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Rated 4 out of 5
by FCastle20 A boot for the railroaders please. If these boots came with the option of a tougher sole, like Vibram, that would be great. I've owned three pairs of these boots and I love them, but working as a conductor in yard service I wore the sole out on my last pair in only 5 months. In road service I can get 9 months to a year out of the sole. Ive walked completely through the sole of all three pairs that I've owned and they kept my feet dry(until I walked through the Outsole), safe, warm, and comfortable. They're built like a tank, except for the sole, granted i'm 225lbs so if you weigh less and don't walk on ballast 8-12 hours a day, they may last much longer. I know I could get them resoled but I just can't bring myself to spend $230 on a pair of brand new boots and then get them resoled four months later. Not to mention I'd have to buy a new pair to wear while the four month old boots are being resoled (80 bucks for a resole so thats over 500 bucks in four months). My only real gripe here is that there are other boots that have much better soles but don't match some of the other criteria as the 1411's. Boots that have a good sole are either steel toe (which is not desirable for a conductor that walks 1-5 miles a day on ballast and climbs up and down locomotives carrying equipment), not insulated, or not water proof. Something with a tough Vibram sole, waterproof, insulated, non steel toe, 90-degree heel, choice of Logger style and non Logger style heel, made in the USA would be great. The 815's seem to come closest to this description but i don't know enough about the heel as far as how much tougher it is than the Horizon DL super sole on the 1411(a comparison chart would be nice) Bottom line, Redwing makes great boots but the options for someone who really needs a tough boot never seem to come together all in one boot. Just one railroader's opinion.
January 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by IBEW 1411 Red Wing Waterproof boots When it's raining, snowing, or very cold, I happily anticipate putting on my 1411 boots! They keep my feet dry and warm and comfortable.I purchased them on the spur of the moment in 2003: I was working on a cold, wet, utterly miserable concrete floor of an industrial building that we were remodeling. For 8 hours I was core drilling and the water was running over my shoes, and my feet were like icicles. After my shift ended, I drove straight to my Red Wing store and bought these lifesavers! Now I wear them with delight in the nasty weather, and my feet thank me every time. December 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by biggun61 10 Years Worth of Punishment! I have had a Pair Since 2004 and Just bought a New Pair.These boots are Worth Ever Penny! They may Cost More but when you Figure 10 Years of Wearing at Least 5 Days a Week Well Worth the Price,Warm and Water Proof. Highly Recommend Them! November 28, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Bob52 Good Boot; tough to break in. I bought these boots a year ago. Price was steep but these boots are assembled in the US. I had heard good things about the top quality of Red Wing so I didn't mind paying extra. I only gave them 3 stars because they were tough to break in. For the 1st 2 months I couldn't even wear them for an entire day. They gave me a lot of foot and lower back pain. Once they got broken in they were fine. One year later (on construction sites) they are still in great shape. They are by far the most durable boots I have ever owned. For the high price they should be easier to break in. September 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hardcore Tough as Nails! Worth every dime! I originally bought these boots when I lived in Colorado. I put them through extremely harsh conditions! Then I moved to Idaho. And continued to torture these boots. I have tried my best to destroy them, on all types of terrain. But, they take everything I throw at them. And they keep coming back for more. These boots are made for real men who demand footwear that can get down and dirty! This was my first time purchasing Red Wings. But, definitely will not be my last! My pair was made in America, by my fellow Americans. Great Job! They are the real deal! September 5, 2014