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Grind House Reviews | Red Wing Heritage Iron Ranger

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The Red Wing Brand

Determined to make really good work boots, Charles Backman founded the company Red Wing in 1905 to make his dream a reality. Today, the company is one of the largest work boot brands, still staying true to their roots and personable manufacturing processes. In Red Wing’s shoemaking process, the first step is the cutting of leather. Highly trained leather cutters carefully lay out the cutting dies on every hide. From there, they carefully select the leathers that will be used. The selected leather pieces are sewn together to form the upper of the shoe. Interestingly, the Puritan sewing machines that did the job when Red Wing was founded are still used today for sewing jobs. Next, the fitted upper is pulled over the shoe last giving the shoe its final shape and form. The leather welt is then sewn together with the upper and the leather insole using the traditional Goodyear welt construction process patented in 1869. After this, the sole is stitched or glued to the midsole, thus completing the shoemaking process. The very last step in inspection. All shoes are carefully inspected twice before being packed into shoeboxes. In addition, shoes are cleaned, polished, brushed and finished by a team of expert shoe finishers. Last year, both Tony and Pete were able to tour the Red Wing Factory to view their processes. It was pretty neat!

Red Wing Sizing + Fit

Red Wing uses standard US sizing. 

MNS: 7-13.

M-D + W-2E widths available.

When it comes to sizing, specifically with the Iron Ranger, we recommend you go down a half size to a full size depending on your foot. This is a work boot and it will require a “breaking in” period. A really well made boot such as this will take 3-4 weeks to fully break in. Rest assured, once they break in – you’ll love them. There is a thin layer of cork in the construction that will adhere nicely to the shape of your toes, arch, the ball of the foot, etc. It will only get more comfortable in time. Stop in and we can explore the idea of placing a Birkenstock or SuperFeet insert into this boot as well.

Red Wing Heritage Iron Ranger Summary

The Red Wing Heritage Iron Ranger is one of Red Wing’s best sellers. This style is a 6-inch boot, with Black Harness leather, chrome hardware, speed hooks, Goodyear welt construction, triple stitched quality, plus a durable VibramĀ® 430 Mini-lug sole for grip while maintaining the classic Iron Ranger construction and silhouette. Simply, it’s an OG classic. When it comes to materials, this boot is built to last. Inside, you have a layer of prime leather and cork for extra comfort (once you get past the breaking in period) and the Vibram outsole will give you extra grip. Overall, this a great boot that you can wear for work, casual, or dress.


Shop the Red Wing Heritage Iron Ranger.

Questions? Call 262.657.9142 or visit us in-store at 6821 39th Avenue, Kenosha WI 53142.

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