G.A. Krause, Founder of Wolverine

Our Story

Generations have trusted
Wolverine boots. For over 135
years, we’ve survived and thrived
by helping you always forge ahead.

Antique Photo of Wolverine Factory Exterior

We're not
Good Because
We're Old

Antique Photo of Wolverine Factory Exterior

We're Old
Because We
Stayed Good

Antique Photo of Wolverine Factory Exterior
Antique Photo of Wolverine Factory Interior
Antique Photo of Wolverine Factory Employees

We're not Good
Because We're Old

We're Old Because

We Stayed Good

G.A. Krause, Founder of Wolverine

Our
Founder

G.A. Krause believed in American opportunity. In 1883, he founded a small leather tannery with a handful of employees. With relentless craftsmanship, their Michigan company produced work boots and gloves famous for comfort and toughness.

By 1903, Krause and his sons were producing 300 boots a day in their new factory. That year, their thriving business brought electricity to Rockford, MI – which is still our home today.

1000 Mile Boots

All Hail
The Original

Our Original 1000 Mile boot is the soul of who we are. First introduced in the 1910s, it was named because it offered 1000 miles of wear. Workers loved its soft, long-lasting shell horsehide leather.

Today, we’re still handcrafting this American icon with the same methods. This our third century of making quality boots and we’re not done by a long shot.

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Boot Diagram

Engineered
To Win

Every day is a battle. And, we put everything we’ve got into helping you fight back. Here’s how we design boots to tackle what’s next:

COMFORT
Our priority is always making the most comfortable boots on the planet.

PURPOSE BUILT
We don’t believe in one size fits all. Every Wolverine boot is tailored to real challenges you face.

ENDURANCE
Beat us. Bust us. Go as hard as you can because Wolverine lives for the fight.

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1000 Mile Boots

Fight For
The Trades

With only 9 percent of high school students pursuing careers in the trades, skilled labor is in short supply. We've assembled a team to champion these important jobs.

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