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post #1036 of 1197

I'll keep that in mind, im not in a hurry getting these so ill wait for other responses aswell =) 

post #1037 of 1197

I haven't owned any Chucks since high school, but I seem to recall wearing a 9 US in those, and 9 US is my size in IR's as well. For reference, I'm generally a 9.5 US in most shoes.

post #1038 of 1197
I wear an 8 in chucks, but an 8.5 in most other sneakers. 7.5 in the IR and Beckmans, are perfect with boot socks and no insole.
post #1039 of 1197

On the brannock device I have size 9 on length, size 10 on heel to ball, and average D width.  This sometimes presents an issue as my heel to ball length being larger than my overall length requires that I purchase shoes in different sizes depending on manufacturer or last used.  

 

I went to Red Wing and they used the electronic sizing machine to tell me I was a size 9 wide width.  They then suggested I try a size 8.5 and 9 in D.  The 9 was too large/loose in the heel and had a lot of toe room.  The 8.5 D felt good, had a little heel slip, still had a good amount of toe space, but was wearable.  I then tried an 8 D which definitely felt a little tight in the heel and around my foot, the toe length was good on the 8 D.  They then recommended that I try a size 8 EE, unfortunately they didn't have it in stock so they ordered it and I'll be trying it on when it comes in.  I also had them order an oxblood 8.5 D in case the amber harness 8 EE doesn't feel right.

 

I like the oxblood with vibram sole better than the normal amber harness iron ranger, it's a shame it doesn't come in different widths.  My question to you guys, as I'm completely new to boots: is it normal to size this far down for the Iron Rangers?  Is the 8 EE and 8.5 D similar in sizing?  Should the heel be locked down or should there be a little wiggle room?  The IR seems to have a big toe box, should I worry about too much extra toe length?

 

I know I just wrote a lot of information, but any help would be appreciated.  This would be my first pair of boots, I would like to get it right!  Thanks

post #1040 of 1197
A little extra length in the toe-box isn't a problem, providing the flex point isn't too far back. You might want to consider the larger size with a footbed?
post #1041 of 1197

So it would seem to be true ... Mustang Paste (aka "horse oil") seems to be the least discoloring of oil based products ... at left is a pair of boots 10 hours or so past a good saturation with Mustang Paste and at right is a fresh out of box pair of the identical boots ... I'm hard pressed to see any difference. 

 

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I'm stoked cause I really didn't want to damage the natural color of these boots ... but still wanted some sort of protection for the leather ...

 

Color me a believer...

 

:-)

post #1042 of 1197
@s1rrah why is the heel counter on your bottom left boot so dark compared to the rest of the boot?
post #1043 of 1197
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Originally Posted by mogili222 View Post

@s1rrah why is the heel counter on your bottom left boot so dark compared to the rest of the boot?

 

I have no idea. ...

post #1044 of 1197
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Originally Posted by mogili222 View Post

@s1rrah why is the heel counter on your bottom left boot so dark compared to the rest of the boot?

 

On examining t hings closer ... it would seem to be a simple color shift in the leather ... the picture exaggerates it a bit... I sort of dig the contrast, actually ...

post #1045 of 1197

Really digging your Ir's guys! Decided to wear mine today and snapped a couple of pics. Bought these 08/2013 and have worn these through 2 winters and several other seasons as well. My first proper GYW pair.

The cap toe isn't really polished. Splashed it with some shoe grease in May and I just occasionally buff it up with damp cloth to bring out the sheen.

post #1046 of 1197
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Originally Posted by mogili222 View Post

@s1rrah why is the heel counter on your bottom left boot so dark compared to the rest of the boot?

 

Also, the toe cap and heel are a slightly darker color because the leather doesn't flex in those areas.  If the leather were to bend, it would lighten up ...

post #1047 of 1197
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Originally Posted by scrwl View Post
 

Really digging your Ir's guys! Decided to wear mine today and snapped a couple of pics. Bought these 08/2013 and have worn these through 2 winters and several other seasons as well. My first proper GYW pair.

The cap toe isn't really polished. Splashed it with some shoe grease in May and I just occasionally buff it up with damp cloth to bring out the sheen.

 

Those look fantastic...

post #1048 of 1197

Saturday night and was having some Scotch, listening to Nina Simone on my Grado PS1000's and suddenly I had an epiphany...

 

Boot Pr0n!!!!@

 

:-)

 

I take turns wearing each of these all week, alternating by the day and/or according to whatever else I'm wearing:

 

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Left to right:  Iron Rangers for Brooks Bros, Iron Ranger Black Harness and Iron Ranger Ambers

 

Off all three, the Ambers fit the best and the most glove like because I literally *SOAKED* them in Obenauf's Boot Oil as soon as I pulled them from the box. The other two are similar in fit, quite comfortable but nowhere near the velvety soft fit of the Ambers.  That said, I still prefer wearing the Brooks Bros IR's cause the multi colored leather that is ever changing in it's "weathered look" is so fun to use.

 

Oh yeah .. I have a second pair of 8.5D US sized, brand new Brooks Bros IR's for sale in the for sale section here at Style Forum ... any standing members of this thread (as long as your in the USA) can take $50 dollars off the asking price stated there. Sorry but I'm not comfortable with shipping size specific gear Internationally. But if your in the US and are interested, just PM me! (I hope that plug didn't violate in TOS; just let me know if it did, mods and I'll remove it).

 

:-)

post #1049 of 1197

Haha...  Nice!  I just ordered some 8181s and I'll post some boot pr0n soon after they arrive with the brogue rangers, the iron rangers, and the traditional wedge soled round boots w/hawthorne muleskinner rough out!!

 

PM sent s1rrah...

post #1050 of 1197
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Originally Posted by Captain Insano View Post
 

Haha...  Nice!  I just ordered some 8181s and I'll post some boot pr0n soon after they arrive with the brogue rangers, the iron rangers, and the traditional wedge soled round boots w/hawthorne muleskinner rough out!!

 

PM sent s1rrah...

 

LOL ...

 

Glad to know I'm not alone in my addiction ...

 

:-)

 

(PM replied) ..

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