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This Thursday, 10am-6pm, Wolverines & Whiskey

This Thursday, 10am-6pm, we follow up last year’s exceptionally popular Bourbon & Boots event with Wolverines & Whiskey.

The event will feature the Wingtip debut of Wolverine’s new Centennial Bison Leather boot, which they released to celebrate the 100th birthday of the original 1000-Mile Boot. The stunning pebbled bison leather boot is available in tan and brown.

Lending support is a limited offering from Anchor Distilling: White Christmas. This white whiskey is actually the 2013 release, which is the 2012 Christmas Ale distilled. It is also the last whiskey from this annual release to be named White Christmas. And we will be giving away a bottle with each purchase of a pair of Centennial Boots (limited to available stock on-hand, applies to purchases in-store on 12/11 only). We will also be offering a 15% discount on all current stock from Anchor’s spirits portfolio in the Bank Of Wine & Spirits for the occasion!

The event will run from 10am-6pm. Stop by around lunch time, when Wolverine will be offering complimentary bison burgers, cooked to perfection by Wingtip’s Chef Matt.

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Meet Wingtip’s New Boot Black (aka Shoe Shiner)

Kintsukuroi is the Japanese art of golden repair, which embraces the seams of broken pottery by fusing them in unmistakable gold. The underlying philosophy is that an artifact is more beautiful for having been broken and repaired, and this is the mindset that new Wingtip shoe-shiner Vasti Porter brings to her work.

“I like seeing the shoe messed up,” says Vasti, “like Michelangelo seeing something in rough marble that needs to be brought out. I see the shoes as they are, and I see what they can be.”

Wingtip Shoe ShineVasti has been shining shoes professionally since 2005, apprenticing all over the country, spending time with “old shoe shine guys” from LA to Toronto, from rodeos to leather bars. But she recalls that her first foray into shining was as a teenager at boarding school. With a strict dress code that required perfectly-shined shoes, the other students noticed Vasti’s skill, and started bartering with her to get her quality shine on their own shoes.

Vasti offers three shines starting at $10/shine. Each starts with basic cleaning, conditioning, and careful welt and edge dressing. From there, the Neat Shine ($10) also includes your basic cream and wax polish. The Top-Shelf Shine ($15) includes the basic shine, plus color renewal. Finally, the Wingtip Shine ($20) includes all of the above, as well as color enhancement, with liberal cream and wax applications. Vasti will take into account exactly what your shoes need, and tailor the treatments on a shoe-by-shoe basis.

Vasti’s “passion for the polish” runs deeper than a few coats of wax, beneath the cream conditioner, and into the very pores of the leather. She intones another Japanese philosophy, wabi-sabi, in embracing not just the wear-and-tear of shoes, but the passage of time beneath your soles–the shoes you wear to an interview, to a business meeting, to your wedding. “What I do reveres the authenticity of the boot above all,” says Vasti. “It’s about honoring the intrinsic beauty and function of that boot, appreciating all of its imperfections, impermanence, and incompleteness.”

Vasti’s shoe shine stand is open Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm on the Ground floor at Wingtip.

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The Staff Recalls Their Wolverine Boots Adventures (Bourbon & Boots This Friday!)

In anticipation of this Friday’s Bourbon & Boots event, we asked some of the Wingtip staff to share the stories of the trials they’d faced down while wearing their Wolverine boots. Just a reminder–Buy any pair of Wolverine boots this Friday, and walk away with a bottle of Henry McKenna 10-Year Bottled-In-Bond or Elijah Craig 12-Year Bourbon.

Wolverine Boots' Limited Edition 744 Shell Cordovan Boot“I own six pairs of Wolverine boots, and I recently wore my Burtons hiking in the Redwood Forest. While hiking I was stuck in a rain storm, but my boots kept my feet dry, and they had no damage from that tough day.”

— Ian, Wardrobe Consultant

“My 1000-Mile Addisons have gotten me through the Lake Tahoe snow, as well as the streets of Paris and Barcelona. They’re the only footwear I need on my travels.”

— Michael, Store Manager

“I wore my Wolverines to the beach, and they had great ankle support for walking in the sand.”

— Rob, Accounts Payable

“To keep my feet dry in the snow, I coated a pair of Wolverine boots in animal fat before a February trip to Montreal.”

— Jesse, Vice President of Operations

“I own a pair of the White Pine boots in brown. I wore them a couple of weekends ago on a trip to the Trinity Alps. They got me through camping, fishing, building fires, even setting the boat up. A real ‘roughing it’ weekend.”

— George, Lost Coast Outfitters

“I wear my Wolverines when I know I am going to be on my feet all day. They keep me sturdy–and comfortable.”

— Joe Roberts, Master Barber

Bourbon & Boots Invite

Wingtip, Wolverine Boots, and Heaven Hill Distilleries invite you to Bourbon & Boots.

Friday, February 28th: 4pm to 8pm

Buy any pair of Wolverine Boots and walk away with a bottle of Henry McKenna 10-Year Bottled-In-Bond or Elijah Craig 12-Year Bourbon.*

Sip whiskey while you shop!

Preview Wolverine’s Fall 2014 line!

Extra gifts with purchase!

*21 and up. Bottle will be 750ml and cost 5 (five) cents.

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New Wolverine Boot: Krause

Over 125 years ago, G.A. Krause, inspired by men who wanted quality made products but also demanded comfort, began a footwear company that would revolutionized the industry. This year, Wolverine designed the Krause boot in honor of their founder.

With contrast stitching along the archival pattern line and cap toe, as well as a butyl-treated leather outsole, Vibram heel lift, and a classic leather storm-welt with traditional Goodyear Welt construction, this boot is smooth, but oh, so rough.

The Krause is available now.

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More Shots of the Wolverine 744s

Wolverine has gone back into their vault and unearthed the punched cap toe for a limited run of 1000 boots. They are made from Horween’s famed shell cordovan, a layer of tissue just beneath a horse’s hide that is then tanned for a full six months. The leather is unbelievably resilient, and can last a lifetime if properly maintained. At our event last week, Neil Burns, of Wolverine, said of the material, “This stuff is going to outlast us all.” We later took a pair of the 744s on a sight-seeing tour around the Bank of Italy building, including one of our own vaults.

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Behold, the 744 Shell Cordovan

It’s been tough keeping this boot under wraps. But the day is here.

At left, Ami gets his new pair of 744s shined by Kea Lani, our new in-house shoe shiner. You might wonder why you would get a brand new pair of shell cordovans shined, but just yesterday Lani told us that after a shine, ‘If the shoe doesn’t look better than when it came out of the box, then I’m not doing my job.’

Wolverine will be with us today from 4pm–8pm to celebrate the release of the 744 LTD in Horween shell cordovan leather. There are only 1000 pairs of these boots worldwide, and today many of those boots will be released into the wild.

Need another reason to visit? How about a complimentary shine?

 

 

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9/20 Trunk Show: Wolverine Unveils the 744 Shell Cordovan Boot

We hear it all too often: “Do you still have that limited edition Wolverine 721 shell cordovan boot in stock?”

Sadly, no. They have gone the way of the buffalo.

But, on Thursday 9/20, at a trunk show at the new Wingtip (550 Montgomery), Wolverine will unveil the 744, which is the 721’s successor. You can see the teaser image at left, with the rich brown hue and scalloped cap toe, but that’s all we can show you for now.

A couple other details: These boots are made from Horween Leather Company’s Shell Cordovan No. 449 and there will be 1000 pairs available–worldwide.

If you missed the 721, you’ll want to be just about first in line for the 744.