Red Wing Heritage Boots

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  1. OV1kenobi

    OV1kenobi

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    I always wanted some nice work boots/shoes. Preferably made in the U.S. with Anerican leather.

    My first pair was the 1907 with a white, crepe sole that I purchased from a Red Wing dealer on Friday and wore to work for four hours the next day.

    I liked the feel of these boots so much that I returned to the store today and bought a pair of the Iron Ranger boots.

    Both of the boots are in “Copper Rough & Tough” leather, because they would be more forgiving of light scuffs. I also opted for leather laces as they have more flex for the break in period.

    Of the two, the Iron Ranger is actually more comfortable right out of the box, believe it or not!

    I love the fragrance of oiled leather!

    BTW, I had the Red Wing dealer measure both of my feet. The left foot is a 10.5 US and the right foot is an 11.0 US. I purchased the 10.5 US in the D-width, based upon the the dealer suggestion to go down 1/2 size from the larger foot.

    I bought my shoes at the end of the work day and I wore Darn Tough full cushion boot socks.

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  2. billorights

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    I had some Red Wings years ago. Seemed to be a little heavy to me. How are these in that regard? Maybe I will try to find some to try.
     

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    Beautiful little town to visit in the summer. Red Wing, MN.

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    I wore Red Wings for many years. Probably going back for the next pair.
     
  5. OV1kenobi

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    Around 4-5 lbs US per pair. I believe that the Iron Ranger is the slightly heavier of the two.

    My Iron Ranger boots have the new (since 2018) Vibram #400 (?) mini-lug sole, as opposed to the older cork/nitrile sole that was smooth and EXTREMELY slick on snow and wet pavement.
     
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  6. crnama

    crnama CLM

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    I have a pair of iron rangers that I love too. But they sure take some work to get broken in properly. Took me almost a month. I have had them almost 2 years I wear them everyday now for work.
     
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  7. Striper05

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    Great looking boots! I might have to get a pair or 2.


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  8. OV1kenobi

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  9. screwman

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    At one time, the redwing store would sell you two different sizes. Guess their business model changed.
    I wear redwing pecos boots. They're made in the USA with foreign materials.
     
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    I bought a pair of classic mocs a couple weeks ago and still trying to break them in. My right foot one is almost there and feels great. Going to take the left side a bit longer for some reason. They look outstanding.
     
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    I have the exact top pair of boots. Be careful if you plan on using their protectant/conditioner. Their product COMPLETELY changed the color of my boots to the point where I don't like it.
    Excellent but heavy boot. Congrats and good luck with them.
     
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    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    The Redwing Heritage series are nice, but they are more dressy than work even though they're more than tough enough for work.

    I exclusively wear Redwing steel toes for work.
     
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    My BIL bought a set of Irish Setter hunting boots (which is a red wing product).

    He has been happy with them the past 2 seasons.

    My Danners are still going strong after 4 years even after starting to wear them in the summer to cut the lawn thinking I might wear them out enough to get a new pair (they are non-insulated). No luck :).

    Shoes/boots are the one thing I will never cheap out on again.
     
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    I never cared for Red Wings. They seemed like very well made boots, but I have odd feet and they just did not work for me.
     
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    The last pair of Red Wing boots did not feel all that good on my feet. They changed the style from the previous pair that I owned, now that pair fit and felt good on my feet.
     
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    I've been eyeing both Red Wing and Chippewa. Your post is making me think I need to go with the Red Wings. I'm an office worker with casual dress code and I think the Iron Rangers would be a good look with Khakis, Jeans and everything else but a suit!
    Love the look. Hope they will last for years.
     
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    The_Dan The underscore is silent

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    I worked a couple years in construction and appreciated my Red Wings every day I spent on a concrete slab. They are heavy, they require a break in, and for many the maintenance the leather needs is more than they want to do. But my feet and knees and back loved it.

    Once broken in they are as valuable as any tool I used.
     
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    IMHO, best boots Redwing ever made were the 963's. Unfortunately, no longer make them. Thinking about Iron Rangers.
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    IMG_20191022_111054.jpg My Iron Rangers, in Amber harness leather. Had for two years, and the have been treated with Red Wing leather treatment paste.
    They took some serious break in. The leather treatment softened them a little. That, and good Merino socks make them great.
    In the interest of full disclosure, I work in a Red Wing store.
     
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    Lt. Donn PSO Survivor. currently in NW Georgia

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    When I moved to my ranch...I quickly realized my duty-boots were not going to be suitable for my new environment. Purchased my first and only pair of RW...took longer to break-in than any boots I have ever owned, but once they loosened up, they were the most rugged and long lasting...now I purchase Thorogood...easier to break-in and still durable
     
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