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Red Wing Heritage 6" Iron Ranger Reviews

173 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

87%Rated 5 stars

7%Rated 4 stars

5%Rated 3 stars

1%Rated 2 stars

1%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

35% "Felt a full size larger "

84% "Felt true to width"

58% "Moderate arch support"

Additional 128 6" Iron Ranger Red Wing Heritage Reviews

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January 4, 2015

Anonymous

from Augusta, GA

The boots themselves are nice however the size and shape of the boots are inconsistent. I bought a pair and I could visually see that the right boot was smaller than the left. Also the right boot want level and was twisting my foot inward. Zappos sent a second pair right away and I had to keep one shoe from each pair that best fit together. They are good boots but be careful because the quality is extremely inconsistent.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Felt a full size larger than marked

 

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December 23, 2014

Anonymous

 

I wear other styles of Red Wings because of the diversity of sizes (I'm a wide foot). These boots although nice are not as comfortable as I would have expected from Red Wing. Also for a boot costing over 300.00 I would have expected some sort of foot bed. There was just a flat piece of leather with no arch support.

Brands I'd also recommend: Red Wing, Stacy Adams, Ferragamo

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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December 20, 2014

Anders H

from Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ridiculously sturdy shoes. Look great, understated class. Feel like they'll last for 20 years. One thing I'd point out is there not really winter boots - the bottom of the soles are totally flat, as there really floor work boots. Hardly an issue, since I'm still wearing them all the time anyway. Don't balk at the price - think about the fact that you'll get many, many more years of use out of these shoes then you will their less expensive counterparts. The cost is not the design or the brand, it's the quality.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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December 12, 2014

Anonymous

from San Francisco

Awesome boots that reminded me a lot of my Military boots. Tough in the beginning but getting better and better over time! This is not the kind of shoe for those who expect cushioning, But they become very comfortable over time. You will have to get used to actually feeling the ground under your feet so you know where you are standing. Treat them with a couple of layers of good oil or wax to saturate the leather. This will make them waterproof, softer and darken the color. Oh, and they look great as well, my wife has a pair and looks really cool in them. These boots run wide. My normal size is 11EEE and these 11EE fitted well perhaps a bit to spacious. But not enough to go one more size down.

Brands I'd also recommend: Allen Edmonds

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt wider than marked

 

Runs Narrow

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December 4, 2014

Cody B

from Evans City, PA

It took them a little while to get broken in but after I wore them for a solid week they really loosened up. If these shoes last as long as people say they do, then these will be the best pair of boots I've ever bought.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

 

December 3, 2014

Anonymous

from Columbus, OH

I got the wide version because I recently discovered that I have wide feet (per my podiatrist). For the record I wore a 10 in the normal width, before deciding to go with a wide size 9. Ordering from Zappos was a breeze. Ended up with three pairs to get accurate fit and sent two back with absolutely no hiccups. Quick to refund. In my opinion, more people should consider trying the wide version of this boot. Being able to comfortably wear thick socks in the winter, without your toes being squished, is a great feeling. Break in period was a couple/few weeks, I waited to treat them (Sno-Seal) until I thought all of the creases had formed so that the beeswax would really get in to the leather where it stretched a bit. I don't know if that's how it should be done, but it made sense to me. They will darken with treatment. A lot of compliments, people do (somehow) recognize that they are Red Wing Iron Rangers. I will add that the insole offers little-to-no cushion or arch support. Perhaps another reason to try on a few sizes and throw an insole in there with your thick socks, to make sure they'll be able to handle those moments when it is really cold. I love lacing these up, make sure you get the right size and enjoy! Zappos makes that as easy as possible.

Brands I'd also recommend: Wolverine

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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November 20, 2014

Chris M

from Dubuque, Iowa

I ordered 3 pair of these shoes to get the right fit. I'm a 12 in tennis shoes. I tried an 11 and 11.5 Med and an 11 wide. Ultimately the 11 fit right. A little snug on the sides which is why I tried a wide, but the wide was too loose. They look slick and are breaking in nicely. I put some flat laces on them. I haven't tried Obenaufs yet because I don't want to darken the shoes.

Brands I'd also recommend: Wolverine, Frye

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size smaller than marked

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

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November 11, 2014

Jim Y

from Graham, North Carolina

Best boots ever made! 30 minutes into a new pair they felt like I'd owned em for years. Worth every penny.

Brands I'd also recommend: Dr. Martins

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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November 10, 2014

Anonymous

from Valley Forge PA

These are fantastic boots. They require a little break but well worth it. My last Red Wings lasted 20 years. Great service and fast! I would recommend to anyone. I have very wide feet and was leery but I read other reviews about them loosening up and took a chance. I am very glad that I did.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt wider than marked

 

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November 7, 2014

Steven

from Laredo, Texas

Took about a week of wearing them every day to break in. After that truly amazing boots I wear them every where even walking around downtown for hours. Definitely worth the price I do wear a size 10 in Frye boots. But got these in a size 9.5 and they fit perfect.

Brands I'd also recommend: Frye

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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October 21, 2014

Bradley R

from United States

I really wanted to like these boots. They look very nice but they are uncomfortable to the point that wearing them a few days in a row, even at a desk job, was brutal. I do not normally wear wide footwear. These boots were entirely too narrow and they do not stretch. I repeat, they will not break in significantly in any sort of normal time frame. I have had them for a year and I'm giving up. I even bought a boot stretcher but can't get them to do anything but chew on my feet. They're terrible. If you find them at all uncomfortable when you first put them on, walk away. I know boots have a break-in period but these aren't going to get much more comfortable even after a year of regular wear. The heel and toe are very stiff. The leather around the ankle is very thick and also stiff. These boots look good sitting in your closet but they just aren't designed with actual use and movement in mind. The leather will bunch, pinch, crush, etc your ankles, foot, and toes mercilessly. The sole is also very smooth and completely worthless on snow or ice. These boots turned out to be my biggest case of footwear buyer's remorse. Don't think they'll get better with time. They don't.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

Runs Narrow

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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!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a full size larger than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

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!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

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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!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Felt true to width

 

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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!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Felt true to width

 

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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!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

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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!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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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!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a full size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Felt narrower than marked

 

Runs Narrow

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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!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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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!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a full size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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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!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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No arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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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!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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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!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

Runs Narrow

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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!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a full size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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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!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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