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Beat em up for a couple months, then use LP. LP is the best.
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Originally Posted by Raindrop View Post

Looks beautiful!

I ordered a pair of 8113 Red Wings in Hawthorne Muleskinner..should I apply a coat of leather protectant / waterproof (worried I might darken the colour) or just start wearing and beating them up? Roughout leather.

 

i picked martins wonder balsam cause i heard it didn't darken leather but still protected it. as you can see by mine it kind of adds a bit of shine but did pretty well with preserving the color.

 

i would wear as is at first because im the leather has already treated...then put on as needed if you're going to be going through a lot of snow and salt.

 

usually i will use a tiny, tiny coat at night every few days if i have been walking through a lot of those kinds of conditions.

 

i think part of the charm and appeal of the iron ranger is the way it looks over time (at least that was one of my person attractions to the boot). truly they will better with age. i personally just like protecting it as much as i can, drawing out as much life of them as i can, so i can enjoy wearing them through every 'phase' they will pass through.

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is anyone interested in trading their 9D amber harness IRs for a pair of brand new in the box beckman moc toe in black or beckman chukka in cigar, both size 10D?

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I just went to the Red Wing store and was sized for an 8.5 EE, however, I am looking to buy them on sale from a retailer that only carries D width. Would sizing up to a 9 D be sufficient?

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I just went to the Red Wing store and was sized for an 8.5 EE, however, I am looking to buy them on sale from a retailer that only carries D width. Would sizing up to a 9 D be sufficient?


No I don't think it would. They are VERY long and narrow in D fitting. In order to get a comfortable width, you would need to size up at least 1 size, and they will be ridiculously long.

Wait and get them in an EE - and probably in a smaller size than the 8.5 you were measured as.

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Pvoytko, they look great after the DM Balsam - I love the 8111s' colour. I was about to buy some RW oil, but I'm not a fan of the heavy darkening effect.

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No I don't think it would. They are VERY long and narrow in D fitting. In order to get a comfortable width, you would need to size up at least 1 size, and they will be ridiculously long.
Wait and get them in an EE - and probably in a smaller size than the 8.5 you were measured as.

Thanks for the advice! By sized I mean that I tried them on and they fit fairly well. Their machine actually suggested a size 11 at first lol.
I should have a pair waiting at home for me, so hopefully they fit alright. If not I'll have some for sale in the marketplace shortly :P
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I originally bought some rangers a few months ago, and I don't know why all the confusion on what to use to water proof them be it mink oil or boot oil.  Does red wing not specifically have boot oil and state thats what these require?  

 

Well I oiled mine weekly, then noticed a few defects, exchanged them for a brand new pair no questions asked.  I put the oiled broken in pair next to the brand new pair and could not believe how much the boot oil darkened the amber harness leather!  Check the photos.

 

 

 

 

Well with the new pair I said I would not oil them unless they absolutely needed it.  I clean them regularly, but noticed that even the cleaner made them darker.  So I decided to oil them to help protect against water, and can't believe how dark they got.  They aren't as bad as above, but you can see the comparison below.

 

 

 

Is there anyway to keep this leather from getting so dark?  Or to lighten it?

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Another pic of my amber harness w just martens wonder balsam
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Originally Posted by jrobe121 View Post

I originally bought some rangers a few months ago, and I don't know why all the confusion on what to use to water proof them be it mink oil or boot oil.  Does red wing not specifically have boot oil and state thats what these require?  

Well I oiled mine weekly, then noticed a few defects, exchanged them for a brand new pair no questions asked.  I put the oiled broken in pair next to the brand new pair and could not believe how much the boot oil darkened the amber harness leather!  Check the photos.






Well with the new pair I said I would not oil them unless they absolutely needed it.  I clean them regularly, but noticed that even the cleaner made them darker.  So I decided to oil them to help protect against water, and can't believe how dark they got.  They aren't as bad as above, but you can see the comparison below.





Is there anyway to keep this leather from getting so dark?  Or to lighten it?

They definitely get dark and I wish I knew of someway to keep them from getting so dark. Here's mine after just cleaning them with LP. These do get a lot more treatment though due to me wearing them as work boots and constantly getting wet, dusty and muddy.

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Help with sizing.. Here are a couple pictures of me wearing the RW Iron Rangers in 9D. This is how it looks like when I flex my foot inside the shoe with the fold falling just behind the captoe. The boot itself feels fine. Do you guys think I got my sizing right?

 

 

 

I also  tried the 9.5D and it feels a little too loose and I am afraid with a little bit of wear as the leather breaks in, it would be too loose. 

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Originally Posted by mogili222 View Post

Help with sizing.. Here are a couple pictures of me wearing the RW Iron Rangers in 9D. This is how it looks like when I flex my foot inside the shoe with the fold falling just behind the captoe. The boot itself feels fine. Do you guys think I got my sizing right?







I also  tried the 9.5D and it feels a little too loose and I am afraid with a little bit of wear as the leather breaks in, it would be too loose. 

Here's mine. Fully broken in and wear a size 9.5D normally a 10 in everything else.




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Here's mine. Fully broken in and wear a size 9.5D normally a 10 in everything else. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)




Thank you.. the crease looks to be in the exact same spot.. Am keeping the 9Ds.. Now to get a pair in black.. 

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Thank you.. the crease looks to be in the exact same spot.. Am keeping the 9Ds.. Now to get a pair in black.. 

Definitely. Most comfortable boot ever once it's worn in. I love them and the size is perfect.
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Originally Posted by mogili222 View Post
 

Help with sizing.. Here are a couple pictures of me wearing the RW Iron Rangers in 9D. This is how it looks like when I flex my foot inside the shoe with the fold falling just behind the captoe. The boot itself feels fine. Do you guys think I got my sizing right?

 

 

I also  tried the 9.5D and it feels a little too loose and I am afraid with a little bit of wear as the leather breaks in, it would be too loose. 

My opinion is they look too large.  I wear a 9-9.5 in most shoes, boots. Red Wing store scanned my feet and said I needed a 10-10.5. When they came in, they fit like clown shoes. I had them order a 8.5 and a 9.  Put the 8.5 on, it fit like a glove. My fold-crease is right in the middle of the toe cap.  If you are happy with the fit, go with it. You should try a smaller boot to see if it feels good. I am convinced that the Iron Rangers are running large and that to get the best fit you need to get a size or half size smaller then you normally wear.  I will try to post a photo soon. 


Edited by ohiorick - 1/31/14 at 3:40pm
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