Thursday, November 1, 2012

WOLVERINE, Wolverine 1000 MILE Footwear-Men's/Women's Spring 2013

 Outdoor Retailer/SLC

WOlVERINE's proprietary technology---really makes a difference-we have a pair of ICS enabled hikers...

words/images Judith Ecochard

WOLVERINE...offers a wide assortment of really, top notch footwear for outdoor and indoor consumers...including the 'we are obsessed with' 1000 Mile collection for women by Samantha Peet.

First up---we saw the Rugged Outdoor line of  hardcore Backpacking shoes (Torque), Day Hikers (Vector) and sport/water/urban outdoors (Quantum).

Made in the USA Sentinel - waterproof Horween™ BackBay Leather upper, Gore-Tex™ waterproof membrane, midsole performance support, flexible toe, performance arch footbed, cement construction, $299
First up-and a new signature kicker-the sturdy waterproof Sentinel is a return to Made in USA---specifically, a Michigan -Wolverine owned factory---for hardcore backpacking needs. There's also a Lookout boot-similar but with an upper of the same leather and 1000 Denier Nylon Membrane panels...

Vibram® Bifida Rubber outsole

logo = wolverine paw
Quality sourced materials used---including the namers---USA's Horween Leather®, Gore-Tex® and Vibram® metal hardware eyelets.

New day hikers---include the Terrain II- with ICS™ dial comfort ---in a mid-cut waterproof leather version and lower cut ArmorTek and a breathable Mesh version for men-both with Action Frame Stabilizers (cage construction), and OrthoLite® footbeds with Performance Arch Support.
Terrain II Wolverine ICS® Trail Hikers 

Terrain II Trail Hiker of MG Rubber

Trail Hiker- in brown, cement construction
The new Quasar Wind Hiker-in mountain blue---is made with an upper of synthetic leather and mesh with a rubber guard...and ICS comfort.

Vibram® outsole---like the paw print

Quasar Wind Hiker-in raspberry-with ICS® comfort and Ortholite® with performance Arch Support

Viram® outsole

great flex-on toe...great for fast hikers

Pulsar-upper of mesh with stabilizing PU overlays ...wave mesh with Gore-Tex® Waterproof membrane

Women's PULSAR-(above)---lightweight (1oz!)-waterproof trail hiker----with Vibram® outsole

Women's IMPACT-Wind Hiker-(below) in pink...breathable mesh with TPU stabilizing heel---rubber outsole, toe bumper...

footbed of Performance Arch with NXT® Odor Control with cushioning compression molded EVA

Men's IMPACT Wind Hiker.
Rubber outsole-Impact Wind Hiker

Water sports are popular----and the Creek Bed (men's) is billed as a multi-sport shoe---with enough of a outsole of dual-density EVA---to work on land. Super soft and flexible...and laces inside-so no snags.

C3 footbed-water can drain out-easy

Creek Bed in Orange---upper of quick dry breathable mesh----can wear with heels down.

Leather and Stretch mesh upper-Sportfish

water drains out midsoles-to-outsoles-NXT® Odor Control Sockliner over EVA footbed-C3® Compression molded EVA

Vibram® Eco-Trek Outsole-non-marking
The Men's SPORTFISH-Cross Channel Circulation Moc-Toe Lace-up (above) water-land hybrid

M3Amphibious rubber outsole
Creek Sneaker---(men's) a runner that can handle the splashes---or a supportive kicker for kayaks-a mesh/synthetic leather upper-with stabilizing TPU frame and Neoprene Gore in heel. Strobel construction---a hand sewn construction process that provides forefoot flexibility in a lightweight (11.4oz) shoe.

The C3® construction illustrated---that's water flowing out of the shoe.

Nellie Shoe-lace-up with cut outs detail, full grain leather w/ canvas upper, leather forepart, rubber heel, sheepskin lining/footbed-in four color waves $250 
Samantha Pleet hails from Brooklyn----so we were told---and her capsule collection for the premium Wolverine 1000 Mile Rockford, MI fabulous. At Outdoor Retailer-maybe a different type-more urban (urbane) retailer would merch these shoes---we are sure that at trade shows like FFANY/Plaform---the lines of shoe buyers are lined up, easy. Really nice.
SAPPHO-interesting name choice- full-grain leather sandal, sheepskin lining/footbed,  leather forepart, rubber heel $200
Shoes/sandals are named after heroines that inspired the designer....
ARC-pull-on boot-full-grain leather sandal, sheepskin lining/footbed,  leather forepart, rubber heel $300

Marmalade-ARC-elegant rounded tapered toe

DIGBY Buckle Sandal $215-full grain leather w/ canvas upper, leather forepart, rubber heel, sheepskin lining/footbed-in four color waves

elegant profile

Leather and rubber heel outsole

Made in the USA the OSA has an upper with Horween Chromexcel® Leather and breathable Duck Canvas Panel. We wrote about this kind of leather takes 28 days to make involving 89

Leather lining and footbed, outsole of butyl-treated leather with Vibram® rubber heels---at $475 a classic shoe. Love the outer contrast stitching detail too...and leather upper strap keeps laces secure.

BLACKWELL Lace-Up Boot...Victorian style versatile good looks can work with dresses or denim.

full grain leather w/ canvas upper, leather forepart, rubber heel, sheepskin lining/footbed-in four color waves $300

Blackwell---including- in Sand--made of all Canvas
There's also a 'regular' 1000 Mile Collection...for women and men...
l-r-Lois Slip-On  unlined, floral print on Dri-Lex® Ultimate Suede $175, Doris Oxford unlined, floral print on Dri-Lex® Ultimate Suede, Bettula Chukka unlined,  Dri-Lex® Ultimate Suede-all with Charles F. Stead suede uppers---fyi an UK company known for its primo suede since 1904

feminine Bettula

Made in the USA Evelyn $350... has an upper with Horween Chromexcel® Leather-purforated oxfird style, nice contrast stitching
The Men's Wolverine 1000 Mile Rockford, MI are modern classics too---with many style made in the USA, great details, premium material...

Horween® Chamois Leather, Leather lining, 3/4 Leather sock footbed, Butyl-Treated Leather w/Vibram® Rubber outsole, Goodyear™ Welt construction---durability with leather stitched, not glued to upper/inner sole. allows for multiple resoling too
LOOMIS-tailored brogue, made in the USA.

KRAUSE 6" Boot-name after Wolverine founder $550-made of Horween® Dublin Leather-waxy deep patina leather-here in a cherry tone, Goodyear™ Welt construction. Made in the USA

LATHAM-made in the USA -Horween® Orion Leather, Goodyear ™Welt Construction---burnished toe cap and heel $375

WHITEPINE Leather Canvas Boot-$400...Horween Chromexcel® Leather and Duck Canvas Panels, Goodyear™ Welt construction, Goodyear™ Welt Construction. Made in the USA

The Garrison Collection---takes its design cues from the military.
PORTER- tan-Full Grain Leather, full leather cushion footbed, Goodyear™ Welt Construction, Genuine rubber outsole $275

PORTER ---versatile lace-up

Genuine Rubber outsole

WILFRED Wingtip Oxford...$250 Glossy Suede upper
The Gentleman Collection-(Wolverine 1000 Mile Rockford, MI) are work ready shoes that work overtime on the weekend- of distressed leathers and modern details...includes the Wilfred (above) and the Marvey...(below).

MARVEY-Wingtip Chukka $265 Glossy Suede with leather sheepskin lining/footbed, Goodyear™ Welt construction.
What Else:  No, 1883 Collections for men/women---a contemporary (meaning cheaper) prices that 1000 Mile selections---but similar vintage/contemporary fused style, well made---and quality materials.