almost red wing time

i wish the shoes above were mine.  i wish i had braved the break in period long enough to own a pair that needed to be resoled.  for the past two years i’ve attempted to find the perfect pair of red wings.  i’ve tried the 875, 1905, 877, and a couple of other models.  none seem to fit just right and it’s totally my fault.

the first pair i purchased were my running shoe size 10.5.  they felt like clown shoes.  i went down a half size and they were still too big.  i then settled on the 9.5 for a couple of months until i realized my heel was still slipping.  i refused to to admit that i had made the same mistake 3 different times so i waited until the end of the winter to order a 9 in the irish setter model (877).  unfortunately they felt too tight.  i took to to see if others were having the same issue.  they were.  in fact there’s a whole thread devoted to red wing sizing there.

now here i am a year later reading the same blogs and seeing the same cool cats post pictures of their precious red wings all cleaned up for the winter time.  i’m jealous.  i want to post pictures of my red wings, but i don’t have any.  it’s time to man up and not be such a wuss this season.  i’m ordering a new pair.  i might even do it today.  and i’m going to break the f**kers in so next september i can show you how bada** my red wings look.  you’ll see.

and if you want to know the consensus on sizing i’ll tell you what i learned.  most people size down a 1/2 from their original shoe size e.g. if you’re a 10 in most shoes then order a 9.5.  most red wings don’t come with insoles so they’re thin at the bottom.  if you want to put an insole in yours then you might be happy ordering true-to-size.  if you have any questions or need any help send me an email

    • mpr
    • February 24th, 2011

    I really like your blog. You don’t seem to have the pretension that seems almost ingrained in many of the other men’s “lifestyle” blogs. Don’t take this the wrong way, but Perhaps you should try your shoes on before committing to them. I notice that ordering the wrong size shoes seems to be a recurring theme for you.

    • coop
    • February 25th, 2011

    I appreciate the feedback. Ordering the wrong size is definitely a recurring theme for me. I’m going to try to move the blog away from that and more of other things I’m into. It’s a work in progress. Thanks again for stopping by and leaving a comment.

    • Rick
    • October 29th, 2012

    Hi, I love the pic of the red wings you used. Do you know what model they are? If you do I’d love to look them up. I am trying to pick out a pair.

    • cooper
    • October 29th, 2012

    they are a well loved pair of 875s. daves in nyc has the best price on them. size down .5.

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