Rated 5 out of 5Â by RevAwesome Quality and Comfort
This boot is a very high quality and substantial lace-up boot. The first pair I tried didn't fit right, and it was not comfortable. The 2nd pair I tried fit like a glove. It was snug without being tight, and it fit right in all the right places - instep, ball, length, heel. I anticipate the boot becoming even more comfortable as the leather softens with use. I highly recommend this boot, and I further recommend you do not give up on the first fit if it is not right.
September 22, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by DavidA Best Boots On The Planet
I needed a GOOD pair of boots for retirement on my ranch. I wanted something rugged, comfortable, and old time looking. I got all three with the Iron Ranger. I have hard feet to properly fit. I measure a medium, but take a Wide. Stopping by a Red Wing Store was a must before buying. That also enabled me to try different styles.
The store staff was incredible. Were knowledgeable, and helpful. I was given various styles to look at and still decided to go for my first choice, the Iron Ranger. This boot is beautiful. Well crafted by hand, and of superior heavy leather. The perfect fit for me was a 10.5 Wide which is my shoe size. It was snug without being tight, and my toes came up and slightly into the toe box with a touch of wiggle room. They were comfortable right out of the box, just a little stiff. I mentioned that I wished they did not come with the speed hooks as I though they took away from the dressier look. The owner said not problem, if you can wait about two weeks I can order them with all eyelets. The ones I had on were so comfortable it was a very hard decision to wait, but I did. Ten days later I walked out with my new boots on my feet.
They look great with casual slacks, and jeans. I wear them at every opportunity. I avoid doing farm work in them as I have work boots for that, but riding, dining, picnics, shopping etc they are on my feet. I've had my Red Wings now for about a month and they are getting softer and more comfortable each time I put them on. If you want a 100% top quality boot made in the USA, you cannot go wrong with Red Wings.
September 22, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by SonarChris Initial Impressions
After trying on several different Red Wing heritage boots, I finally settled on the Iron Rangers for riding my motorcycle. I wish that the soles had some lug to them, but considering I have been riding in harness boots with flat bottom soles for the last 10 years, I wasn't too concerned with this aspect. While in the store, I tried on the Blacksmith Round and the Beckman Round because I liked the lug soles better. But the fit on these was different than the Iron Ranger. Since the Beckman has eyelets all the way up and waxed flat laces, I found that I would have to undo half the lacing to get my feet in the boots, and this is something I didn't want to do. With the Blacksmith, I liked that they have included quick lace hooks, but the flat laces that they come with were not as nice as the round laces that the Iron Rangers came with. It is easy enough to change out laces, but just with the Beckman, I found that it was harder to get my feet into the Blacksmiths than the Iron Rangers. I also liked the capped toe of the Iron Rangers better and felt that they would hold up better using the toe shifter of my motorcycle with the extra layer of leather.
Fit was a little difficult to nail down. These boots seem to run long for size. I normally wear and 11-11.5, however, in the Iron Rangers I had to go down to a 10 to get the fit I was looking for. Shoe size by the number doesn't make one difference to me, but if your going to buy these boots online, I would highly suggest trying them on in a store to figure out what size you prefer first. If you can't do this, I would purchase at least one full size down, as my experience indicates that there is extra length in the toe compared to other same number size boots. As for the width, they are on the narrow side, and I believe Red Wing did this on purpose as this type of boot is made to, after many hours of break in, mold its self to your foot. If it was a wider shoe, you wouldn't get the custom worn in fit with a full grain, un-padded, unlined boot. I wear a D width, and bought D width boots and they were on the snug side, but will stretch to become more comfortable. If you have wider feet, once again, I recommend going to the store and trying them on first to figure out what size is best for you.
Overall, these boots are supremely crafted. Really stiff leather, thick leather with quality stitching. These are old design boots, that aren't like modern made boots, they will require a lot of break in and will fit quite differently than modern designed work boots. Just keep that in mind when you first try them on and wear them. Also as a positive, the Red Wing store gave me a 10% military discount when I purchased them, something I greatly appreciate!
September 17, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Dwight33455 The Iron Ranger series boots are by far the best boots I have ever owned in my 49 years including anything I ever wore in the military.
The Iron Ranger series boots are by far the best boots I have ever owned in my 49 years including anything I ever wore in the military. My obsession with the Iron Ranger series started by accident when I decided to spend the money at a local Red Wing store and buy a heritage boot. I chose the Iron Ranger (Amber Harness). Since that day (and here is where it gets freaky a bit) I have purchased 11 (ELEVEN) pair ranging from 3 pair of amber harness, 3 pair of copper R/T, 1 pair of black, 3 pair of rough out's and 1 pair of oxblood so I have them all. The reason I have so many is first and foremost is I love them and plan to never be with a pair or two of Iron Rangers for the rest of my walking years. The second reason is because my company buys my boots so every time I would purchase a pair on the companies dime I would also buy a pair out of my own pocket so they started mounding in my closet. I have certain pairs set aside for work and certain pairs set aside for meetings and weekends. The others are just set aside for never wearing until I have worn out the others (which will never happen). Again, seems freaky to own so many pair but I'm not always paying for them. Now on to the boot....(BTW Red Wing should send me a pair for free based on the money I have spent with them...LOL). The cream of the crop is the AMBER HARNESS. Something about the choice of leather, all 3 pair I own are of the same quality of leather and the fit is spot on. They are the softest of all the series in my opinion and what I personally have chosen as my favorite. Next is the Copper Rough and Tough which are my next in line. Leather is just a bit tougher and with this model I have 3 pair and each one has a different fit (not that it's bad but just not the same as the Amber Harness). One pair of the R/T's pinches across the top of my left foot (should have returned them). The next pair of R/T's fit just a bit bigger than the others and the 3rd pair just looks like the cap toe was sewn on differently than the others. Still highly recommended but wanted to share my experience with them. Next, Roughouts...Exceptional fit and ruggedness. My favorite attribute about the roughouts is they don't show any scuff marks and if they get muddy just brush them with a medium bristle brush and most of the marks and dirt and mud comes right off. I have one pair that I treated with mink oil but turned them darker (which actually looks really good but gets away from the roughout look a bit due to the darker color). My recommendation would be to NOT put ANY oils on the roughout series until they are just to beat up looking..in the interim just keep them brushed off to maintain that original roughout look. BLACK, no complaints...same quality as the Amber Harness but I don't wear black as much and if I need them they are ready to go...great boot. Next, Oxblood. This would be my least favorite of the entire series. I love the color but it's the sole that caused me to sell them on ebay. The Oxblood model is the only model that has a (thin rubber sole) and doesn't hold up as well as the rest of the models. This is not a bad thing except the other models have the dense NITRILE CORK sole I prefer for longevity and this type sole will naturally learn the shape of your foot as you walk and become the best fitting sole you'll ever find. Over all and to summarize ANY of the Red Wing Heritage Iron Ranger series are worth the money (BTW..you can get them on ebay for cheaper and I have done this a few times but the foot bed and the leather was already molded to someone else's foot so I re-sold them). Spend the extra money and get a quality boot. Tweak them to your feet ( I usually replace the laces with leather laces for the more authentic look and I at times may add the thinnest insole I can possibly find just because I'm on my feet all day long). My personal best is the Amber Harness 8111 and least favorite would be the Oxbloods. The Black, Roughout and Copper R/T are also good to go in my book. If you are looking for a boot with a retro look and a retro feel you can't get any better than the Iron Ranger series which are still made the same way they were back then. Sorry for the long winded review but if you've made it this far in reading it you are either a diehard fan like I am or a first time buyer looking for info before purchasing. If you happen to be a Red Wing representative reading this long review then how bout a free pair after the 11 pair I have purchased? :)
Peace to us all and keep making those Iron Rangers so I don't feel like I have to buy any more....wife is starting to question my sanity:)
September 6, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by John84 best looking and comfortable boot ever.
So it's been about 6 months(recently got the 6 month checkup email!) since I bought these at the closest Red Wing store and can say that they are the most comfortable boot(or any footwear) that I've ever used. After the first month or so of going through the break in process, which was tough, they finally feel great and fit like a glove. I was having some discomfort from one of the speed hooks digging in to the top of my left foot especially going up stairs, but that has completely gone away after about 1.5 months. I've since taken these camping, hiking through some of the easier trails at Yosemite, and even ran in them crossing streets(i do weird jobs sometimes...) during 8 hour days. I just don't think about them anymore they are so comfy. I normally wear these every other day. The look is classic and the outsole is rock solid. Have had to walk through sharp rocks and glass while working outdoors and nothing can phase the nitrile cork outsole. I've oiled/conditioned the uppers maybe twice since purchasing and they really do look better as they age. These are definitely in for the long run and looking forward to our future together, till death do us part.
Definitely go to your local Red Wing shop, if possible, to get fitted because everyone's feet differ regardless of the general consensus to size down a whole size. Thanks to the salesperson I only went down a half size, even though I think going down another half could've been better. He noticed that I had high arches(vertically fat feet) and highly suggested only going down by a half size. 6 months later the boots are PERFECT. You will be rewarded once you get past the break in.
August 31, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by BMP5941 Carrying on the Red Wing Heritage
My family has been wearing Red Wings for several generations and my first pair were given to me by my parents when I started to work in the kitchen of their restaurant decades ago. Those were these steel toed boots in a brown rough leather that took a beating and were more comfortable and looked better with each beating they took.
I believe it was that first pair of Red Wings that made me a fan of 6 inch boots, and what lead me to becoming a fan of Goodyear welter footwear. Years ago I saved and bought a pair of Alden 405 boots, but the Red Wing Iron Rangers always caught my eye. They reminded me so much of those old steel toed boots I once had and I have always had a soft spot for American made Red Wings.
I then spotted the deal offered for these on my birthday and I jumped at the chance to own a pair of Red Wings again.
These boots had a few nicks that have since faded with wear and some TLC. I feel most of the nicks came from the shipping to my house (UPS can be rough sometimes). They look great and my wife commented that they looked very nice when I first opened the box. They are comfortable, look better with each wear, and feel like they can last years and years. I really wouldn't expect anything less from Red Wing and feel that these boots have reaffirmed my family tradition of wearing Red Wing boots for a few more generations.
August 30, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Nazzdak You get what you pay for...
I've had my 8085's a little over two weeks, wearing them each and everyday. Tonight I decided to rinse, wash them with my boot brush and saddle soap, and then let them dry for 90 minutes before applying mink oil. All I can say is WOW!!!! If you think these boots look good outta the box, just wait until you break em in and then give them a good cleaning and oiling. The difference is simply amazing. Worth every dime.
September 18, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by JoeE Amazing boot - 8085 Copper
In love with these boots. Color is amazing, fit is amazing. Complements on how they look. I highly recommend the Copper R&T. The mini lug sole provides better grip and doesn't mess with any of the aesthetics of the boot.
September 14, 2016