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Wolverine and Old Rip Van Winkle Team Up for Batch 2 Boots

For the second year in a row, American workwear legends Wolverine have teamed up with bourbon icon Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery for a lesson in fine craftsmanship. Sturdy, stunning and effortlessly stylish, the new Batch 2 Wolverine x Old Rip Van Winkle 1000 Mile boot isn’t just a blend of ideas, it’s collaboration in every sense of the word.

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With a combined heritage of over 300 years, Wolverine and Old Rip Van Winkle know how to make a lasting impression. For the former, it’s been a century defined by innovation and durability, while for the latter, it’s tradition that has spurred success. This time around, the two American icons are returning to the bootmaker, crafting a bold take on Wolverine’s classic 1000 Mile Boots, and it’s a decidedly decent step up.

Drawing inspiration from the barrels that house the legendary Old Rip Van Winkle bourbons for 10 to 23 years, Batch 2 of the Wolverine x Old Rip Van Winkle collaboration differs slightly from last year’s inaugural release. Copping a classic moc toe silhouette with a familiar whiskey brown Horween Predator leather finish, this iteration is destined to get better with age.

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“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,” said Preston Van Winkle, fourth generation business owner of Old Rip Van Winkle. “Together, we’re able to honour our shared commitment to craft while also supporting America’s future workforce, inspiring a new generation to take pride in working with their hands.”

Each of the limited-edition boots is made in the USA, with this year’s release featuring a heel handcrafted from the barrel 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. Best of all, 100 per cent of the revenue from the sale of the boots will go to the mikeroweWORKS Foundation Work Ethic Scholarship Program to help support the next generation of skilled tradespeople

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

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. You can pick up a pair of the new boots for USD$400 via the link below.

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Nick Hall is the Digital Editor of Man of Many and an accomplished journalist. He completed a Bachelor of Creative Industries at the Queensland University of Technology, with a double major in Journalism and Music. Prior to working at Man of Many, Nick spent two years as a journalist with Inside Franchise Business, focusing on small business, finance and legal reporting. In 2021, Nick was named B&T's Best of the Best Journalist of the Year. With an extensive background in the media industry, Nick specialises in feature writing, fashion, lifestyle and entertainment content. A qualified barber and men's stylist, Nick also holds a Cert III in Barbering from the Queensland Hairdressing Academy.