These Boots Are Made From Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrels

The rugged captoe boots are the third collaborative boot between the famed distiller and the all-American footwear maker.


Perfecting great whiskey is a subtle, nuanced art that’s not all that much different from building a long-lasting pair of boots from the ground up: The end result might differ, but care and attention to detail reigns supreme.

And once you’ve seen what’s gone into the stunning new Wolverine x Old Rip Van Winkle Batch III Boots, you’ll want to score a pair ASAP.


Every detail, even the seemingly small ones, is carefully considered, similar to the process of developing some of the world’s best whiskey.

That includes the deep grey leather upper — designed to mimic the interior char of a Van Winkle bourbon barrel — as well as the most impressive part of these boots.

That’d be the heel stack, layered with a custom-cut piece of — you guessed it — bourbon barrel wood from the famed Rip Van Winkle distillery itself.

The boots are appropriately finished off with a hand-numbered Old Rip Van Winkle tongue tag — while they might not be quite as coveted as a bottle of “Pappy,” they’re as close as it gets in the footwear department, and then some.

The Michigan brand is no stranger to teaming up with Old Rip Van Winkle on rugged men’s boots, including a revamp of its 1000 Mile silhouette in 2020 — the latest release marks the third collaboration, or batch, in the partnership.

Wolverine’s run of all-American boots also includes stylish pairs made alongside Rawlings, but this whiskey-meets-boots offering is especially well-timed for a brisk autumn.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Wolverine Boots (@wolverineboots)

Study these boots carefully: From the sleek-yet sturdy captoe design to the handsome contrast between grey leather and the stacked wooden heel, this pair of Batch III Boots is a cut above.

There’s also more at play beyond just adding a stylish pair of boots to your fall and winter rotation.

Wolverine is donating 100 percent of net proceeds from the sale of these boots to the mikeroweWORKS Foundation and the National FFA Organization to support skilled trades and agricultural science workers.

Best of all might be the fact that these limited-edition boots are a downright steal: Order your pair in quick succession for the highly agreeable price of $415 online at Wolverine.