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post #3286 of 3659
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Originally Posted by daniel4616 View Post
 

I recently got a pair of the 8111 Iron Rangers. I am loving them, though the break in is a bit harsh at the moment, I am anticipating what will come with age.

 

I had a question about the Red Wing Postman Oxford 3103 in Rough and Tough Charcoal. I work at a university and I rarely wear slacks or jeans. I am more of a chino and khaki guy. I was wondering how to wear these shoes without jeans as I havent seen much interest in these specific shoes. For some reason, I really like them but I don't want to look like such a goof. I am admittedly not extremely into fashion but I try my best. For those unfamiliar with the shoe here it is:

 

Any help on colors of pants/shirt combinations would help me. 

 

Thanks

Since its charcoal (and as it ages itll get darker and closer to black), they would look good with anything from khaki, brown, olive or black. But probably not navy. Wear the boots when you go shopping, and find the best lookin jeans/pants for them. Then I primarily just wear that one pair of pants/jeans with that pair of boots consistently, then look for shirts. Thats my suggestion.

post #3287 of 3659

"The only thing to watch out for is that you should probably go a half size up from your normal Beckman size.  I was really surprised that they're quite a bit tighter than my old Beckmans and my IRs".

 

yeah, when I tried the 9029s on in the store I realised they were a lot more TTS than your average pair of Red Wings(my 9016s are a 10US and my 875s are a 10.5US). I gambled and ordered the 10.5, was worried they'd be too small, but they're pretty much perfect. Definitely a chunk smaller than my 875s, though.


Edited by fitzglimp - 1/16/16 at 12:32am
post #3288 of 3659

It seems one of the most recurring topic in this thread is sizing. I myself have found out this site searching for this kind of information. Skimming all the messages I did not find what I think is the most valuable piece of information. How long and wide (optional) are your feet? Why bother writing which size do you usually buy? Shoes are all different. Don't you think would be simpler and more useful for the community telling us "My feet are XXX inches (or cm) and the Iron Ranger size YY are a perfect fit".

post #3289 of 3659
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Originally Posted by george34 View Post

It seems one of the most recurring topic in this thread is sizing. I myself have found out this site searching for this kind of information. Skimming all the messages I did not find what I think is the most valuable piece of information. How long and wide (optional) are your feet? Why bother writing which size do you usually buy? Shoes are all different. Don't you think would be simpler and more useful for the community telling us "My feet are XXX inches (or cm) and the Iron Ranger size YY are a perfect fit".

Length alone isn't that useful an indicator. You really need to use a more detailed set of metrics, including arch, heel width etc.

Claus has done a decent job here: http://sizeadvisors.com/
post #3290 of 3659
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Originally Posted by ManofKent View Post


Length alone isn't that useful an indicator. You really need to use a more detailed set of metrics, including arch, heel width etc.

Claus has done a decent job here: http://sizeadvisors.com/


^ What he said ^

Also, I tell any of my friends wondering about their size in redwing heritage boots to just go into a redwing store and get fitted.

post #3291 of 3659
Anyone know of a 6" wedge sole with speedhooks?
post #3292 of 3659
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Originally Posted by linafelt View Post

Anyone know of a 6" wedge sole with speedhooks?

Close enough? : http://www.redwinglondon.com/collections/red-wing-london-round-toe-boots/products/red-wing-classic-round-toe-boots-8181
post #3293 of 3659
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Originally Posted by linafelt View Post

Anyone know of a 6" wedge sole with speedhooks?


Any redwing store or cobbler can replace the eyelets with speedhooks

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Yes, just the sort I am looking for, though I'd be interested in another leather and would to find a dealer in North America who offers them. But thanks!

 

 

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Originally Posted by ElBron21 View Post
 


Any redwing store or cobbler can replace the eyelets with speedhooks

 

Yeah, I know that's always an option, at least with a cobbler (not sure about local RW stores, whether they all would do it, and in any case I don't have one nearby).  But it'd be nice not to have to go through one.  But appreciate the suggestion.

post #3295 of 3659
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Originally Posted by linafelt View Post

Yes, just the sort I am looking for, though I'd be interested in another leather and would to find a dealer in North America who offers them. But thanks!

Amazon.com and ebay.com both have them but only in Hawthorn.

2904 imports from a US dealer? http://www.snakeoilprovisions.com/products/red-wing-heritage-japan-2904-lineman-oro-iginal
post #3296 of 3659
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Originally Posted by linafelt View Post

Anyone know of a 6" wedge sole with speedhooks?

Linafelt, I assume you are asking bc of the hassle of lacing up eyes and making sure the boot is tight all the way to the toe. What I am switching over to in all my boots [compliments of another SF reader] is paracord. The stuff is slippery enough to tighten all the way to the toe with one pull, without having to pull each lace up like you have to do with rawhide or waxed cotton. And if you take out the core fibers, the paracord flattens out enough to hold the knot pretty well. Plus, it comes in a dizzying array of colors!

post #3297 of 3659
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Originally Posted by daniel4616 View Post
 

I recently got a pair of the 8111 Iron Rangers. I am loving them, though the break in is a bit harsh at the moment, I am anticipating what will come with age.

Hey Daniel,

 

Just a break-in tip, but when I recently bought some Brogue IRs, I had a hell of a time breaking them in. I had some intense pain on top of the arch right where the gusset folds back. Got so bad that I considered cutting back the gusset attachment point to get the fold off that spot. Fortunately, before I performed surgery, I happen to switch out the stock laces with some black paracord bc the stock ones were too short. I couldn't lace up the top eye. Well, what a tremendous difference in fit!! That boot went from being the most painful device know to man to unbelievably comfortable!! I'm serious, just being able to lace up the top eye completely changed the way the laces pull and now I don't feel that pressure point at all!!!! I'm sure this would apply to all IR break-ins as well.

 

So, all those who are ready to give up on Iron Rangers due to the break-in process, give it a try!! [By the way, oil would also help to soften the leather.]

post #3298 of 3659

good post petersim.  I agree, shoe laces make a difference in feel and tightness in certain areas for the brogue ranger (what color do you have?).  I have both the brogue ranger and iron ranger boots...  The brogue ranger for me was a lot rougher of a break in and the toe box didn't seem quite as roomy as the iron ranger - this in the exact same size of 9.5D.  I have assumed to this point it is because the brogue ranger uses a different kind of leather that is a lot more stiff than the copper rough and tough leather of my iron rangers. 

post #3299 of 3659
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Originally Posted by Captain Insano View Post
 

good post petersim.  I agree, shoe laces make a difference in feel and tightness in certain areas for the brogue ranger (what color do you have?).  I have both the brogue ranger and iron ranger boots...  The brogue ranger for me was a lot rougher of a break in and the toe box didn't seem quite as roomy as the iron ranger - this in the exact same size of 9.5D.  I have assumed to this point it is because the brogue ranger uses a different kind of leather that is a lot more stiff than the copper rough and tough leather of my iron rangers. 

Black. Might consider one of the other colors now that i have the fit issue resolved.

 

I don't have the IRs, but I believe the Brogue leather is just a lot more dense, and thus stiff, than the IR oil tanned leather and just takes longer to break-in. I assume they made it with a harder finish so that it looks more refined and can take a bit of a shine, at the expense of a much longer break-in.

post #3300 of 3659

Thanks for responses above guys.  Now I am curious, does anyone have the black moc toe 6" (the 9874 I think...)?  If so, how do you like the leather?  Any pics of a pair with some real wear on them?

 

Thanks.

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