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Red Wing Iron Ranger Boots - what's the dilly yo?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Garage/Surf Rock, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. Mill

    Mill Member

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    Ok, this is really helpful. The width in the toe box and at the heel were fine. My higher instep and arch is what made the shoe uncomfortable for me. I don't know if this was your issue, but did going to EE help the tightness in the top of your foot up toward the ankle? Oh, and did it cut down on the width between the eyelets?
    Thanks for the reply
    Mill
     
  2. Mill

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    The boots are pretty pricey so you want them to be just right. You know better than Red Wing whether a boot fits your foot. Try the 9. Can you order online over there from a site that offers free shipping and returns? Mill
     
  3. Mill

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    these look so good it makes me second guess the amber harness. Mill
     
  4. heavyhoody

    heavyhoody Active Member

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    Hello All. This is my first post. I just bought a pair of amber iron rangers in a 10.5 2E. Two questions. One, should I Obennauf LP them now out of the box or wear them for awhile first? Second, I want a pair of the brogue rangers in black real bad. Question since the brogues only come in a D width, will they no way work for me. Kind of a bummer but I can live with it. I was thinking of a 11D to allow for some stretch. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  5. scoobydrew

    scoobydrew Well-Known Member

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    Honestly for the Iron Rangers, the tightness for me wasn't in the arch but rather the toebox area as I had mentioned before. However, I've had issues with another Red Wing boot where it was narrow the whole way, including the arch for me.

    It did cut down the width between the eyelets. One of the tradeoffs I guess with the EE versions is that the overall width of the shoe is increased. Not very noticeable after you've owned it for a while, but at first it might look a little too wide.
     
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  6. red81

    red81 Well-Known Member

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    i got a pair in black a couple weeks ago from amazon and after 2 weeks of wear got a huge gash in the inner right arch. returned them, got a new pair today and this one had a 1/2" gash in it already in the leather. seems like at some point during the stitching the machine knicks the leather.

    either way, i'm sorely disappointed and after my 3rd try, if they don't get it right, i'm weening off red wings forever. way too much bs with their shoes (through online and store) to deal with it anymore.

    thankfully, their vendors (red wing shoe store owner and amazon) are more than great for now and are trying their best . i've returned 2 pairs (875 and 1907) and now 2 pairs of black iron rangers in less than a year after less than 2 weeks of wear.

    not sure what else to say, but buyer beware and inspect your shoes thoroughly when buying. seems like red wing isn't.
     
  7. DesmondD

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    @Mill - Thanks mate, I did send them back for a size 9 in the end. I get free shipping, but not free returns unfortunately. Still waiting to get them because Red Wing Australia didn't have them in a 9 and they are still about 2 weeks away I think... bummer.

    @Red81 - That's a real pain, I'll make sure to check out my pair pretty thoroughly!
     
  8. grayKyle

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    I found two Red Wing stores in my area and went to both yesterday to check out the Iron Rangers. Both measured my foot to be a 10 (odd because I've always been measured as a 9.5), and put me 10, 9.5, and 9s. Given my previous boot purchasing I had only tried on a 9 and 8.5. I'm leaning towards 9.5 for a few reasons. There isn't a different in the amount of heel slip between them and the 9s. I like that the slightly larger boot allows me to lace tighter (I like closer laces vs wider). One of the 9.5s was a display model and had been broken in pretty well; the leather was incredibly soft and comfortable in the areas that I thought felt tight/painful on all others I tried (where the gusset folds along the top of the foot). My only problem now is deciding on color. I'm not really into the Copper, like the Amber but wish it was a little more red/oxblood, have not seen the Hawthorne in person, and originally disliked the black but after looking at Bargerhm's post my mind is changing (plus I plan on selling my black Bed Stu Romel boots).

    Earlier I saw it mentioned that the leather from boot to boot varies slightly, but do you guys see the Amber Harness as being more red/oxblood than the Copper boots as they break in?
     
  9. bargerhm

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    Thanks, that was the only time I polished them like that, the black is really versatile compared to amber that's for sure.

    Just saddle soaped and mink oiled yesterday morning to get the winter salt layer off from all this snow recently. Each time I use saddle soap it takes them to a new level of softness, and you can see that without the polish they're a very flat black, even in the sunlight with a fresh coat of mink oil as in the picture below.

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    They feel better than ever, as I've come to expect from a good saddle soap scrub and mink oil application. It's worth it to take some time every few weeks and keep your leather in prime condition. Looks better and lasts longer, it's a no brainer to me.

    Also, when I was walking on campus yesterday this babe told me she liked them when she walked by as I was talking to my friend, oddly enough, some fat dude told me the same exact thing a few weeks ago.
    Let's just say it was much more appropriate coming from her this time.
     
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  10. DesmondD

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    Good lord, that is certainly a nice pair of boots, bargerhm and there's not many things more attractive than a woman with good taste in boots.... (or maybe that's just me?)
     
  11. Bond111

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    Just got my Beckmans in Cigar Featherstone. I have some Dr. Martens Wonder Balm that is still about half full from 8 years ago. Is this ok to use on my new boots? Coconut oil, lanolin, & beeswax are the ingredients.

    I sized down from what i usually wear in shoes. I have a pair of Johnston & Murphy dress shoes in 9, and my Beckmans are 8.5 and fit much better than the 9's I tried on first.
     
  12. heavyhoody

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    [​IMG]Iron rangers harness. Used some Obennauf's the other day. Benjo's laces (killer) another Minnesota brand. Fucking love these boots.
     
  13. heavyhoody

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    [​IMG]Iron rangers harness. Used some Obennauf's the other day. Benjo's laces (killer) another Minnesota brand. Fucking love these boots.
     
  14. heavyhoody

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    Sorry for the double post
     
  15. red81

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    ^sweet socks, breaux.

    pulling the trigger on some beckman's later today, as everyone's out of black ir's in my size.
     
  16. AndrewDoesHair

    AndrewDoesHair Well-Known Member

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    I love mine... But I'm guessing that after 35 pages, I won't be able to say anything about them that hasn't been said already... I chose them over Wolverine 1000 mile boots because I didn't want a leather sole, but the finish was nicer on the 1000 mile boots. When they need replacing, I'm going to get a pair of Corcoran historic jump boots instead...
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  17. seer

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    Any info on sizing? I don't have time to run through 35 pages.Do they run true to size or do they run big? Thanks Jim
     
  18. arkane

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    They run 1/2 size big. If you have wider feet consider 2E width when you size down.
     
  19. seer

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    Thanks!
     
  20. steve-b

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    How do the Iron Rangers compare to the 877s regards sizing? True to size or size even half a size down from the 877s size?
     

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