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Originally Posted by linafelt View Post

I don't know, the IRs are among the most narrow boots I have ever tried on... I have not recently tried on RW moc toes I have to admit, but I had a pair 15 years ago that was much wider than the IRs I have tried. Though perhaps they have changed.

The moc-toes are very narrow.
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Just got them. How does the crease point look? In terms of size I'm not sure.

They feel pretty comfortable. The width feels "supported" but not to the point where it's cramping me / tight. I also have toe wiggle room. Most of my other shoes are 10D. I got these in 9.5D. Any other suggestion on how they should fit/look? I really want to use them but want to make sure they are the correct size first.

Thanks!

These are 8115 by the way.
post #978 of 1197
Nice... any more pics? I have the 8115s waiting at the red wing store for me to try on. Also in size 9.5D and I will post my fitment thoughts. I probably won't get in to try them on until tomorrow though. :-(
post #979 of 1197
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Originally Posted by Captain Insano View Post

Nice... any more pics? I have the 8115s waiting at the red wing store for me to try on. Also in size 9.5D and I will post my fitment thoughts. I probably won't get in to try them on until tomorrow though. :-(
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I picked up my 8115s today in size 9.5D.  I really like the fitment and the color.  This leather is definitely softer upon first usage, softer than the 8126 Brogue Rangers I have when I first started breaking those in.  Really like the fitment and look of the 8115s.  Love both the 8115s and 8126s actually.  The 8115 CR&T IR is a lot more of a work boot look and I would never try to dress it up to wear with a suit.  The 8126 Black BR on the other hand as I mentioned earlier, you could use that boot for literally anything up to and including wearing it with a suit.  Both are awesome boots in different ways and I'm glad I purchased both!!  Very pleased so far.

 

One item of note, the laces are often complained about for IRs and Brogue Rangers.  When I was in the Red Wing store to pick up my CR&T IRs, I asked about laces because the original laces are very short.  Almost so short  you can barely tie them when the boot is completely laced up to the top.  The store had some new laces that look basically identical to original from a color and thickness perspective, but are not nearly as stiff (the laces that come with it will literally stick out straight sideways and not fall down due to gravity they are so stiff).  Also, the laces they had on stock were about 1-2 inches longer than the laces that came with both sets of boots.  They gave me a set of laces for both boots, I put the new laces in my Brogue Rangers and I know it sounds crazy, but the boot actually felt more comfortable with the new laces.  I think it's because they are not so stiff and would give a little bit more than the original laces, allow just a tiny bit more room in the boot than the original laces.  The Brogue Rangers were already getting pretty comfortable after several wears, but felt even more comfortable with those new laces.  If you haven't replaced the original laces, I would at least look into it if you have a local Red Wing store.  Both sets of new laces were free.

 

Pics of the 8115 Copper Rough and Tough Iron Rangers on and I bent each knee a little bit so you can see where mine crease since you were asking about where they normally crease.  I'm not the authoritative source on that, just posting the pics since you were wondering where some other folks have their crease.  You can kinda see the crease marks (very faintly) on the Brogue Rangers too if you look closely in those pics...

 

8115 Copper Rough & Tough Iron Rangers:

 

 

 

 

8126 Black Brogue Rangers:

 

 


Edited by Captain Insano - 1/8/16 at 2:28pm
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Does someone have the exact measurements for me of the red Wing Iron Ranger in 10EE 10,5EE and 11EE the length and the width at the widest Point!?
Regards Stefan
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I've been lurking around reading this thread (and many others online) for several months; as with so many of you, I bought my first pair of IR's a couple months ago and have since completely fallen off the deep end of OCD Iron Ranger Boot Addiction(tm) ... (yes, this is the clinical term for it and yes, I'm considering the creation of a 12 Step group to specifically handle this problem).  

 

:)

 

It's insidious.  Not quite as insidious as my addiction to headphones but certainly approaching that.

 

I first bought a pair of Amber Harness IR's ... then, just a few weeks later began the nightly inability to sleep and the constant turning of my mind around how nice a pair of Black Harness IR's would look sitting next to them on my wood flooring and how satisfied I would be, simply due to being able to constantly look down at my feet and see either lovely brown IR's or lovely black IR's, depending on my mood, gazing back up at me.  This madness continued for a week or so until I finally broke down and bought the Black IR's as well.  Then, almost as bad as my fixation on the Black IR's came more sleepless nights as I worried over exactly what leather treatment I would apply to them. Finally, I broke down and did the Ambers up with a nice, saturated coat of Obenauf's Leather Oil ... and did the Blacks up with the Red Wing Mink Oil Paste.  

 

The Obenauf's oil did significantly darken the Amber leather but not so much as to be too bothersome and after a month or so, the leather is beginning to lighten in places and otherwise take on a  pretty nice "burnished" effect as certain areas of the boot are drying faster than others. Further, the Obenauf's *completely* transformed the stiff as-new leather into a wonderful, soft and velvety ... almost fine "glove like" sort of leather and the boots are a complete dream to slide on my feet and walk in because of it.

 

The Red Wing Mink Oil Paste had a completely different effect on the Black IR's; it did soften the leather a bit but nothing on the order of the previous application of Obenauf's Oil to the Ambers.  More so, the Red Wing paste stayed more on the surface of the Black IR's, seeming more aimed  at waterproofing than absolute leather softening/conditioning.  Further, unlike the Obenauf oil, the paste resulted in a nice, semi glossy patina which really looks rad on the Black Harness leather.  In fact, since the new Black Iron Rangers had been sort of "biting" the top of my foot/toes where they naturally crease in the forefoot (leather is quite hard when new) ... I actually took the Obenauf Boot Oil and applied it quite generously on the INSIDE of the top/forefoot area of the Black IR's, simply to soften the leather in the region that was biting the tops of my feet/toes; this worked wonderfully to soften the leather in that critical area while also not dulling the exterior semi-gloss that the Red Wing paste lends to the Black leather surface.

 

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And so that's just a little introductory rant regarding my ongoing affliction...

 

I say ongoing as now I've become obsessed with the Brooks Brothers IRs ... the color is gorgeous as is the lug sole (which, upon some research and phone calls to Red Wing, have been revealed to simply be the Red Wing Roughneck vibram sole resoled on to the Iron Rangers).  Really, a pair of IR Copper Rough and Tough's, properly conditioned and then resoled with the Roughneck sole, would look remarkably similar to the Brooks Brothers IR's.  And yes, such a re sole is possible.  All one has to do is send their Iron Rangers in to Redwing and request that they be re soled with the Roughneck vibram sole.  This will cost you about $100 and will take close to a month to complete; I am doing it, personally with at least one pair of my Iron Rangers.  And if you think about it, considering the cost of the re sole? The Brooks Brother's price is just about *exactly* what you would pay if you created their "style" of Iron Ranger yourself ... at least regarding retail pricing: $300 for the Iron Rangers and $100 for the Roughneck re sole.

 

Anyway ... I'll post some pics once my IR's have been re soled with that Roughneck sole.  

 

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BTW ... here are some shots of my Amber Iron Rangers that were treated with Obenauf's Boot Oil about 30 days ago.  I wear these about three days a week and otherwise have kept them in trees; I used a great amount of oil on them and again, can't describe how incredibly soft it made the leather.  My Black IR's feel like they are made out of sheet metal compared to the feel of these on my feet (but the Blacks I've only had for about a week):

 

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As my last horrible response to this terrible boot addiction, even as I type I'm considering purchasing a pair of the Copper Rough and Tough Iron Rangers, simply to have re soled with the Roughneck Vibram lug sole ... I've found a pair new for $250 in my size and at that price, it's just about impossible to resist.  Besides, I'll have the pleasure of constantly staring at the three varying shades lined up on my wood floor ... and will have even more reason to throw money at them via re soling and conditioning.

 

Not to mention constantly looking down at my feet ...

 

:bigstar:

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I have been obsessing over Red Wing boots as well (bought two pair in last month) and I still am shopping onine all the time looking at more haha! And also contemplating the resole for more traction, but my regular nitrile cork soles haven't been too bad yet when I have used mine in snow and rain.

I am also considering some AE wingtip boots in a light tan as well since I have black boots and brown boots already now.
post #984 of 1197
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Originally Posted by Captain Insano View Post

I have been obsessing over Red Wing boots as well (bought two pair in last month) and I still am shopping onine all the time looking at more haha! And also contemplating the resole for more traction, but my regular nitrile cork soles haven't been too bad yet when I have used mine in snow and rain.

I am also considering some AE wingtip boots in a light tan as well since I have black boots and brown boots already now.

 

I know, man.  Truly a sickness.  Beats the hell out of smoking crack, though ...

 

And for what it's worth ... I went ahead and pulled the trigger on the Brooks Brother's "Cactus" brown Iron Rangers just this morning (the ones that have the Roughneck Vibram sole on them) ... just couldn't stop myself.  Since my Ambers are sort of the super "oily," dull-but-soft-as-all get-out boots ... and my Black Harness' are the semi matte patina boots ... I figure with these Brooks Bros IR's, I'll stay away from anything that darkens the leather and shoot for something semi-glossy/dressy looking (cause I love the stock color of the "cactus" brown and don't want to mess it up).  I'm thinking about shooting for a look sort of like the following (this is one of the finest pair of Iron Rangers I've ever seen, BTW ... they are Ambers but obviously conditioned and polished to a semi gloss. Hands down the best looking IR Ambers I've seen ... so sick!!):

 

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I love the darker, burnished looking areas and how they contrast with the lighter areas.  I have no idea what this person used or did to achieve that look but I'm going to try my best to replicate it with the Brooks Bro's IR's ...

 

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I'm digging my new Black Harness' too, though ... nice to have some counterpoint to the Ambers ... all I did to these was coat with the Red Wing Mink Oil Paste, which I found to perform *way* different than the Obenauf's Boot Oil I saturated my Ambers with ... really nice semi gloss tone (and I used Obenauf Oil on the inside of the boot in the toe area to soften that area up a bit):

 

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post #985 of 1197
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Originally Posted by Captain Insano View Post

I am also considering some AE wingtip boots in a light tan as well since I have black boots and brown boots already now.

 

I dig the wing tips ... super classy.  I saw a girl wearing them at a coffee shop a couple weeks ago ... black and polished to a chrome like finish.  Really, really sexy.  Which is another thing I dig about the Iron Rangers ... they aren't gender specific and work great either way ...
post #986 of 1197
Yep... I really like these AE wingtip boots in walnut color.
http://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/mens-shoes/dress-shoes/dalton-wingtip-dress-boots/SF0112.html

RW doesn't really have anything like this in the heritage line except the brogue ranger (kinda similar but not as fancy) and I already have those in black. I could try to get the brogue ranger in tan velva retan leather but it's not available right now.

I like those amber harness pics. Shined and looking nice. I put some RW natural boot leather cream on my copper rough and tough and after RW leather protectant. They darkened slightly from the pics I posted, but after wearing even a couple times they have already lightened back up almost to normal. Leather has tons of character and I've barely even used these boots. Loving them.
post #987 of 1197
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I like those amber harness pics. Shined and looking nice. I put some RW natural boot leather cream on my copper rough and tough and after RW leather protectant. They darkened slightly from the pics I posted, but after wearing even a couple times they have already lightened back up almost to normal. Leather has tons of character and I've barely even used these boots. Loving them.

 

I managed to track down the guy who posted the pics of those lovely and semi glossy Iron Rangers ...

 

Here is a refresher pic:

 

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According to the owner of the above:   "I have tried different things. Obenauf's heavy duty lp once, red wing boot oil once and mustang paste once. 

Of the three I think mustang paste is my favorite. Obenauf's left a sticky surface and rw boot oil darkened the boots quite a lot. Mustang paste did not leave any sticky surface and did not darkened the boots much. "

 

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Original thread @ Supertalk: http://supertalk.superfuture.com/index.php/topic/140583-shoes-that-look-better-with-age-2012/page-155#entry3125457

 

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The "official" Mustang Paste is shipped out of Germany and is quite expensive .. I'll leave you to source it on your own cause it's sort of a mess.

 

Price not withstanding?  I'll probably be ordering some myself in the next few moments...

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LO>L ..

 

;-)

post #988 of 1197
Cool. Maybe I will try that stuff since I don't want my copper rough and tough to get any darker. Can you PM me details where you get that stuff from Germany?
post #989 of 1197
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Originally Posted by Captain Insano View Post

Cool. Maybe I will try that stuff since I don't want my copper rough and tough to get any darker. Can you PM me details where you get that stuff from Germany?

 

Replied via PM...

post #990 of 1197
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Originally Posted by s1rrah View Post
 

 

I managed to track down the guy who posted the pics of those lovely and semi glossy Iron Rangers ...

 

Here is a refresher pic:

 

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According to the owner of the above:   "I have tried different things. Obenauf's heavy duty lp once, red wing boot oil once and mustang paste once. 

Of the three I think mustang paste is my favorite. Obenauf's left a sticky surface and rw boot oil darkened the boots quite a lot. Mustang paste did not leave any sticky surface and did not darkened the boots much. "

 

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Original thread @ Supertalk: http://supertalk.superfuture.com/index.php/topic/140583-shoes-that-look-better-with-age-2012/page-155#entry3125457

 

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The "official" Mustang Paste is shipped out of Germany and is quite expensive .. I'll leave you to source it on your own cause it's sort of a mess.

 

Price not withstanding?  I'll probably be ordering some myself in the next few moments...

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LO>L ..

 

;-)

 

The only caveat being that I can only find/source "mustang paste" from one retailer and it's $60 a bottle ... 

 

Fuck.

 

;-) 

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