Boot care

Quality shoes and boots are an investment that will last for many years, with the right treatment. All it takes is a little care every now and then to preserve the finish and prolong the lifespan of your leather footwear.

Red Wing has developed this easy four-step guide for each of their different types of leather. These steps can also be used with our other shoes and boots and the care products are all available at Brund.

 

FOR OILED LEATHERS

  1. Remove dirt from the shoe by cleaning thoroughly with a stiff bristle brush.
  2. Scrub gently with Red Wing Shoes Leather Cleaner, then wipe off the cleaner and dirt with a clean cloth. Boots should then be dried naturally in a cool, dry place, as high heat can remove oils in the leather.
  3. Using leather cleaner reduces the oil in the leather. To re-add oil to the leather apply Red Wing Shoes Boot Oil or Leather Conditioner as directed.
  4. Add extra protection to preserve your footwear investment. Red Wing Leather Protector provides an invisible shield from water, dirt, oil, and mud.

    FOR FEATHERSTONE LEATHERS

    1. Remove dirt from the shoe by cleaning thoroughly with a stiff bristle brush.
    2. Soak a soft, clean cloth with Red Wing Leather Cleaner. Clean the boot thoroughly with the cloth. Boots should then be dried naturally in a cool, dry place, as high heat can remove oils in the leather.
    3. Gently apply Red Wing Shoe Creme with a clean, soft cloth.
    4. Shine the boot by brushing before the shoe creme is fully dried.

    FOR ROUGHOUT LEATHERS

    1. Remove dirt with a suede cleaner kit brush.
    2. Clean remaining heavy dirt with the rubber suede cleaner. DO NOT use leather cleaner for roughtout leathers, as it can stain and change the texture of the leather.
    3. Remove loose fibers with the cleaner kit brush
    4. Lastly, apply Red Wing Leather Protector spray to all surfaces of the boots. Red Wing Leather Protector provides an invisible shield from water, dirt, oil, and mud.

     

    Note: We also carry care products from Huberd's and Otter Wax. Read product description for application and use.
     
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    Sizing

    CLOTHING SIZES

    For clothing sizing information, please read the description of the given product carefully.

    If no sizing information is available, please do not hesitate to ask us before purchasing.

    We will do our best to respond as quickly as possible.

    Have a sizing question? Let us know.

    HOW TO FIND YOUR BOOT SIZE

    If you are shopping for a pair of Red Wing shoes or boots, the first thing to consider with regards to sizing is this:

    Most Red Wing boots, like the popular Iron Ranger and the Beckman run big. Therefore we recommend sizing down half a size from your sneaker-size if you are purchasing Iron Rangers, Beckmans and most other Red Wing boots. However, the Red Wing chukkas (3140, 3141 etc.) are true to size. Therefore we recommend ordering your sneaker-size if you are purchasing chukkas.

    Please read the sizing-description on each style carefully, before ordering.

    Size systems

    There are many shoe size systems globally, with the US, UK, European and Japanese size systems as the most common ones. The US system also has a special category for athletic shoes.

    In Europe, shoe makers are supposed to follow the same shoe-size system. Note however, that sizes might differ between e.g. France and Germany. The sizes also aren't totally standardized, which means that shoes from different manufacturers might have different sizes, although they have the same measurements.

    Size chart

    Size charts are used to convert between different international shoe size systems. Notice that these size charts are only to be seen as guides meant to help you find your right size. Sizes and size charts may differ notably between different shoe manufacturers and brands. See the Brund shoe/boot size chart here.

    Shoe last

    In order to build a Goodyear Welted boot (e.g. a Red Wing boot) to an exact size and width, the boot is constructed around a shoe last.

    A last is used in shoemaking to give footwear its three-dimensional shape. Resembling the human foot, the last determines toe, heel and girth dimensions for fit, style and function.   

    Do notice that there is no such thing as a "normal foot" and therefore not a standard shoe last - and therefore also not a "normal shoe size". Add to that the fact that most people’s right and left feet have different measurements.

    Learn about Red Wing lasts and the Anatomy of a Red Wing at www.redwingheritage.com.

    Shoe width

    Most shoemakers make some of their shoes in multiple widths, from narrow to extra-wide.

    US width is measured as A, B, C, D, E, EE with A as the narrowest, EE as the widest and the standard width being D.

    English made men’s shoes and boots are generally made in fittings E, F, G and H and these can quite simply be classified as follows:

    E=  Narrow
    F=  Medium
    G=  Wide
    H = Extra Wide

    Loake uses F or G and Crockett & Jones uses E and G.

    The right size

    A new pair of e.g. Red Wing Heritage boots should fit comfortably tight on your foot, with enough room to freely wiggle your toes.

    The full grain leather upper, leather footboard and cork midsole mold to your feet, creating an enduring and customized fit over time, with each wear.

    Measuring your feet

    Stand up straight on a hard surface with your heel against the wall and a piece of blank paper taped to the floor, flush against the wall beneath your foot.

    Have a friend mark the longest part of your foot (referred to as heel-to-toe length) on the paper with a pen, or measure yourself if necessary. Repeat with the other foot, as right and left sizes may be different. Use a ruler to measure the heel-to-toe length you marked for each foot.

    View the BRUND shoe/boot size chart here

    When using the chart, take note that ”CM” is NOT your heel-to-toe length in centimeter (cm), but the official shoe size (CM) 

    Guidelines

    If you have a medium or standard foot and use US 9,5 in New Balance Lifestyle, you will probably use US 9 in Red Wing, Thorogood and Chippewa and UK 8,5 in Loake and Crockett & Jones.

    I use US 9,5 in New Balance Lifestyle and my right foot measurement is 28,5 centimeters from heel-to-toe. My size in New Balance Performance is US 10,5.

    Confused ? – then, please read from ”Size systems” again ;-)

    Links

    http://www.redwingheritage.com/USD/page/how-made#lasting

    http://www.loake.co.uk/craftsmanship

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