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post #1021 of 1198

Yes sir, my copper rough and tough do the exact same thing and I LOVE it.  It's like instant patina the very first time you start wearing them.  Pretty cool.

 

Mine are doing exactly that, turning a coppery lighter red on the main parts of the boot, the toe cap has remained darker (except where I accidently scuff it of course).  I have applied the RW natural boot cream one time to mine, with a hair dryer to heat and soak it in.  And RW leather protectant applied.  Leather looks about exactly same as those you have in pic, with a few more scuffs on mine (I've been wearing them a lot). 

 

You can kinda see it in this pic.....

 

 

EDIT - More Pics

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by s1rrah View Post
 

Because of my naturally obsessive compulsive nature and because I couldn't decide whether I wanted the Brooks Bros Iron Rangers with the quick lace hooks at the top or with the typical eyelets all the way to the top ... I somehow ended up with two brand new pair of Brooks Bros IR's ... well, one pair I've worn off and on for about a week and one pair is fresh out of the box and hasn't been worn.

 

I will end up selling one of these pair but I haven't decided which I want to keep...

 

Otherwise, I thought it would be cool to show the interesting sort of leather they have chosen to use on these as it's unlike any of the other IR's I've tried (maybe the Coppers do this same thing so anyone with Coppers, let me know).

 

When fresh out of the box (the boot on the left), the leather is rather uniformly brown and just a bit lighter, more reddish in hue than the Ambers ... there certainly doesn't appear to be anything too exceptional about them other than the obvious fat lug sole.  After wearing however (the boot on the right) and as you walk around in them, certain areas of the boot become dramatically lighter, almost golden in tone and contrast nicely with the other areas of the boot that don't flex as much (like the toe cap and the rearmost heal area) which stay noticeably darker while the constantly flexed areas get lighter and more weathered in appearance:

 

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Again, the boot on the left, with the typical eyelets all the way to the top, is the "fresh out of the box" boot ... and the boot on the right, with the lighter highlights ... has been worn about six hours over the past week doing various daily, (non work) activities.   The 1 week old, worn boots are still very much "settling" in regarding the color shifts (and break in in general) and I imagine will look much different by the time they are fully broken in (put it this way, some of the harder areas of the boot still pain me when I wear them, so I've got a bit to go) ...

 

Neither boot has been touched with anything like oil or paste or grease as I so love the color I'm totally afraid I'll feck it up by doing so (though I really would love the assistance with break in that such treatments provide).

 

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Anyway ... thought folks might find that interesting.

 

Also, if you can wear an 8.5D (US) size Iron Ranger and might be interested in purchasing one of the two then feel free to PM me and I'll check with you once I decide which I'm going to sell and for how much. I'd like to avoid Ebay as I hate it so I'm going to hit up local friends and forum folk before resorting that. I'll still need a couple weeks to decide (knowing me) and so just an FYI.  

 

:) 


Edited by Captain Insano - 1/28/16 at 5:01pm
post #1022 of 1198

Now that the rain/storms are back this week, I'm back to my IR's :-).

 

Love the stock vibram soles and so far, has exceeded my expectations as a winter boot.

post #1023 of 1198
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Originally Posted by Captain Insano View Post
 

Yes sir, my copper rough and tough do the exact same thing and I LOVE it.  It's like instant patina the very first time you start wearing them.  Pretty cool.

 

 

 

 

 

Those look nice ...

 

 

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As do those ... what color is that?  

post #1024 of 1198

^ That's the Oxblood Mesa (8119) that came out last year and it has a Vibram 430 sole. Pretty much the perfect brown workboot.

post #1025 of 1198
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Originally Posted by mistersparkle View Post
 

^ That's the Oxblood Mesa (8119) that came out last year and it has a Vibram 430 sole. Pretty much the perfect brown workboot.

 

Love that color ...

post #1026 of 1198

Well since I have a back up pair of the Brooks Bros Iron Rangers new in the box ... I figured I'd go ahead and take the plunge on treating my new, nearly broken in pair with Mustang Paste (Horse oil paste).  It seems to be the least "discoloring" of all the oil based treatments I've researched and it just bugs me not to have some sort of sealant/protectant on my boots.

 

Apparently, Mustang Paste will initially discolor the leather but over time it quickly returns to near normal.

 

Here's a shot of my Brooks Bros IR's just five minutes after treating both boots.  The treated boots are at left and the brand new pair are at right.

 

Basically, the initial effect is all the cool, golden highlights were evened out to what basically looks like a brand new pair of unworn, uniformly brown boots.  As mentioned in the photo text, I expect that character to return after a bit (couple weeks) and some wearing ... albeit, probably not as pronounced.

 

Here's a shot:

 

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Like I said, though ... that's almost immediately post application so the boot is still very much "wet" with the paste.

 

I'll be posting more pictures as time goes buy on the chance anyone else is interested in horse oil (I ordered my Mustang Paste from Japan, BTW ... cost me 35 dollars US including shipping).

 

joel.

post #1027 of 1198
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Originally Posted by SSingh1975 View Post

Now that the rain/storms are back this week, I'm back to my IR's :-).

Love the stock vibram soles and so far, has exceeded my expectations as a winter boot.


What kind of lace are you using there? Hard to tell on my phone... I like the contrast though. I just started using a dark brown leather lace in my four month old 8119's and it looks sharp
post #1028 of 1198
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Originally Posted by SnakeDoctor View Post


What kind of lace are you using there? Hard to tell on my phone... I like the contrast though. I just started using a dark brown leather lace in my four month old 8119's and it looks sharp

 

It's the 'pumpkin' color 48" from Allen Edmonds...I had it on my Daltons that I sold earlier.

 

I love the contrast..however, the laces run a little on the thinner side compared to the stock thick laces. But I like it...

post #1029 of 1198

I need one pair of iron Ranger

post #1030 of 1198

Damn its hard getting to know what size to order, love these boots though. Anyone here downsized just using ur converse shoes as a scale? =) Im reading straight from the boot "Mens '9', Wo's '11', UK '9', EUR 42.5, CM 27.5.

 

Emailed the redwing shop in amsterdam and they told me to downsize to a US 8. Anyone that can agree to that?

 

Thanks =) /Tobias

post #1031 of 1198
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Originally Posted by ebb0tk View Post

Damn its hard getting to know what size to order, love these boots though. Anyone here downsized just using ur converse shoes as a scale? =) Im reading straight from the boot "Mens '9', Wo's '11', UK '9', EUR 42.5, CM 27.5.

Emailed the redwing shop in amsterdam and they told me to downsize to a US 8. Anyone that can agree to that?

Well, there is no way for us to tell you what size your feet are - I mean, we are 1000s of miles away. Also, converse size is a really bad metric - Chucks are quite narrow, which means that people might wear really inconsistent sizes of Chucks, compared to other shoes. Best thing to do is to try the actual shoes on, or order from a place that allows returns, expecting that your first few tries won't be right. Don't settle for something that doesn't fit well, you'll keep these shoes for years, it is worth a few weeks to nail the fit.
post #1032 of 1198
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Originally Posted by phidauex View Post


Well, there is no way for us to tell you what size your feet are - I mean, we are 1000s of miles away. Also, converse size is a really bad metric - Chucks are quite narrow, which means that people might wear really inconsistent sizes of Chucks, compared to other shoes. Best thing to do is to try the actual shoes on, or order from a place that allows returns, expecting that your first few tries won't be right. Don't settle for something that doesn't fit well, you'll keep these shoes for years, it is worth a few weeks to nail the fit.

Of course not, but nearest shop with boots in stock are too far away, its like a 5 hour drive with car for some boots? =/ and i have to pay the return myself if the fit is not good.

so i sent the question out if anyone did try and downgrade 1 size using converses.

post #1033 of 1198
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Originally Posted by ebb0tk View Post

Of course not, but nearest shop with boots in stock are too far away, its like a 5 hour drive with car for some boots? =/ and i have to pay the return myself if the fit is not good.
so i sent the question out if anyone did try and downgrade 1 size using converses.

But you didn't even say what you wear in Converse, or how the current US 9 pair fits. Throw us a bone, man. wink.gif

I would say that it is common for people to be 1 or 1/2 size smaller on Iron Rangers than their "normal" size. I'm a 6.5C on the brannock sizing device, but wear a 5.5D in Iron Ranger.
post #1034 of 1198
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Originally Posted by phidauex View Post


But you didn't even say what you wear in Converse, or how the current US 9 pair fits. Throw us a bone, man. wink.gif

I would say that it is common for people to be 1 or 1/2 size smaller on Iron Rangers than their "normal" size. I'm a 6.5C on the brannock sizing device, but wear a 5.5D in Iron Ranger.

 

Well, id say the converse all star shoes in size us '9' fits fine. I can get a finger behind my heel in the shoe, with some force. But the shoes have been weared, and i guess canvas shoes stretch aswell? I know when i have tried my 3 latest pair of converses that i didnt feel comfortable wearing a us size '8.5'.

I also have a pair of timberland euro hikers that are us size 9M, also there with some force i can get a finger behind my heel, but these shoes ive had for atleast 5 years. Im getting pretty confused, havent had this much of trouble buying shoes before =) hehe

 

Also a note, i put these shoes on without unlacing them. Just the foot down, so they are laced a bit loose.

 

/Tobias

post #1035 of 1198

Hesitant to add more noise to your fit question, but judging from what you've written, I would only size down to a US 8.5--not all the way down to a 8 like the shop mentions.

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