Wolverine Traveler: Deep Below Heaven - Chapter 2

Posted On: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 , Wolverine Traveler

Not everything goes as planned, it’s part of being on the road. After a series of blissful shows and reconnecting with old friends in L.A. and Oakland we packed up the car for our journey back. It was 8:00 a.m. on a Tuesday morning as we walked down a busy street in Oakland to get coffee before we left. On our way back, as we approached the car our reflection on the back passenger-side window wasn’t appearing. As we neared we saw the edges of broken glass and half our luggage missing.

We spend the morning filing police reports and trying to figure out what we’d lost and wondering if we could keep going. The guitar was too big to pull through the window and we had one camera in hand at the time of the break-in. After the initial shock wore off we felt surprisingly calm as we re-grouped in a coffee shop in a less busy area of Oakland. We still had everything we needed to do the remaining shows, and we weren’t going to let this stop us.

We had shot out of Oakland on I-5 and had to make up for lost time that day. We pulled over as soon as we hit Lake Shasta to watch the sunset on the water. And just like that, it was like the drama in Oakland never happened. We turned west one last time taking side roads back to the coast; we were back in it.

 

From Portland to Seattle, and then straight back east the tour was coming to an end but there were still a few key spots we had to stop at on our way home. We stopped in Missoula, Montana at the request of our longtime friend, Ben, for a show and a cook-out at the Moon-Homestead and then it was time to cross the plains again. Our 12 year-old Rand McNally atlas said there was only one paved road out of Ekalaka, and with us still trying to avoid interstates at all costs we inquired about a way east at the Carter County museum where we had stopped to look around. A bearded man in blue flannel and overalls told us to take 323 towards the Badlands. The museum keeper chimed in that it was paved seven years ago even though it doesn’t always say so on most maps. Montana stretched on for miles and miles. Soft rolling hills feathered with green and yellow clovers. We didn’t see cars for hours as we rolled across.

 

 

 

The Badlands are one of the most magical places in the States. We had arrived at sunset as we managed to do for most of our chosen destinations and wandered out onto the edges of the unworldly valley. Prairie dogs scurried busily between their burrows as we wandered through this dream-like valley. 

 

We left Rock Island, IL where I recorded a session with Daytrotter and after a quick stop to peak at the mighty Mississppi we traveled the 5 hours to Kalamazoo, Michigan, my hometown. I hadn’t been back there for nearly seven years and as I walked into my grandpa’s house, it smelled exactly how I remembered it from my childhood. The Howard Miller clock above the TV sounded like the same series of bells I remember hearing from my very youth, and the walls were lined with my grandpa’s paintings. After being in unknown places for the whole month, it was reassuring to be in a place that was truly, innately home. I could feel it in my bones.

 

We had one last stop on our tour, and after all those days of slowly rolling across America, stopping in the small towns to wander, peering into the store windows, and living out of our suitcases in the motel rooms and living room floors, we were excited to get home. We woke up early and headed to Pittsburgh for a house show and potluck at Future Oak before heading home. We pulled into the Holland Tunnel as dark clouds were gathering above Manhattan. It seemed the storms we’d been chased by across the Midwest had followed us all the way home. We drove onto Canal Street as the rain started pouring down. Cars were honking, people were scurrying in the downpour, others pressed under awnings. I noticed a few people leisurely enjoying the summer rain. Somehow it was refreshing to be back in this big, messy, dirty city.

 

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Wolverine Traveler: Deep Below Heaven - Chapter 1

Posted On: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 , Wolverine Traveler

As we departed NYC on June 1st, we asked ourselves, when does an adventure actually begin? When you walk out the door? Which door? Onto the plane? Into the car?

As we rolled quickly down to Nashville from NYC for the first show of the tour and then into Florence, AL for the second show, we quickly realized our trip would be full of arbitrary starts and stops, each moment as new as the next one. From Florence, our route was directed to the west, towards the Pacific. We had a week between shows, leaving time to kill as we crossed the states. There were many penciled in marks on our map of places we dreamed of visiting and one bright red circle: White Sands, NM.

 

On Tuesday we woke up in Elk City, OK – a city we both remembered from reading Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath”. As Elk City disappeared into our rear view mirror, we raced through storms into Tornado Alley, trying to reach Amarillo by the morning, as George Strait’s greatest hits played as we crossed the city line. The further west we drove, the more the terrain changed. On the doorstep of New Mexico, the trees got shorter and scrubbier, the dirt reddened and the sky seemed taller.

 

We drove into White Sands just before sunset; it was unlike anything we’ve ever seen. White slopes of sand extend as far as the eye can see and it was unbelievably quiet. Small black beetles scurried across the white surface and improbably little pink flowers bloomed on desert plants. Our red circle was truly a magical part of the country.

 

As we raced straight across Navajo Nation, deeper in to the west, we caught the sunset beyond Shiprock from a dirt road that was littered with broken bottles. The red rock formation truly looks like a ship in the distance, full sails against the flat expanse around it. As the sun went down, we pulled into a gas station to ask directions to the nearest motel. As a black dog wandered the parking lot, peering into the parked cars, we were informed that the nearest lodging was 30 miles behind us. We gave the dog the last of our sandwich meat from the cooler before we began our retrace down 64 and settled into our motel for the evening.

We’ve never traveled America like this before; being lead by one road leading to the next, all the interconnected highways and byways crisscrossing the land. The landscapes slowly changed before our eyes, taking it’s time, then exploding with beauty. We took US 89 right up to Jacob’s Lake in Arizona, near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We checked into our cabin and took inter-state 67 south for a Grand Canyon sunset. Travelers like ourselves sat lawn chairs on a stone ledge and watched the sun as it lowered slowly over the canyon. We took a trail to the left where kids were running around, making their parents nervous climbing on the edges of the cliffs. We found a quiet rock and stared out into the worldly abyss. It was our frist time ever seeing it, and it was so much more than we’d ever imagined.

 

We traveled north into Utah. Our updated paper map had certain roads that ceased to exist or changed names. We took a wrong turn and saw a sign for Corral Pink Sand Dunes. We followed that road for quite a few miles and started to wonder if it was in fact an outdated sign, or we had made yet another wrong turn. Then, around a bend, we were indeed surrounded by towering sand dunes dusted in a rust color. A park sign explained that the sand came from red Navajo sandstone, funneled over time through a notch in the moquith and Moccasin Mountains. We took our shoes off and climbed in.

 

After 7 days of wandering in the Southwest we had to finally start making our way towards L.A. and the string of shows that would take us up the coast. We crossed the Mojave Desert in 106 Degree heat, under an unrelenting mid-day sun. We turned off the AC so the car wouldn’t overheat and hot wind poured in through the windows. As the hot wind hit our faces, I tmade us think about how things used to be done, how people must have crossed the desert generations before us, on foot, or on horseback, by sheer will-power. After miles of nothing and brutal heat, we stopped at a 7-11 in Twentynine Palms, CA and enjoyed Klondike bars in the shade.

We arrived at the Joshua Tree Inn, a welcomed oasis after the long days’ drive. A perfect paole gold moon was rising over the hills in a pink sky. We walked up into the desert as the evening cooled, past little houses set back from the road as we experienced a moment of calm before the next week of shows.

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Status Men's Clothing Event! 2.20.14

Posted On: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 , Events

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Adam Levine x Men's Health Guide to Style

Posted On: Thursday, January 31, 2013 , News

We were excited to see Adam Levine wearing the Wolverine 1000 Mile Montgomery boot in the March issue of Men's Health Guide to Style!

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Wolverine 1000 Mile Retailers - Canada

Posted On: Monday, January 21, 2013 , 1000 Mile

Charlie & Lee
223 Union Street
Vancouver BC
V68 2B2
604-558-3030
www.charlieandlee.com

Citizen Clothing - 160352
2541 Estevan Ave
Victoria BC
V8R 2S6
250-590-6716
www.citizenclothing.ca
www.publicboutique.ca

Due West - 153924
431 Queen St. W
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 2A5
416-593-6217

Gravity Pope 109159
2 10442 82nd Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta
T6E 2A2
780-439-7446

Firoz Fashion Group - 160543
1005 - 17th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB
T2T 0A6
403-697-0316

Gravity Pope Vancouver Warehouse
202 28W 7th Avenue
Vancouver BC
V5Y 1L6

Gravity Pope Calgary
524 17th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB
T2S 0B2

Gravity Pope Toronto
1010 Queen St W
Toronto Ontario
M6J 1H6

Rowan Sky - 158848
334 Cordova Street West
Vancouver, BC
V6B 1E8
604-568-2075
www.rowansky.com

Umeboshi - 154510
3638 Main St
Vancouver BC
V5V 3N5
604-909-8225

Wolfe & Zed - 157601
519 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 6Z6
613-860-7463


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Wolverine 1000 Mile by Samantha Pleet - Retailer Listing

Posted On: Monday, July 30, 2012 , 1000 Mile

The Wolverine 1000 Mile Collection by Samantha Pleet – Wolverine is thrilled to partner with enchanting New York designer Samantha Pleet to introduce four new styles in a collection that marries Wolverine’s heritage with Samantha’s mystical-meets-modern design aesthetic.  These incredible boots and shoes are only available at the following select retailers.

ONLINE ONLY  
Anthropologie http://www.anthropologie.com
Bonny in Black/Tan
   
Bona Drag Boutique http://bonadrag.com/
Bonny in Blue/Black & Black/Tan
Nesbit Boot in Blue/Black Blixen in Red
   
Summerland

http://www.shop-summerland.com/
Nesbit Boot in Black
• Blixen in Dark Tan

 

 
Zappos

http://www.zappos.com/
• Artist Demi Boot in Black/Purple & Black/Tan
• Nellie in Black
• Earhart in Brown
• Bonny in Black/Tan & Black

CALIFORNIA  
11th Moon

1259 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA  92651
(949) 715-3254
http://11thmoon.com/
Bonny in Blue/Black & Black/Tan
Blixen in Red

   
American Rag CIE  

160 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 932-5686
http://www.amrag.com/
Bonny in Black/Tan
Nesbit Boot in Blue/Black

   
Gramercy York

8568 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 280 - 1102

http://www.gramercyyork.com/

Blixen in Black/Red

Bonny in Blue/Black & Black/Tan

   
Kin Boutique & Gallery  

8555 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-1444
http://www.kinlosangeles.com/
Bonny in Black/Tan
Blixen Black & Tan

   
Myrtle

2213 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA  90026
(213) 413-0004
http://www.myrtlela.com/ 
Bonny in Black, Black/Blue & Black/Tan
Blixen in Black & Tan

   
Neo 39

39 E. Colorade Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105
(213) 413-0004
www.blog.neo39.com

   
Seed People’s Market 2937 Bristol Street  
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 708-2277
http://www.seedpeoplesmarket.com/
Blixen in Black
   
Shoe Biz 1420 Haight Street  
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 861-3797
http://www.shoebizsf.com/
Bonny in Black, Blue/Black & Black/Tan
Nesbit Boot in Tan/Dark Tan & Black
   
Stade 3333 Bear St. #309
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 754-9100
Bonny in Blue/Black
Blixen in Black
   
Ten Over Six 8425 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 330-9355
http://shop.tenover6.com/
Bonny in Blue/Black & Black/Tan
Blixen in Black, Red & Tan
   
CONNECTICUT   
Tracy B Boutique  1042 Chapel Street  
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 772-2205
http://shoptracyb.com/ 
Bonny in Black
Nesbit Oxford in Black
Blixen in Black
   
GEORGIA  
Abbadabba’s

Little Five Points 
421 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 588-9577

Buckhead
4389 Roswell Road 
Atlanta, GA  30342
(404) 262-3356

East Cobb
1255 Johnson Ferry Road
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 565-3569

http://www.coolshoes.com/ 
Bonny in Black, Blue/Black, Black/Tan & Dark Tan
Nesbit Oxford in Tan/Dark Tan, Blue/Black & Dark Tan

   
ILLINOIS  
City Soles/Niche 1566 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL  60622
(773) 489-2001
http://www.citysoles.com/
Bonny in Black/Tan
Nesbit Oxford in Black & Dark Tan
Nesbit Boot in Blue/Black
Blixen in Black & Red
   
INDIANA  
Andrew Davis Menswear   101 West Kirkwood Avenue 
Bloomington, IN 47404
(812) 323-7730
http://www.andrewdavismenswear.com/
Bonny in Blue/Black, Black/Tan & Dark Tan
Nesbit Oxford in Tan/Dark Tan
Nesbit Boot in Dark Tan
Blixen in Dark Tan
   
IOWA  
Proper

2817 Ingersoll Ave.
Des Moines, IA 53012
(515) 283-2121

www.properpopup.com

   
MASSACHUSETTS  
The Tannery  39 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 491-0810

711 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 267-5500

http://www.thetannery.com/
Bonny in Black
Nesbit Boot in Black & Dark Tan
   
MICHIGAN  
A.K. Rikk’s 5761 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
(616) 957-3242
http://www.akrikks.com/
Earhart in Brown
Bonny in Black/Tan
Nesbit in Tan/Dark Tan
Blixen in Red & Tan
   
The Claymore Shop 908 South Adams Road  
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 642-7755
http://www.claymoreshop.com/
Earhart in Brown
   
Wolverine Company Store   40 Monroe Center Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 456-1883
http://wolverinecompanystore.com/
Bonny in Black & Black/Tan
Nesbit Oxford in Blue/Black, Black & Dark Tan
Blixen in Black & Red
   
NEW JERSEY  
Casale’s Shoes 415 Washington Street 
Cape May, NJ 08204
(609) 884-3148
http://www.casalesshoes.com/site/
Bonny in Black & Black/Tan
Nesbit Oxford in Tan/Dark Tan & Blue/Black
   
Garmany 121 Broad Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701
(732) 576-8500
http://garmany.com/
Bonny in Black
Blixen Black & Red
   
Madison Boutique 224 Fairview Avenue  
Westwood, NJ 07675
(201) 497-3344
Earhart in Black & Brown
Bonny in Black, Black/Tan & Dark Tan
Blixen in Black, Red & Dark Tan
   
Scotts of Westfield 109 Quimby St
Westfield, NJ 07090
(908) 233-5678
http://westfieldnj.com/scotts/index.htm
Bonny in Black & Dark Tan
   
Tehen 2076 Marlton Pike East
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
586-424-4347
www.tehenbotique.tumblr.com
   
NEW YORK  
American Two Shot 135 Grand St. 
New York, NY 10013
(212) 925-3403
Bonny in Blue/Black & Black/Tan
Blixen in Black & Red
   
DNA Footwear

2013 86th Street 
Brooklyn, NY 11214 
(718) 373-2999

220 5th Avenue 
Brooklyn, NY 11215 
(718) 398-2692

133 N. 7th St.
Brooklyn, NY

230 7th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY

http://www.dnafootwear.com/
Bonny in Black & Black/Tan
Blixen in Black & Red

   
Epaulet 231 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231 
(718) 522-3800
http://www.epauletshop.com/servlet/StoreFront
Bonny in Black
Blixen in Black
   
Harry’s Shoes  2299 Broadway
New York, NY 10024
(866) 442-7797
http://www.harrys-shoes.com/
Earhart in Black
Bonny in Black & Black/Tan
Nesbit Oxford in Blue/Black & Dark Tan
Nesbit Boot in Black & Dark Tan
   
In God We Trust 265 Lafayette St # 2 
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-9010

129 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

70 Greenpoint Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11222

http://www.ingodwetrustnyc.com/
Bonny in Blue/Black & Black/Tan
   
Orva Shoes 155 East 86th Street
New York, NY 10028
(212) 369-3448
http://orvadirect.com/
Bonny in Black & Black/Tan
Nesbit Oxford in Tan/Dark Tan & Blue/Black
Nesbit Boot in Tan/Dark Tan
   
Shoe Parlor 851 7th Avenue 
New York, NY 10019
(212) 582-0039
http://www.shoeparlor.com/
Bonny in Black, Black/Tan & Dark Tan
Nesbit Oxford in Tan/Dark Tan & Blue/Black
Nesbit Boot in Dark Tan
   
Tani 131 West 72nd Street
New York, NY 10023
(212) 595-1338
http://taninyc.com/
Bonny in Black & Black/Tan
Nesbit Oxford Tan/Dark Tan & Blue/Black
Nesbit Boot in Black & Dark Tan
   
 Wolverine Company Store
242 Elizabeth St.
New York, NY 10012
646.300.1368
• Complete Collection
   
NORTH CAROLINA  
The Shoe Market 4624 West Market Street 
Greensboro, NC 27407
(336) 632-1188
http://theshoemarketinc.com/
Earhart in Black
Bonny in Black & Black/Tan
Nesbit Oxford in Tan/Dark Tan & Blue/Black
Blixen in Black & Red
   
OHIO  
Sloane Boutique 1216 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 579-8111
http://sloaneboutique.com/
Bonny in Black, Blue/Black, Black/Tan
Nesbit Boot in Dark Tan
Blixen in Black & Red
   
Thread on Grandview  1306 Grandview Avenue 
Columbus, Ohio 43212 
(614) 481-3090
http://www.threadongrandview.com/
Bonny in Blue/Black & Black/Tan
Nesbit Oxford in Dark Tan
Nesbit Boot in Dark Tan
   
OREGON  
Frances May 1013 SW Washington Street 
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 227-3402
http://www.francesmay.com/
Bonny in Black
Nesbit Oxford in Tan/Dark Tan
Nesbit Boot in Black
Blixen in Dark Tan
   
Halo Shoes 938 NW Everett St
Portland, Oregon 97209
(503) 331-0366
http://haloshoes.com/
Bonny in Black & Dark Tan
Blixen in Black
   
Johnny Sole 815 SW Alder Street
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 225-1241
http://www.johnnysoleshoes.com/
Earhart in Black
   
Lizard Lounge 1323 NW Irving Street  
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 416-7476
http://www.lizardloungepdx.com/
Bonny in Black, Black/Tan & Dark Tan
Blixen in Red
   
Reveille 728 NW 23rd Avenue 
Portland, OR 97210
(971) 279-4128
http://www.reveilleshop.com/
Bonny in Black/Tan
Nesbit Oxford in Dark Tan
Blixen in Black & Dark Tan
   
Solestruck 417 SW 13th Ave.
Portland, OR 97205
(800) 494-1260
http://www.solestruck.com/
Bonny in Black, Blue/Black & Black/Tan
Nesbit Boot in Black
Blixen in Black
   
PENNSYLVANIA  
   
Bus Stop Boutique 727 South 4th Street  
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 627-2357 
http://busstopboutique.com/
Bonny in Black/Tan
Blixen in Red
   
RHODE ISLAND  
Active Sole 16 Bowens Wharf 
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 619-5709
Earhart in Black & Brown
Bonny in Black, Black/Tan & Dark Tan
Blixen Black & Dark Tan
   
TEXAS  
Leo Square  332 Landa Street
New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 515-5471
http://www.leosquaretx.com/
Bonny in Black/Tan
Blixen in Black, Red & Tan
   
VERMONT  
Dear Lucy 38 Church Street 
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 862-5126
http://dearlucy.com/
Blixen in Black
   
VIRGINIA   
Need Supply Co. 3100 West Cary Street 
Richmond, VA 23221
(804) 355-5880
http://needsupply.com/
Bonny in Black/Tan 
Nesbit Boot in Dark Tan 
   
WASHINGTON
 
Crush Footwear
339 Kirkland Ave.
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 298-4024
www.crushfootwear.com
WASHINGTON D.C.  
Redeem 1734 14th Street Northwest  
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-7447
http://www.redeemus.com/
Bonny in Blue/Black
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Women's Lifestyle Magazine: These boots were made for walkin' (a 1000 miles)

Posted On: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 , News

The Wolverine 1000 Mile by Samantha Pleet Collection is featured in this month's issue of Women's Lifestyle Magazine - and the Fall 2012 line is only the beginning of Wolverine's Collaboration with Samantha Pleet!

Christina Vernon, Director of International Business Development at Wolverine, reveals. “With any good collaboration,more doors open and more people become attracted to the brand. We are looking to expand our women’s collections. We are already working on our third line of footwear with Samantha.”

“We are getting more feminine and adding more heels,” adds Vernon.“We are looking to reach the woman that isn’t into ‘throw-away fashion,’ but one who wants to make an investment in her wardrobe; clothing and shoes that will last.”

 

 

 

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