Red Wing Heritage Boots

#91
I'm really hard on footwear. I'm lucky to get 6-8 months out of most stuff. So today I went looking at the local Red Wing Store at got a pair of Roughneck 8146.












http://www.redwingheritage.com/USD/product/footwear/6-inch-boots/6-brown-8146-08146
These will be my next ones. Still love my Beckmans, but I messed up and went a 1/2 isze down on my Moc Toes and one is just enough too tight that it is pretty uncomfortable by days end. But, they were to expensive not to wear. I keep watching sierra trading post for the Roughneck Moc in my size. They sell Red Wing Heritage factory seconds at 30% off. I oil my Mocs almost every time I wear them hoping they might stretch a bit. No luck so far. Also plan to get a pair of Beckmans in black from Sierra Trading.
 

SilicaRich

Wandering Inverted
#93
Ordered a pair of 8138s over Christmas break and got them in yesterday. Currently enduring the pain of breaking in new boots:D. Probably should have used some mink oil first to soften them up. Love the way they look though
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#97
Ordered a pair of 8138s over Christmas break and got them in yesterday. Currently enduring the pain of breaking in new boots:D. Probably should have used some mink oil first to soften them up. Love the way they look though
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Heck yeah, I recently have been wearing mine every day. I keep a bottle of Redwing oil at work. About once a week I oil them and one day they just changed to being almost like a sock with a sole. Super. I don't use any oil on the Beckmans and kind of the same thing. Like one day the leather just said, "you know what? screw it. Hes gonna keep on wearin me so I may as well give in"
 
#98
I've got a pair of red wing steel toes for work. Been wearing them for work for almost 3 years. Abused the Heck out of them in a diesel maintenance shop, walked countless miles in them.. Around 12000 steps a day or more and have never oiled them. They are still kicking, although the sole is getting a little bare. Do I hear right that redwing will resole your boots for you?

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proper4wd

Expedition Leader
#99
I still have a love/hate relationship with my beckmans. I had them re-soled with the roughneck sole so now they are kind of a beckman/roughneck hybrid. They are durable as hell but minimal support/structure. Kind of feels like I am just walking on vibram soles loosely strapped to the bottom of my feet. Some adjustments may be necessary.
 
I've got a pair of red wing steel toes for work. Been wearing them for work for almost 3 years. Abused the Heck out of them in a diesel maintenance shop, walked countless miles in them.. Around 12000 steps a day or more and have never oiled them. They are still kicking, although the sole is getting a little bare. Do I hear right that redwing will resole your boots for you?

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Depends on whether its a bonded or sewn sole. I don't think they do at no charge.
 

Regcabguy

Expedition Leader
I've got a pair of red wing steel toes for work. Been wearing them for work for almost 3 years. Abused the Heck out of them in a diesel maintenance shop, walked countless miles in them.. Around 12000 steps a day or more and have never oiled them. They are still kicking, although the sole is getting a little bare. Do I hear right that redwing will resole your boots for you?

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I used to work in a Sears warehouse decades ago and nearly all my coworkers and myself wore Redwing steel toes. It would take about 4-5 days of wear and after that AHH. I used to forget to remove them after work many times. Redwing did a resole for me free once when I managed to wear out a sole before the boot itself.
 

proper4wd

Expedition Leader
Redwing will do a complete "rebuild" of the boot with new sole and refinished upper, new laces, etc. It's expensive though - I think to have my Beckmans done was around $200.
 

SilicaRich

Wandering Inverted
Heck yeah, I recently have been wearing mine every day. I keep a bottle of Redwing oil at work. About once a week I oil them and one day they just changed to being almost like a sock with a sole. Super. I don't use any oil on the Beckmans and kind of the same thing. Like one day the leather just said, "you know what? screw it. Hes gonna keep on wearin me so I may as well give in"
Managed to get them broken enough to wear they don't leave my feet aching anymore. A mink oil treatment really did the trick, although I read that I should be careful with mink oil. Apparently if you aren't careful you can over soften the leather and actually make it more prone to being damaged. I oiled them again a few days ago but used the provided Red Wing Conditioner instead. Really shined them up again and buffed out a few scuffs. Very comfortable shoe to wear around campus and seem to get a lot of looks.
 
Redwing will do a complete "rebuild" of the boot with new sole and refinished upper, new laces, etc. It's expensive though - I think to have my Beckmans done was around $200.
My local Red Wing (factory store) is $100 in advance for a resole. Was $75 until this last set I took in. The 8146 is my favorite boot, though I may have oiled them a bit much. Couple of pair of Beckmans are my office wear. Of course, it is nice to wear something made in your home state.