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Sometimes you have to look to the past for inspiration, and that’s exactly what boot company Wolverine has done with its latest product. The new Wolverine 1000 Mile 1940 Boot was created from an archival pattern originally designed in the 40’s. Everything that’s great about the 1000 Mile Boot (read our review of the 1000 Mile Custom boot here) – the function, the durability – it’s all still there, just wrapped up in this new…well…old pattern.

Speaking of patterns, this one aims for rugged elegance, with a two piece design. The seamless contour back is made to copy the shape of your ankle and the triple needle stitching adds extra detail. This Horween leather boot is available in black and natural leather (a third tan color was reportedly produced, but as of this writing, it is not available on the Wolverine website).

More Wolverine 1000 Mile 1940 Boot Details:

• Made in Big Rapids, Michigan
• Horween leather upper
• Flat waxed cotton or rawhide laces
• Goodyear Welt construction allows the boot to be resoled
• Butyl-treated leather outsole with Vibram rubber heel
• Smooth 3/4 leather sock insert with Wolverine logo emboss detail

Wolverine 1000 Mile 1940 Boot

Photo: Wolverine

“We are so fortunate to have such a robust heritage of bootmaking, and can easily find inspiration from our archival patterns and designs,” said Carrie Hill, Wolverine senior design manager. “The Wolverine 1000 Mile 1940 boot is a perfect example of giving a nod to our heritage with the re-creation of a timeless style and using the finest materials to handcraft the boot.”

Wolverine 1000 Mile 1940 Boot Black

Photo: Wolverine

Does this mean we’ll see more recreations of past 1000 Mile boot patterns? As the boot was originally introduced in 1914, there could be a variety of designs for the company to play around with.

Pick up the Wolverine 1000 Mile 1940 boot in black or natural leather with sizes to 14 for $415 at