History

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

We're not good
because we're old

We're old because
we stayed good

OUR FOUNDER

G.A. Krause was a third generation leather tanner and boot maker who prided himself on creating fine leathers that in turn created comfortable and durable footwear. In 1883, Krause founded a company with a handful of employees that would soon revolutionise the industry. With relentless craftsmanship, their American company based in Michigan 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 their local town Rockford – which is still our home today.

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 leather.

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

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.

From the archives

History is everything!