since this is somewhere around my 5th post about engineer boots in the past month, i’m going to go ahead and call them my next purchase. i was holding out to order fryes until i saw those moto boots on monday. the rub being that i have no connections to tokyo or moto. as luck would have it i noticed some boots on red wing 1905 this morning that looked an awful lot like the moto boots. i know most engineering boots look the same with the buckle at the bottom but there is a certain look and finish i’m looking for – mainly pronounced stitching at the sole (which the fryes don’t have) and a tobacco like finish. the new engineer boots from red wing fit that criteria. they don’t look as crispy (hope i’m using that word correctly) as the moto boots i want so badly, but i bet they’ll look close enough after several months of wear.
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 styleforum.net 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
speaking of vests…the j.crew collaboration with crescent down works (which i mentioned here a couple of weeks ago) is now available in their online store. the vests is the same one i posted – the north by northwest vest – but in a fern color. they also carry a burnished moss color (tan to you and me). i’ll take one of each please.