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Red Wing Boots - Your Opinion

WeatheredHide

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I know what you mean, I haven’t owned any viberg but they look impressive.

I have red wing boots, Crockett & Jones,Trickers and Church’s.

The other brands are fancier, have better level of craftsmanship etc but I still really like red wing as a rugged, well made and comfortable boot. Both have their place for me.

For work purposes, Red wing are about the maximum I personally would pay, although here in the UK there aren’t really any high end work boot brands like Whites, Nicks etc.

work boots in the UK are predominantly cheap and poor quality. Red wing are available but hard to get beyond the heritage line or the Chinese made line. I think the concept of investing in decent work boots is much more widespread in the US and is a bit of an alien concept in the UK by large.
Yes, I'm a Tricker's guy, too -- same goes for Tricker's (versus Red Wing). While I don't find Tricker's hides or style selection as varied as Viberg's, there's no doubt their construction is top-notch. I have a couple pairs of Stows, and I love them. My C Shade Tan Stows are among my no-babying tanks, right alongside my Red Wing Mocs. I'm seriously considering natural Chromexcel Vibergs to add to that beat-me-up boot group.
 

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875s on a snowy day. New lug soles give perfect grip.
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is it the vibram lug sole? I find the one on my Sawmills really comfortable and cushioned. Probably not as much as the traction tread but more grippy and longer wearing I would imagine.
Vibram sole, new insole, and cobbler put a shank in.
 

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I picked up a couple more Red Wing Moc Toe pairs: One in Concrete Rough & Tough (on sale at Nordstrom.com), and one in Copper Rough & Tough (which I got a fantastic local deal on).

Here's the Concrete Rough & Tough one:

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One of my go to boots. The 875s with new Vibram lug soles, new leather insoles, and new shanks.

See the before and after pics here:

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One of my go to boots. The 875s with new Vibram lug soles, new leather insoles, and new shanks.

See the before and after pics here:

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Thanks for that, seems a talented cobbler and enjoyed the write up of both repairs.
 

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One of my go to boots. The 875s with new Vibram lug soles, new leather insoles, and new shanks.

See the before and after pics here:

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Wow, looks like the 9012 Beckman-ish :)
 

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875s rebuilt with vibram soles, new insoles, cork, and shanks.
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