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Issue with RedWing Boots - is this normal?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by bob99, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. bob99

    bob99 Senior member

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    I bought a pair of RedWing 4311EE AM BR boots on January 12, and I've worn them 4-5 days a week. In a bit less than two months, the tread on the boots has worn down considerably, to the point that I can't wear them on icy sidewalks since there is very little tread remaining.

    Is this typical for RedWings? I bought these because they were supposed to be great boots, but I'm pretty disappointed by this. I find the level of wear to be unacceptable. They were just under $200, and I expected them to last longer than 2 months. I've had other boots that haven't show this level of wear after years of use. I'm pretty gentle on them - I'd say 75% of the wear is indoors in an office.

    I wrote to RedWing, but have received no reply. In the meantime, can someone please recommend a new pair of boots?

    I've attached three photos - the boots a few days after I got them, and then two photos taken tonight of the wear.
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  2. HEWSINATOR

    HEWSINATOR Senior member

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    Similar thing has happened to mine, but not soo soon (over 2 years wear).
     
  3. dibadiba

    dibadiba Senior member

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    i've had mine for a year with quite a bit of use and they dont look that bad yet.
    but honestly, the tread on them is pretty minor, i didnt think it would even make much of a difference on ice...
     
  4. smw356

    smw356 Senior member

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    my 875's havent worn that much in 2+ years, of being worn about once a week. That said they sucked on ice new, they suck on ice now, and I can only assume they will continue to suck on ice in the future.
     
  5. Mazda

    Mazda Senior member

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    Wow, you blow thorugh rubber faster than an S2000 and a sunset strip hooker combined.

    I'd be:

    A. contacting red wing for a new pair.

    B. talking to a podiatrist to see if your gait and posteur has any hand in that. seriously ridicuolous wear for 2 months.
     
  6. kiya

    kiya Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    I'm a bit surprised when people post about leather variations, fit variations between the left and right boot, and quality issues such as what's posted above.
    Red Wing's quality dipped many years ago, and hasn't been anywhere NEAR a "high quality boot" for quite some time.
     
  7. hollowsleather

    hollowsleather Senior member

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    Red Wing's quality is still greater than that of the Chinese outsourcers that make up 90% of the shoe/boot market. They're no White's/Wesco/Nick's, but they're also half the price or less.

    I think that a lot of the hubbub over quality results from people buying "NOT FACTORY SECONDS!" that are most certainly factory seconds off of eBay. If you walk into a Red Wing shoe store, you're also able to look at your pair firsthand.

    Crepe soles are also designed for farm work, not concrete, and isn't this particular issue more about Vibram's quality than Red Wing's?
     
  8. Johnny_5

    Johnny_5 Senior member

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    The crepe soles are very soft and were not designed to be used on hard surfaces ie concrete.
     
  9. onion

    onion Senior member

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    Crepe soles are also designed for farm work, not concrete, and isn't this particular issue more about Vibram's quality than Red Wing's?

    This is key, since Redwings does not make the crepe sole in-house.
     
  10. robin

    robin Senior member

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    Normal for that kind of sole. Relax, they're easy and cheap to resole.
     
  11. bob99

    bob99 Senior member

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    Hello everyone, thanks for the replies.

    I was steered towards these boots by a salesperson - I asked for something that would hold up during outside wear, on ice and snow, in the city. I think I was sold the wrong pair, which is frustrating, since I bought them at a RedWing authorized store.

    Damn these crepe soles! If only I owned a farm.
     
  12. Classically

    Classically Senior member

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    Just blow $344 on a pair of Indy Boots from Alden and that should keep you satisfied for at least five years.
     
  13. nonissue

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    Just blow $344 on a pair of Indy Boots from Alden and that should keep you satisfied for at least five years.

    Not even remotely the same kind of aesthetic.
     
  14. nairb49

    nairb49 Senior member

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    Does this qualify as a crepe sole? I thought a crepe sole was that gummy type of sole on Clarks...
     
  15. wttm

    wttm Senior member

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    Crepe soles on Clarks are horrible on icy/wet grounds and I think RW calls them crepe soles as well.
    Try to call RW, I think I read from somewhere that they do resole.
     
  16. Floating House

    Floating House New Member

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    I had a similar problem with a pair of Red Wing Iron Rangers I had briefly. After 8 days of around-town wear the soles looked like they were a year old.
     
  17. goldenbear

    goldenbear Senior member

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    Another question regarding Redwings (heritage line): has anyone else noticed that they scratch remarkably easy? Does anyone know of an alternative boot choice that does not scratch quite so easy? Or are some models of Redwing heritage more resistant to scratching than others?
     
  18. Distorbiant

    Distorbiant Senior member

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    They're workboots.

    I don't know what's wrong with you then because the Iron Ranger soles are incredibly hardy.
     
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  19. goldenbear

    goldenbear Senior member

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    Yes. Understood. But the Beckman is supposed to be a dress boot isn't it (whatever that means)? I didn't know if the same expectations applied as with an ordinary work boot. I actually don't much mind the scratches since I don't go anywhere fancy anyhow. But I wouldn't see them more scratched than necessary.
     
  20. Distorbiant

    Distorbiant Senior member

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    The Beckman is in no way, shape, or form, a dress boot. It's a blucher with a snub toe and a tread sole, and the upper is composed of RW's own proprietary version of Chromexcel. Workboot is it's DNA. A dress boot would be something like Allen Edmonds' Fifth Street or Daltons, much sleeker and made with a lighter calfskin and leather sole.

    Perhaps in the earlier 1900s things were different.
     

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