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post #16 of 24
Thread Starter 
Yes I have been seriously comparing these two. I'm most likely going to purchase the redwings due to price.

The redwing's tend to be bulkier in the toe due to the larger toe box. The wolverines have a more dress-shoe type of toe. The 1000 mile boots tend to be more comfortable due to their lightweight construction and thinner leather. As such, I've heard the 1000 miles tend to be more comfortable for this very reason, especially during break-in.

I'm looking for a casual boot that I can wear EVERY day that can also be dressed up for nights out. I'm scrapping every other shoe I own except a pair of workout shoes and my dress shoe collection.

I like the RW's over the 1000 miles for these reasons:

*rubber soles, prevents slipping and leather soles from wear/splitting
*more manly appearance (This is a big one for me!) No man should wear a pair of shoes that can be confused with your womans'
post #17 of 24
Yeah the bigger toe kinda concerns me because I have smaller feet. The price is definitely something I sm considering too. Just curious, which red wing boot did you decide to go with?
post #18 of 24
Thread Starter 
I've yet to purchase a pair. When I do, it's going to be the Red Wing Beckman 9016 (cigar brown).

I don't think you should have any issues. I've heard the RW's are narrow. That's the only issue I'm worried about, I have wider feet.
post #19 of 24
Thread Starter 
I'm gonna purchase some of these this week. Anyone heard of any special deals on the Red Wing Beckmans? I'm looking for brown/chestnut.
post #20 of 24
I'd say the $230 deal for the Beckmans are your best deal. I bought them in cigar featherstone last year & absolutely love them. It's crazy the complements I've received while wearing. Even more so only living 30 mins away from Red Wing Minnesota, people always ask what brand they are. The width itself isn't bad, but they do right a little tight in general until you break then in. Shoe trees are a must as well, unless you don't mind the creasing. Theft aren't terrible with creasing actually. Just keep them clean & shined, you'll love them.
post #21 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice bond. Do you have any pictures of your beckmans worn in?

Are shoe trees that vital to preventing creases? What benefit do they have over not using them?
post #22 of 24

a couple things to keep in mind:

First, I strongly urge you to go to a store and try the Beckman boots on first.  I really didn't find them to be a comfortable fit. 


Second, the sole used looks good, but that type of combination sole still has the drawback of using leather.  So, if you're in snowy or wet conditions a lot that leather on the bottom is going to get soaked.  Then, you're out of pocket for a day while it dries out.


Still better than the all-leather sole on the 1000 mile.


But, when I tried both on in a couple stores, the 1000 mile fit me better.  I ended up going with Whites in the end so I could get the sole I wanted while still getting a lined boot.


But, unlike buying a pair of lower end shoes you'll find the lasts and stiffer leathers used in these step-up category of boots mean sizing can be a bit different.


In the end, since you're planning on wearing the boots every day vs. just occasional, you want to be sure the form factor works in the conditions you will be in (wouldn't advise full leather sole in winter) and the fit is good on your specific feet.  Otherwise, you might find your new boots to be wasted money.

post #23 of 24
Thread Starter 
These boots will be used in a very arid climate. The rubber sole on the RWs is why I chose them over the wolverines.

I really like the whites in fact, I tried on the whites dress and really liked the arch support it provided along with the extra high heel block. The owner of the store, said they were his demos (a few years old) and wanted to sell them to me for $375. I noticed quite a bit of heel slippage and the 10s didn't fit me exactly right.

He was nice enough to size me and we found that I have different sized feet. I'm an E in width and 9.5 on one foot and a 10 on the other. Should I be concerned with the fit of the Red Wings? Thanks for your input John.
post #24 of 24

As with the White's, I would be concerned if you never tried on the RWs.  Cheaper shoes/boots use lesser grade, thinner leather so it is easier for different feet to be comfortable.  They also include padded insoles which feel more comfortable at first.  Understand, what the RWs are - just like the others is essentially a work boot.  A very stiff work boot.  It's made to last.  RWs may fit you great.  They may not. A lot depends on whether you're used to wearing stiffer leather boots or tennis shoes.  Of course, take this all with a grain of salt.  I tried the RWs and 1000 miles on, didn't like either for different reasons and ordered white's without trying them on.  Of course, in my case, I went with CXL leather which is rather supple compared to other full grains. And yes, I need to wear thicker socks with them - the arch support system digs in too much if I wear thin socks.

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