A workhorse of a boot for any part of your life.
The Iron Ranger Boots from Red Wing Heritage have been protecting the feet of miners for more than a century, so there's a good chance they can protect yours. Oil-tanned leather is used for the upper section, with a double layer over the toe for added protection on the job. A leather insole conforms to your foot's natural shape, letting these boots become more comfortable over time. A steel shank throughout the midsole increases both stability and support for those long stretches of time spent on your feet. Vibram's 430 mini-lug sole won't crack and lose durability after a few years like all-rubber soles sometimes do. Triple-stitched uppers and a Goodyear Welt construction ensure that these boots stand the test of time.
- Workhorse boot for any part of your life
- Oil-tanned leather upper is water-resistant
- Leather insole assures conformed comfort
- Steel shank ensures day-long stability
- Vibram 430 sole provides long-lasting durability and grip
- Red Wing Shoes makes boots in the USA since 1905
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 12D
I tried these boots on in a RW store before purchasing online. My feet measured on a brannock device L 13D / R 13.5D. I sized down to an 11.5 with space to freely wiggle my toes but it felt too snug on the sides with thin socks so I knew they wouldn't work with medium wool. I ended up going with a 12 which fits perfect. I originally thought of getting 13s but I knew they would be too sloppy all around based on other reviews I read from my big footed brothers on the web.
When you're trying on shoes you just know what feels right so go with that not what you can cram your foot into for the sake of sizing down and hoping it will stretch.
I marked them true to size because boots/dress shoes are our true shoe sizes while sneakers are cut "smaller" making sizing larger because of thick insoles; padding;cushioning that makes them comfortable for sport.
These are great looking Boots that will break and wear nicely. Very versatile color. I swapped out the factory laces with longer flat waxed dark gray laces for some pop. I would say they fit comfortable out of the box. i wore them for 7hours after getting them in the mail and they felt so good with thick wool socks on.
Received lots of comments on them.
Classic Look & Style
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
Iron Rangers were my first pair of boots from the Red Wing Heritage line and will definitely not be the last. Iron Rangers are just one of those boots you can pick out in a crowd. If you know anyone who owns a pair of Red Wing's odds are you also know they don't just own one. This is a classic upper with a new updated sole, and the grip sole is a great update.
On days you wear this boot be prepared to get called out. I have had mine since early Fall and have yet to have a day where some one does not compliment them. They are also a great conversation piece for those footwear fanatics.
The reason I selected Iron Rangers as my first pair of Red Wings was for the leather. I had a few different styles in mind, but the Rangers have a great leather that breaks in rather quickly for boots in this category. Mine felt pretty snug from the first time I put them on, but as they have broken in they have exceeded expectations. I felt like the boot was fully broke in by day 5, which is faster than some friends who's took significantly longer. Each day I wear them they get more and more comfortable so I'm looking forward to wearing them for years.
Needless to say I am in love with these boots, and would like to have them in another color to continue to grow my boot collection.
I selected "true to size" because as lifestyle/full leather boots run, they are true to size (meaning 1/2 to 1 full size below your regular shoe size) I would recommend ordering a full size down from your normal shoe size, as the boot will pack out on the sides once it fully starts to break in. Just make sure your toes are not touching the front of the boot.
My breakdown for sizing is below.
Red Wing Boots = 11
Nike/Adidas = 12
UK brands with welted boots I wear a size 11.