently studying abroad in Belgium. I’d love to take these shoes and walk across Europe with her!

4107 Rob Noorigian March 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm

I’d walk a 1000 miles or more to see my Mom again.

4108 Colton March 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Id walk a 1,000 miles with my Dad. My dad amazes me everyday.

4109 Andy March 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I constantly travel for work. I’m usually home 3 days a month since I’m a performer. I can wish to travel with long gone relatives, great leaders, and good friends, except that I already travel with the one person that truly matters. She is my best friend and one true love. The thousands of miles we’ve already traveled speak for themselves and I’m truly blessed to be able to share them with her.

4110 Allen Dobey March 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm

I’d love to walk 1000 miles with my brother Ben. We spent a lot of time back packing in the Appalachians and the Colorado Rockies.

4111 Klint ware March 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I’d like to walk 1000 miles w/ CS Lewis. Live to hear the things he would have to say.

4112 Rob escobar March 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I think it would be cool to photoshop a picture of ghandi wearing these boots walking across India.

4113 Hunter March 21, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Great boots tell great stories (partly due to how long they last with proper care). I can think of no better story for a well worn pair of boots than a 1,000 mile trek with Christ Jesus, our savior. At a good conversation pace of 10-12 miles a day I’d have between 2 and 3 months of wisdom and adventures to dwell on for the rest of my life. And every time I put on my “1,000 mile boots” I could retrace the steps.

4114 Curtis MacEachern March 21, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Two words: Teddy Roosevelt. For more reasons than I could possibly list in this comment section.
A few fav quotes:
“Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.”

“Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.”

“Some men can live up to their loftiest ideals without ever going higher than a basement.”

4115 Butch Shelton March 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm

I wear the Dura Shocks from Wolverine and they are fantastic! If these are any better I would just start walking everywhere. Best boots on the market bar none!

4116 andyOKC March 21, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I’d love to walk 1,000 miles with Ernest Shackleton…provided that distance isn’t across Antarctica. From here (OKC) to British Columbia would be ideal.

4117 Tony March 21, 2011 at 6:36 pm

No question, if I had to walk 1,000 miles, it would be with John Muir.

4118 Jason Knight March 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm

I would walk with Israel’s King David, son of Jesse and father of Solomon; he was a bold man and passionate, a loyal subject and a righteous ruler. He loved his nation and his God above his own life. His character was flawed, yet he received correction with humility, raged against his own injustice, and wept for grief over his actions. He did not pity himself when abused, but rallied himself confidently onward.

In short he was a man’s man, confident and humble, a warrior priest, serveant king, and friend of God.

And that — all of that — is what I want to be.

4119 Alex March 21, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Theodore Roosevelt, the Bull Moose himself.

4120 George W. Davis IV March 21, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I would walk 1000 miles with my grandfather’s father, on my mom’s side. My granddad wrote an autobiography for our family, and the things he said about his dad were such that you could tell he was a good man. Worked every day at the mill, and when my granddad would visit during the day he’d bring food to his dad, who never was too busy to show warmth to his son. Granddad says he never remembers his dad fighting or blowing up, but he just seemed to have a humble, respectful attitude about everything. That, and his close relationship with his children, I look up to a great deal. I wish I could spend time with someone like that.

4121 Brian Johnson March 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm

For me, it is an easy choice. I would walk 1000 miles with my paternal grandfather. As a kid, he instilled in me a love of the outdoors, good food, a good book, and on and on. He has been gone over 20 years at this point and I still miss him to this day.

4122 Paul March 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm

I would walk a thousand miles with my grandfather who died before I was born. It would give us a chance to catch up with each other.

4123 Dave March 21, 2011 at 7:03 pm

I would like to walk 1,000 miles in these boots with Forrest Gump! Either that or Brigham Young and the mormon pioneers! That would be an intense journey for sure!

4124 Matt D. March 21, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I would walk 1,000 miles with my son James. He was born with a damaged Spinal Cord and has lost function in his legs. James is six now and my wife and I couldn’t be more proud of him. He has never lost any spirit as he rolls around the floor in our house. I would carry James on my back and show him the peaks of mountains so that he may walk vicariously through me.

4125 Gustavo March 21, 2011 at 7:05 pm

I’d like to walk with Hussein Chalayan. I think he would have some great stories and interesting insight on creativity. Perhaps, by the end of the walk, I may even have even designed a new boot.

4126 Zack March 21, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Easy. I would walk a 1000 miles with the late, great, Teddy Roosevelt. Been reading the trilogy on him and I would love to pick his brain

4127 Brian March 21, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I’d like to walk a thousand miles with my dad and grandpa.

4128 mike conroy March 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I would walk 1000 miles with my mothers father Lt. Col Fred X Hemm who passed away when I was in grade school. There are many lessons I would have like to learn from him but I was too young at the time to realize his wisdom

4129 Caden March 21, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I would walk a 1000 miles with Jesus and I know for a fact he would say dang son those are some nice looking boots. I would say thanks Jesus you have a wonderful beard.

4130 Harry March 21, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Does it just have to be one person? Two people come to mind when presented with this question. They are my two other brothers, which I lost this year six months apart. We shared some adventures while they were here but I’d love to pound the pavement with them for a thousand miles again!

4131 Mike March 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Erskine Childers.
A true hero and patriot. What a life!
I would have liked to walk with him and to sail with him.

4132 Fred March 21, 2011 at 7:38 pm

I would like to walk a thousand miles with my daughters. They are older and out of the house now, and it would be a good time to catch up on life and maybe they could get to know more about their dad. I kind wish my dad could be there to. He died before they were born and I would be awful proud for them to meet him. There is a lot of catching up I could do with him also. I was pretty young when he died.

4133 Pastor tom March 21, 2011 at 7:38 pm

I’d walk 1000 miles with my future grandsons. I have three daughters and I’ve already walked many fun filled blessed miles with them. I look forward to more time with my daughters, and several 1000 mile jaunts with their boys

4134 Tyle March 21, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I’d walk 1000 miles with my neighbor who was born with Down Syndrome.

4135 Chris March 21, 2011 at 7:46 pm

I’d like to walk 1,000 miles with my great-uncle. He was my maternal grandmother’s brother and I never met him. He was drafted when he was 17, and then disappeared at the end of WW2. My grandmother still misses him, and I’d love to walk with him and hear the stories he never got to share, and learn from him.

4136 Jed Weidner March 21, 2011 at 7:47 pm

I’d like to walk side by side with the first German soldiers to enter France. Those feelings of power, camaraderie, and incredible success must have pushed them to experience the peak of human satisfaction and pride. Crushing a hated foe and spreading far the influence of your own people and beliefs; that must have been a life defining day.

4137 carl March 21, 2011 at 7:51 pm

i’d want to walk 1000 miles with my uncle. he used to live in the same city as me, and we spent a lot of time together. since he moved for a job, i only see him a few times a year. i miss the time we had together.

4138 Evan Judge March 21, 2011 at 7:59 pm

I would want to walk 1,000 miles with Richard Garriott. Garriott broke down barriers and showed a drive and dedication I strive to have.
Garriott’s father was an astronaut. He grew up around astronauts like Buzz Aldrin. At 13 the family doctor, the NASA doc, told him he would need glasses. To most, not a big deal, but to Garriott it would keep him from every traveling to space like his father and those around him. Garriott looked past this “detail” and through his entrepreneurial drive, worked to raise funding throughout his life and created space adventures, which funded the X-Prize to take private citizens to space. After having to give up his seat as the first private citizen to go into space due to setbacks, Garriott got LASIK eye surgery and eventually traveled to space. Before, during and after his flight into space, NASA studied and recorded his eyes in extensive tests. Garriott became the first man with LASIK, and the first second generation astronaut to fly into space. Because of his successful flight, NASA now allows prospective pilots to get LASIK corrective surgery.
The one thing that NASA blocked him from flying became his contribution back to space flight. Garriotts refusal to let those in front keep him from achieving his dream is something for every man to admire.

4139 Nick March 21, 2011 at 7:59 pm

I would walk 1000 miles with the founders of the United States. It’d be interesting to get an opportunity to talk with the men who founded a country and were capable a deciding what were important values on which to find a country.

4140 Edward March 21, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I wish to walk thousand miles with Geothe merely for the reflection provoked by knowing looks toward the surroundings and the forced stimulation of a definite language barrier. Two intriguing puzzles for the price of one.

4141 ShamRockNRoll March 21, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Did I understand Jed’s comment (4140) correctly that he said he would like to walk 1000 miles side by side with Nazis as they were entering France? I tried to pause for a moment to see if maybe I was being overly politically correct in taking some offense to that. However, given that the “influence and beliefs” of those people are pretty much universally accepted as having been outright evil and repugnant, and that walking “side by side” implies sharing in that “camaraderie,” I’d say it’s a fair reaction on my part to take some offense.

I was going to think of another response other than our grandfathers, since so many of us have listed them as who we would walk with (and for good reason), but after reading Jed’s comment, I too will say that I would love to walk 1000 miles with each of my grandfather’s who are no longer with us–both of whom served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, helping to kick some Nazi ass!

4142 Rick March 21, 2011 at 8:13 pm

I would walk 1000 miles with my sons who are great young men. It would be great to spend quality with them.

4143 Rob March 21, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I would walk with my brother. We grew up together, but it seems like we don’t really know one another. 1,000 miles could remedy that.

4144 Wes T. March 21, 2011 at 8:30 pm

I would walk 1000 miles with my wife, corny maybe, but the truth as she is my perfect travel companion.

4145 kirst March 21, 2011 at 8:41 pm

i’d walk with my brother – he’s such a great dude.

4146 Justin T. March 21, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I would do anything to walk 1000 miles with both of my grandfathers. They both had life taken away from them way too early. They still had so much to teach me and my cousins.

4147 Ryan March 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm

I’d walk 1,000 miles with Capt. John Joseph Yossarian, wondering if he would decide to live forever or die in the attempt.

4148 Taige March 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm

I would have to say i’d like to take a walk with Abraham lincoln. I would like to converse with him on his thoughts on Integrity, and leadership.

4149 Ryan Burns March 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Ernest Shackleton – Polar explorer. I would walk 1000 miles to learn about his amazing journeys.

4150 Matt Gilbertson March 21, 2011 at 9:07 pm

It would have to be my father’s father who died a few months before I was born. He was an artist, had a unique perspective of the world, and lived his life accordingly. I only know him through the stories that I’ve been told but would love to have the chance to hear them first hand. It might only take one conversation to affect my life profoundly; 1,000 miles worth of conversations would be even better.

4151 Brian M March 21, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I’d walk 1,000 miles with George Washington spanning the French-Indian wars to the Revolutionary war.

4152 Frank G March 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I would pick either Charlie Sheen, or Capt. Sully Sullenberg (for obviously different reasons).

4153 Frank McP March 21, 2011 at 9:18 pm

My father. Dead suddenly in 2005, I would walk 1000 miles with him to learn everything I should have during my previous 30 years.

4154 Steve Riggs March 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I walk 1000 miles with my wife. We love to hike… That would truly be a hell of a trip.

4155 Steven Gura March 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I would walk in my grandfather’s shoes as he captured over 200 German solders and earner a Bronze Star, during World War Two. I would be in the shoes of a hero.

4156 james McGlew March 21, 2011 at 9:33 pm

i would walk 1000 miles with general Patton.

4157 Bill McKay March 21, 2011 at 9:34 pm

First….Who wants to ACTUALLY WALK 1000 miles…..to anywhere?

Ok……for a pair of shoes that I can’t afford, would love to own, and won’t make a difference in the scheme of things……

I would like to walk 1000 miles with the man I wish I had been.

I have adventured forth in life, either accidentally or stupidly, and have had wonderful experiences BUT… at 55…..I wish I had thought the process through just a bit more thoroughly before embarking. Not complaining, mind you; I’ve had a “crackerjack” life, up to this point, but I wish I had “prepped” a bit better for the journey.

Many guys tell me they wish they could have lived my life, up to now, and I thank them most graciously for the praise, however, I wish I had done a better job of it.

So……..the chap I want to walk that “1,000 mile walk” with is the one I wish I had become……..that fellow would have made Lawrence of Arabia and Indiana Jones look like night watchmen…..old and boring. And the tales he would have told……..nights on the African coast……treasure and artifact hunting…….battles fought and run from…….women loved and lost……! HA! Now THAT’S the guy to walk with.


“Wild Bill” McKay

4158 Seth March 21, 2011 at 9:43 pm

These boots look awesome….

4159 Matt Freeman March 21, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I would walk 1000 miles with my dog by my side because what else does a man need other than shoes on his feet and his best friend?

4160 Chris R March 21, 2011 at 10:02 pm

I would walk 500 miles…and I would walk 500 more with my father. It’s about the distance separating us now. Kind of unfortunate because I moved away from home right as we were starting to become pals. Anyways, I wouldn’t mind how long it would take us to walk 1,000 miles just to be the guys who walked 1,000 miles. It’d just be nice to spend more time with him now.

4161 Charles March 21, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I would like to walk 1,000 miles with a man who has inspired me to be a better person and to even plan many of my own adventures. Peter Jenkins, author of A Walk Across America.

4162 Rickard Guy March 21, 2011 at 10:04 pm


4163 Mikel Carrion March 21, 2011 at 10:10 pm

I would go on a walk with Jesus

4164 Josh Maggard March 21, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I’d walk with Sir Ed Hillary, not only to the top of the earth, but through his years of work building schools for children.

4165 Thomas G Feeny March 21, 2011 at 10:21 pm

I’d take them for long walks with my wife.

4166 Matt March 21, 2011 at 10:22 pm

My brother. After 23 years together on this planet we are finally becoming friends rather than enemies. The 1000 mile walk from our folk’s house to New Orleans would give us time to tackle some of our last, but ultimately most difficult to overcome issues. Plus, you can’t beat getting drunk at Mardi Gras when the trek ends.

4167 Rey March 21, 2011 at 10:34 pm

I’d walk 1000 miles with the Japanese victims.

4168 micah March 21, 2011 at 10:37 pm

I’d walk 1,000 miles with my Grandpa Al (1938-2010)- I always loved watching him put on his Wolverine work boots every morning for his job as a well-driller. He loved hunting, fishing and his family. My grandparents would always buy us new school shoes, and I remember finding Wolverine work boots and thinking that they wouldn’t exactly qualify as school shoes.

4169 shaun fischler March 21, 2011 at 11:08 pm

I’d walk 1,000 miles with John Muir. I’d have a hard time keeping up. Muir loved to explore the natural world, and I imagine he’d have many insights to share. I could learn something profound from him, that is for sure.

I’d also be interested in walking with Irvin Yalom or Freud. I am a therapist and would enjoy interacting with greats in my profession.

The boots are awesome. I’d love to get a pair. I need something cooler than 15 year-old Doc Martins. My footwear is less than is to be desired.

4170 Darius Walker March 21, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Phileas Fogg If I am to go Around the World In Eighty Days I need a pair of boots that last.

4171 Jordan March 22, 2011 at 12:22 am

Walt Disney.

4172 J.S. Price March 22, 2011 at 12:35 am

Mark Twain, hands down.

4173 David S. March 22, 2011 at 12:39 am

I would take a walk with man’s best friend, my dog Lucy.

4174 Mike P. March 22, 2011 at 1:01 am

I would like to walk 1,000 miles with my dad. He has been there through thick and thin throughout my life and we have gone on many a hikes together during my time in boy scouts. He is the man I aspire to become and has never judged me. I hope to return the favor should he ever need it. On a side note, we may be close to hiking 1,000 miles together already.

4175 D.M. Atlas March 22, 2011 at 1:13 am

I’d walk 1000 miles with Stan Winston. He was the guy who got me into special effects and I’d love to learn just 1% of what he knew.

4176 Logan March 22, 2011 at 2:24 am

I would like to walk 1000 miles with the Dalai Lama, that I might come to have a better understanding of myself, that I might become a better person, not for myself, but for my friends, family, and most importantly the woman I love.

4177 grayson March 22, 2011 at 2:29 am

i would walk 1000 miles with Ansel Adams thu yellow stone park. to be able to see the park with the man who knew and helped portrayed the park the best would be a chance of a lifetime.

4178 Nathan Conlon March 22, 2011 at 2:30 am

Well, I was slightly disappointed that Mr. Carrion had already suggested Jesus. The Bible really only covers a handful of years in his life, and being that he lived in a time when there was a great deal of walking going on, these boots would be put to good use.
Alas, since i feel the need to come up with something original, I will go with something else entirely. I would absolutely love to put these boots on and just walk my happy self right out of town. On my 1,000 mile adventure I would be sure to encounter people from all walks of life, who better to share the trail with than a complete stranger, for as it is said; Strangers are only friends we haven’t met yet.

4179 Mike Aux-Tinee March 22, 2011 at 8:59 am

I would like to walk a thousand miles with my Grandma. There are too many questions I have left to ask and too many things left she has to tell me.

4180 John Muir March 22, 2011 at 9:32 am

I would have loved to have been able to walk 1,000 miles with John Muir. As Shaun Fischler has said. Having the same name has made me read just about everything he has written or has been written about him. The man had an amazing mind. I would have loved to trek across the Americas with him, and to be there when he saw Yosemite for the first time.
One of my favorite quotes of his is “woods are for the hunters of dreams, streams for the fishers of song”

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