Customer Reviews: Red Wing Heritage Round 6" Boot
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on September 4, 2013
First let me say that I wear my hiking boots everywhere, store, walking through town, taking kids to bus stop, hiking, dog park, everywhere. I am not a steel worker, lumberjack, carpenter, survivalist, or any other "rugged" type worker. What I am is a military vet, dad, and regular guy who is tired of needing new boots every year. I was doing my yearly boot shopping, looking for a nice pair of hiking, walking, daily use boots. I was replacing a pair of Columbias. I seem to have to replace my boots every year or so, and this year is no different! While shopping, I realized that when I was in still in the Army, I would wear one pair of boots, the old quality leather Cocoran II, not these new canvas boots, and my leather jump boots lasted me years! I would beat those boots up badly, and they would keep going. Now as a civilian, I am much easier on a pair of boots, but I seem to need to replace them yearly. I would laugh at spending too much on a pair of Columbia, or Teva hiking boots, and I would look like I was heading to the trails no matter what i was doing. So I decided to splurge on a pair of red Wings!

I normally wear a size 10.5 regular width boots. After doing some research, I found that most people recommend ordering a size down when it comes to Red Wing. I ended up ordering a 10D knowing that if they did not fit, Amazon had a good return policy. the 10D boots fit like a glove! Perfect fit. I got the Briar oil slick ones, they are a nice brown color. I was a little dismayed at the look of the brown leather and the tan foam sole. After wearing them around for a few minutes, I grew to kinda like the contrast in colors, they still have that brand new boot look, but over time, the bright sole will fade and the contrast of colors will be less.

First thing I did after making sure the boots fit was to heat my oven to 150 degrees. I applied a coat of Obenauf's LP (I ordered a 4oz tub with my boot order), turned the oven off once it hit 150, and them put my new Obenauf's coated boots in the oven for 45 minutes. After 45 min I took the boots out, put them on immediately, laced them up on my feet, and wore them around the house for the rest of the night, about 5 hours. The leather was extremely soft and pliable when they first came out of the oven and for the first 15 minutes or so, they felt too big on my feet. As the leather cooled, it became less pliable, and they felt tighter on my feet. After a few hours, they were totally cooled, the leather was the same flexibility as when the boots were in the box, but they fit my feet perfectly. The next day i walked my kids to the bus stop and there was no rubbing, no movement in the heel, the boots just fit well. The Obenauf's LP is great. the LP didn't change the shade of the boot, but it did make the color look deeper, if that makes any sense.

Now I am on day 4 of wearing these boots. I am in love. They are extremely comfortable, fit well, and they look so much better than hiking boots when I go out. I know red Wings are the "in" style in some places right now, but that's not why I bought them. Sure, it's nice to have stylish boots, but I live overseas, and these boots are most certainly NOT the style where i live. I got them because of the Red Wing reputation for quality, the fact that these boots CAN be resoled, and they look good in jeans, khakis, cargos, whatever.

Probably the 2 nicest things about these boots are: First, these boots seem and feel like they will outlast me. Second, is that great MADE IN THE USA tag sewed on the leather upper! As you can tell from my review, I LOVE THESE BOOTS! I would without hesitation recommend these boots to anyone.
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on April 15, 2014
I just got these in and really like them. I picked them up in the Copper Rough and Tough leather and think the color variations in the pull-up leather is really great. The soles are very comfortable and have a much different feel than vibram rubber and leather shoes, obviously. I can't imagine that they provide much traction in the winter, nor have I heard that they last particularly long on really abrasive surfaces like concrete. That being said, they look fantastic!

The size is as others have indicated. I've heard anywhere from .5 to 1 size smaller than your typical shoe size. I wear 11.5 in running shoes and 11 in Alden dress shoes. These I bought in 10.5. They're snug in the toe box, but feel like they'll end up conforming to my foot as the leather loosens up with wear.

I've got plenty of handmade boots from John Varvatos mainline, Frye, Wings + Horns, etc. These are as good as the best of those, from what I can tell so far.

Be aware that these boots are unlined and that the insole is hard leather, so some may prefer to put a softer insole in them. I'd rather let them break in and form to my foot.

Overall, I'd definitely recommend these. If my opinion changes or something gives, I'll be sure to update this review.
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on December 15, 2014
Depending on socks, how you like your boot to fit, etc. There are a couple ways you can size out this boot. Here is a simple frame of reference for what size I chose. The boots speak for themselves, excellent material, comfortable, time tested, they will last forever. Great for hiking, working the job site or holding up your motorcycle.

My foot measures approximately 11 and 2/4th inches. I wear:
10.5 in Red Wing
11.5 in New Balance
11 in Jcrew Ludlow
11 in Aldren
11.5 Johnston & Murphy
11 in Nike
11 in Vans
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on January 22, 2013
First disclaimer, I purchased these directly from a Red Wing store, not from Amazon.

I've had them about 2 weeks now, and worn 5 times (all day each time).

Overall impression. These are extremely high-quality well made boots. The quality of the materials and the quality of the craftsmanship that went into making them is evident.

Spendy, yes. But based on the quality and everything I've read about RW's, I expect many many years of wear out of these boots. For reference, I recently retired a pair of Clarks chukka boots, paid $80. Wore them 3-4 days a week for about 6 months to my deskjob. And they are already trashed. Not a good investment.

Fit: Size down at *least* 1/2 a size. I wear a size 13 running shoe (Asics) and size 12 in all my regular shoes (Kenneth Cole, Johnston & Murphy, etc.) My foot was measured in the RW store as a dead on 12. Normal width, but my left foot is slightly narrower than my right. I tried on an 11 1/2 and there was a lot of heel slip, particularly in my left shoe. Ended up getting an 11 as the salesperson told me that the leather would loosen up slightly as it breaks in and I am glad I did. They fit perfectly.

Break-in. The leather on these is stiff. I expected a long break-in, but I wore them with dress socks the first day for 8 hours with no problems. Granted I was sitting most of the day. Now that I've worn them a few times, they are really breaking in nicely and I expect them to be be very comfortable within a few more days of wearing them.

A great looking boot, fantastic to wear with jeans or khakis. Looking forward to many years with these.
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on April 5, 2016
Great boots. Like any well made boot, they took 2 weeks to break in. The break in will go well if you understand you should wear a nice thick pair of socks during the break in period. leather is awesome. soles are comfortable. i find myself wearing them more than my every day running shoes now they are broke in. also, don't use/buy leather conditioning products. get some coconut oil and work it into the leather a little at a time with your fingertips. it will darken the leather slightly, but works quite well to help soften the leather and provide a little extra moisture. i live in the Sonoran desert, so i find myself doing this every few months to help keep the leather hydrated. be sure to clean them properly before applying the oil though.
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on January 30, 2015
I heard Red Wings were the best, had a friend buy a pair so I ordered some to try out along with several other pairs. I really liked this pair, but wasn't enthralled with them. I know you're suppose to break them in, but I think I'll give them a go when I find a style I like better. Overall I don't think you'll be disappointed with the quality and craftmanship but could have used a little better fit.
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on January 7, 2014
The quality on the boots is great, and I love the style. I have a fairly narrow foot. I wear a 10.5 in running shoes like Nike and New Balance. I tried on some Red Wing Iron Rangers locally (local store didn't have the Round Toes) to see how the Red Wing Heritage boots fit before ordering. Most people recommend sizing down which was definitely necessary for me. Even though I'm a 10.5 in Nike, I wear a 9.5 in these Red Wings, and that is allowing for adding my own insole also. I added a Nike insole to these boots to add a little more cushion. Adding an insole is optional, and I decided to add one after hearing of many other people doing that. I have wanted some Red Wings for a while and am glad I ended up liking these so much.
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on November 25, 2013
These boots go to show that you get what you pay for. These are, and will be, the most expensive things I'll ever put on my feet, and they're worth every penny. Comfortable, fashionable, and built to last. Their attention to detail is obvious, such as a softer leather on the tongue and solid faultless hand-stitching. Wearing them I feel proud (and several inches taller!) and I would recommend them to anyone looking for boots with a little extra cash in the wallet.

I purchased the Copper Rough and Tough. They came to me in a mostly consistent rich, dark brown colour, which became even darker after I had applied two coats of the Red Wing Shoes waterproofing oil (would also recommend getting). As expected, wear shows on this colour, creases and highlights begin to show the second you put them on (as seen in the picture) so if you're looking for a style that looks and feels like you've worn them forever, and also worried about scuffing them (they look well worn and well scuffed anyway) I'd recommend that style. Of course if you want a consistent colour the other styles will look great too! Hope you enjoy your purchase as much as I have.
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on November 18, 2013
Fantastically comfortable, extremely well made boot. Another reviewer complained they had no support, which is the complete opposite of my experience. I've had surgery on both big toes for arthritis, and these are the first SHOE, not just boot, that I can wear all day with lasting comfort. I often wear Birkenstocks due to my toes, and these are as comfortable...and they're a boot. The retro, classic look will last as long ss they do. Love these boots. And, the price on Amazon is the lowest I've found.
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on December 20, 2015
Great boots, great company. I've been buying Red Wing for a long time and I'll continue too. They run a bit large. I order a full size smaller and they wear in great. I'd recommend oiling them up right away and again once a year if not twice.
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