Are Red Wing 875 boots waterproof?
Red Wing Boots - Your Opinion - Page 96
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Hello all, I have a couple of questions regarding my Redwings, hopefully someone can help.
What's the best methed of applying the pine/mink liquid oil? Using a cloth or just work in with hands? How much should be used?
I gave my 3 year old 875 a coat of oil after a good clean using the leather cleaner but they appear just as dry if not more so than beforehand.
I always use my hands. Be liberal with the oil. Let it dry and start brushing the heck out of them - the brushing will bring a shine to the surface (like my boots above). I usually wait a day to take the brush to them.
I have both the 213 and 875, the 213 has a slimmer toe box. HOWEVER, even though they are made from the same last, the 213 feels roomier. Perhaps it's due to the difference in leather. The leather on the 875 seems thicker.
I would not say the craftmanship of the Wolverine 1000 mile boots is inferior to the Beckman's, or the other way round. I'd say that they are on par in terms of craftmanship. Btw, Red Wing owns SB Foot Tanning Co, and they tan their own leather.
Red Wings seem better made to me, a bit heavier and seem sturdier. Also includes steel shank. I'm not sure if the Wolverine 1000 Mile does.
The toe shape is a little bothersome. My friend calls my black-cherrys Ronald-McDonald shoes. I repeatedly hit my boot with a hammer to try to flaten the toe out, but the damn thing just ends up popping back up. Dah well.