Wolverine and Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery have collaborated for a second time to release a new limited-edition Wolverine 1000 Mile boot, available now for pre-order. One hundred percent of the revenue from the sale of the boots will benefit the mikeroweWORKS Foundation Work Ethic Scholarship Program to help support the next generation of skilled tradespeople.
The Batch 2 Wolverine x Old Rip Van Winkle 1000 Mile boot has a distinct look to distinguish from last year’s batch, perfect for collectors looking to celebrate boots and bourbon still created largely the same way they were more than a century ago.
Batch 2 of the Wolverine/Old Rip Van Winkle collaboration draws inspiration from the barrels that house the legendary Old Rip Van Winkle bourbons for 10 to 23 years. Made in the USA, this year’s boot features a classic moc toe design and is made with Horween Whiskey Predator leather – a rugged leather meant to stand the test of time that only gets better with age.
The heels are handcrafted from the wood of the bourbon barrels that held this year’s release of Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year bourbon. The boots are finished with a hand-numbered, textile tongue tag that reflects the individual craftsmanship put into each pair.
“This collaboration celebrates and supports the hard-working people behind our products,” Devon Vanoostveen, brand representative for Wolverine, said in a news release. “These rugged boots and fine bourbons would not be possible without the skills and dedication of so many blue-collar workers; farmers, coopers, carpenters, distillery workers, truck drivers, and shoemakers, to name a few.”
“We’re thrilled to once again partner with Wolverine, a company that puts as much passion and care into creating their boots as we do our bourbon,” Preston Van Winkle, fourth generation business owner of Old Rip Van Winkle, said. “Together, we’re able to honor our shared commitment to craft while also supporting America’s future workforce, inspiring a new generation to take pride in working with their hands.”
Batch 2 of the Wolverine x Old Rip Van Winkle limited edition boots are available for pre-order now, ahead of the release date of October 14, 2021. They can be purchased for $400 at wolverine.com/oldrip.Stay In Touch!