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post #676 of 704
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Originally Posted by ohiorick View Post

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 bed fit you need to get a size or half size smaller then you normally wear.  I will try to post a photo soon. 

Definitely agree with you. They run big for sure. I did try on a size 9 which I normally wear a 10 and they were so hard to get on and couldn't even fit my feet into them and my toes were curled, tried a 9.5 and they have been perfect.
post #677 of 704

has anyone run the custom molding red wing insoles in their iron rangers? they are a bit pricey but i imagine they are worth the money if they are as high quality as their boots/shoes. also, i normally wear a 10 but i had sized down to a 9 for my iron rangers, i realize the insoles will not work with my 9's but would you reccommend sizing up to 9.5 or 10 in order to run the insoles?

post #678 of 704
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Originally Posted by ohiorick View Post
 

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 bed fit you need to get a size or half size smaller then you normally wear.  I will try to post a photo soon. 

I went ahead and tried the 8.5D at the store today.. Definitely too small for me and the folds seem to fall on the captoe when I flex instead of just behind the captoe like with the 9Ds. 

post #679 of 704
Put some new laces on the IRs.



post #680 of 704

Got some Vibram Raptor half soles put on my boots.. Was absolutely necessary for me to have something put on if I wanted to wear these here in Minnesota.. 

 

Here is a different question. I have really flat feet and always wear some kind of insoles in my shoes. Would it be better to start wearing insoles right from the beginning, or would it make sense to break in the boot without the insoles first??

post #681 of 704

I just bought a pair of these for 75% off, with one catch: they were a display pair, and thus mismatched colors. At that price, I don't care. 

 

Now, I know everyone says not to try to change the color of leather, but Amber and Copper are pretty close, no? What's my best chance of making them match? 

 

Worst case, I wouldn't mind making them black, but I'm not sure if black shoe creme is really a good idea. Seems a tad extreme and likely to end in tears. Any ideas?

post #682 of 704
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Originally Posted by TroyP View Post
 

I just bought a pair of these for 75% off, with one catch: they were a display pair, and thus mismatched colors. At that price, I don't care. 

 

Now, I know everyone says not to try to change the color of leather, but Amber and Copper are pretty close, no? What's my best chance of making them match? 

 

Worst case, I wouldn't mind making them black, but I'm not sure if black shoe creme is really a good idea. Seems a tad extreme and likely to end in tears. Any ideas?

fiebings leather dye is going to be your best option in my opinion. i dyed the welt and stitching on my 8114s to be all black

post #683 of 704

Thanks. For now, I just applied some brown Meltonian cream I happened to have around and then RedWing boot oil. The two boots aren't entirely indistinguishable, but if I didn't know they weren't the same color originally I would never notice. 

 

I'm not sure that that will last, since it's just shoe cream, but in my experience repeated applications of boot oil darken the leather anyway, so I'm hoping that will homogenize the two a bit. 

 

If I were to apply leather dye, I imagine it might be hard to do it uniformly around all the rather complicated hardware on these boots, no? Not only are there a bunch of different seams on the upper, but the speed hooks are hard to work around. That seems like it could be a problem--any thoughts?

post #684 of 704
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Originally Posted by TroyP View Post
 

Thanks. For now, I just applied some brown Meltonian cream I happened to have around and then RedWing boot oil. The two boots aren't entirely indistinguishable, but if I didn't know they weren't the same color originally I would never notice. 

 

I'm not sure that that will last, since it's just shoe cream, but in my experience repeated applications of boot oil darken the leather anyway, so I'm hoping that will homogenize the two a bit. 

 

If I were to apply leather dye, I imagine it might be hard to do it uniformly around all the rather complicated hardware on these boots, no? Not only are there a bunch of different seams on the upper, but the speed hooks are hard to work around. That seems like it could be a problem--any thoughts?

being an alcohol based dye, feibings is a great option. you can go right over the hardware without fear of damaging or affecting the appearance of the hardware. if you are not confident in doing in on your own, many leather repair shops and shoe cobblers offer a dye service. my only thought is that applying a darkening agent over two different color pieces of material is only going to darken them each equally thus leaving you with two, still mis-matched boots only darker shades. perhaps an extra coating on the lighter boot will balance the two? post a picture so we can see the difference

post #685 of 704

Well, in indoor lighting (as I took this photo) the difference is not so noticeable. Here they are before I applied shoe cream--it's a good bit less noticeable now. 

 

My experience with my year-old Beckmans is that they get substantially darker and more varied in texture after a bit of wear. This is a different kind of leather than the Featherstone, but I imagine the same thing will happen, so I may just wait. 

 

I imagine a cobbler could do a good job, of course. I'll resort to that if need be. 

 

post #686 of 704
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Originally Posted by TroyP View Post
 

Well, in indoor lighting (as I took this photo) the difference is not so noticeable. Here they are before I applied shoe cream--it's a good bit less noticeable now. 

 

My experience with my year-old Beckmans is that they get substantially darker and more varied in texture after a bit of wear. This is a different kind of leather than the Featherstone, but I imagine the same thing will happen, so I may just wait. 

 

I imagine a cobbler could do a good job, of course. I'll resort to that if need be. 

 

personally i would send them off for a dye. i dont see them ever ageing to be equal or even close by a few shades off. i would bet for a few bucks they would be able to match them quite well with a quick dye job. if not, like you mentioned, there is always black! =-D

post #687 of 704

I'll take a photo now that I creamed them and see what you say. I won't claim you can't tell the difference, but if you saw them on the street I don't think you'd notice. ;)

 

If I have time to visit the cobbler next week I might ask his opinion. 

post #688 of 704

I've been searching for Red wing IR cactus-4556 for brooks brothers for a while now..the ones that i see on BB site are simply too expensive for me. any suggestions where else can I try  searching for them

 

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Red-Wing-for-Brooks-Brothers-4556-Iron-Ranger-Boots/MH00388_____BRWN_08___D___,default,pd.html?cmp=bac_google_display_P_P_M_Mens_PLA&cvosrc=cpc.google.%2Fp_p_m_mens_pla&gclid=CO-WpdD4_bwCFbFFMgod62sAzA

post #689 of 704

Thinking of ordering a pair of Iron Rangers but I'm not sure what size to get, 8.5 or 9? I have Clarks DBs in size 9us and Docs in size 8uk, both are a tiny bit on the loose side and I have fairly narrow feet. Any thoughts?

post #690 of 704
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Originally Posted by ohsees4 View Post

Thinking of ordering a pair of Iron Rangers but I'm not sure what size to get, 8.5 or 9? I have Clarks DBs in size 9us and Docs in size 8uk, both are a tiny bit on the loose side and I have fairly narrow feet. Any thoughts?

Whatever you normally wear in other shoes/boots go down half a size. I'm normally a 10 in everything and I did a 9.5 and they are perfect.
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