If the Shoe Fits

Reviewed by Jeff Spencer from Mid-Atlantic on Monday, March 19, 2018
I ordered these boots 1/2 size smaller than my usual size, per everyone's recommendations. The boots that arrived were too small, and had numerous large gouges including in the toe which would never buff out. While trying them on, I experienced issues that reviewers often lament (e.g. laces too short, must unlace to get foot in, boots extremely stiff). I sent these back, mostly because I had planned to use an insert, and there was no way that was going to happen. These run exactly the same length and width as Wolverine 1000 Mile boots. I cannot imagine wearing a full size and a half smaller than normal, as I read some folks do. Contemplating such a fate gave me flashbacks to the days when cycling shoes had laces and were used with toe clips and straps. You had to buy the shoes way too small and wait for them to stretch enough so that they were not painful. Which was essentially torture.
Thanks to STP's excellent service returning them was no problem and in a few days I had a new pair. This pair was nearly perfect. In fact, by far the most noticeable shortcoming was the little hole Red Wing punches in the tongue to denote seconds. I tried them on, and they were extremely comfortable right out of the box. There's plenty of room, but no heel slippage and they honestly required essentially zero break-in. I've worn these boots for three days straight, and at this point they are basically as comfortable as an old pair of slippers, and that's with no insert. I'd still like to install a low profile insole, just to provide a little padding, but I'm not sure if I ever will. I can honestly say these are the most comfortable pair of boots I've ever had on, and I've owned plenty, and plenty of expensive and even custom made shoes and boots. Oh, and by the way the laces are just the right length. Perhaps the last just agrees with me, but I have a suspicion a lot of people are buying these too small and waiting for them to stretch. It isn't necessary!
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