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If I ever resole my IR's I'll have this Vibram 2040. Imo it's the best of both worlds and aesthetically between 430 and full lug sole.

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Thanks guys.  So when I call Red Wing I just tell them I want the Vibram 2040, Vibram 430 or whatever??

 

Thanks again.

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Originally Posted by nycbhoy View Post
 

Thanks guys.  So when I call Red Wing I just tell them I want the Vibram 2040, Vibram 430 or whatever??

 

Thanks again.

 

I believe Red Wing will only re sole with the original sole or a sole from another Red Wing boot.  If the Roughneck sole is to aggressive for you then you could always tell them you want to re sole with the Red Wing Beckman sole ... which is sort of like the Vibram 2040 but a bit classier, I think...

 

Here is the Beckman boot sole...

 

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Otherwise, any skilled cobbler can take the Vibram sole of your choice and put it on your Iron Rangers.  When I re sole my own IR's ... I'll still most likely go with Red Wing and will most likely go with the Beckman sole on my stock, black IR's as I already have a pair with the more aggressive lug on my other pair...

 

Best,

Joel

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Thanks again guys!  Appreciate the help.  I contacted Red Wing and they actually have a special on the Vibram 430 soles right now.  50 bucks to have them done.  They sent me a pre paid mailing label so will send them away this weekend.

 

One more question if you don't mind...

 

My iron rangers are both the Hawthorne rough-out leather.  They're getting pretty beat up and I was wondering what you recommend for caring for them?  What products / brushes etc should I be using.

 

Thanks again!  Just discovered Style Forum and learning a lot.

 

Cheers

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Another shot of some Iron Rangers with the Beckman sole ... nice middle ground lug and the leather divider looks nice too ...

 

 

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Originally Posted by nycbhoy View Post
 

Thanks again guys!  Appreciate the help.  I contacted Red Wing and they actually have a special on the Vibram 430 soles right now.  50 bucks to have them done.  They sent me a pre paid mailing label so will send them away this weekend.

 

One more question if you don't mind...

 

My iron rangers are both the Hawthorne rough-out leather.  They're getting pretty beat up and I was wondering what you recommend for caring for them?  What products / brushes etc should I be using.

 

Thanks again!  Just discovered Style Forum and learning a lot.

 

Cheers

 

Those are a sort of suede if I'm not mistaken and should be handled differently than most other leather types ... Captain Insano has some of the Hawthornes I think and can most likely comment about various treatments ... read up and talk to a bunch of other owners before going at them with any sort of oil based treatment though as many of such will darken the leather considerably ... 

 

Here's some info from Red Wing's site about those boots ... but be careful with the mink oil if you use it and try small amounts on the tongue first to see if there is too much discoloring ... http://www.redwingheritage.com/us/USD/caresearch?SearchTerm=08113

 

As far as cleaning them, though?  I've read around that you should not use saddle soap on suede so don't go that route ... otherwise, just google around on cleaning suede and what not ... 

 

 

Best,

Joel

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I have not treated my hawthorne muleskinner 8181s (same leather as the hawthorne muleskinner IRs) with anything except Leather Protectant.  First the silicone based (before I realized it was silicone - RW says it's fine with silicone for this leather but I don't want to use silicone cuz it can dry out leather), and then later one more treatment with regular non-silicone based Leather Protectant.  Both LPs were RWs LPs and not another brand.  I did also treat them with mustang paste ON THE INSIDE to soften up the leather, but honestly the leather was already super soft, now if feels like fluffy pillows on my feet.  Ridiculously comfy.  My 8181s are relatively new still, but I've been wearing them a lot.  More than my IRs at this point, but I still wear my IRs a lot too.  So they are getting worn a lot and holding up well with just LP. 

 

Now if you have them and they are already beat up really bad, I honestly don't know how recoverable they are depending how beat up they are.  But I would try exactly as cleaning is described on the RW site, even using the mink oil in small amounts to see if it bring some life back.  Before oiling I would clean well with a suede brush and use the little eraser like stain remover where yours are dark.  If you think they are super dry then try the oil.  But don't apply a lot of oil or it will really darken the leather (unless you don't care about how dark it gets, then you could go to town). 

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Thanks again guys. Really appreciate the info and input. Have a great weekend! Will head out to pick up some mink oil and a suede brush and rubber thing tomorrow...


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Have any of your guys' welts started lifting away or has already done so from the rubber outsole? I understand that it *shouldn't* separate due to the stitch going through to the bottom of the outsole but this is on a relatively new boot (bought at the very end of November and worn quite sparingly as I rotate through quite a few pairs of footwear). I do live in Alberta, Canada and the winters can take a toll on footwear but it's been rather mild and I take good care of my stuff. It's to the point where I can get my fingernail between the rubber and leather along various places on the welt. I own five pairs of Heritage boots but only this one, the newest boot, exhibits this. 

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On my 8181s the front of one boot a very tiny bit. I am rough with my stuff. I work on my land in my RWs. I am not sure if I kicked something or why it started, but there is a good chance since I have chopped wood in them.

I showed the tiny separation to the RW store guy. I asked if I should just glue it - I have had this problem with other shoes and super glue worked quite well surprisingly. He said no because it might be discolored in that spot afterwards. F that. I super glued it. No separation anymore. No discoloration.

You should post pics. Mine was very minor and easy to glue/fix. Also, the RW guy said he has seen this on his own and they could go years and be fine with the slight separation I had. But I am anal about my shoes and boots.
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finally found a deal on a pair of 8113 muleskinners.  has anyone ever had the speed lace eyelets get caught on something and bent open?  I used a pair of pliers to bend them back but they didn't go back to the original position.  Strange.

 

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Love em!

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Hi, So i have a pair of red wing boots from my grandfater.




There is a words "WORK EQUIPMENT. Goodyear welted construction, extended wear rubber outsole."
I really curious with this model info or history, what series do the boots are?
My grandfater had passed away, and i never get a chance to asked him. Even i had search on google but i cant find any info about this model. Hope anyone here can help, so i can get the history on how can my grandfather has it. Sorry for my bad english smile.gif
Thank you.
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Finally got round to having my iron rangers resoled with some vibrams.
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Finally got round to having my iron rangers resoled with some vibrams.
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