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Red Wing Iron Ranger

Discussion in 'EDC Clothing' started by YankeeHotelFoxtrot, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. YankeeHotelFoxtrot

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    Hi Everyone,

    I was browsing RedWing.com and the Iron Ranger boots (style 8085) caught my eye. At a cost of $320, my eyes began to water. So, before I visit a nearby RW store and begin to look at them closely, does anyone out there have any opinions about these boots? I've owned only one pair of RW's in the past, a pair of anti-stat soled boots worn some 35 years ago. I'm looking to wear the Iron Rangers as everyday boots to work (office env); I like the Vibram soles and the boots are obviously well-made. I'm just wondering about comfort and if there are equivalents out there either at the same price or perhaps cheaper. The Iron Rangers aren't waterproof. The reviews vary regarding comfort after prolonged wear, break-in time, etc.

    thanks in advance

    YHF
     
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  2. karlito

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    Everything I've heard about the IR has been positive. Check YouTube. I found some at the Nordstrom Rack significantly cheaper but the size seemed to run large (perhaps the reason they were there?). Also, other online retailers like Sierra Trading Post occasionally carries RWs.

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  3. Millman55

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    They are the ugliest Redwing if you ask me.
    People online love them, but you will be sure to get " nice clown shoes " remarks from close friends and family (Unless you're a woods ranger or doing construction, then nobody cares about what you wear)
    That front double-leather overlay is just pure clown. It's cool to look at in terms of craftsmanship don't get me wrong, but their Blacksmith shoes are far cooler. Check out the Blacksmith.
     
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    I get nothing but nice compliments, and they're all pretty random. Some are from people I know. Some aren't.

    I really like mine. I got them in my standard size. They are a bit loose. I only wear them with fluffy, wool socks so that mitigates the excess area.

    They are not nearly the most comfortable footwear I have, and I've bought supplemental insoles for them. They do require some break in -quite a bit actually- so don't let that discourage you.

    I don't think anything about them mimics a clown shoes and appreciate the timeless, classic look and feel.
     
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    all,

    thanks for the responses so far; I'll visit the RW store after Christmas and check out both the Iron Ranger and the Blacksmith.

    I am a bit concerned about the break-in period and the fact that I'll probably need to add a comfort insole of some sort. These boots aren't waterproof, although they can be treated (I'm guessing with saddle soap or something similar) and in the beginning at least I most likely won't be able to wear them through an entire workday (??). Sounds like a lot of trouble for boots that cost $300. But they sure do look nice.
     
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    I wouldn't advise someone to use them for work or outdoors pursuit, lol. They're more of a casual or dressed up casual footwear that has the potential for rugged application.
     
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    I hope that office work is ok....


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    The office and around town! That's where I where mine.
     
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  9. kakinuma-kun

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    Don't be surprised if the store doesn't stick much beyond the most popular work boots. Much of the Heritage styles are only available online, so I'd call first.

    The good thing about the stores is that they perform lifetime maintenance on the leather (cleaning and moisturizing) and give you new laces for life.

    Personally, I'm a longtime lover of the Roughneck and have it in 6" for every day and 8" for hunting. The 6" is newer, to replace my my 1980s pair lost by my brother, and the 8" I bought back in 1997.
     
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    I have a pair of the Red Wing Beckman boots. They are well constructed but the leather is very stiff. I have had them for over a year but rarely wear them because they are not very comfortable. I also have two pair of Thorogood Dodgeville boots. The Thorogoods are comfortable right out of the box. I like my Red Wing work boots but I would give the Thorogood Dodgeville boots a look if your in the market for a well built casual boot.
     
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    @CJinPa While I don't have any personal experience with the Beckmans, I say stick with them. Everything I've heard about about RW heritage leather is that they are stiff and actually painful to break in but once they are, they conform to the feet and are very comfortable. Try a little conditioner (test in an inconspicuous spot as it may darken the leather) to help with the break in. Good luck.
     
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    If they fit your food, go for it! I seriously love mine, but you have to get them broken in. Those are no synthetic sneakers, this is old school leather foodwear...
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    Thanks Everyone! I'm going to check them out right after Christmas.
     
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    Again, check out places such as Sierra Trading Post, Nordstrom Rack, 6pm or other places that may carry them as seconds. I've seen the IR for as little as $179 and once worn, you would probably never notice the "defect".

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    Also, check Sierra Trading Post once you get sized for them. They often have factory seconds for half price. I couldn’t find anything wrong with mine.
     
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    Hi All,

    Thought I'd bring closure to this thread; I visited my local Red Wing store and tried on the Iron Rangers. I learned that the Blacksmith boots were not available in a wide width, so it was going to be the Iron Ranger or nothing. I tried on the brown and boy were they stiff! I didn't want the black boots, either and was ready to leave the store disappointed when the clerk brought out a pair of IR in copper. I liked the way they looked and the tanning process for this color left the boots much less stiff than the brown pair.

    I had a $20 coupon (not much, I know) and decided to purchase the Rangers. I also bought their ~ 1.5 ft shoehorn to help me during the breaking-in period. I wore them to work yesterday and, while stiff, they weren't very uncomfortable. And they'll feel better as time goes on. Oh, I did buy a pair of their insoles which made a considerable difference in comfort.

    It snowed about 7" here on Sunday night and I had to wait for the temps to drop so I wouldn't get the boots wet. The clerk advised me to treat them with mink oil every couple of months (mink oil doesn't change the boot's color) and I learned that I could bring the boots to the store any time for a tune up - a cleaning and re-lacing when necessary, free of charge. Finally, when the Vibram soles wear out in the future, the boots can be re-soled at a cost of $100.

    Thanks to everyone who commented; I look forward to breaking in the Rangers and enjoying them for years to come.
     
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    Share with us some pics of them new, after they have broken in, and after a mink oil treatment. Enjoy!
     
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    you got it; right now I'm nursing a bit of a blister on the inside of my right heel. Odd, because I wore them for a few days without issue.
     
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    Hi Everyone,

    I took a few quick pics this morning while getting ready for work.

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    the boots are just under 2 weeks old. I went back to the RW store to buy a brush and wound up also buying a "nubuck and suede kit" which the salesman said that I should use to distress the boots. The kit, along with the buffing brush and a brush for applying the mink oil, are pictured below.

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    The white block is a sort of eraser, much like those Mr. Clean scrubbing blocks, and the white-bristled brush is used to remove the "eraser fragments". I like the effect that it had on the Iron Rangers; it made them look more used. The scuffing process also helps remove any stains. I'll use them like this for a couple of months and then treat them with mink oil. The store was running the same sale it was the day that I bought the boots: buy 2 accessories and get the third free. So, the least expensive accessory (probably the smaller brown brush for applying the oil) was free.

    I'm still breaking them in, but I can feel them softening a bit; the scuffing process supposedly helps with that too.
     
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