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Wolverine Orders a Second Round of $400 Bourbon Barrel Boots

Wolverine’s $400 bourbon barrel boots are returning for a second year.

The Rockford, Mich., brand reunited with Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery to create a second batch of limited-edition 1000 Mile boots. This year’s release will offer a “distinct” look from last year’s, making it “perfect for collectors,” Wolverine said.

As with the first collection, 100 percent of the boots’ revenue will go to the mikeroweWORKS Foundation’s Work Ethic Scholarship Program. Since its creation, the program has granted—or helped grant—more than $6 million in support of technical and vocational education.

“This collaboration celebrates and supports the hard-working people behind our products,” Devon Vanoostveen, brand representative for Wolverine, said in a statement. “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.”

Wolverine will release a second batch of bourbon barrel boots with Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
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The second batch of Wolverine x Old Rip Van Winkle boots feature heels handcrafted from the wood of the bourbon barrels that held this year’s release of Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year bourbon. The Made in the USA boots bear a classic moc toe design and sport Horween Whiskey Predator leather, a “rugged” material “that only gets better with age,” Wolverine said. Hand-numbered, textile tongue tags distinguish each boot in the limited collection.

“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, the fourth-generation business owner of Old Rip Van Winkle, said in a statement. “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.”

Wolverine opened up its latest Old Rip Van Winkle collaboration for pre-orders Tuesday. The boots are slated to officially drop Oct. 14.

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