Being from Chicago and an avid Blackhawks fan, I cringe every time I hear the word Red Wings. In fact I never even like saying the name. This reminds me of a joke. What do you call 23 Millionaires around a tv watching the Stanley Cup? The Detroit Red Wings. I am sure we will get some emails about that. However when it comes to work boots, Red Wings are different. Red Wing Boots are no joke, which is opposite of the hockey team.
Manufacturer – Red Wing Shoes
Model – 435
Red Wing boots are something I have been wanting to buy myself for the last ten years. If you are familiar with them, then you know they are not a drop in the bucket. The other day my family bought me a pair and all I can say is this gift made my month.
I have been working with my brother gutting out an old house. My current boots suck. My feet end up hurting, the front is tearing and they really suck when stepping on a nail, no protection. Okay enough acting like a Detroit Red Wing fan and I’ll stop whining.
So you may be asking yourself, why would I pay $200 for a work boot? Okay let’s consider this. The average person takes between 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. There are times that the pressure on your feet is more than your body weight. The average foot expands about 5% in volume as the day goes on. I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. Your feet take so much abuse each and everyday. You are walking on concrete and uneven surfaces, which all play a huge part on your foot condition. When you take a step, the energy is not only transferred to your feet, but it is also transferred to your knees, hips and spine. This is why it is so important to have a great pair of work boots. So why Red Wings?
First, Red Wing has been around since 1905, so they do have some experience. Second, they have been trusted by professionals. If they were junk boots, people would not be repeat buyers and Red Wings would be out of business.
So what do I like about the 435 boots? The two main things are the weight and the comfort. The boots are light and only weigh 3.6 lbs for both boots. The comfort is incredible. I have been walking on concrete and uneven surface since I got these boots and my feet and knees are not killing me at the end of the day. It is hard to see in the pictures, but the toe area is wider so I have more room. Another item I like about these boots is that the rubber is higher up on the back of the boot to offer more protection or impact protection. The last item is the stitching. Double and triple stitched in various areas.
The boots are waterproof and oil/ slip resistant. You can check out Red Wings to see more about the 435 and the technology behind this boot.
The only downside to the 435 is they are made in China. I wish these were made in the US.
So are these boots worth the price tag? Considering they are made in China we were pretty confident these have a huge profit margin and if Red Wing wanted, they could really lower the price and still make a pretty penny on these boots. However if people saw these boots selling for $75, they would probably think something is wrong with these boots as Red Wings are know to be pricey. All I can say is I have been wearing mine around for a couple weeks on concrete and uneven surfaces and my feet, legs, knees or hips are not killing me when I get home. The boots are very comfortable. If you only get a year out of these boots, which we know you will get more, then you are only paying less than a dollar per day for these boots. That’s not a bad price to take care of your feet, knees and hips. We feel why the up front price is heavy, the cost is well worth it.
Okay. one last joke. What do the Detroit Red Wings and the Post Office have in common? They both wear uniforms and don’t deliver. Okay that was over the line and just plain wrong. The postal service is needed and very good.
- LEATHER:Hazelnut Tramper Leather
- CONSTRUCTION:Direct Attach
- INSOLE:Texon® LAST:800
- OUTSOLE:TPU-PU Galaxy – Brown
- COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Made in China
- CARE PRODUCTS:Leather Protector,Naturseal®
- DEFINED HEEL:Yes
- Electrical Hazard
30 Day Unconditional Comfort
12 Month against Defects