Posts Tagged ‘ red wing ’

reminder: use mink oil

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it’s the holiday season.  who’s excited?  i’m excited.  you know who else is excited…my growing collection of red wings because they get a nice new coat of mink oil.  mink oil preserves, protects and waterproofs the leather.  you want these on your boots.  i bought the can you see above on amazon for $6.  that’s a small price to pay for protecting your favorite wintertime footwear.  happy start of the holidays and the shite weather.  cheers!

red wing weekender chukka boots

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are you sick of your clarks desert boots yet?  i was, so i searched for an alternative and low and behold i found these red wing weekender chukka boots.  since i don’t blog as much as i used to and/or keep up as much as i used to, i didn’t know these were a thing, but they are.  they’re solid shoes for the summer when you have to wear pants.  the only thing is that they’re wide as hell, so if you have a narrow foot, go for a size down.  if you have a wide foot go a half size down.  break in time is less than a full day in them.  nice job red wing.  get yours at todd snyder.

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the best boots i ever bought

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if you’ve been a reader of this blog since the beginning, then you know my obsession with red wing boots.  i’ve been searching for the right pair and fit for at least 5 years now.  i realize there is a lot happening in the world and i should probably find something else to do, but i really really like red wing boots.

last year around this time, i tried my luck on some black (gasp) iron rangers, and what do you know they’ve been the best boots i ever bought.  they took no time at all to break in and are now more comfortable than most of my athletic shoes.  they were also the only kicks i took with me when i went to paris and london this past summer.  i probably logged 5-10 miles a day in these s**t-kickers.

if you’re looking for a good winter boot or just a really awesome year round boot, then give these a try.  i would recommend buying two pairs – 1 a half size smaller than your regular shoe size and 1 a whole size smaller.  as with all red wings, sizing on these is tricky.  good luck.

red wing 875 in oro legacy

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if you’re a regular reader of to take the train, then you’re probably thinking, “why the hell am i looking at another pair of red wings?”  well, i don’t have a great answer to that question except to say these are new and i like them.

earlier this year, red wing announced they were reverting back to the original, untreated leather of their 875s and calling it the “oro legacy.”  the boot hasn’t changed at all.  it’s still a moc toe work boot made on the same last as the 875 that you’ve grown to love.  the only difference is the leather.  the orange color is a bit brighter and slicker which is going to give it more character as it breaks in.  i’ve been wearing them for a week now and they look pretty damn good.  the other great thing about these is that you can actually find them on zappos.  i had to track down the original 875s at the red wing store or some nuts-ass army surplus store in bumf**k.  life can be so hard sometimes.

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northern grade is coming to nashville

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if you haven’t heard of northern grade, it’s best to let them explain:

what is northern grade? we are a mobile menswear market open to the public consumer. we invite brands who are manufacturing their products in these united states, and provide well-made goods. at our markets you will find everything you need: clothing, footwear, gear, games, paddles, paper goods, grooming supplies + more things you did not know you need.

do i, as a consumer, have to pay to shop there? no.

is everything sold at northern grade made in the usa? yes.

check out that lineup.  what else do you need to know?  who’s coming with me?

shoe fitting 101

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this may sound ridiculous, but until last week i didn’t know my shoe size.  for those of you that know me, this is no surprise.  i’m constantly buying shoes, wearing them for two days, and then putting them up on ebay.  it’s become a ridiculous and expensive cycle, but a nice one for ebayers that like red wings and aldens.

the week before thanksgiving i called the closest red wing store and had them ship me a new pair of boots.  they didn’t fit.  they were too wide and too short.  i tried to ship them back, but they made me come to the store.  i’m glad i did.  the lady working at the store measured me on red wing’s machine and gave me the bad/good news: i measured an 11a.  i told her she was crazy and that i was 9.5 or a 10.  she then pulled out the brannock device and that’s when things clicked.  Continue reading

fall inspiration: r.p. mcmurphy

one flew over the cuckoo’s nest is one of my all time favorite films.  if you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor and add it to your netflix instant queue.  jack nicholson’s performance as r.p. mcmurphy earned him an oscar in 1975.  with that said, it’s not the most stylish film ever – unless you’re into hospital gowns from the 1970’s – but mcmurphy’s style outside of the institution is fall inspiration for me every year.  you can’t go wrong with an old pair of blue jeans, some red wing 875s, a denim shirt, and beat-up bomber jacket.  classic.  Continue reading

red wing moc-toe in navy portage

winter is coming (shout out to all my game of thrones watchers and/or readers) which means it’s time to get your boot game in order.  if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then you know my obsession with red wing boots.  i probably buy 2 or 3 pairs a year and then sell them on ebay when i decide i want a different model.  i’m fickle like that – no apologies.  the downside to my fickleness is that i don’t spend the requisite time to break them in, but who cares they still look cool.  if you’re thinking about making a red wing boot purchase, let me recommend these moc-toe boots in navy portage.  they’re basically the classic 875 model, but in navy.  you can purchase them here.  don’t forget to size down .5.

red wing heritage collection 2012

this is what i like to call lazy blogging i.e. posting a video of something i’m interested in with little to no description or analysis.  the only thing i will tell you is that red wing boots are essential to my fall/winter “uniform.”  i rarely wear anything else – not even pants or a shirt; just boots (kidding of course).  the last thing i need is another pair of red wing boots i will never break in, but those 2922 chelsea rancher boots are steadily climbing to the top of my wish list.

current obsession: red wing oxfords

it’s tough to justify wearing red wing work boots in the spring and summertime if you don’t technically need them for work.  ryan gosling is the exception, but he’s on a whole different level than you and me.  lucky for us, red wing makes a couple different styles of oxfords to solve this warm weather problem.  here are two options i have my eye on: 1) the red wing for j. crew plain toe oxford and 2) the red wing work oxford.  i don’t think i can go wrong with either one.

sizing tip: both of these oxfords are made on the 23 last which is the same last as the 875s, so you’re going to want to size down .5 or a whole size for them to fit correctly.