Originally Posted by Curious_George
Originally Posted by chethondo
The 1907s are the ones that come with the insole right? For me they run true to size. Your boots are probably too small. You might think about removing the insole if there's one in there. If not then you need to sell on ebay and go up a .5 size.
1907 run small compared to something like the GT. My experience with them is true to size as well. While I have like an inch of toe space in my 11.5D GT, I have almost none in my 1907 in the same size. From my experience with different Red Wing models, the GT and other models on that last are the only ones that run significantly longer than marked size. But whether or not it's a advisable to size down with them depends on the width of your foot. I have found I cannot size down on the GT because of how narrow they run.
I seem to have similar experience like yours. Few months back I bought a 9D 1907 and it was excruciatingly painful in the first few wears. Unfortunately I went ahaed with the usual RW advice and reduced by half a size. I usually prefer an E or EE in my other shoes - probably explains why the 9D was way too tight! In the meantime, I got myself a 9.5D GT in Cigar. Seems to fit well. Width was OK and I can live with its slightly abnormal length. So I decided to sell my 9D 1907 here. But it was way too tempting to just forget the pain and wear them in as I was really fond of these boots. Anyhow, since I was not getting any good offers, I withdraw my sale and decided to try my luck with a boot stretcher from eBay. Got something similar to this:
Applied generous amounts of stretching foam spray around the front/sides and put these in them real tight, tied up the laces and left the boots for 2 days straight. Kept applying the stretching spray once in a while in between. After 2 days, I mink oiled them real well and wore them yesterday. It was heaven!
Very snug fit. No more blisters or bruised toes. My heels are not rolling off, nor do I have unnecessary extra space infront of my toes. Compared to the 9D 1907, my 9.5D GT is kinda narrow/longer in appearance but fit is still very nice. Wonder why RW makes their own shoes so different