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Re: boots
« Reply #40 on: January 18, 2006, 04:08:40 PM »
The trick to getting the life out of Redwings is to have two pair, alternate them and keep them oiled. 

I don't always have two pair, wear one pair all the time and still get good life, usually 2 to 3 years.  The soles go before the tops. 

I've been tempted to get them resoled, but usually Redwing has to do it and they send them off.

No telling what kind of life I could get from a set of tops if I resoled.  Usually I just give the old boots to my son who destroys them working on Diesel engines and crawling around on concrete.  The tops don't hold up too good when they get scrubbed on concrete all day.  :D

I had a paire of climbing boots that I retired after 5 years and gave them to my brother who uses them in his landscaping business.   They don't get used regularly, maybe twice a week, but they are going on 8 years and show no appreciable wear.   Like I said, the secret is keeping them oiled.

I've always used Reddwing's boot oil.  It is neatsfoot, basically,  and other compounds of which I no nothing.
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Re: boots
« Reply #41 on: January 18, 2006, 05:45:34 PM »
I just purchased a pair of Nicks Boots but they are a bit out of your price range... over $300.  The ground here does not lend themselves well to the most popular brands so people do spend quite a bit, usually over $200 and pretty close to $400 at times depending on what you need.

How do your Nick's compared to the White's? I have two pair of Whites and have been real happy but you have me wondering.

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« Reply #42 on: January 18, 2006, 07:04:11 PM »
Many years ago I oiled my Red Wings and thought they were doing good. When I went to get another pair at an old time REAL shoe maker who also carried Red Wing he told me I was over oiling them and pointed out how the part of the boot that surrounds the heel  on the sides and back was limp. He said that was bad, no support, i said they were comfortable, he told me it was bad for my feet with no support. He told me to only waterproof them whenever the leather started to look slightly dry on the surface and to use snopruf, not oil. Said the snopruf would work better and be better in maintaining the support as apposed to oil. Since then I have used the snopruf and he was right. You don't have to be in snow country to use it, it conditions and waterproofs the leather without penetrating too much sealant wax, greese ? in too deep so as to lose the support built into the boot. As I said in my post earlier, i tend to keep my boots very long, I work hard out in the woods, in the blueberry fields and in everyday activities, on the tractor etc. They last me anywhere from 4 to the eight years the ones I now have on (which is the longest I have ever gotten) However I do wear rubber Muck boots if i am working in mud and water rather than just getting thru a wet spot or in wet grass. I find the snopruf to do as that old shoemaker told me. No i do not own any stock in the company, (maybe I should)
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« Reply #43 on: January 18, 2006, 07:13:57 PM »
I do have 2 pair of Red Wings. The ones i am wearing and the ones i bought to replace them at a booth at the NYS Woodsmens field Days this past Aug, they are still new in the box, tried them on and put them back to wait for these to fail. I forgot to mention, the soles on this model are made out of urethane, doesn't sound very tuff but I have never worn thru yet and the heel still has about 1/2 thickness at the most worn spot which is the back of the heel and slightly off center. Must be I don't walk correctly.
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« Reply #44 on: May 22, 2008, 01:31:29 PM »
Update. I am thinking about replacing my old pair of Red Wing boots, which I have now been wearing for 10 years this coming August. I already have the replacement pair, which I bought in 1999 and have only worn them on a few occasions when I wanted a better looking boot. When I finally retire the old pair I will need to buy another replacement pair. These are getting thin in the sole so I can sometimes feel stones when I walk on them and the backs have now lost their support. I just hate to give up on them but I guess I must. I have really gotten great mileage from these Red Wings, #1212, worn almost daily for nearlt 10 years. They do look worn but do not look worn out.
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Re: boots
« Reply #45 on: May 22, 2008, 03:09:17 PM »
I picked up my redwings on ebay for $30.00 two years ago.  If you know what you want you can do that and feel confident that they are going to fit right.
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« Reply #46 on: May 22, 2008, 05:22:00 PM »
I have a brand new pair of red wings to, waiting to be worn. I have a pair of Carolina's that are not the same boot. I gotta wear them out first and probably won't take long. The leather in them is like card board.  :-\
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« Reply #47 on: May 22, 2008, 09:55:30 PM »
I have all the redwings I ever bought.  one pair low tops with one resole every day wearers, one pair high tops, 2 more pair low tops as dress shoes :o, waiting to replace the evry day pair ifin they ever quits.
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« Reply #48 on: May 22, 2008, 10:24:09 PM »
I got some Brahma's boots awhile back at Walmart for about $30, high top, steel toe, waterproof, oil resistant sole, thinsulate insulation, and not to mention they are actually very comfortable. When I wear them around my shop I usually wear shorter socks (like you wear with tennis shoes) and I can hardly tell that I'm not wearing taller socks.
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Re: boots
« Reply #49 on: May 31, 2008, 08:57:10 AM »

I too have a couple pairs of leather boots that I alternate every week, or if I get a pair sweaty after a hard day, I will wear the other pair the next day.

I bought a pair of Thorogood's last year. Their firefighting model.  American made - Merrill, Wisconsin.  Seems to be a good boot.

What's y'alls experience with the rubber/leather combination boots, like L.L. Bean?  I had a pair that I wore completely out, had them resoled twice over the years.  The second time thay came back with a leather patch added where the tops and bottoms were stitched together.  Had a note that said sorry, this is the last time they can be resoled. Wore them until the soles were smooth and a hole started in one of them.  So I bought a brand new pair a couple months ago.  I like them for rainy day work.  Also good for dewy grass fields in the mornings.

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« Reply #50 on: May 31, 2008, 02:07:31 PM »
I have tried others over  the years but hands down the best boot I have ever had on my feet
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My only gripe with this style is the sole wears out before the uppers.  I have had a couple of pairs resoled locally but they were not the same.  I wear them daily.  I usally get about a  year and half to two year out of a pair before I replace them.  Usally the soles are wore out and the uppers are still in great shape (unless I have cut them, another story).  The last pair I bought was about two years ago.  I do need a new pair now.  At that time this style was still made in the USA and it was marked so on the end of the box.   I looked at other styles and some were marked made in USA and some were marked imported.  My wife complains about why I wear them all the time and not "tennis shoes" which I have a pair of that are 6-7 years old and look new because I hardly ever wear them.  I prefer a hard sole shoe. Just my opinion but I will keep buying RedWings.  I hope they can stay in the USA.  The last pair I bought the price had actually dropped to about $135.  I'm sure there not that cheap now. 
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Re: boots
« Reply #51 on: June 01, 2008, 08:58:13 AM »
Woodhick, that's exactly the same boot I bought years ago at that exact price ($135) to work my Christmas trees with.  I was looking for a steeltoed leather laceup boot with a smoother sole than my vibram-soled heavy work boots. I don't wear them near as much as my regular work boots though, and they are well worn but still in good shape after 10 years or so.
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« Reply #52 on: June 01, 2008, 09:57:35 AM »
I have a pair of LL Bean rubber bottoms. They are very light weight. I wear them when the woods are wet. They have held up very well.
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« Reply #53 on: June 01, 2008, 11:58:20 AM »
   Being in the north, all I wear is Sorel boots. Their winter boots can't be beat. -50 and my feet are warm.  The work boots are great, short and high top depending on what I am doing. Both my winter and summer boots meet all safety requirements for oil field work so they are good for all applications.
   I have always had a problem with boots not fitting good (I have WIDE feet). I have to try on 4 or 5 different pairs until they fit. With Sorel I pick up a box and walk out, I know they will fit. I have never had boots that have felt "broke in" out of the box until I bought these.
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