Originally Posted by SJTrance
It's been a while since I owned this boot (maybe about a year now) and I don't wear it daily. See, the thing is that if I wear it tight, the tongue seems to dig into the front of my ankle. I have to wear it loose, but that is annoying as well. It only happens on the Rt foot. Is there anyway I can soften up the leather? Will using one of the leather conditioners help me achieve this? I feel like soaking it in some water for about 15 minutes, but I'm afraid that would destroy the boot. It looks great, though.
It's hurting your ankle because you're not caring for your boots. You gotta be oiling these monthly if you want to wear man boots. Set a reminder on your phone to go off once a month if you have to, but there's no reason these boots shouldn't last you the next 10-15 years with proper care.
Do not put water on them (any kind of water eventually breaks down leather, especially if you haven't been oiling them).
Originally Posted by hideout
damn, i wonder if it'd be worth having a too big pair to save all that money; i was thinking 8.5 would be the best size for me. i'm usually 8.5/9 (sometimes 9.5) and these run a little big, right?
If you've got a Red Wing Store nearby that carries these, I'd recommend trying them on. I'm a 12D but an 11.5D works for me. Prepare for a few weeks of beating up your feet once these break in but they become very comfortable. If you're wanting these for the long haul, then you should take the time to get the size that works for you because you won't be happy with ill-fitting ones after a few months.