I finally wore through my Wolverine boots this week after about 4 years of heavy wear. The uppers were still in great shape, but the sole needed to be replaced and so did the heels.No worries, though – one of the best things about quality boots is that you can send many of them back to the manufacturer to be re-crafted (new soles, new heels, etc.). I’m having my local cobbler do the work, though, because he sold me the shoes and he runs a multi-generation business that I like to support.Since we started our Made-in-USA journey, my goal has been to slowly replace worn-out clothing, shoes, home goods – anything – with Made-in-USA choices. I’ve found that I really enjoy wearing well-made shoes and boots. Part of it is comfort, part of it is pride in my appearance and the rest is that great feeling of getting your money’s worth. I still have some shoes from the days before we started to write this blog and while they were much more affordable, a few of them can’t be repaired because of the original (cheap) method of construction. That’s something you definitely want to check out when you shop for footwear.
Of course, the initial investment on high quality boots can be hard to swallow. American boots cost way more than footwear coming from overseas. Are they worth it? In my opinion, yes. I plan to wear them for many, many years and, in the long run, I will have spent less money while getting to wear better boots AND helping to keep jobs in America.
Remember, with quality footwear, there’s also the fact that proper care will make your investment last longer. I learned from my shoemaker that you can add years to your boots by never wearing them 2 days in a row. Moisture collects on the inside of the boot and must be allowed to dry out frequently. The leather on a boot that you wear every day will deteriorate much faster than a pair that gets some rest. That’s my alternate pair above.
My boots should take about a week to repair and then I’ll add the “after” picture to this post.