Thursday, October 6, 2011


Rugged outdoor-Wolverine Torque/Vector categories- low cut trail hikers


words/images Judith Ecochard


Wolverine's -(the footwear entity)--- ancestors (127+ years ago) were rugged, durable and comfortable work boots- an American brand that's now morphed into a 21st century full lifestyle collection of kickers---for the outdoors' market, dress and casual lifestyles... including its Wolverine 1000 Mile and Wolverine 1883 collections.

At the recent Outdoor Retailer tradeshow-we saw a few looks from each category...for Spring 2012 (deliveries early 2012).

Men's Pulsar-$120
Backstory-Wolverine's patented ICS (individual comfort system) technology is an amazing (we tried!!!!) dial comfort system embedded into the shoe---that adjusts the level of firmness and stabilization-depending on the wearer's needs.

ICS Gel Disc

The new low hiker-Pulsar (men's and women's)- have the ICS gel discs under the insoles---coupled with Vibram® Rubber Lug with Performance Stabilizers outsoles, waterproof Wave Mesh with Gore-Tex® linings---in snazzy color waves-for men and women.

Women's Flare--also low cut trail hikers---sport the cushy OthoLite® with performance arch support and X-40 Fore-part Energy Pod- with breathable mesh uppers, and Rubber Lug with Performance Stabilizers outsoles.

FLARE-highly breathable-cinch-fit lacing system-

  Rubber Lug with Performance Stabilizers 

The ladies Quantum category has a bit of urban flair ---still with the ICS™ technology gel disc and durable Q-Shox outsoles with four-gait cycle pads for comfort (a good travel option), and long case your travels include 3 year jaunts around the world.

This Mary-Jane Slip-On with a full grain leather uppers and wave mesh lining...CUTE CUTE CUTE----

The Wolverine 1000 Mile heritage group was inspired by the original kickers dating back to the 1920's.  We saw a bunch of these at the prior OR show---and really thought them handsome and no surprise-they sold well..

Plus: made of durable and naturally ventilating Goodyear™Welt construction (named after the inventor Charles Goodyear-and nothing to do with the tires FYI)...-with several models made in the USA too-a trend we are noticing more and more.


A MODERN CLASSIC: Cap-Toe 1000 Mile Boot upper of Chromexel® Leather $375

*" Lacer Kiltie $425-Horween Predator Leather-Goodyear™ Welt Construction

The Gentlemen's Collection are aimed at working guys that want peds that flawlessly go from business meetings to after work settings with masculine style...nice modern details like unexpected combo of materials ---in classic profiles. Well done.
Love this canvas leather upper Bromley- Wolverine Brogue Oxford  $265

Chukka boots, Wolverine's Wilton $265 are warm for the great outdoors-lined--- with leather sheepskin...uppers of suede leather makes nice mix of textures.

Westmoreland-men's-should make a women's version IMHO

The Garrison Collection-inspired trendy take on the work/military boots of the early 20th century.

Westmoreland-Jungle Boot Wax canvas/Leather-genuine rubber outsoles

Two buckled-stacked leather and handsome outsoles= Vibram® forepart and heel lift-the Stockton is a modern classic take on the Engineer's Boot---we wouldn't be surprised if this wasn't a hugely popular year round style as men seem to be wearing kickers to work.

$475-Stockton -Horween Predator Leather Upper

The Addison-a two-tone wingtip boot ---leather outsoles---dressier profile with same high level of craftsmanship.. $365

No. 1883 COLLECTION: Fashionable Footwear

WOW---we couldn't believe the gal's didn't get their own---we thought the Seger-Wolverine Engineer boot positively head-turning. Engineer denim and leather-in brown, black or cherry=one cool kicker.

Modern Town-"Fresh, Fashionable, Urban---the Darin Red Sole Oxford...reminds us of Christian Loubutin's signature red heels...well almost.

Quality leather---an affordable classic


in the instep...

The Mayall-Moc Toe Wedge with Denim Fold Down---$150-another boot with plenty of good looks.

Women's get feminine takes on the men's classics---Chukka with punched out upper details (Cady)---the Bela-an oxford style dressy shoe- and the Annie-a very pretty ---menswear inspired shoe all leather uppers with rubber outsoles for long wear.


Annie-all feminine curves and cut-out uppers---more of a pump in a way-nice stitch details

Easily, our top women's boot and fav of the gal's Wolverine side of things---with four side buckles, we thought the Harriet perfect for casual wool dresses and to tuck our jeans into.
HARRIET- reminds us of the 3 buckle celeb adoring pair from upscale Fiorentini & Baker