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

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

  1. Rmeister

    Rmeister Member

    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2013
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    

    I wear 9.5 Converse Chucks and 9.5D in Allen Edmonds Park Avenues that I believe are made on the same last as the Fith Avenue and I had to go down to a 8.5D on my Iron Rangers 8111 and my Red Wings 9160. I was fitted at a Red Wing store here in L.A. and was amazes at how big they run.
     


  2. calvane

    calvane Member

    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    3
    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2013
    Hey all, I just picked up a pair of Amber Harness IR's and have some questions about care.

    I've worn them once outside and pretty much had them on for two days straight around the house to break them in. This is my first pair of leather boots (and they're awesome!), so I have no idea if anything needs to be done.

    First question: Am I OK wearing these right out of the box?

    I also have researched a bit and figured out the Amber Harness leather is oil-based (or something), so am I going to need to use something like mink oil, Obenauf's, or Sno Seal? I was thinking of using Obenauf's LP and following the directions on Red Wing's website.

    Second question: Am I right or am I missing anything else, and how often should I apply it?

    Essentially I want my IR's ready for anything, but living in California I'm OK with just waterproofing them.

    Thanks!
     


  3. Distorbiant

    Distorbiant Senior member

    Messages:
    4,441
    Likes Received:
    3,183
    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2012
    IRs a tough big boy boots. You can wear them out of the box. Apply some kind of protectant if you want. The harness leather is naturally resistant to water though.
     


  4. TheSoonest

    TheSoonest Senior member

    Messages:
    211
    Likes Received:
    39
    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2013
    Location:
    San Francisco
    
    You'll be fine out of the box. A little obenauf regularly will help prolong but I wouldn't worry too much. They're def rugged boots
     


  5. Erkle

    Erkle Senior member

    Messages:
    719
    Likes Received:
    9
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2013
    i mink oiled mine right out of the box. the first coat i used a blow dryer and got the mink to suck up into the stitching and welt where the sole meets the upper. i cant see any water getting in anytime soon. over the next few weeks i applied more mink to the uppers and allowed them to sit out in the sun for a few hours before and after application. the leather is now soft enough to be super comfortable but still tough and durable to withstand anything i throw at them. i believe the mink oil aided in a quick break in. i also should mention and include a picture of some "customizing" i did.... i used some black leather dye and applied it to the soles and stitching to bring them to be a solid black vs the original two tone look. also i had the speedhooks replaced with some traditional through eyelets.
    [​IMG]
     


  6. calvane

    calvane Member

    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    3
    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2013
    Whoa, cool Erkle! Thanks for the reply guys. I already ordered obenaufs leather oil, hdlp, a Kiwi brush and saddle soap. Is mink oil the same is obenaufs leather oil? I'm not exactly sure what each thing does lol

    Sent from my SPH-L720 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
     


  7. rockabillymike

    rockabillymike New Member

    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2013
    Location:
    Disgraceland MI
    
     


  8. rockabillymike

    rockabillymike New Member

    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2013
    Location:
    Disgraceland MI
    I use kiwi saddle soap and mink oil on mine plus I use RW shoe polish on regular bases.
    .boots can never be to clean and shiny :) plus I use neutral shoe polish on the upper sole seems in the winter time between mink-oiling ..... tighter than a submariners bunk -bed..lol
     
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2013


  9. shizlefonizle

    shizlefonizle Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    86
    Likes Received:
    10
    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2013
    Just picked up a pair of Beckmans from the Nordstrom sale and I dont know whether I should return my pair. I usually wear shoes sizes 7.5-8 and sized down to a 7. The fit seems OK but I do have heel slippage (I know this happens with new boots) from extra width in the heel area. Im thinking about putting some inserts only in the heel region.
     


  10. ralexander

    ralexander Member

    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2013
    Location:
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    Hoping to get some feedback from those wearing the Iron Rangers in size 13 or 14. I have flat, wide feet (measured between 13E-13EEE on the Allen Edmonds guide). Red Wing does not offer the Iron Ranger boots in 13 or 14 wide, and I have no local spot to try them on. I can get a pair shipped from the Canadian rep and just pay return shipping if they don't work out.

    If you have wide feet and wear these boots, please share some info on your experience. I've done a ton of research, and most people report these running narrow. I'm almost ready to move on to another option, but I do love the styling of the IR. Help?
     


  11. lint

    lint Member

    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2013
    Location:
    Calgary
    I find that they fit pretty wide. I measure 9-9.5EEE and my 8111 are a 9EE and the width is comfortable. The 9.5 may have been a better choice, but I was worried about heel slip when trying them on. I find that they have plenty of room length wise. I do have a problem with the vamp creasing into the knuckle of my big toe on one of the shoes. I have a high insteps but regular arches. for comparison I have 9.5EEE Alden Indys (trubalance) but 9EEE Alden Chukkas (barrie, more snug than the Indy's, but I find tightening the heel a problem with the 2 eyelet chukkas)

    Hope this helps
     


  12. ralexander

    ralexander Member

    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2013
    Location:
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    Thanks for the input, but the problem is that the EE width is only available up to size 12. I figure a 13 EE would be perfect, but it doesn't exist [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2013


  13. lint

    lint Member

    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2013
    Location:
    Calgary
    ah, I missed that. I would go with 14 in that case. The 9D was no go for me. I think the canadian reps are from calgary? I've emailed back and forth with Graeme Hill at the NE store in calgary. Great guy, pretty helpful
     


  14. ralexander

    ralexander Member

    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2013
    Location:
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    Yep, I've been exchanging emails with Graeme and he is very helpful and friendly. He replies to emails all hours it seems. He also polled all the Canadian stores and got me stocking info in less than 12hrs. I was thinking of trying the 14 as well, but he suggested the 13 when I sent him rough measurements. I'm wavering about just ordering a pair to try - the sizing issue has me on the fence at the moment.

    And by the way, thanks for the Alden input - I started looking around for Trubalance and Barrie based boots lately once I realized they are wider fittings. I'm pretty new to this stuff, so the sticker shock hasn't worn off yet [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2013


  15. lint

    lint Member

    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2013
    Location:
    Calgary
    Probably not the right thread to say this, but I would skip the rangers and pony up for the Indy's. For me, they've been comfortable right out of the box, no break in at all. The 8111 have what appears to be a much thicker leather, but that seems to be the down fall in comfort. My feet enjoy the Indy's much more and wearing the 8111s seem like punishment now.
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by