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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.

View the entire photo gallery HERE!

Stay tuned for the next chapter of #WolverineTraveler!

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Introducing the Horace Wing Tip Brogue from the Wolverine No. 1883 Collection

Posted On: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 , News

Wolverine is pleased to introduce the Horace Brogue as the newest addition to the Wolverine No. 1883 Collection.

At the elusive intersection between tradition and trend, Wolverine’s No. 1883 Collection has both heritage details and a modern twist. Subtle and unexpected, the Horace brings together traditional brougue styling along with a bright eye-catching outsole. Get your pair at one of the fine retailers below, and view the rest of collection at wolverine.com/US/en/1883Collection.


 

 

ONLINE RETAILERS
Macy’s
www.macys.com
Product Detail:http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/wolverine-shoes-horace-wing-tip-brogue-shoes?ID=794243&PseudoCat=se-xx-xx-xx.esn_results

Revolve Clothing
8452 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
http://www.revolveclothing.com/Brands.jsp?search=wolverine


ARKANSAS 
Express Male Inc.
1100 Oak St.
Conway, AR 72032
(501) 329-6253

CALIFORNIA
Orange County General Store
18926 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714) 378-4540

Ruze Shoes
5436 Arrow Highway
Montcalir, CA 91763
http://www.ruzeshoes.com/m-57-wolverine-1883.aspx

Revolve Clothing
8452 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
http://www.revolveclothing.com/Brands.jsp?search=wolverine

Una Maes
4651 Kingswell Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
http://shop.unamaesclothing.com/Men-s-Shoes/Wolverine-Horace-Oxford-in-Brown-with-Orange-Sole-p493.html

INDIANA
Andrew Davis
101 W. Kirkwood Ave. Ste 119
Bloomington, IN 47404
http://www.andrewdavismenswear.com/

ILLINOIS
Akira
Various Locations
http://www.shopakira.com

Belmont Army
855 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
http://www.belmontarmy.com/

E Street Demin Co.
1876 1st St.
Highland Park, IL
http://www.estreetdenim.com/

Una Maes Freak Boutique
1528 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
http://www.unamaeschicago.com/

IOWA
Brown’s Shoe Fit Co.
611 -613 W. Sheridan Ave
Shenandoah, IA 51601
http://www.brownsshoefitco.com/brownsstores/1.html

LOUISIANA 
Genterie
210 E Vermilion St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
http://genterie.com/

Partners LTD
102 Arnould Blvd
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 984-9933

MASSACHUSETTS 
The Tannery
39 Brattle Street
Boston, MA 02138
http://www.thetannery.com

The Tannery
711 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
http://www.thetannery.com

MICHIGAN
Fitzgeralds

1872 Breton Rd SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
http://www.fitzs.com/

Wooden Hangers
414 Washington Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48067
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wooden-Hangers/139462082752389

MINNESOTA
Len Druskin

3140 Galleria
Edina, MN 55435
http://www.lendruskin.com/

MISSISSIPPI
Kinkade’s Fine Clothing

120 W Jackson St
Ridgeland, MS 39157
www.kinkadesfc.com

MISSOURI 
Halls Plaza

211 Nichols Road
Kansis City, MO 64141
http://www.halls.com/index.asp

Mister Guy Clothiers
9817 Clayton Rd
Saint Louis, MO 63124
http://misterguyclothiers.com/

Thro Clothing Inc
229 N. Main St.
Saint Charles, MO 63301

Shoe Show ENCORE Locations
Various Locations
http://www.shoeshow.com/storefinder.aspx

NEW YORK
DNA Footwear

242 40th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232
http://www.dnafootwear.com/wolverine?sec=men

Shoe Parlor
851 7th Ave
New York, NY 10019
http://www.shoeparlor.com/

Tani
131 W. 72nd St.
New York, NY 10023
http://tanishoes.com/

Shoe Show ENCORE Locations
Various Locations
http://www.shoeshow.com/storefinder.aspx

OKLAHOMA
Blue Seven
7518 N May Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
http://www.myblueseven.com/index.php

Felts Family Shoes
116 N Muskogee Ave
Tahlequah, OK 74464
(918) 456-3741

OREGON
Johnny Sole

815 SW Alder St
Portland, OR 97205
http://www.johnnysoleshoes.com/

TEXAS
Dryden Kreps

796 Town and Country Blvd
Houston, TX 77024
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dryden-Kreps/314856341955241

Hurwitz at the Village
2002 Judson Rd
Longview, TX 75605
http://www.hurwitzonline.com/Hurwitz/THE_STORE.html

VIRGINIA
White’s Family Shoe Stores
212 E. Cloverleaf Drive
Emporia, VA 23847
(434) 634-5563

WEST VIRGINIA
Kelley’s Mens Shop Inc
108 Washington St. W
Charleston, WV 25302
http://kelleysmensshop.org/

Shoe Show ENCORE Locations
Various Locations
http://www.shoeshow.com/storefinder.aspx

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HYPEBEAST: The No. 1883 Collection Darin Shoe

Posted On: Thursday, June 28, 2012 , News

We're big fans of HYPEBEAST.  Thanks to our friends over there for showing the Darin oxford some love. Get yours here.

 

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As seen in Outside Magazine: The Darin Red Sole & Wolverine 1000 Mile Boot

Posted On: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 , 1000 Mile

We were excited to see the Darin red sole oxford and the Original 1000 Mile Boot in the June issue of Outside Magazine!

 

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