Red Wing Iron Ranger 8111 Boots

Iron Ranger 8111 After conditioning with Red Wing leather conditioner and getting a quick brush with a horsehair brush
(2020-04-13 10:55:54 NIKON D850 with a "70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/16.0, 1/8s] ISO 64)
Iron Ranger 8111

All of my shoes have leather uppers and almost all of them have leather soles. Once I went to handmade Goodyear-welted quality shoes I never looked back and haven't purchased cheap footwear since. I had a set of office shoes made for me over 10 years ago (an Oxford, a Brogue and a mini-boot in Brogue from Halfs in Munich) that I wear in rotation, although the leather soles wear out quickly they are easy to resole.
I have a pair of motorcycle boots that has a Vibram sole and some mid-range hiking/walking shoes but decided to give Red Wing a try to see what all the hype was all about. While in the USA at the beginning of 2020 I went to a Red Wing store in Annapolis and got fitted for a pair of Iron Ranger 8111 boots. The first week of breaking them in wasn't pleasant but I always managed to switch back to my old shoes before blisters set in so after 2 weeks the boots were broken in sufficiently so that I could walk around in the all day. Since I was on the road, I did wear them every day and even did my Atlantic crossing while wearing them, at least until the outside temperatures warmed up enough so that I could go barefoot.
I walk quite a bit and have a Fitbit which lets me see how many steps (and miles) I walk. I generally will walk 15000 or more steps per day, often walking more than 20,000 and never walking less than 10,000. Being a bit of a data-driven person, I tallied my step counts with the times that I wore the Iron Rangers and have just come up to a total of 1,000 miles on these shoes. About 50% of the time I was on asphalt or concrete, 25% was on gravel or dirt roads and the rest was on soft forest earth. I only used saddle soap on them once (to get the salt from the ocean passage out), I brush them off after every walk and wiped them down with a moist cloth when they got dustier or dirtier than the brush could deal with. Every 2 weeks they would get a coat of Red Wing Leather Cream and, perhaps most importantly, when my feet weren't in them a set of cedar shoe trees were.

Iron Ranger after hiking The last cleaning is 2 weeks back, this is from hiking through light brush
(2020-04-07 15:23:01 NIKON D850 with a "70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/80s] ISO 400)
Iron Ranger after hiking
Red Wing Iron Ranger The last cleaning is 2 weeks back, this is from hiking through light brush
(2020-04-07 17:25:51 NIKON D850 with a "70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/100s] ISO 1400)
Red Wing Iron Ranger
Red Wing Iron Ranger After conditioning with Red Wing leather cream
(2020-04-09 15:47:08 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/125s] ISO 64)
Red Wing Iron Ranger
Cleaning materials All that these boots have gotten for 1000 miles of walking - Red Wing leather conditioner, a horsehair brush, toothbrush and part of an old T-Shirt
(2020-04-13 10:46:46 NIKON D850 with a "70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/16.0, 1/30s] ISO 64)
Cleaning materials
Iron Ranger 8111 After conditioning with Red Wing leather conditioner and getting a quick brush with a horsehair brush
(2020-04-13 10:50:18 NIKON D850 with a "70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/16.0, 1/5s] ISO 64)
Iron Ranger 8111
Iron Ranger 8111 After conditioning with Red Wing leather conditioner and getting a quick brush with a horsehair brush
(2020-04-13 10:52:40 NIKON D850 with a "70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/16.0, 1/10s] ISO 64)
Iron Ranger 8111
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