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Red Wing Heritage 6" Iron Ranger Reviews

122 reviews
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Overall Rating:

92%Rated 5 stars

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Customer Fit Survey:

62% "Felt true to size"

89% "Felt true to width"

75% "Moderate arch support"

Additional 102 6" Iron Ranger Red Wing Heritage Reviews

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October 20, 2014

Anonymous

from Lake Forest, CA

My first pair of Red Wing boots. They were a little rough breaking in, but once I applied Red Wing mink oil, they softened up. After about a month of non stop wear, they're very comfortable. Overall, I'm very pleased with them.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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October 1, 2014

Anonymous

 

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).

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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September 29, 2014

Dan A

from Baltimore

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.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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September 25, 2014

Anonymous

from WA

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!

Brands I'd also recommend: Georgia Boot, Timberland, Wolverine

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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September 2, 2014

Anonymous

from Bloomington, IL

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!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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August 7, 2014

Anonymous

from Philadelphia, PA

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.

Brands I'd also recommend: Doc Martens, Alden, Corcoran and Matterhorn

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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June 16, 2014

Dan

from Asheville,nc

These boots are amazing. Craftsmanship ship was top notch and I could immediately tell they were handmade. I suggest some good boot oil to speed up the break in time. It took about a month to break mine and once I did I feel in love. It's a great looking boot with a retro vibe.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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May 23, 2014

Anonymous

from OCONUS

My husband has been wearing these for 3 weeks straight and absolutely loves them. They were comfortable out of the box, but they are still breaking in. Definitely recommend buy two pair, 1 at a 1/2 size down and 1 at a whole size down. These do run a bit small, but will stretch with use. Also, the laces will seem short at first, but will stretch as they wear in too. He highly recommends these boots.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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May 8, 2014

Ed L

from Visalia, CA

Not a lot of wear time in these yet, but initial impressions are great boot! Stylish, rugged at the same time. Not really meant for heavy duty outdoor use. Reiterate what most others have said is these run BIG. I usually wear 12-13 shoes. Had to go down to an 11 on these.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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May 2, 2014

Special O

 

I've had my pair Iron Rangers in the muleskinner color (tan suede) for just over two years. I still love them. Two years folks! And I am hard on boots. As others have remarked they will be stiff and loose right out of the box; however, they conform to your feet. The stiffness eases and the looseness draw in, for one of the best fitting most comfortable boots I've ever worn. When I bought mine two years ago I bought two pairs. 10 and 10.5, after wearing both around the house (inside on the carpet, do not wear outside. Outside = no return, and no money-backy). Therefore, unless you're returning like me to buy another pair, spend extra money (you'll get it back) for two pairs upfront, and send the other pair back once you're sure. As an Army veteran I know good boots and I know bad boots, soldiers live on their feet. These are not the latter. I'll even venture to say the Iron Ranger is more comfortable than my old Jump Boots. Now I've seen a couple reviews where the person slams the sole. And I'll tell ya, and as you can clearly see from the pictures above, the soles do not have any grooves or teeth for gripping. They're not hiking boots. If you want hiking boots, use the little search feature Zappos has conveniently placed in the upper middle and go buy some Asolos (which I've used in combat and swear by). However, I digress. The Iron Ranger was fashioned after the old mining boots miners used, thus the cap toe. So yeah, not good in the snow. However, they grip like a son-of-gun in the rain. If you want some killer comfy boots that go with khakis just as much as they go with jeans...buy these boots. You'll be happy you did!

Brands I'd also recommend: Asolo, and Salewa (which Zappos needs to start selling ;) pretty please)

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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April 29, 2014

Chad H

from Nolensville, Tennessee

This is a 3-year follow-up. This boot was on the verge of painful for the first 2-3 weeks. It took a long time to break in. I wear cotton/wool blend Wigwam raglan socks and these boot were still a project. However, after 2-3 weeks of break-in, these boots really started to "work in" and became really comfortable. Now, after 3+ years they are absolutely my favorite shoes. I rub them with Mink Oil about twice per year. I also wash them alternately with Saddle Soap about twice per year. These boots are really amazing. In Tennessee I wear them year-round and constantly get compliments on them in a very professional working environment. I will be buying a second pair within the next year just so I have another pair, in case they discontinue them. This is by-far my favorite shoe. It will be yours also, if you're man enough the get them broken in. :)

Brands I'd also recommend: Saddleback Leather (Not shoes, but amazing leather goods)

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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April 10, 2014

Maj S

from Wash DC

A truly great looking boot, but the sizing is very odd -- long and very narrow. The black only comes in "D" width, which really feels about like a "B" (narrow). The Amber comes in a "EE", which is probably about like a "D."

Brands I'd also recommend: Viberg; White's Boots; Chippewa

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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April 5, 2014

Jeremy

from chicago

Just became my new favorite casual wear. I love this boot. Thought it might not be comfortable without an insole and all but that's not the case. I wear a 12 in most sneakers but had to go down to an 11 for this boot. So like most reviews I would consider going to a store To try one on first.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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March 19, 2014

Anonymous

 

Believe the hype! I've only had these on for a day, and they've become my favorite pair of shoes. Sturdy and stylish construction, the quality leather is already conforming to my feet wonderfully. I'd advise ordering a half size down (I got 9.5, my regular size is 10). The only downside is the flat sole (as others have mentioned), although that isn't a concern for me as there's no snow or ice where I live. I'll be wearing these for a long time to come.

Brands I'd also recommend: Walk-Over

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

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March 8, 2014

Mike R

from Michigan

I have five pairs of Red Wings in various styles. I rank Red Wings at the top of list for quality, comfort, and durability. Reading all of the rave reviews left me with a need to comment about these boots and the other Red Wings. It's about the sizing of the boots. These are not like shoes in terms of fit. They feel large in the correct size, but that is because they allow for wearing boot socks and not the thin cotton socks worn with shoes. A nice thick boot sock fills out the boot just right. Tighten the laces to adjust the fit for the different thickness of the socks and the fit becomes perfect. If I went down in size there wouldn't be room for the thickness of boot socks. I buy from Zappos and from the Red Wing store near my house. Talking with the store owner has helped me to get the right size in my Red Wings. It's the size I normally wear and yes they fit roomy, but that is good and not bad. I can wear boot socks, but not my shoe socks. Boots fit differently than shoes so as I have purchased my pairs of Red Wings I have also purchased boot socks so I have the right fit and feel in my Red Wings.

Brands I'd also recommend: only Red Wings

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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February 26, 2014

Brad

from Sydney, Australia

Absolutely love this boot. I have been wearing them five days a week for about a month, and they are starting to break in nicely. Great with jeans for a casual look. As for sizing, I found them to be one half size smaller than my Nike's, but true to size when compared with Converse high tops.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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February 26, 2014

Anonymous

from Coeur d'Alene, ID

This is my second pair of Red Wings. As a more rigid design, these did take a few days of wear to break in but since then they've been excellent. High quality, long lasting design and materials. I expect to enjoy these for years.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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February 21, 2014

Gr0ve

from Los Angeles

I read so many reviews on these shoes. I work on my feet all day, at least 10 hours. From walking like a crazy person back and forth on hard floors to standing and walking for the entire work day. I am the only woman I know to have written a review. So here goes, I love these boots. They definitely run the size bigger so get a size smaller like everyone is saying. I wear a guys 7 in Vans and a women's 8 1/2 in running shoes and most others. Redwings special ordered the Iron Rangers for me in a 6 and a 6 1/2. It is one of the few boots they carry that they can get in smaller sizes. I ended up with the 6. I have always worn a Superfeet insole. I swear by them and have been wearing them in my work and everyday shoes for at least 14 years. I don't have them in my Iron Rangers and I haven't missed them. The boots are stiff, but, in a way that says quality and it will be worth the wait when they turn buttery soft. It took 5 days for them to feel less stiff. I found the worst part was the bend at the toe. It would pinch me and took awhile for me not to be as affected. Last night I figured i would push on the pinch point from the inside, I didn't think it would do much but, it did. It wasn't an issue at all today. I have also been taking walks in these boots and have had no issue. I wear heavier socks. I will change the sole to something with more "bite" when these have had some wear on them. The hooks at the top of the boots are a way better than the eyelets that are on other boots. I am so glad I don't have to "lace" them every-time. It is fashionable for women to wear capped toe derby boots right now. These are real time work shoes with the flexibility of being worn out on the town. From someone who had no business spending 300 dollars on anything right now, they are worth every penny. Go to a Red Wings store and try some on. You will see why there are hundreds of positive reviews. Hundreds and one!

Brands I'd also recommend: Nothing compares in this catagory

Overall Rated:4 stars!

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February 18, 2014

Eddie B

from Nashville, Tennessee

Great boot. I usually wear a 10.5 to 11 and I ordered a 10 wide in these boots. The fit is great and they are extremely comfortable right out of the box. I cant wait to get them broken in.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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February 16, 2014

Chris D

from Denver, CO

Customer service was as advertised. Despite a few logistical hiccups, the team at Zappos made every effort to assure that I was a satisfied customer. I am a Zappos customer for life.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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February 14, 2014

Anonymous

from Asheville, NC

First and foremost, size down! As other reviews said, these run large. I bought a full size smaller, and they are breaking in to be a perfect fit. They are a good looking and sturdy boot. The out-sole is well made and slip resistant. By slip resistant, I mean to oil, grease, etc. The flat sole is not good in snowy or icy conditions! I have been wearing mine consistently for the last month, and they are really beginning to break in. Until they do, expect it to be stiff and, if you wear them all day early on, expect to have sore feet. I would highly recommend these to anyone who wants a sturdy good looking boot that should last a very long time.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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February 10, 2014

Anonymous

 

I love these boots. I bought mine in black. I ordered one full size down, I am normally a 10 in Nike and purchased a 9 in these boots. You want the fit to be snug because they slowly stretch and conform to your feet. They are a little uncomfortable for the first week. Now fit like gloves.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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February 6, 2014

David

from Los Angeles

Owing to the price, I waited a while to to purchase these boots. I try to buy american product even if there is a slight price premium, but these stung a bit. After reading the reviews here I thought I would give them a shot. I was lucky enough to have a RedWings store near by so I could try them on. I usually wear a 10 to 10.5 these were a perfect fit in a size 8.5. The sales person did not looks surprised, she just smiled and said they ran big. I did a 2 mile walk with the dogs wearing my new boots and literally no hot spots or rubbing. Honestly, a perfect fit. I also found out they they give you free shoe laces for life, will do any stitching repair at no charge (they send them in) and they will resole them for more. These are a great pair of american made boots. If you are on the fence, take the leap, I think you will be very happy.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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January 27, 2014

Anonymous

from Boston

These are great. They take a few days to break in, but then are incredibly comfortable. Super sturdy. And they work with jeans or khakis in the office. They run about a 1/2 size larger, so size down.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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January 27, 2014

Brian S

from Cape Cod

Unbelievably sweet. Hands down the best boot I've ever owned. When these wear out, I'm buying the same pair over and over again.

Brands I'd also recommend: Alden

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