Wolverine Dylan Moto Boot Review

Wolverine’s 1000 Mile Boot bulks up for motorcycle use

Wolverine Dylan riding bootsJordan Mastagni

There are many different ways to approach your riding gear, but for the simplicity of this article, let's break it down into two: tech and classic. Tech will be your Kevlar, Dyneema, Gore-Tex, Polartec—Think more along the lines of Aerostich. Classic would be more leather, canvas, riveted reinforcement, and waterproofing provided by wax more likely than technical treatments. Over here on the Cruiser side of things, we see and appreciate both styles, but having an affinity for the old school—we usually find ourselves enjoying the more classic side of things.

The Wolverine 1000 Mile boot is one of the best known American boots ever made. Wolverine's classic round-toe boot has been in my closet for over 7 years now, and when I heard they were bulking up the classic style specifically for motorcycle riding I got real excited.

Wolverine Dylan Boot’s Vibram sole and tread patternWolverine

I have always stuck to the theory that a pair of boots that is going to last you ages will take some time to break in. Honestly, these bad boys sort of hurt my feet for the first couple days. By day three, things were easing up. By day 5, they fit very well and have gotten incredibly comfortable. I am now a little over a week in to wearing them daily and they’re still quite comfy, and remain that way throughout the day.

Adding a shift pad to the toe and a heavier Vibram sole, the Dylan boot takes that timeless 1000 Mile style, and adds that moto-centric styling we love. Now, there isn't any padding or insulation, and they're not waterproof. Remember, Wolverine has been making the 1000 Mile since 1883 and they're not going to stray too much from their techniques—after all, they've gotten them this far.

At $400 they’re among the more expensive boots we’ve tested, but never have I gotten so many compliments on a pair of riding boots. The leather quality is immaculate and the styling is on point. If you’re looking for bang for your buck, you aren’t likely to find yourself purchasing these. But if you’re looking for some of the best looking motorcycle boots out there, and a pair that’s built to last—the Dylan might just be your boy.