Originally Posted by j
So I picked up a pair of Red Wing engineer boots for riding. (My Hawkins Doc style boots are beat to death.) Are these supposed to be tight at the calf? The top buckle thing basically does nothing. All the way tight they are still quite loose up there. Even if I tuck my jeans into them (which I never would in reality) they are still loose. My calves aren't really THAT scrawny. Most boots I wear I cannot lace all the way together. So what's the deal here? Anyone else have a pair of these?
I just picked up a pair of Red Wing boots myself (in addition to a '06 Honda VTX 1300 in Black - the fastest color).
I got loggers (669 I think).
As I posted earlier, I gave up on the type of boots you mentioned because of fit. I've had the engineer and harness boots and they were always loose. They look great but never fit all that well.
The straps on the ankle and top of the boot were always worthless to me. They never did anything but look good no matter how I adjusted them. I don't understand the idea behind the straps. (I don't have skinny legs either, there about average size.) To fill the 'pipes' in those kind of boots one would have to have calves the size of logs.
The straps would never get tight or even snug in the calf or the foot in addition to my heal flopping around. My guess is, judging by the boots I've had and seeing them on other people, the straps are more decorative than functional.
I didn't have red wings but I think I had Carolina and Georgia boots.