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Red Wing Boots - talk me out of a pair of Iron Rangers

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by ukepicker, Sep 28, 2020.

  1. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

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    If you like Docs, and want them in "original" quality, made in the UK, not Vietnam or China, get Solovairs.
    These are made at the same factory where Doc Martens were made before production was moved to the Far East...
     
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    ps, I never had a sole fall off, maybe i was too skinny at the time. One pair, there was some delamination thing, as I recall, but as mentioned above, fixed by the local shoe repair shop.
     
  3. Wallo Tweed

    Wallo Tweed Friend of Leo's

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    Never had the Iron Rangers, but I've had several pairs of Red Wings, also Wolverines, Carolinas, Herman Survivors, Double H and Corcorans. I've had good luck with them all.

    And FWIW there are still a lot of shoes and boots made in the the U.S. Many of them, here in PA.
     
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  4. gregulator450

    gregulator450 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I have not run Red Wings, but during my short wildland fire career I had a pair of White's Smokejumpers that were (still are) a wonderful pair of boots. That is definitely not the boot you're looking for, but they have several boots in their "field boots" category that are comparable to the Red Wings you're looking at. They are quite pricey, but White's quality is second to none and they are both rebuildable and resoleable.
     
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    Couple of years ago I would agreed with you. Nine months of wear. warranty was not honored
     
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  6. Fretting out

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    If it’s for everyday use you definitely need a quality pair

    Boots aren’t something to skimp on

    I have top of the line tractor supply although after over a year now they are becoming a little uncomfortable

    I buy the best I can afford
     
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    I don’t know if this is a coincidence but there is a red wing add at the top of the page

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    These are great! If you’re building a skyscraper in Manhattan
     
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  9. ukepicker

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    I've looked hard at those. They are pretty similar to the Keens I love so much.

    But I also expect to wear them out every year or two. They have all the function I'm looking for - PLUS timberland has been making them for a loooooong time and I expect they will continue.

    I'm just wary of falling in love again with something that gets discontinued about the time mine needs replacing.
     
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    I don't know if Red Wing still does it but they used to give you the correct size for each foot .
    If you had one size 9 foot , and one size 9 1/2 foot that is what you got .
     
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    I inhereted a 6" version of these from my grandpa. He'd had them for years, but not used them much. They were fantastic quality and I wore them even though they were too small for my feet.

    I'd buy a pair in a heartbeat if those damned soles weren't heelless and banana yellow. I can't stand how that looks, for some reason. If I could just get through the first set of soles, I could go back with something black and knobby from vibram and be right back to comfort.


    How do you feel about the traction in the "traction tred" outsole?
     
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    or maybe these (Red Wing Roughneck):
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    Those will require intense break in. Long walks I would avoid.
     
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    Mine are a couple years old. Best boots I’ve ever worn, though I also still have a pair of Danner hikers that are a close second.

    If you go Red Wings, go to a Red Wings store and get fitted. They will do you right.
     
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    Yeah, I hear ya. I can't speak to longevity, since I just bought mine earlier this month. I'm hopeful these will last me at least a couple of years. I have my New Balance shoes for walking in town around the park near our house, so my Timberlands will only be used like one week out of each month. Here's hoping.

    If they don't last, then my next pair I will bite the bullet and go for Red Wing or some other USA made brand.

    Oh, I also looked at Keens, but I could never find any locally available in my size.
     
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    Talk you out of them?

    They look like Granny Clampett's boots. ;):D
     
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    I've had Thursday boots that I thought were pretty well stitched together.
     
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    Small world. In a previous life I was required to wear these as a welder, but they had heavy gauntlets over the boot as well. I recall that there was only one place in town to get them, a dusty old shoe shop that I think even still did repairs, and they were really expensive at the time. Great leather, broke in really nice, but heavy. Red Wing boots are the best. These are not fru-fru hipster boots.
     
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    What size do you wear? I have a pair of Iron rangers I used to wear for riding my motorcycle. They are in great shape I just never wear them anymore.
     
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