Discussion in 'Apparel, Shoes & Accessories' started by M!ch, Jun 1, 2007.
mine 1 week...
Yeah with about a week or 2 of daily wear they should be softened up.
this is kind of cool. my dad noticed that I bought myself some red wings and told me that he bought a pair when he was in the states back in the seventies. He was unsure if he still had them, I hope he finds them so badly.
keep us posted man, if he finds them, pics are a must
after hunting these down for some time and figuring out sizing, these came in yesterday (as I also crossposted in the 'last purchase' thread), too bad customs tore me a new one, but hey, I finally got my perfect fitting RW's...
anyone know if these are 'waterproof leather' or 'oil tanned or dry tanned leather'?
as described in the caring instructions that came with them...
guess I'll be selling these now, my clapton classics, only worn for a few hours, they just are too big for me, a damn shame tho... (US 12D)
Great boots amigo!!congratz on those!!!
You should be able to check on the redwings website to see all the details about them, including materials, safety specs, etc.
that's the tricky part, these are discontinued in this color, they are now made in horween leather, Shizuo got these from RW for me and he told me this was the last pair they had in this size...
Very nice Tiro, are those the Linemans you were after?
The leather looks the same as on your Claptons, besides that Marcel told me not to care too much about caring after them and just wear them hard.
They are tough boots, tough enough not to need much looking after.
thanks M!ch and Dave,
yeah that's the lineman model, thanks to clever-id...
they are the same leather as the clapton classics and the 875 yeah, I was just curious cause of that 'take care of your boots' flyer that came with them...
they aren't nubuck or roughout leather, so it's waterproof or oil tanned or dry tanned...
ah well, I also heard they don't need too much care, it still would be interesting for the future...
I bought a new pair of 8130s a couple days before leaving Japan coming back to Canada. Please take a look at the photos comparing the right and left boots. The right inner-side leather piece is really different from the other pieces of leathers on both boots. Is this a normal situation with RW boots? Has anyone seen something similar before?
please excuse the photo quality from my laptop cam, but it's all I had at the moment. However, the problems that I notice can be seen still quite well from the photos. Oh, and these shots from my laptop cam are mirrored, so they appear as left instead of right and vice versa.
Any help on this would be appreciated.
The left boot:
The right boot:
I'm not seeing it mate, mabye it's the pics, but I just don't see it
I think i see what you mean Noire, the leather piece seems to be sewn on a bit lower on one side than on the others, and the white stitching does not go all the way through.
I think it might be a slight flaw, which passed QC, i don't know what RW's tolerance for such slight differences is.
And after all it's a handmade product so they are never going to be exactly the same.
Did you pay full price for them btw?
I wouldn't care too much...they're working boots!!
Tiro, I actually prefer the Claptons. I wish you were way smaller, as I would've bought it off you with a quickness if it was my size. Who's Shizuo? Is he a Japanese connect to these things?
Thanks for taking a look at the photos.
This model along with the 875's were on sale at an ABC mart in Shinsaibashi, Osaka.
The leather is smooth on the left boot (first three photos). On the right boot (2nd last two photos) is rough and wrinkled not from wear though. You see this only on the right boot's inner side leather. The other pieces of leather from the same boot are smooth and thick. There's also lines going down the leather and it has almost a wrinkled effect compared to all the other pieces of leather. The leather feels really different and is thinner than the other pieces as well.
I kinda have that on my 875s. Not the noticeable thin-ness, there's one side that has a little wrinkling. It's the grain of the leather. I don't think it'll deteriorate faster than the other boot, though. It might actually even out with wear.
Hi noire! How are you doing? I'm sorry to hear what happened.
Presumably your RW were made from different batches of leather or something. It is hard to believe, but sometime this happens to some RW boots, thanks to their recent "poorer" quality check when they ship to retailers.:evil:
Having said that, thte ABC mart (ahh, the name blasts from the past!) should have noticed and mentioned about this before you bought. Or I think you should have returned them while you were still in Japan!:-(
If the difference was very subtle, as Dave says, I wouldn't give a monkey's about it. But as far as I can see from you picture, it looks quite obvious, doesn't it?:-(
guys, thanks for the replies!
Naoto! good to hear from you. I'm back in Canada for a while, missing Japan already.
I made a major mistake when I bought these. I wore them out of the store (I only had a pair of sandals at the time and my feet were freezing.. long story on that...) So, when I went back the next day, and showed them the problem, they insisted that they couldn't do anything about it. They said that it's the way the leather is, and since I wore them out the store they couldn't do an exchange/return.
I've been emailing to Red Wing Japan's GM the last couple weeks off and on. He said that the the pictures were unclear of a defect. Basically it would cost me the same price to have these just inspected in Japan (sending them over/getting them back) than to just buy some 875's or 8138's here. The GM wasn't so helpful, even at one time he said that they wouldn't inspect the boots for defects if they had been worn/used. It wasn't until I referred to the Red Wing Limited Warranty that he changed his words by saying that that they will in some exceptional cases consider used products for defect exchange. hmmm... so, that amongst other things said, I wasn't so confident that RW Japan would classify these as defective.
I really just wished RW operated as an International company that would cover inspections of a Japanese/European boot in North America and vice versa. However, with the markets being seperated, RW Japan is a seperate entity from N. American and European. Slowly, though, the N. American market is getting more of the heritage/classic lineup so, I hope it's a matter of time.
So.. now I'm looking at a couple other pairs of boots from the N. American market, instead. (9011/9014 and the 8138/875)
I'm looking at this as a bit of a learning lesson: don't wear freshly purchased shoes out of the store. (even if it's Red Wing)
what size? i'll buy 'em.
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