Originally Posted by scott123
Also, anyone with the red wing irish settlers or rugged classics...what is your experience with wearing them? Are they worth the cost? What do you wear them with (pictures appreciated)?
I have both boots and if you're looking for something even remotely stylish I'd go with the rugged classic - dark wood or hickory. The Irish Setters are too big and clunky for "streetwear" but they are one hell of a good work/hunting boot. Use them as such...
The rugged classics look better with jeans IMO. The hickory comes with ruff n' tough leather - the favorite of RW's chief designer. The only disadvantage is the black sole (brown & black aren't a great match.) Dark wood is the briar oil slick leather and looks better with the black sole. I had to send my original pair back because I was just getting too much slippage. The leather was dark brown with a bergundy tint to it and the manufacturing date was 9/08. I just received the new pair and the leather is straight dark brown, no burgundy and it's dated 7/09 so they are brand spanking new. The burgundy might come out after wear I dunno. I liked the color of the original better. I bought them in a retail store which was probably worn by customers. I will gently walk around in these and if they stay dark brown I might return them.
Sizing: size down .5 from your Clark's desert boot size. If the DB's are a bit roomy you might be better off going with same size.
Here's some pics of each - note the rugged's are not from me and they look more like the '08 version...