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post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by LeicaLad
The SuFu shoe thread is probably my all time favorite thread, and has me lusting heavily after shell cordovan boots. The Red Wings are where I think I ought to be, but it's really the Anniversary Special Editions done for Europe that I most desire. But, once I start considering that price range, I'm back to thinking shell cordovans. Heck, given Red Wings or Indy's in shell cordovan... Hmmm.

Where can I take a look at these? Now that I kinda know my size, I might just chance it. Not yet, though.
post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by LeicaLad
Can anyone speak to Red Wing sizing in general, or are they too model-specific in the idiosyncrasies? Particularly the Anniversary models? Do these run generally big, wide or true to size?

Thanks.

i've got a pair of 1905s which was one of the Anniversary models. based on their fancy machine, i was recommended an 11E. that ended up being a little too large. i felt the 11D was the right fit for me. however, i also tried the 10.5D and they fit with the socks that i was wearing but if i went with a thicker pair or socks or walked around in them for any length of time, i think it would have been uncomfortable.

and a quick thumbs up to the Covina Red Wing store that i got them at out here in SoCal.

-Jeff
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by blee017
LeicaLad, judging from your handle, I guess you forgot to mention the damage done by your camera gear.

Ah, the cameras. Yes, I have less in my cars than I have in cameras. Photo.net and rangefinder.com both have Leica forums for the truly obsessed.
post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by ang_kangkong
Where can I take a look at these? Now that I kinda know my size, I might just chance it. Not yet, though.

Ang (and others),

You'll want to look at the SuFu shoe maven thread (here: http://supertalk.superfuture.com/sho...=13257&page=80). I don't think there is a more fun thread. It doesn't focus only on who can buy the most expensive (like the AAAF shoe threads), but what are the best looking shoes that might get even better looking over time. It's a long thread, so plan to take some time!

On the current (as of this morning) page 80, GregNYC has posted a photo and a link to the Red Wings Japan site. Earlier in the thread, starting on page 51 (here: http://supertalk.superfuture.com/sho...log#post247225), Cotton Duck posted multiple pages of a Red Wings catalog from the Netherlands, with pictures of the 1909-1914 models. These have better Horween leather and better soles. Basically, the shoes Red Wings should be. You can order from a German site and, if I remember, there's a Swiss site, too. But given exchange rates, you're looking at 3 to 4 bills and climbing (with shipping). I gave up and order a pair of Grenson Ilkley boots from the U.K. for $250. I still would love to get those "real" RedWings (my opinion). These are really nice looking. But, basically, I've given up.

FWIW, a pair of 1905's in what is likely my size went on E-prey this morning for $146. I have had a run of bad luck with sizes on stuff bought on E-prey, so I just watched "˜em go. Sigh. Anyway, I'm really thinking hard of dropping serious $$ on the shell cordo Aldens now.

It really IS a disease, you know.
post #20 of 27
Great post LL!

I actually know you from that sf thread. I had forgotten about Cotton Duck's scans. I saw GregNYC's post, and I really wish there was a way to get some of those moc toe boots here in the US.
post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by ang_kangkong
Great post LL!

I actually know you from that sf thread. I had forgotten about Cotton Duck's scans. I saw GregNYC's post, and I really wish there was a way to get some of those moc toe boots here in the US.

Thanks, Ang,

I knew you were there, too, but had a moment to expand on the subject. Red Wings are such a torment. You pretty much have to try them on, AND you can't get the best models without major connections or pull -- or long distance travel. I even was able to leverage communications between RW corporate to their Singapore shop looking to score some of these special models, but to no avail.

Several people have kindly offered to do a service-type arrangement, but I just know I'd have a fit problem and then it'd be a hassle for the kind soul who was willing to help. Ain't gonna do it.

SO, the idea was to attract others back into the SuFu shoe maven thread and -- who knows? -- if we can generate enough pestering questions to Red Wings corporate office, they might actually consider the line for sale in the US. Imagine, selling their best line to their home market. Who could imagine, eh?

Anyway, I'm always interested to hear the Red Wings "fit" stories, "˜cause if the chance for one of these DOES come up, I'd like to have the best idea possible on how the d*mn things fit!

Cheers!
post #22 of 27
I really do wonder if Red Wing makes their sizing so unbelievably obnoxious to force people into their stores. They already keep distribution very tightly controlled. It's kind of strange, consider the other divisions of Justin don't pull any of this bullshit (Chippewa, etc).
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by Arethusa
I really do wonder if Red Wing makes their sizing so unbelievably obnoxious to force people into their stores. They already keep distribution very tightly controlled. It's kind of strange, consider the other divisions of Justin don't pull any of this bullshit (Chippewa, etc).

That's very possible.

But making customers uncertain about sizing/fit runs the risk of losing sales.

Whether forcing customers into stores outweighs the lost sales is an empirical question. Not sure which one would prevail.
post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by gamelan
i've got a pair of 1905s which was one of the Anniversary models. based on their fancy machine, i was recommended an 11E. that ended up being a little too large. i felt the 11D was the right fit for me. however, i also tried the 10.5D and they fit with the socks that i was wearing but if i went with a thicker pair or socks or walked around in them for any length of time, i think it would have been uncomfortable.

and a quick thumbs up to the Covina Red Wing store that i got them at out here in SoCal.

-Jeff

I just got a pair of the Red Wings 1905 "Centennial" issue and it's really amazing. I bought it at the Red Wings Store on 1st Street in Downtown L.A. The gentleman there knows all about RW and he's been in that store for 30 years!
post #25 of 27
Okay. Now brief us on the sizing experience of these. What size did you get and how does that compare to your "usual" sizing?

Cheers!
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by LeicaLad
Okay. Now brief us on the sizing experience of these. What size did you get and how does that compare to your "usual" sizing? Cheers!
I am a size 9 in U.S. I tried both size 9 and 8 1/2 , the salesman told me not to go by number but how they fit. Initially, the 9 felt a little loose so I tried 8 1/2 which felt 'snug'. I went for the size 9 because I didn't want it too tight. It's really difficult because my right foot is slightly wider than my left. I would say the 'Centennial" edition is true to size.
post #27 of 27
I own a pair of heritage chukkas size 12(true to size). They fit kind of big. I wear a thick sock and have room. When I bought a pair of 595 chukkas for work I went down a half size(11.5). These boots, after one shift are pretty tight. They are chaffing my toes. They are tight, not murderously tight though. My toes are near the end, not crammed though. I'm worried I should have bought the work chukkas 595 true to size. Will they break in and give me more room in the toes? Or will they only widen? Thanks.
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