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American Overlander: Wolverine Whitepine 1000 Mile

If you happen by the Overland International office, you might notice all of us have an affinity for high quality boots and shoes. We don’t sit still for long, so keeping our feet happy is important to us. In our never ending quest for the best, we discovered Wolverine’s beautiful series, the 1000 Mile Collection. In particular, the Whitepine caught our eye.

Seldom does form and function blend so well. Inspired by designs from the early 1900s, the Whitepine is a boot with a storied legacy and a classic appeal. Founder G.A. Krause created Wolverine more than 125 years ago with boots of unparalleled quality, much like that of the Whitepine. His early productions from the 1914 were made with shell horsehide and were said to be so tough they could last 1000 miles. Their secret tanning process created a boot that was “soft as buckskin, but wears like iron.” These same attributes now adorn the Whitepine. The Goodyear Welt, leather-stacked heel, waxed duck canvas panels, and rich leather toe and heel also make this one of the more attractive boots we’ve ever seen. For the overlander, these features offer more than just a pleasing aesthetic, they offer the promise of years of loyal service. Easily resoled, ruggedly built, the Whitepine’s work boot heritage makes it an ideal option for adventure travel. Hand crafted in Rockford, Michigan, all of the 1000 Mile boots and shoes are proof that American craftsmanship is alive and well. It also confirms that great designs are timeless.

Wolverine Thousand Mile Collection

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Christophe Noel is a journalist from Prescott, Arizona. Born into a family of backcountry enthusiasts, Christophe grew up backpacking the mountains and deserts of the American West. An avid cyclist and bikepacker, he also has a passion for motorcycles, travel, food and overlanding.