As we’ve mentioned before, a wardrobe isn’t complete without a pair of hard-wearing leather boots to see you through years of muck and rain. But until Wolverine’s new 1000 Mile Original Sneaker, that kind of durability wasn’t expected from a pair of casual kicks.
These shoes show that the 135-year-old American bootmaker can hang with even the trendiest streetwear brands.
The sneakers take their name from Wolverine’s legendary 1000 Mile Boot, and they share that shoe’s signature curved collar and stitch pattern.
They’re also made in the company’s factory in Big Rapids, Michigan, where four shades of soft, unlined Horween leather are sewn to lightweight Vibram rubber soles.
A technique called cupsole construction, which effectively fuses the sole to the upper, keeps the sneakers feeling supportive—though it also means that you can’t resole them.
But that’s fine, because these things are built to outlast any shoe in your closet.