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 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
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 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 Gary Awesome pair of boots
This is the first "quality" pair of boots I've ever owned, and although I was initially reluctant to shell out the money for them, I'm really glad I did. The craftsmanship is excellent, and the support these boots offer your feet is great. As at least one other reviewer pointed out, the "cigar featherstone" color is a lot lighter in person than in the photos, but it's still a beautiful boot so that didn't bother me too much. As other reviewers have also pointed out, the laces ARE a bit short, but once you've pulled them tight enough you shouldn't have a problem tying them. The boot does run big compared to other sneakers/shoes I've worn in the past; I'm normally a size 11 in other brands, however with these boots the 10.5 is a perfect fit; as other reviewers have recommended, a 1/2 size down seems to do the trick. There is a break-in period (for me a bit longer since I wear these boots only casually, after work and on the weekends), but the boots are getting more comfortable every day, and again, the support is outstanding. Thinking back to the time I took a 2-week backpacking trip through Spain in a horrible pair of "Made in China" monstrosities that left me feeling like me feet were about to fall off, I can only recommend that you make the investment and get yourself a pair of Red Wings; your feet will thank you for it.
March 7, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by HikingSkills A one month review of all the great things ... and the one bad
I tried these on at a Red Wing store before buying, they run a half-size large. I normally wear a size 10 and in Red Wing I wear a 9.5. They felt a little tight on the sides the first week, but they loosened a lot to a very comfortable fit.
It took a month for the initial break in of these boots. I wore them exclusively every single day the first month. I tracked the distance with my phone and I tallied it at 100 miles for the initial break in (averaged 3.5 miles walking a day). The first week they were really stiff and hurt my ankles. I just pushed through, and the pain lessened every day until they started to feel like part of my foot instead of at war with it. I never used boot cream or oil during the break in, although some have mentioned this helps soften the leather. Out of the box the shoes are a little too perfect and smooth, that first month provided the wrinkles and scuffs that gave them some character.
The boot heels are a little loud when you're walking. I consider it an authoritative sound, but don't plan to sneak around in them. On the plus side, that heel made me about an inch taller.
These are my first boots with a Goodyear welt, and I'll never go back to anything else. The leather smells great, it reminds me of a baseball mitt. I watched a few videos of the Red Wing factory before I bought these, the quality and craftsmanship was a big selling point. The leather insole is well worth it, it adapts to your foot over time and is such a step up from the spongy foam insoles I'm used to wearing.
The laces look great but are absolutely awful; they break so often it's as if they're made from cardboard. Out of the box I could see some slight fraying throughout the laces, and knew to go easy on them. I never overly tugged on them or pulled hard while tightening my boots, I just let the wax do the work. About 4 weeks in the left lace snapped while lacing up. A week later the right lace broke while I was walking. I just felt a little pop and suddenly the boot came loose. There was enough lace left to just adjust it if I skipped the top eye-hole, but two days later it snapped again. The laces are the exact opposite of the rest of the boot. I went to my local Red Wing store and they were somehow out of stock. I ordered a pair online so the boots are out of commission until they arrive. I also plan to stock up on a few extra pairs of laces to make it through the winter.
Overall: I wear these shoes everywhere, I dress them up to go to work, and then wear them around the city, on hikes, everywhere. These are the nicest built shoes I've ever owned, I plan to resole them when the time comes and hope to get a decade or more out of them. I hope Red Wing can use some of their craftsmanship and magic to build a pair of laces worthy of these boots.
February 27, 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