While loafers and boat shoes will handle most summer workdays and weekends, respectively, neither will serve you well exploring Joshua Tree and Yosemite, evading rattlesnakes or hunting for the holy grail of Tex-Mex breakfast burritos.
That’s why 129-year-old, Michigan-based bootmaker Wolverine (and its heritage-inspired ’1000 Mile’ collection) is the sure-footed sponsor behind Ramblers Bone, a 6,200-mile vision quest through the heart of America’s wilderness, conducted and chronicled by Sean Sullivan (of The Impossible Cool) and Mikael Kennedy (of Passport to Trespass).
Their epic, but all-too-short, 29-day odyssey may be over, but there’s still plenty of summer left for you to plan one of your own. If the guys’ Ansel Adams-esque landscapes and Kerouac-like excursions to forgotten truck stops aren’t inspiration enough, here are two pre-packed road-trip kits to help get you started:
[First three boot images courtesy of wolverine.com. Travel images courtesy of ramblersbone.com]