Red Wing boots?
Posted 04 December 2010 - 04:13 PM
I've been wanting to buy a pair of Red Wing boots for a long time but they sure are not cheap!
I have been looking at the Red Wing 2211: http://www.redwingsh...spx?prodid=1145
My local store has them on sale for $179.99
While I was at the Red Wing store they offered to "fit" me for a pair so if I decided to buy them I would know the size. The size they determined felt pretty snug on my foot, but they told me they should be a little snug when brand new and they would quickly form to fit my foot after wearing them. Should they fit that snug when new? They told me my foot shouldn't be free to move around in a properly fitted work boot.
My question for all of you Red Wing boot owners......If I take good care of them by keeping them oiled, how long can I expect them to last?
Also.....how do you like your Red Wings?
Many thanks for the information and comments!
Posted 04 December 2010 - 08:03 PM
If these are for work and you need the protection than maybe these might be good boots but I would never buy a steel toe boot for hiking, walking, and especially geocaching. This is just my opinion of this type of boot from being in EMS and the Fire Service since 1987 and have worn steel toe boots that entire time.
Posted 04 December 2010 - 10:37 PM
I had a good pair of Raichle boots that lasted about 15 years. Good heavy duty leather uppers which are still good. I just need to get them resoled.
My latest pair of boots are a pair Vasque. If I remember they were about $79 at Bass Pro or Cabelas, I don't remember which. While I have only had them about a year, I love them. Very comfortable on the longest hikes. They are great on the rocks and in a couple of places have almost had too much traction.
The problem with picking boots is that every one's feet are a little different and what works for me may be horrible for you. Your boots can make for an enjoyable hike or a totally miserable experience. The best recommendation is to go look at boots where the staff is knowledgeable about the activity you plan to use them for, like REI or another outdoor store.
Posted 05 December 2010 - 05:05 AM
Not for me. If the shoe isn't comfortable on my foot when I first put it on, I don't buy it. Particularly, it should NOT be tight across the instep.
Yes, a leather shoe will stretch some, and reshape to better form to your foot - but it needs to be a good fit right from the get-go, from good, it can go to perfect.
I abuse boots, (get them really wet, don't clean them, treat them occasionally) and they don't last long. for me.
No help from me on how long a properly cared for pair will last. At some point, I decided I valued my time more then the life of a boot (this is a function, of course, of being able to afford that attitude).
Posted 05 December 2010 - 05:30 AM
I agree that the boots should be snug but from the start they need to be comfortable. When I get new boots I am wearing them for 10-12 hours the next day, I dont have time for them to "break in".
Posted 05 December 2010 - 03:12 PM
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Posted 12 December 2010 - 07:11 AM
Regarding Redwing, I bought a pair of the 825 workboots for work, and they are probably the most uncomfortable boots I have ever owned.
The 825's cost about 2x the cost of similar looking, big name, foreign made workboots. I had toured the Redwing factory the year before, and was sort of on a buy USA kick, so I bought the things in my local Redwing store. No blisters or anything, but there is just not much in the way of padding or arch support, so my feet hurt before the end of the day. Traction is not the best either. The plus for this sole style is that it does not pick up gravel, so I give that aspect a thumbs up.
Overall, the 825's get a thumbs down from me.
BTW, I have owned severall pairs of 1155 pull on Redwings. Those wore really well and were pretty comfortable. http://www.redwingsh...spx?prodid=1094
For hiking/backpacking/hunting, I'm on my third pair of Vasque boots. I get maybe 5 years out of each pair. These boots are well padded, have good arch support, and great traction. They are waterproof as advertised. The model I wear has a combined leather/canvas upper, so the boots don't wear as long as an all leather upper, but the combined upper barely needs to be broken in, and that's a plus from my perspective. When my current pair wear out, I'll buy another.
This post has been edited by Jeepergeo: 12 December 2010 - 07:17 AM
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Posted 25 December 2010 - 10:32 PM
The only major drawback I've had with them has been the soles wearing out too fast - since they are a molded sole that is proprietary to Vasque, a cobbler can't replace the whole sole but will instead grind down the old sole and glue on a new sole. You can also send them to Vasque to get a new molded sole put on, but by the time you pay for shipping, etc., you're better off just buying a new pair of boots or having a cobbler work on them for $60. The Clarions I've owned so far have had to be replaced when the leather upper starts to split where my foot bends when I walk (and where there's a bump on my foot behind my pinky toe). Also, REI no longer carries them in the store, and they are available online only - like any boot you plan to own for quite a while, I'd suggest getting them fitted at the store and walking around for a while unless you are getting a replacement for a style and brand of boot you already own.
My last pair of Clarions started splitting after winter started here in Minnesota, and I couldn't wait for another pair to arrive in the mail, so I had to buy a pair of Vasque Wasatch GTX boots. I've only had them for a couple of weeks, but so far I'm happy with them. They are a couple of ounces heavier than the Clarions. I've been able to go caching with them right out of the box and I haven't gotten any blisters. The leather is pre-treated, but I'm still going to subject them to Sno-Seal when I feel it's needed. They also came with a Vibram sole instead of the proprietary Vasque sole, as well as rubber toe pieces, which should prevent the splitting I've experienced in the the past. I'll repost here in 5-6 years to let you know if they've outlasted the Clarions I've owned in the past.