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Red Wing Heritage Beckman 6" Round Toe Reviews

93 reviews
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Overall Rating:

92%Rated 5 stars

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Customer Fit Survey:

40% "Felt true to size"

86% "Felt true to width"

58% "Moderate arch support"

87 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 7/11/11
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

This boot requires break-in. I received these boots June 13, and it is now July 11th. As of about a week ago, these boots have been absolutely comfortable (comparable to my Birkenstocks). Before that, I received a couple bruises on the ankles and calves, and a couple blisters on my big toes. That seems like a deal breaker, but these boots are miles superior, particularly in durability, to boots of even slightly less cost. Also, the blisters were mostly the result of wearing them to a museum the first day I had them. Regardless, I have no doubt I will still be wearing these in twenty years. If you're looking for a pair of rugged, wear-anywhere-with-anything-forever boots, not many will stand up to the Beckmans.

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6 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 1/2/11
Overall Rated:1 stars!
Comfort Rated:1 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

I love how fast Zappos was with the delivery of the shoes. When I opened the box and saw the boots, I was very excited with the craftsmanship of the shoes. Overall it looked great. But this is where the positives stopped. When I tried the boots on I knew it was stiff and the leather needed to be broken in. I contemplated for a while if I should keep it or not as the fit was not quite right/comfortable. The next day I tried wearing them again and noticed that I needed foot sole inserts, got them and still they are not comfortable!? I noticed the tongue of the boots where it 'folds' over is rubbing on the top my feet. Tried to make some 'modifications' by cutting the tongue where it attaches, longer and that helped a little. But still not solving the fit issue.... Overall the shoe was tight at some areas on the front of the foot while the heel has no support when walking. The pain is unacceptable for a pair of boots that cost so much.

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3 people found this review helpful  

February 22, 2012

Anonymous

from Boston

I bought these about 4 months ago so I can finally give a review about them since they're broken in. First off, they will make any outfit you have on look 20% more manly. These are beefy boots built to last but they also look great with a pair of jeans. Super classic look. In terms of sizing, it's a little tough to describe. I sized down one full size from my standard. I wear a 12 in Nikes but an 11 in these. When I first put them on they felt slightly loose so I put a thin insole in them and the fit was (and still is) great. The heel did slip a little but I must stress that this is normal. All this means is that the leather sole is stiff and needs to be broken in. As you wear them the heel slip will begin to disappear. The best way I've found to tell if the heel is too big is by using the finger test. Take your socks off and but your bare foot into the unlaced boot. Push your foot forward until your toes hit the end of the boot. Then take a finger and stick it behind your heel. If you can't fit one finger, the boots are too tight. If you could fit two fingers, you should size down. From a comfort standpoint, they're great. I would buy and insole for them to give yourself a bit more support but it's not entirely necessary. Yes, the breaking in process was a painful one but it only lasted about 2 weeks before they were comfortable, and another 4 weeks before they were fully broken in to my feet. Be patient, they're worth it. These boots are amazingly solid too. The leather is nice and thick, the soles are great in any weather and the stitching seems like it's not going anywhere anytime soon. The one thing I would do in terms of care though is use some sort of weather guard if you're going to be wearing them in the rain/snow. I personally recommend Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP but there are many choices. I would also say to say away from mink oil and use a beeswax bases preservative. Bottom line, you could do a whole lot worse than these boots. They're stylish, beefy and durable. Yes the price is high but these boots are an investment, they're going to last you a very long time before you need to replace them. You are absolutely paying for the highest quality here.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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December 26, 2011

Patrick T

from San Antonio, Texas

These may be the best boots I've ever owned. Growing up I was a staunch supporter of Dr. Marten 10 eyelets made in England. Since Martens are no longer in England (that I can find), these eye-catching US made Red Wings, with a much higher quality make it an easy transition.

Brands I'd also recommend: Wolverine's 100 Mile

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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November 20, 2011

Anonymous

from Massachusetts

Runs large. Most comfortable shoe I've ever worn. Gets more comfortable with age. Superb construction.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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January 26, 2011

John E

from Bloomington, IN

These shoes were stiff and quite uncomfortable at first. As I've worn them, they are gradually becoming very comfortable and conforming. The quality of the materials and the construction are fantastic. The Dark Cherry leather is beautiful. Have used Red Wing burgundy leather cream to great effect; it gives the boot a nice finish. I wish there was better arch support. I tried to use my orthotics but it made the D-width boot way too tight. Red Wing inserts also were unusable in the boot; also too tight. This is my first pair of Red Wings, and I'm eager for more. Look great with jeans and khakis.

Brands I'd also recommend: Blundstone

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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March 10, 2012

Anonymous

 

These are great boots. Like everyone says, they are very stiff. Mine are black , which I was told is stiffer because of the tanning process. The upper is softening up with use, it is the leather sole that needs breaking in, I think that may take a long time. I did get a blister on my heel, check for that fit, thick socks work. The size seems true, not big like people say. Insoles would necessitate bigger.

Brands I'd also recommend: clarks

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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February 14, 2012

Anonymous

from nc

Order a size smaller than you usually wear, hands down the most comfortable shoe ever!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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February 11, 2012

Tim M

from Buffalo, NY

Best boot ever. I receive so many compliments on these boots, I'm pretty sure my girlfriend is starting to get jealous. I've been wearing them non stop in Buffalo, NY weather since about mid-November. They still look beautiful with only a few minor scuffs. They get more comfortable every day as well. At first they are very stiff but with continued wear they are like "Butta". Highly recommended if you can get past the price (but it's definitely worth it).

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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December 27, 2011

Chip O

from Boston, Massachusetts

These boots are great and even better when broken in. I can't tell you the amount of compliments I get on them. They're perfect for casual or semi-dress. I've seen some get brighter with age, but mine seem to be getting darker, which is fine by me. Support your country's economy and buy these quality, Made in the U.S.A. boots from Red Wing.

Brands I'd also recommend: Wolverine, Danner, Alden, Allen Edmonds

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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November 8, 2011

Anonymous

 

The best boots I've ever owned. They size large so if anything you should get a slightly smaller size than you would normally.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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September 5, 2011

Anonymous

from Colorado

Just got beck from the Red Wing shoe store where I tried these on. They will be great when broken in. I want them. But take my word on the issue of size: they are at least 1/2 size too large. In my case, since I'm using a foot bed, I went a full size smaller than what I wear in most shoes. I tried on a 9 1/2 and it was fine. Just like in my Frye boots.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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July 23, 2011

Anonymous

 

Thses boots are awesome. I wanted the chestnut color (which no longer made), so I bought these in cigar and the Fryes Arkansas boot in their chestnut equivalent. I think the shape of these boots is more attractive, and the sole is much nicer looking. I was really hoping to keep the more expensive boots, but the Red Wings were sweet. I wear a 14 (exactly according to a shoe scale) and a 13 in these fit me perfect without an insert. They are heavy and fairly stiff at first, but I can tell these will be supremely comfortable. If I had the money, I would have also kept the Fryes, as they were also awesome boots (the 13 fit me too).

Brands I'd also recommend: frye arkansas boot

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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April 2, 2011

Anonymous

from New York City

I am an fan of Red Wing. Got my first pair of boots about 30 years ago, when I had a job working in the mountains of Colorado. I worked in those boots and they lasted for 20 years. Incredibly well made. I now live and work in Manhattan. I don't need a work boot but I like the outdoors and I walk a lot in the city. This boot seems like a nice choice. Has that great RW durability. The leather is thick and tough, but already breaking in nicely. I tried a half size down and the fit was okay, but these boots are even more comfortable with an insole (with arch support) and that meant I needed a bit more room. So I recommend purchase true to size with an insole -- then ya got yerself a fantastic, comfortable, durable, wonderful boot. Viva Red Wing! Viva Zappos!

Brands I'd also recommend: Frye, Vintage

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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January 27, 2011

Anonymous

 

Beautiful shoe that was very comfortable on one foot. The tongue rubbed my other foot wrong though. Very sad.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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January 15, 2011

Peter

from Brooklyn, NY

A superbly well made boot. The leather is very heavy and will require a lengthy breaking in period. Rubbing with leather lotion before wear will help quite a bit. Until they do break in they're quite stiff, difficult to put on, and wear can be quite uncomfortable but once they do mold to the foot they're like a second skin and perfect for walking all day. After a couple months of regular wear I was pleased enough to purchase a second pair. Almost three years later I still have my first pair, have had them reheeled, and they still take a shine like a brand new pair.

Brands I'd also recommend: Frye

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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January 12, 2011

Anonymous

 

I got these in chestnut to use as work boots (working around the shop, house and yard, not professionally) and they are great. They run a little narrow to start, but stretch. They are scuffed up, but still very solid. I find my self throwing them on to go everywhere, so next on my list is another pair that I'll be sure to keep nice for wearing around. Best advice: get a pair of smart feet insoles. They don't come with their own.

Brands I'd also recommend: Wolverine 1000 mile boots

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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October 19, 2010

Chris J

from Brooklyn, New York

Excellent boots, very solid and well made. Can be resoled, which is great. Strong, hard leather. They look nice, halfway between tough and elegant. One problem, no loop in back to help pull them on, until they\'re broken in it\'s a bit tough to get my foot in.

Brands I'd also recommend: Keen

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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July 27, 2010

Anonymous

 

Great shoes, though they did take a few wears to break in. It doesn\'t help that my feet are a bit wide\/oddly-shaped. So, even though I got a half size down from what I normally get (I tried them on at a local retailer, first, to be sure.), they felt a bit roomy in the heel and still too tight around the toes. But that\'s pretty usual for me. And as I said, after a few wears these boots are great.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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April 10, 2010

Andy H

from Richmond, VA

Excellent boot. I have an oddly shaped foot, so I ended up having to go a full size smaller than my normal 9. Once broken in (took me about a week of wear), these boots are extremely comfortable; the leather molds to your feet like an old baseball glove. Great support and good traction. Plus they have a classic, timeless look & great color.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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April 9, 2010

Anonymous

from Florida

I measured my foot to be almost exactly 11.5 in, so following the recommendations of the other reviews, I got a size 11 boot, which was too small. Returned it and got the 11.5, which fits just right. There will probably be plenty of room to put in some inserts as well, but I’m not really bothered by the lack of arch support at the moment. I hardly had to break them in as they were pretty comfortable out of the box. The leather is soft, but appears strong; it scuffs easy, but these are boots so I don’t mind. I’m happy with this purchase, and with Zappos for making the return process so easy and for shipping so fast.

Brands I'd also recommend: Alden

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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February 6, 2010

Doug

from Canada

I've been looking for a good-looking but rugged and versatile boot for a long time. I finally settled on this boot and, I have to say, it was worth the effort. These boots look great with a really classy, timeless style. They look better in person than they do on this site, as the leather has a real rich, deep color to it that pictures don't do justice to it. They go great with jeans, khakis, dress pants and nearly anything else. I also wear these in the winter and, while they aren't really warm, they are durable and rugged enough to handle snow, water and slush. They are surprisingly slip resistant, too. Some of these reviews talk about a long break-in period but I didn't find that. They were comfortable right out of the box, and only got more so as the high quality leather gradually broke in and formed itself to my feet. Again, these are just a great, all-around boot. Tough, comfortable and stylish! I look forward to wearing these for years to come.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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September 18, 2009

JW

from Vermont

These boots caught my eye in a cool boutique and then I ordered them on Zappos. They are unique for being rugged while looking sophisticated. The chestnut leather is high quality and can even be polished. Based on reviews I tried three sizes. If you like an after-market footbed (like I do) in your boots, a half size smaller is all you need to go. If you wear boot-socks in winter with these, you will actually need a little extra room. Comfortable right out of the box.

Brands I'd also recommend: Frye

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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September 4, 2009

Anonymous

from New York

These shoes are just beautiful. The styling is timeless, the construction is top notch, and the materials are excellent. I just got mine today and have been wearing them around New York. Based on some of the other reviews I've read out there, I expected to have them be pretty stiff and tough to break in. On the contrary, they are buttery and soft and have loved walking around in them. (Full disclosure, I popped a SuperFeet grey insole set in them before I took them out on the town.) Here's the most important thing about ordering them online, they run very BIG. I usually wear a 10. The 9.5 was way too big. The 9 is great but I still have a bit of room in the toe. They are long boots and the sizing feels very off. I'd definitely order at least a half size or even full size smaller than you usually do to avoid exchanges, etc.Hoping for years of wear! As always, Zappos is the best about returns, exchanges, etc.

Brands I'd also recommend: Frye, Wescoe, White\'s

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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April 10, 2009

Earl L

from Philadelphia, PA

Great boot. They’re built to last and last and last. They do run a 1/2 size too large and hurt until they're broken in- a few wears. But then, the sole and upper mold to your feet and they feel great. The leather is nice and thick, and the construction is top notch. they are a traditional work boot, so they're not the most stylish, but if you appreciate build quality and excellent materials, i.e. function over form, they have their own kind of beauty to em.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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October 24, 2011

Anonymous

from Roanoke, VA

An "old-school" boot, with solid construction from Red Wing. These boots do take a while to break-in (the leather is pretty damn stiff), but once that's over, they are very livable for everyday use. These boots do run a a hair big (made to be worn with boot socks). They do not have true arch support (just stiff leather sidewalls and nothing more), the insole will bleed color onto your white socks...but the leather will last (I've worn these day-in day-out for 4 years. Resoled them twice, and they're still going!).

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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November 17, 2010

Anonymous

from DC

Solid, old school all leather boot. Roomy in the toe box but don't mistake that feature for needing to buy a size down. I like a little room in the toe box. I took others' advice and ordered a half size down and had to exchange them for my regular size. They fit just fine. Be prepared for a break in period, but the leather is quality. You also definitely need a pair of insoles unless you like walking on wood. I've had them a week and they're softening up more every day.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

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