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6" Moc Toe Posted: 10/19/14
Reviewer: Aleksandar from Sarasota, Florida
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are great shoes! I love the leather - soft and scratched easily. With that these shoes will age beautifully! They are a little stiff when you put them right from the box but I feel they will break in quite nice. As far as sizing goes - I usually wear US 10, or, to be more precise JPN 28cm (I found this measurement to be the most accurate with various brands). With these shoes first I went half a size down, US 9½, and that felt too big. Then I got the US 9 (EE width, I have a strange pinky toe) and with thicker socks these shoes fit perfectly! So I would recommend to go one full size down. I hope this review will help someone.

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6" Moc Toe Posted: 10/8/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Just wanted to comment on sizing to help others. I usually wear size 11 and occasionally a 10.5 boot will fit me. I bought these boots in size 10 and they fit perfect. Not tight or loose, just right. The width is snug but will obviously loosen up. I can tell right away that these boots will brake in quickly without blisters, though I wear a lot of boots. Good luck!

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6" Moc Toe Posted: 10/7/14
Reviewer: Sean from Bloomington
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Buy 3-5 pair. Try them on and walk around. New, good (well-fitted) boots will have an element of discomfort, it's all about how much you can deal with for 6-8 weeks, and how much you can trust the leather will break within that period. The pair that fit right for you will hit your toes and/or heels in a weird way, but not an intolerable way. You're going to have to deal with it for a while. Also, I sized down a size and a half. Kind of. 11.5 D to 10 EE. Buy 3-5 pair.

Work Chukka
Work Chukka Posted: 10/4/14
Reviewer: Tim from California
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Okay, I must admit I was somewhat disappointed when I first received these shoes. They are pricey and my first impression was they were just simple. But after wearing them over time, I have been blown away by the durability and beauty of these shoes! The leather is very stiff when new and it takes quite awhile to break them in. I am not talking about thin Italian glove leather -- this is heavy premium saddle leather. The more you wear them, the more attractive they become. And the soles are deceiving. I was concerned that I would wear the heals quickly as I typically do -- but seriously -- I have worn these shoes for months on end without hardly any wear at all to the heals! If you are looking for a shoe that is broken in from day one, don't buy these. If you like shoes that look good and wear like iron and are willing to break these shoes in, then buy them -- because I promise you -- they will become your friend.

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6" Iron Ranger Posted: 10/1/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

While I'm a guy that loves and buys a lot of shoes, I never would have dreamed of spending this kind of money on a pair of boots. But long story short, I got tired of other options being uncomfortable and/or falling apart, so I thought I'd give these a try. I actually started out with the Beckmans, but they were too dressy for me. Too refined of lines, too shiny (not to mention the bulbous toe box). I switched to the Iron Rangers and after a few sizing issues, I ended up with the best article of clothing I've ever spent money on. The Fit. I have relatively small but wider-than-average feet. Going up a half size (to get the width right) made the boot too long, allowing way too much slop and movement. I ended up with a 7.5, a full size if not size and a half smaller than normal, in an EE width (never had that size before!). This seemed like an odd size for me, but trust me and do yourself a favor: spend the time to find the right size. It makes all the difference in the world. The boots were tight, at first, but over time have wrapped themselves to my feet perfectly. I've never had this good or comfortable of a fit from any shoe. Ever. The Looks. It's obviously subjective, but I love the look of these boots. They're easy to dress up with some chinos and a dress shirt, but can just as easily be dressed down with some jeans and a T-shirt. Very versatile! I get compliments on them all the time, from men and women alike. The Zappos photos make the boots look very muted in color with a matte finish. And while they're not far off, do know that the color is slightly richer with a bit more luster. I suppose that also depends on how you care for them, though. And on that note...Protecting your Purchase. I do 3 simple but relatively time consuming steps (an hour total?), about once per month: 1. Clean - Don't mess around folks. Just use Red Wing's cleaning product. It doesn't cost more than other stuff and I think they'd know the best formula for their own product. It's a liquid cleaner, goes on easy. 2. Nourish - Use Red Wing's boot oil. It looks like it darkens it, at first, but it doesn't. Once it totally dries, it's back to normal. Boot oil should be used for this leather. While it contains some amount of mink oil, it's not sure mink oil so it doesn't permanently darken the leather. This step moisturizes the leather, brings the color back out and leaves a beautiful finish to the surface. 3. Protect - I use a clear leather protector (also Red Wing's). Kind of like spray paint, try to get a light, even coating. If it gets on too heavy, you'll have visible (though "clear") runs. I often mist it on as evenly as possible and dab at it to remove excess. Doing this regularly keeps the leather in tip-top shape and these boots should last a few decades, with a resole every 6-8 years. Overall. As you can tell, I love these boots. But it was also a to of money for me. So hear that they are worth every penny! Looks, comfort, durability and value. Wear them on a lazy day, wear them out on a hot date. You won't regret it! Side Notes. For whatever reason, the sole will stain your socks for like 5 months. The rust-colored stains don't wash out, so wear cheap socks for a while? These aren't great on ice. The cork soles are comfortable and actually great on wet / oily surfaces, but the bottoms are very smooth and therefore don't get great traction on smooth surfaces. The surface does scuff up relatively easily, since it's such a supple leather. But don't worry! Do the cleaning process I described above and every mark comes out (marks and scuffs, not scratches).

Chelsea Rancher
Chelsea Rancher Posted: 9/30/14
Reviewer: from Grand Rapids, MI
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

High quality materials and very well made. Bought these to be my slip-on shoes when taking my dog out for a walk. They were a very snug fit when they were brand new. After a few wearings to break-in, they are comfortable and fit well, overall. However, even after a few weeks of walking in them 45 minutes every day, I have to use a boot remover to get them off. They are still very tight across the top of my foot just below the ankle. A great shoe that will last for years but not the quick slip-ons I meant to get.

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6" Iron Ranger Posted: 9/29/14
Reviewer: Dan August from Baltimore
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I've had my Iron Rangers for a year and a half and they are great. The leather is as tough as it gets, which takes some work to break in, but holds up better than cheaper boots. I burn through sneakers and cheaper boots in a matter of months with work, but these have really lasted. The cork sole is great in most conditions, except snow or mud. I resoled mine with a lugged vibram sole last winter and now they are perfect. Keep them oiled and they'll last a lifetime.

Classic Work 6
Classic Work 6" Round Toe Posted: 9/25/14
Reviewer: Roi from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Finally dropped the hammer on these as my first pair of Red Wings. I love them. I purchased the Copper Worksmith red, which currently is not available on Zappos. A little clean looking initially, they broke in wonderfully and just look better as they age. I have arthritis in my big toes, and these are honestly as comfortable as my required Birkenstocks...a boot as comfortable as Birks! The soles do wear a little quickly, but for the quality and comfort it's the price of admission. The style is fresh and timeless, and I will now always wear Red Wing. Drop the hammer, because having owned Fryes, Chippewas, Docs, Blundstones, and multiple Timberlands, these easily are the best boots I've owned...the best shoe. Some reviewers state they're not made for comfort and I am shocked. Red Wings are nothing if not comfortable. If you find differently, Zappos will make it right, so no risk involved.

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6" Iron Ranger Posted: 9/25/14
Reviewer: from WA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Zappos is GREAT! Free no hassle returns, great customer service and good prices! These boots were a gift for our son and he loves them! We ordered a half size larger, but they were too big, so ended up with 11.5 E (pretty true to size). Look great!

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6" Moc Toe Posted: 9/23/14
Reviewer: from Burlington County, NJ
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are pretty much the same boot as the old Red Wing model 875. I have had a pair since the 90's. The insole takes a while to conform to your foot but once it does it's very comfortable. I have done landscaping in these, gone hiking, worn them to an office job and they look good in all these places. The leather uppers are well made and conform to your feet. There is no need for inner lining. These boots were made to last a lifetime. I have not had mind resoled, as my soles are still good but I may some day.

Work Chukka
Work Chukka Posted: 9/20/14
Reviewer: from Medford Oregon
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

If you have been straddling the fence of indecision, may I encourage you to jump over into Red Wing country! Do not let the price dissuade you. The insuperable quality of these boots have to be seen and felt for faith in American craftsmanship. The main attribute of this boot that cemented my decision was "Goodyear welt construction" that allows for repeated re-soling, ensuring many years of productive use.

Beckman 6
Beckman 6" Round Toe Posted: 9/16/14
Reviewer: bronco pete from great midwest
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Let's start off with the fact these babies are made in the USA. Call me a meatball, but I won't pay good money for clothing and accessories unless they are made in America, although I do stretch my rule to include Italy and sometimes western Europe. These shoes have great craftsmanship and cool style. You can just tell a good shoe, the smell, the feel, the stiches and materials. This boot has it all and the color is fantastic. Ok, critique.....these puppies are not comfortable.....forget about breaking in.....they never will....the foot bed is like iron and if you plan on walking all day....find another pair of boots. Caveat, I can wear these boots all day in the office, here to there no problem. But wearing these boots on a long urban hike or commute...may cause sore feet. I wore these boots almost everyday last winter and they never "broke in" . I have a normal foot and I am not a wimp. I have heard women say something like this, comfort aside these shoes look great. That's where I am ......Now to more masculine arguments, I have had business cohorts and rednecks give me the nod over these boots. Most guys do not compliment other guys on foot wear but there you go. One last criticism, the leather boot laces broke after a couple months and replacements are hard to find. As long as I'm this far, I might as well mention that these boots are not warm. I had to shovel snow almost everyday last winter and my feet got cold in these boots. Besides, I don't like beating the heck out of boots I wear for good. You will suffer for the art of the this boot.

Blacksmith 6
Blacksmith 6" Round Toe Posted: 9/15/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Really nice boots, well made and look good. I vacillated on ordering a half size or full size small and found that the full size smaller than normal was necessary.

Beckman 6
Beckman 6" Round Toe Posted: 9/12/14
Reviewer: Scott Sowers from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are the highest quality pieces of footwear I've ever owned. I get compliments on them everywhere I go. The black cherry color looks way better in person; very rich, very versatile. There is definitely some break-in on these. I've worn them every day for about 3 weeks and they are very comfortable now. They were pretty painful around the ankle at first. It's totally worth it though. The commando sole is very nice as traction was something that I was concerned about. I normally wear a size 9 in most shoes but I went with 8.5. It's still roomy enough to wiggle my toes but can be laced tightly. Perfect fit.

Blacksmith 6
Blacksmith 6" Round Toe Posted: 9/9/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Excellent boot - extremely well built. Leather is stiff, and will require break in - but will be worth it. I had to return the first pair even though I ordered 1/2 size smaller than my normal boot size (I wear size 8 Danners and Frye). 7 should be just right here...which is 1 1/2 size down from my sneaker and oxford size.

Blacksmith 6
Blacksmith 6" Round Toe Posted: 9/5/14
Reviewer: Elliott from Kansas City, Missouri
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

After owning two pairs of the Red Wing Heritage Beckman's, I was in the market to buy a fresh pair of boots and found the Heritage Blacksmith's with the all rubber soles. After receiving these boots, I found them to be more comfortable due to the rubber soles over the Beckman's split soles. Don't get me wrong, the Beckman's are a great boot and I still wear them regularly. Again, these boots run a half-size larger, so make sure you order accordingly.

Blacksmith 6
Blacksmith 6" Round Toe Posted: 9/4/14
Reviewer: Dominic Aiello from Center of New York State.
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

A great boot. Although not rated as water proof - they kept my feet dry in a heavy rainfall and walking around on soggy ground for hours - twice. I tried going 1/2 size smaller BUT one whole size smaller is what one needs to buy. Must be they are sized for England.Too bad the 2014 price is 30 times the price of 1964.

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6" Iron Ranger Posted: 9/2/14
Reviewer: from Bloomington, IL
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These boots rock! I really contemplated spending this much money, but it was worth it. The quality is top-notch. I purchased a medium width, and thought they were too tight, so also purchased a wide (EE) width. After comparing, I stuck with the medium-width knowing that they are leather and will relax after a while. In only a day of wearing them, they don't feel that snug anymore, and I can tell they are going to be very comfortable. This boot appears (so far) to be well worth the money!

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6" Moc Toe Posted: 8/27/14
Reviewer: from Yigo, Guam
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are awesome shoes, they provide pure top quality satisfaction from the first time you look at them out of the box, to every step thereafter the break in period. I recommend ordering half or a full size smaller as they run big. I did not want to wait to change so I just bought a red wind shoe insert and it was snug fit.

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6" Moc Toe Lug Posted: 8/11/14
Reviewer: Derek Glowacki from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

After reading several of the reviews posted about these shoes, I finally decided to order the size I normally wear. I am glad to say that I am happy with the fit these shoes have for me. I do not find them to be terribly larger the way others have described. This be in part to the fact they while they are stylish, they are cut with a work boot mentality. As a result, simply wearing a slightly thicker sock could solve the issue. One comment I do have pertains to the width. Red Wing has manufactured the shoe in a narrow cut. However, the extended width option is a EE. Therefore, in this case, you might be better off ordering a slightly larger size if you feel you may need to compensate for the lack of width in the shoe s design. Overall, I am very glad I finally broke down, paid the cost, and ordered these shoes. Enjoy!

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6" Iron Ranger Posted: 8/7/14
Reviewer: from Philadelphia, PA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have these in brown (8111), and they are perhaps my fave pair of boots. Decided to get them in black, and they do not disappoint. Stiff out the box, but with the right care, they will break in perfectly. I'm typically a 9.5D in most shoes, but with these you have to go down 1/2 size, so the 9D is perfect. Use Red Wing boot oil to condition them. To break them in, run a pair of thick socks under hot water, put them on, then wear the boots around your house for like an hour. Repeat once if necessary. They will break in perfectly. The SB Foot leather on these are top quality. Also, these boots are somewhat narrow compared to the Doc Martens Made in England's and the Alden 405's.

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