Rated 5 out of 5Â by Mugz Excellent
Well I'm on my sixth pair of Red Wings now, which I hear is quite common- they are addictive.
I have two Iron Rangers, which have a slightly "softer" feel on the road than the Beckman's due to the cork/rubber sole; two Beckman's (Chestnut Featherstone shown with the partial Vibram sole which is great for snow) which have a more solid "boot-like" feel on the road due to both the Vibram and the double layer of leather on the sole; one pair of the Blacksmith's which kind of split the difference between the Beckman and Iron Ranger as far as road-feel goes; and a pair of Roughnecks in Copper Rough and Tough which I'm waiting for in the mail and will review when they arrive.
Each boot has it's own special feel. All are very well made.
I hesitated to order the Iron Ranger 8116 in Charcoal Rough and Tough leather but they have become a favorite- the color is more like titanium than black; and all those titanium freaks out there would go nuts knowing they could match their knives and flashlights to their boots!
April 26, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by TrustyToyota Fantastic example of classic footwear worthy of it's reputation
I was in search of a classic style boot that could be worn with dress clothes, but rugged and versatile enough to dress down in a casual situation. I was between the Beckman and the Iron Ranger, and I felt the non-capped toe look was a bit more on the dressy side, so I ended up with the Beckman.
I tried these on at the Red Wing factory store, and I am very glad I did. I typically wear a 10.5 to 11 and I wear a 11.5B in my Red Wing 2406 safety boots. After the associate measured my foot, she recommended I start with a 9.5, and work up from there. I do have a narrow foot (this boot was not offered in a narrow B width) and the associate said a shorter length would give me a better fit because of my narrow foot. The 9.5 ended up being the best fit, but I did try the 9 just to see and found them to be too short.
I have had the boots for two weeks now, and have been wearing them every chance I have had. The first few days, they had a fair amount of pressure points, but none that were so uncomfortable that I had to change to a different pair of shoes. I have been wearing wool socks, as I typically do with all boots year round. After two weeks, I feel like the boots have really fit to my foot. The sole still needs a bit more time to truly become one with my foot, but I expected that with a boot that is designed to last for many years. I have had a few chances to walk over a few miles at a time, and I have not had any issues with discomfort.
My only gripe (and a very small one at that) is that they are relatively difficult to pull on. The tongue is integrated into the boot, so the opening is relatively small to get your foot in, even with them fully unlaced to the second eyelet and the laces pulled loose. I have to imagine it will get easier and easier to get them on as I wear them longer, so I don't mind this issue.
These are some of the most expensive boots I have worn before, but so far, the price has been justified by the quality of workmanship, materials, and superior fit. I look forward to many years and hopefully many soles on this set of Beckman's!
June 8, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Lloydinthehouse Looks good with jeans or a suit
During the break in period my heel slipped quite a bit so I popped back in the store and they told me once the sole breaks in and starts bending that will stop and it did. Classic leather look and scuffs will buff right out and add character. Feel like I am wearing American history when I'm waking in these boots.
May 24, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Chris225 Great quality, but no free laces
I have purchased so many boots (875) mainly, but when the heritage collection came out, I bought two pairs, not cheap. So I thought that laces would also be free to replace like the 875's but no. That's a shame.
May 19, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Mnguy Very-well built, but short of perfect. Rugged and refined boot.
I made the trip down to Red Wing from Minneapolis to pick up these up in my size. Even walked around downtown Red Wing in them to live the heritage. The first couple wearings were a bit rough due to the stiff leather, but after a few more times they are feeling good except for a couple spots. Excellent craftsmanship. As others have noted, the laces are just too short, shouldn't somebody have caught that? The stitched tongue requires me to unlace them to get the boots on and off. I like the look of the eyelets versus hooks, but they do make this a bit more of a chore. Overall, they will be a great pair of boots, but with Red Wings' reputation and price point, these design flaw/choices are frustrations.
May 12, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by MPR876 Fabulous Boots
I bought my black round toe Beckman's in November of 2008, long enough ago that they were called Gentleman Travellers at the time. I remember the right boot squeaking a little, but break-in wasn't bad otherwise. They do run very big; mine are 11.5 and I usually wear anywhere from a 12-13.
The quality is fabulous; even though I wear mine about once a week during the cooler months they still look great. My care regimen consists of saddle soap, Pecard's boot oil and black shoe polish. The soles are very durable and still have some wear left on them. When they do need to be resoled you can bet I'll be sending them in to Red Wing! I can't imagine a more versatile shoe. They look great with jeans or dress slacks and provide sure footing on messy sidewalks in winter.
P.S. Please do not soak yours in water in attempt to break them in faster. That will only dry the leather out and shorten their life. You're tough and can easily power through the break-in period.
April 6, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by eddie63me superb boots
actually this is my 1st boot i wear in my life...but seriusly...the leather,soles etc everything are superb that u guys have made it...congrats RW...u r the best...!!
April 3, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Rusty9 Perfect Boot Except...
First off; I am a huge supporter and lifelong fan of all Redwing products. They simply make the best boots that you can buy. They're pricey, but after wearing cheap boots - you will notice the quality, craftsmanship, durability, style, comfort, and brilliance of their boots. I truly can't say enough about how great they are. I receive compliments left and right about my choice of footwear a couple of times per month. Trust me, you cannot go wrong with any selection in their esteemed catalog.
However, I have two petty complaints...and I do admit that these are petty and should not dissuade you.
1) Redwing's availability of wide sizes in their Heritgae Collection is very discouraging. Us gentlemen that suffer from chubby nubs - or duck paddles are practically forced to look elsewhere for our boots. I simply couldn't bring myself to stray from the quality of the brand and "settled" instead. From what I could uncover, there are only three varieties (three boots, one color each) that come in wide. None of these three options would have been in my optimally coveted range. I decided that the Beckman Cigar boot was my best option of the limited stable available. The boot itself has so far proven to be top notch - I just wish more choices were available to us "blessed" with a broad platform to stand on. You won't be disappointed other than the color is a little too light for my liking. Regular oiling and polishing transforms the color to a satisfactory hue...eventually.
2) The laces for this particular boot are too short for us with with feet meant for the scrum. In order to insert or withdraw my feet from these fine creations, I must unlace them below the ankle per occasion. This is very cumbersome and time consuming. If they made the laces longer - it would allow the laces to remain in the threshold of the eyelets rather than being removed entirely. Trust me, us guys with wide feet typically have matching bellies and don't enjoy crouching down more than necessary.
Again, I admit that both of these "exceptions" are petty and should not hold much weight in your decision whether or not to purchase. The pros of a fine Redwing product far outweigh these daily inconveniences. I just happen to land in the camp that believes if you are willing to pay a high premium for a product...you should have a wide array to select from and you should not have to immediately replace the laces of a $350 pair of boots. I am yet to find a set of laces online that maintain the integrity of the intended design of this product - all replacements that I have ordered from third parties simply make the boot look cheaper.
All in all a great boot that should not be overlooked. Keep up the great work Redwing!
March 29, 2016