Made in America: Wolverine Boots

By Jaime Gillin / Published by Dwell
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Inspired by our "Made in the U.S.A"-themed October issue, which is chockablock with awesome American designs, I've been looking out for great-looking heritage products that are domestically produced. My recent online rambles have turned up Wolverine Boots, made in the US for the past 125 years. Last year they introduced a new limited-edition cordovan boot, the dapper 1000 Mile 721LTD.

I always love behind-the-scenes glimpses into production processes, so I was delighted to discover these two short videos that take viewers through just a handful of the 300 steps it takes to produce a pair of these boots.

Here's Part One, which gets a bit into the company's history and details the tanning and oiling process... so many steps, so many days:

Wolverine 1000 Mile | 721LTD | Horween from Wolverine on Vimeo.

 

And here's a whirlwind look at how they make the boot:

Wolverine 1000 Mile | 721LTD | Making the Boot from Wolverine on Vimeo.

Jaime Gillin

@jaimegillin

When not writing, editing, or combing design magazines and blogs for inspiration, Jaime Gillin is experimenting with new recipes, traveling as much as possible, and tackling minor home-improvement projects that inevitably turn out to be more complex than anticipated.

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