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Red Wing Boots - Your Opinion - Page 232post #3467 of 36596/21/16 at 5:49pmpost #3468 of 36596/21/16 at 8:52pmOne year of wear on my Red Wing Iron Rangers 8111 Amber Harness. I don't wear them every day since they are rotated with a few other pairs of boots, but I like them so they probably have 100+ wears. I don't baby them, but I don't abuse them either. I wear them in the garden, at the machine shop and have worn them on light hikes, but usually just around town.
My care routine is to brush them off at the end of the day (I have a cheap horsehair brush just for cleaning off dusty boots), wipe down with a damp cloth when the brush isn't quite enough. I condition occasionally with Lexol, and have applied a very light application of Meltonian neutral cream polish twice (once just before these photos).
I don't typically put shoe trees in them, but I do if I'm traveling with them, or if they get wet.
The fit is quite good. I'm a small 6.5C on the Brannock, and these are 5.5D (not a common size for sure). They fit very well on length and width with a medium-weight boot sock (Darn Tough midweights, usually). I originally had a 6.0D for a few weeks, but it was clearly too long. In my case, one full size down from Brannock was the right size.
They are aging in quite nicely, and have no concerning wear of any kind. Should last a very long time at this rate!post #3469 of 36596/22/16 at 8:37pmpost #3470 of 36596/23/16 at 2:31pm
I bought this pair lightly used, and the previous owner had taken it to a tattoo parlor and had them put the star on the back, so it is a real tattoo! Honestly it isn't something I would have chosen to do on my own, but it has grown on me, and now I appreciate that the boots have a unique little touch that makes them different. The way the leather has darkened around it means that the star is visible, but not prominent, so most people don't even notice it.
It kind of makes me want to take a nice pair of AEs or Aldens in and have someone put some elaborate ink on them.post #3471 of 36596/23/16 at 11:35pmpost #3472 of 36596/26/16 at 6:41amNew user here, does anyone have experience with actually using these as workboots? Im a landscaper and the timberlands im using are finally starting to fall apart. Want to pick up a pair of iron rangers but i dont want to ruin them working because i love how they look but they also have a reputation for being super rugged, so if i got grass and dirt all over them and just polished here and there would i be fine?post #3473 of 36596/26/16 at 6:53amWhile most people wear them just as everyday casual boots, some people definitely wear these as work boots. Google distressed iron rangers and look at the pics.
I have worn mine working on my land (chopping trees, burning trees, mowing, landscaping, snowblowing, etcetera) and they have held up fine. Durable.
If you don't want to ruin them with heavy work I would suggest a red wing work boot or something like this http://www.irishsetterboots.com/USD/product/all-season-footwear/03827-bar-boot-7-teton-oropost #3474 of 36596/26/16 at 7:03ampost #3475 of 36596/26/16 at 10:10pmQuote:
I have a pair of IRs, and while I do some work in them at my machine shop, I mostly just wear them around town. I wouldn't use them as a full time work boot.
I do use a pair of White's Bounty Hunters with steel toe from Baker Shoe as a full work boot, and they are excellent. I had most recently trashed a pair of Timberland Pros and a pair of Doc Marten Industrials, and the Bounty Hunters are a cut above. Not inexpensive, though. Red Wing and Thorogood make good high and mid-range resolable work boots that you should look into as well.post #3476 of 36596/27/16 at 7:50ampost #3477 of 36596/27/16 at 8:39ampost #3478 of 36596/27/16 at 9:15amQuote:Yeah there are definitely cheaper, safer, and honestly better, options for work boots than the heritage line of boots. Not a knock against them, it's just the fact of the matter. Especially if steel toe and other specs are mandatory at your job. That being said, I wear my mule skin iron rangers to work every day instead of kitchen shoes lol. I'm a chef that oversees 2 restaurants with a 3rd in the works. I just refuse to wear the silly restaurant pants, shoes & chef coat. But, that's just me. It's not about looking cool really, I just want to wear what I feel comfortable in. I am re-soling my boots with a slip resistant outsole though!Originally Posted by carbonatedgravy
New user here, does anyone have experience with actually using these as workboots? Im a landscaper and the timberlands im using are finally starting to fall apart. Want to pick up a pair of iron rangers but i dont want to ruin them working because i love how they look but they also have a reputation for being super rugged, so if i got grass and dirt all over them and just polished here and there would i be fine?post #3479 of 36596/27/16 at 9:15amIt looks like a half lug/commando sole. I am not sure if they have multiple out sole options for the Beckman. The sole on mine is exactly as pictures on this site.
http://www.redwingheritage.com/us/USD/product/footwear/6-beckman-chestnut-9013-09013#productDetails2post #3480 of 36596/27/16 at 9:17am
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