The Friday Read: New Filson Fall Gear, Wolverine’s New Fall Boots & The Perfect Fall Pants

Best fall gear from Filson

If you read the blog yesterday, and if you’ve checked the weather forecast in your neck of the woods as we roll into another lovely late fall weekend, then you know it’s high time for one thing: Shopping the best Filson menswear, of course. It seems like there are certain brands that are just uniquely well-suited for rugged cold-weather adventures — as I talked about yesterday in my guide to Filson’s classic wool jackets — and that shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. I’d wager if you want a cozy thermal henley, a durable piece of outerwear or some classic indigo denim (to name but a few staples), Filson will sort you out on this fine Friday.

Now, onto the rest of today’s Friday Read. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know I’ve been staying plenty busy as of late, namely with another trip across the pond! Yes, believe it or not, I just returned from another trek to London — and Scotland, for good measure — my third time in the U.K. since the end of June. This time around, I visited the iconic Balvenie Distillery as part of an upcoming story on an epic new Scotch launch for, where I’ve been keeping plenty busy with daily stories.


You should stay tuned for my full rundown on the legendary distillery’s latest and greatest release very soon, but for now, here’s the rest of the best fall menswear and gear to read about and buy now.

Best fall adventure gear
  • Perhaps you’ve been making the most of fall, going off-trail and getting off the grid. You’ve still got plenty of time to do so in the weeks ahead though, provided you’re outfitted properly — that’s where Colorado-based Western Rise comes into play. I’d hope you’re familiar with the brand for making performance menswear like the best men’s shirts and comfortable stretch, moisture-wicking pants, the kind you can wear out on a hike and back into town without missing a beat. Consider this your reminder to pick up some new fall adventure gear ASAP.
Wolverine x Pappy Van Winkle Boots

That brings today’s Friday Read to a close, folks. Will you be picking up – -and lacing up — a pair of boots from Wolverine and Old Rip Van Winkle, or else shopping one of the the best Filson wool jackets? Be sure to let me know in the comments, and stick around for Saturday’s Style Pick of the Week. Cheers to fall, my friends!


Style Pick of the Week: Wolverine 1000 Mile Roughout Boots – Coolest Fall Boots for Men

When the calendar rolls through fall, that means one thing — if you ask me, at least, that means it’s time to lace up a pair of the most rugged boots for men. And for this Michigan native, that means you need to turn to Wolverine, a longtime favorite and a legendary boot brand. They now do everything from craft the coolest men’s sneakers to, well, the best men’s boots.


There are plenty of different editions of the Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots, including the Wolverine 1000 Mile Moc Toe Boots, but right now, the Wolverine 1000 Mile Roughout Boots are the pair to get in your closet and on your feet ASAP. Crucially, the Wolverine 1000 Mile Roughout Boots are based on the brand’s archival 1914 silhouette, with the modern-day, dependable specs to match (keep scrolling).

Best fall boots for men.

As if that wasn’t classic enough, the Wolverine 1000 Mile Roughout Boots feature the brand’s carefully crafted outsole with both Vibram technology and a leather heel. Speaking of leather: The impossibly cool Wolverine 1000 Mile Roughout Boots use rich, textured roughout leather that’s been waxed to bolster its character and good looks.

If you want a pair of stylish men’s boots designed to get better with age, the Wolverine 1000 Mile Roughout Boots should be your next seasonal go-to.

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Better still is the fact that these boots are handmade in the U.S.A, yet the price is much more than agreeable — the Wolverine 1000 Mile Roughout Boots will run you $385, a downright steal when you consider the fact that you can wear them day in and day out in casually rugged style situations from fall to winter.

For starters, pair them with your favorite flannel shirt and the best men’s blue jeans, then keep your season rolling the right way. When the calendar hits October, yessir, go with the Wolverine 1000 Mile Roughout Boots.

The Tuesday Steal: Save 20 Percent on New Summer Sneakers with Wolverine

Best new sneakers for summer

It’s always a quest to find a staple item such as your new favorite summer sneakers, is it not? An even greater quest still is the chance to find the best men’s sneakers on sale, and yet, that’s where you’re in luck with Wolverine right now. The sneakers in question? That’d be the Wolverine BLVD Court Sneakers, an old-school take on the style that’s now been done up in premium Wolverine materials and finishes to add a fresh, affordable look to your seasonal footwear rotation.

For good measure, they’re 20 percent off right now, marked down to about $105 from $130 — and both prices are more than agreeable considering the quality and craftsmanship you’re getting from one of the makers of the best boots for men out there.

Shop your new go-to sneakers at Wolverine

The BLVD Court Sneakers are as good as it gets

The Wolverine BLVD Court Sneakers check all the right boxes, from the visually interesting T-shaped toe detailing (in premium suede) to the streamlined silhouette. Rubber outsoles provide some nice spring in your step, while the fresh design pairs nicely with slim chinos or with your favorite pair of jeans.

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The next time you want versatile sneakers fit for a casual Friday at the office or ready for a weekend around town, it’s the Wolverine BLVD Court Sneakers you need — do yourself a favor and save a few bucks along the way as you shop, too. Your wardrobe will thank you later.

See Now, Buy Now: Lace Up the Wolverine 1000 Mile Moc Toe Boots for Rugged Winter Style

I always say that you need to be prepared when foul winter weather comes knocking, and that’s no more true than right now, when you should be lacing up a pair of the best boots for men from one of the most trusted brands around. I’m talking, naturally, about Michigan-based Wolverine, a much-loved brand and — if you’ve read my Wolverine review — a favorite of this style blog. It truly makes perfect sense that the Wolverine 1000 Mile Moc Toe Boots would continue racking up accolades and praise as we roll through the winter months.If you ask me, it’s a deal not to be missed, and things only get better when you realize you’re still getting some of the best men’s boots for an even lower price.

It’s getting even easier to bots like the Wolverine 1000 Mile Moc Toe Boots on sale, but that’s no reason to rest on your laurels — I suggest you shop the Wolverine 1000 Mile Moc Toe Boots right now, while there’s still time.

1000 Mile Moc-Toe Original Boot, Tan Leather, dynamic

There’s plenty to love about the Wolverine 1000 Mile Moc Toe Boots, starting with the fact that they’re based on a 1940s design for plenty of timeless style and heirloom quality. The back of these boots just so happens to be triple-stitched for extra durability, and as if that wasn’t enough, the Wolverine 1000 Mile Moc Toe Boots are also handcrafted in the States (of course — the brand is true to its Michigan roots). These aren’t quite a pair of full-on work boots, but you can bet the Wolverine 1000 Mile Moc Toe Boots can take a beating and get better with age, especially in a rich Tan Leather colorway with contrast stitching.

That Tan Leather in particular means the Wolverine 1000 Mile Moc Toe Boots wear well with everything from the best men’s chinos at the office to your favorite blue jeans and a henley on the weekends (durable parka sold separately). You can also pick up the Wolverine 1000 Mile Moc Toe Boots in Black Leather for a more edgy look, although either pair should wear nicely with slim black denim for a night out on the town.

Sizes are moving quickly in both pairs, given as the style is already on sale, though. Now is the time to upgrade your winter boots rotation, and the Wolverine 1000 Mile Moc Toe Boots can help you do that.

Style Pick of the Week: Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots – The Best Classic Boots for Men

1000 Mile Plain-Toe Original Boot, Brown, dynamic

If you’ve found yourself shopping for or wearing a pair of the best men’s boots at any point in the past decade or so, there’s more than a good chance you’ve looked into (or currently own!) the utterly classic, rugged-as-can-be Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots. There’s a ton to love about these rugged, durable leather boots, which themselves are a contender for the best classic boots for men. And seeing as it’s Christmas Day, well, what better time to shop these boots and treat yourself than right now? You very well might be dealing with inclement winter weather as we speak, and while the Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots aren’t typically thought of as traditional snow boots like the L.L. Bean boots to which you might be used to wearing, they’re a mighty fine pair of rugged and utterly dependable, stylish leather boots to wear as often as you can (holiday and dressy winter style situations included).

Perhaps you’re already well-aware of the prowess of Wolverine’s boots, including the Michigan-based brand’s more tailored efforts at making some of the best Chelsea boots for men, for instance. Of course, the Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots are much more rugged but no less wearable in a wide range of style scenarios, be it at the office (with tan chinos, a chambray shirt and a shawl cardigan) or at your favorite brewery (with some of the best men’s blue jeans and your favorite henley, naturally. Yes indeed, the Wolverine 1000 Mile Original Boots can do it all.

1000 Mile Plain-Toe Original Boot, Cordovan No. 8, dynamic

It’s not hard to see, in my estimation, why the Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots are so essential and much-loved, and a truly timeless style classic, at that. Let’s start with the materials and the craftsmanship, naturally. Rich Horween leather is used to make up the bulk of these boots, which blend the best of handmade skill with rugged durability for a pair of boots unlike anything you’ve ever worn. Sure, that means the Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots might be a bit stiff out of the box, but for my money’s worth, this Wolverine review of sorts is nothing but positive. In a word, the Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots will only get better (and even cooler-looking) the more you wear them. The Vibram heel drives home that long-lasting dependability, and the fact that the Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots are modeled after a 1914 pair from the legendary bootmaker is too historic and neat to pass up.

You can get the downright iconic Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots in four beautiful shades of handsome Horween leather, the kind that stands out stylishly underneath rich indigo blue jeans or chinos in equal measure. And while they’re fit for work or play, they’re a reliable pair of boots to wear any day of the week, and with anything from trusty work pants and a waxed trucker jacket to olive chinos. Buy ’em now, get a ton of wear out of them this winter, and be sure to rock the Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots right on into spring. They’re your new favorite pair of boots.

The Tuesday Steal: These Wolverine BLVD Chelsea Boots are 30 Percent Off Right Now

When offered the chance to score a deal on some of the best men’s boots for fall and well beyond, starting right now — especially if said boots are a refined pair of Chelsea boots from a brand that knows how to make ’em — it’s crucial that you jump on the opportunity. This is certainly the case with winter weather bearing down upon us all slowly but surely, too.

Now, you might have noticed that the elegant yet hard-wearing Wolverine BLVD Chelsea Boots as showcased above aren’t exactly snow boots, but that’s not such a bad thing at all. When it comes down to it, every guy needs a pair of stylish leather dress boots, and there’s probably no better brand to shop for said boots at the moment than the legendary, craftsmanship-minded offerings from Wolverine. The brand has proven they’re so much more than just the much-loved Wolverine 1000 Mile line (although you’d do well to check that out, too), and the Wolverine BLVD Collection available here for 30 percent off — proves that quite nicely.

When you don’t want to sacrifice style on slick city streets, especially heading to holiday parties or out on a date night or winter bar crawl, the Wolverine BLVD Chelsea Boots are probably your best bet. They’re built with all the specs you need in a pair of dependable boots (including a rubber lug outsole) and yet, they look as handsome and refined as dress shoes when the occasion calls for it. To keep it simple, the Wolverine BLVD Chelsea Boots (again, on sale here at 30 percent off & well under $200) fill that void nicely. Keep on scrolling though, because Wolverine’s not done yet.

BLVD Chelsea Boot, Brown, dynamic

Note that it’s the rich dark brown leather here that’s on sale at the moment as you shop the functional yet sharp Wolverine BLVD Chelsea Boots, and it’s ideal that the color goes with just about anything in your winter style rotation. Be it crisp dark blue indigo jeans, your favorite pair of tan chinos or even a dressy tailored, wool suit, the Wolverine BLVD Chelsea Boots should deliver the expert seasonal style you need now. \

And unlike snow boots or more bulky work boots, these sleek Chelsea boots are slimmed-down in profile and build all the better when it comes to understated, yet still slick, style. With stretch side panels for easy access, plus sheepskin leather lining, these handsome leather Chelsea boots for men should also prove comfortable right out of the box.

It’s not every day or every season that you can score a deal on boots to take you from the office out on the town without missing a beat, but folks, the Wolverine BLVD Chelsea Boots are your best best these days. Oh, and the fact that you can buy ’em right now for 30 percent off at Wolverine? That’s what we like to see and hear. Happy shopping and stay stylish, my friends!

Style Pick of the Week: Wolverine 1000 Mile Original Sneakers

Wolverine 1000 Mile Original Sneakers

Dependable leather high-top sneakers from the makers of your favorite boots.

Now, you’ve assuredly heard of Wolverine men’s boots if you read the blog, right? Not only do they make some of the best men’s boots for spring, but they’ve also got quite the knack for making some of the best sneakers for men, and if that sounds too good to be true, well, you’re in luck today. The Wolverine 1000 Mile Original Sneakers are everything you could want in your new favorite pair of sneakers, especially as you navigate the ever-shifting climate of spring (and perhaps you’ve read about ’em on the blog before here, ehh?). Consider these a warm-weather option from the same brand that makes your favorite cold-weather boots, like the Wolverine 1000 Mile Faribault Boots.

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After all, when a brand has decades of heritage and USA-made construction going for it, they tend to make high-quality products across the board, yes? And again, that encompasses your new favorite pair of sneakers, even if it might not seem like it at first (bear with me, folks!). After all, the Wolverine 1000 Mile Original Sneakers  have it right in the name — they mimic the brand’s classic Wolverine 1000 Mile boots, but in sneaker form. What exactly does that mean? Keep on scrolling to find out.

SHOP: The Wolverine 1000 Mile Original Sneakers


Just a few of the stylish color options in which you can find these Wolverine sneakers (careful, they’re selling quickly!).

When it comes to the Wolverine 1000 Mile Original Sneakers, the difference is in the details, in the best way possible. They’re sturdy-as-heck, with durable construction and a classic silhouette that’s a nice change of pace from other high-top sneakers — in fact, they’re more like chukka boots than sneakers. This is great news if you’d like a pair of durable kicks to carry you all around town and on road trips (or weekend coffee or brewery runs!) this season. The Wolverine 1000 Mile Original Sneakers aren’t clunky in the slightest, though. They’re made using Vibram outsole for a lightweight fit and feel, plus plenty of comfort.

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And the tumbled Essex leather, sourced from Chicago’s Horween tannery, is as good as it gets. These stylish men’s sneakers for spring really are the perfect pair to wear with casual style staples aplenty, like indigo denim and a rugged men’s henley for laidback, easygoing weekend wear. The point is this: The Wolverine 1000 Mile Original Sneakers are a nice change of pace from the ordinary, made with plenty of durable style and performance in mind. And at the proper price — as these are — they’re a deal that’s too good to pass up.

SHOP: The Wolverine 1000 Mile Original Sneakers

See Now, Buy Now: The Wolverine BLVD Cap Toe Boots are the Best Boots to Wear Now — and Into Spring

Wolverine BLVD Cap Toe Boots

A durable-yet-dressy addition to the Wolverine line of stylish men’s boots.

Have you ever come across a pair of rugged leather boots that seem to fit in with your lifestyle so well, you’ve got to have ’em in your wardrobe and on your feet instantly? The Wolverine BLVD Cap Toe Boots could certainly be the next pair of boots to fill that void in your collection, and having tested them out myself since the launch of the Wolverine BLVD Collection, I wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment. Think of the Wolverine BLVD Collection as a more refined and yet no less versatile and rugged offering than Wolverine‘s main line, particularly the much-loved Wolverine 1000 Mile Collection. You also likely know and love Wolverine leather sneakers, so it should come as no shock that the brand can really do it all.

These durable leather boots are ever-so-slightly more dressy and more easily wearable with, say, wool trousers or classic chinos, yet there’s no denying they carry on the Wolverine pedigree quite handsomely. And here’s the thing about the Wolverine BLVD Cap Toe Boots: They’re the type of rugged yet easily wearable boots you can throw on now (with classic dark denim and a shawl cardigan) and keep wearing on into spring (when you should pair them with your favorite light wash denim and one of the best men’s T-shirts). Don’t believe me? You best try ’em out yourself. Oh, and here’s another kicker — among many that we’ll cover shortly — you can get free shipping on orders of $120 at Wolverine right now. Sounds pretty great, yes?

SHOP: The Wolverine BLVD Cap Toe Boots

BLVD Cap Toe Boots

One of seven stylish colorways in which you can pick up the BLVD Cap Toe Boots from Wolverine.

The Wolverine BLVD Cap Toe Boots — priced quite nicely at $199 via Wolverine — carry on that same tradition and commitment to quality, starting with the fact that these timeless leather boots feature a relatively sleek profile and hand-burnished leather. These Wolverine men’s boots also feature a sheepskin lining for maximum comfort and just enough warmth on cold winter days — these boots won’t leave your feet out in the cold. The rubber outsole is toned-down and not overly bulky, yet still provides excellent grip on slippery streets. And the Wolverine BLVD Cap Toe Boots are also built with Goodyear welt construction, meaning they can be resoled after plenty of wear. Throw in the fact that seven leather colorways are up for grabs, and you just might want to get more than one pair (I personally love the Tan option shown here). Wear ’em with slim blue jeans and a refined winter topcoat for outdoor dining or a safe seasonal road trip, then keep the Wolverine BLVD Cap Toe Boots handy come spring — you won’t regret it.

SHOP: The Wolverine BLVD Cap Toe Boots

The Sunday Sale: These Wolverine 1000 Mile Sneakers are the Best Deal on Sneakers Right Now

Wolverine 1000 Mile Original Sneakers

Head to the Wolverine sale section to get one of the best deals on the best men’s sneakers right now.

Today’s Sunday Sale, if I may, is a real doozy when it comes to finding a great deal at a heritage brand like Wolverine, and you can trust me on that. If it’s the best men’s sneakers and boots you seek, all at great deals, then you’re going to want to check out Wolverine men’s shoes this season, and you’re going to want to do so in a hurry. As a matter of fact, the Wolverine Men’s Sale is packed to the brim with iconic silhouettes, new styles and classic takes, all available at standout prices — and yes, that includes the Wolverine 1000 Mile Original Sneakers. Think of them like, well a sneaker version of your favorite pair of Wolverine boots, packed with all the quality and style you could possibly need for winter and well beyond. Here’s where it gets even better. These classic high-top sneakers retail for well under $300, giving ’em plenty of bang for your buck. Yes indeed, if you want rugged leather sneakers that wear more like boots but give you plenty of casual versatility and some serious style points, then it’s the Wolverine 1000 Mile Original Sneakers you’re going to want on your feet ASAP.

SHOP: The Wolverine 1000 Mile Original Sneakers

Wolverine 1000 Mile

One of four cool colors in which you can find these rugged and iconic sneakers.

The great thing about finding your new favorite pair of sneakers, yet one as made by a lauded boot brand, is that you’re getting the same attention to detail and top-notch construction that Wolverine delivers day in and day out. In the case of the Wolverine 1000 Mile Original Sneakers, that means rich leathers and rich color options, plus handcrafted quality (more than 80 artisans worked on these sneakers). The use of rich Horween leather is another huge bonus, and the Vibram outsole should provide maximum comfort and durability. These are the kind of sneakers you should be proud to wear with a host of winter style staples, from rugged canvas work pants and a waxed parka to slim blue denim and your favorite crewneck sweatshirt for unstoppable casual style. It’s all thanks to Wolverine, so don’t sleep on your new favorite kicks.

SHOP: The Wolverine 1000 Mile Original Sneakers

Style Pick of the Week: Wolverine 1000 Mile Faribault Boots

Wolverine 1000 Mile Faribault Boots

Some of the coolest leather boots you’re going to find this season.

Thanks, folks, for joining us to start your Saturday with today’s Style Pick of the Week as we look at finding some of the best men’s boots for fall and winter right now. We’re continuing to talk about the best gear for fall here on the blog, and in this case, the best men’s boots to buy right now. What’s even better than that is the fact that, well, these rugged leather boots come from a heritage footwear brand you know, love and trust (or at least, I hope that’s the case).

Wolverine has been a tried-and-true brand for me over the years (seriously, check out my 2013 Wolverine product review on this very blog!), so it’s with great pleasure that I’ve been able to test out the Wolverine 1000 Mile Faribault Boots. They’re some of the best new men’s boots I’ve tried this season — if you follow me on Instagram, you know I’m always testing ’em out — and they’ve got the right pedigree and style potential to carry you through the rest of November and through on into winter. They’re also built on the brand’s workman-like Axel boot design. With all that being said, dig in with me, find out and get ready to pick up your new favorite boots, because they assuredly take the cake.

Faribault Woolen Mills has long been known for making some of the strongest, toughest woolen goods on the planet, starting with 1890s military blankets for U.S. soldiers, so it’s only fitting that Wolverine (based in my home state of Michigan!) would team up with such a lauded heritage brand. The specs on these classic leather boots really are something else (more on that in a moment, though).

SHOP: The Wolverine 1000 Mile Faribault Boots 

Naturally, these wouldn’t be a pair of rugged Wolverine boots without the right construction, and in this case, that means an incredibly tough Vibram lug outsole and the classic 1000 Mile boot design, for starters. And yet, the Wolverine 1000 Mile Faribault Boots go the extra mile (pun intended), using fabrics originally made for U.S. Army blankets (in the case of the Green fabric) or U.S. Navy blankets (as with the grey fabric on the black-and-grey version).

Either way, these boots are rugged, handsome, refined and versatile all the same. Agreeable pairings are plentiful with rugged leather boots such as these, from tan chinos, a white Oxford shirt and a blue denim jacket to slim black jeans and your favorite henley on a casual winter morning. Give the Wolverine 1000 Mile Faribault Boots, and find out what all the hype is about.

SHOP: The Wolverine 1000 Mile Faribault Boots