Comfortable but not durable

Reviewed by Max from DC on Wednesday, June 21, 2017
These are comfortable and good-looking shoes, as I expect from anything made by Wolverine. However, they don't meet my other expectation for Wolverine products: durability. I suspect that the 1883 collection is a cheaper and lower-quality line of Wolverine products. That's fine; not everybody wants to pay $200 for a pair of Wolverine oxfords. But my pair of Javier shoes are visibly deteriorating after only a few months of wearing them a maximum of twice a week. Specifically, there's a problem with the heel. From the picture, this appears to be a stack with rubber at the bottom, a slice of wood, then rubber again where it joins the sole. The wood is fake though - the whole heel is rubber, with a fake-wood veneer glued to the outside. This veneer is peeling off, which looks terrible.

Structurally, the shoes are still fine and I expect that I could continue wearing them for quite a while without them seriously falling apart. However, this peeling off around the heel looks awful and reveals a serious compromise that Wolverine made to reduce costs on these shoes. You're much better off with the Henrik Oxford, which is almost the same price here on Sierra Trading Post and has a real stacked wood sole that won't lead to this problem.
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