Best Red Wing Boots Reviewed

Red Wing is one of the most respected names when it comes to work boots. You can find Red Wing boots in many styles that are both comfortable and stylish. Red Wing offers a wide variety of boots for work and fashion, with something available for nearly everyone.

Red Wing Irish Setter 6
  • Red Wing Irish Setter 6"
  • 4.7 out of 5
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  • Heat-Resistant outsole
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Red Wing Heritage Beckman
  • Red Wing Heritage Beckman
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • Black Featherstone Leather
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Red Wing Irish Setter Ely
  • Red Wing Irish Setter Ely
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • Removable Polyurethane footbed
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The Red Wing Shoe Company began in 1905 in the small town of  Red Wing, Minnesota. It was founded by a shoe salesman named Charles Beckman with the intention of making the world’s best work boot. Over 100 years later, the name Red Wing is synonymous with style, functionality, and quality.

 

10 Best Red Wing Boots

 

1. Red Wing Irish Setter 6

The Red Wing Irish Setter 6” Work Boot is made from durable full grain leather and triple stitched for outstanding quality. This lace up boot with padded tongue provides the comfort needed to endure long work days.
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Stylish Look
The Irish Setter 6” Work Boot combines a dark brown leather upper with a cream colored rubber sole that produces a pleasing visual contrast. It provides a modern twist to a proven work boot design.

Extremely Comfortable
The removable polyurethane footbed, combined with a padded tongue and EVA midsole provide a comfortable fit from the first step of the day to the last.

Cost and Value
These boots will cost you between $100 - $150, depending on the size. This is a reasonable price considering the outstanding quality of the boot. This price is lower than most of the other Red Wing boots reviewed here, landing the Irish Setter 6” Work Boot at the top of this review in terms of quality and value.
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Rugged dependability
  • Comfortable fit
  • Great combination of quality and value
Cons
  • Snug fit at first

2. Red Wing Classic

The first thing you notice about this boot is the beautiful variety of colors it’s available in. From solid black, to a burnt orange (Oro-Legacy it’s called), The Heritage Classic Moc is a beautiful take on a timeless design.
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Solid Construction
This boot is made from waterproof leather on top, and a Traction Tread outsole to provide outstanding grip and durability. Combine that with triple stitching and you have a boot that can outlast the longest workday.

Color Variety
The Heritage Classic Moc 6” Boot is available in nine different colors, including black, dark brown, burnt orange, and copper. Each color gives the boot a unique appearance and functionality. From a casual dress boot, to a no nonsense work boot.

Cost and Value
This boot is on the higher end in terms of quality and also price. You are looking at anywhere from $200 to around $350 for a pair of Red Wing Heritage Classic Mocs. However, the extremely durable nature of this work boot lends itself to a long life, and you will not need to replace this boot for many years. It’s worth the extra cost to get a quality, durable pair of work boots.
Pros
  • Wide variety of colors available
  • Durable construction for long life
  • Added features for extra comfort
  • Waterproof leather
Cons
  • Tight fit at first
  • Takes a while to break in

3. Red Wing Iron Ranger

The Iron Ranger series of boots is one of the most popular styles that Red Wing offers. It is named for the iron mine workers in the iron mines of northern Minnesota. Its classic look and clean lines take you back to the early days of American mining. Today, this boot would look equally appropriate in the mine or in the boardroom.
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Durability
With triple stitching and Vibram 430 outsole, this boot is made for serious work. Just like miners from days past, today’s worker needs a boot that can last. The Red Wing Heritage Iron Ranger 6” Vibram Boot is made to last.

Comfort
This boot (and all Red Wing Boots) comes with a 30 day unconditional comfort fit guarantee. If you aren’t happy with how your boot feels for any reason, return it within 30 days for a full refund.

Cost and Value
The Iron Ranger boot from Red Wing is the top of the line boot from a well known manufacturer. It is the most expensive boot in this review, retailing for between $250 - $350. This boot is made to last, and one pair will last you for many years.
Pros
  • Made in the USA
  • Clean, classic look
  • Vibram 430 outsole for maximum durability
  • Four beautiful colors to choose from
  • 30 Day Comfort Guarantee and Lifetime Warranty
Cons
  • Expensive

4. Red Wing Beckman

4. Red Wing Beckman
Named after the Red Wing founder Charles Beckman, the Heritage Beckman Round 6” Boot is made of polished leather, giving it a different look than most boots in this review. The combination of polished leather and dark outsole give this boot an unmistakably unique look.
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Made in the USA
It’s important to note that these boots are 100% made in the USA. From a leather shop located in Red Wing Minnesota, to the two factories just two blocks from one another, Red Wings boots are made and manufactured in the United States.

Dark/Light/Dark
The Roccia sole on this model of boot gives the Beckman a striking dark/light/dark contrast between leather, midsole, and outsole.

Cost and Value
These Heritage Beckman Round 6” Boots are on the higher end of pricing in this review, typically running between $230 - $360. The higher cost is offset by the high quality, and the fact that one pair of Beckmans will last you for years.
Pros
  • Made in the USA
  • Beautiful polished leather gives it a professional appearance
  • Cushioned insole
Cons
  • Usually run ½ size small

5. Red Wing Blacksmith

5. Red Wing Blacksmith
The Red Wing Heritage Blacksmith Vibram Boot is perhaps the most durable boot in this review. Designed with blacksmiths as inspiration, the Vibram sole will outlast any of your other boots. It has the familiar features such as round toe styling and triple stitching, which have become hallmarks of Red Wing boots.
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Rugged Style
This boot looks like it should be worn by a blacksmith. It looks rugged and dependable. Even the brass eyelets and worn laces look like they came straight out of the 1800s. In a good way.

Vibram Outsole
Vibram is known for its durability and paired with the Red Wing Blacksmith boot is a match made in heaven. The Vibram outsole lasts much longer than softer soles on other boots in this review. With the longer lasting material comes a slightly higher price tag, but in the end you will find it worth the extra cash.

Cost and Value
At $230-$360, this boot is priced at the top end of our review. As with all Red Wing boots, it’s high quality and durability ensures your boots will last for many years, and Red Wings lifetime warranty protects against defects.
Pros
  • Classic American work boot style
  • Made in the USA
  • Vibram outsole for maximum durability
Cons
  • Most expensive boot in this review

6. Red Wing Work Chukka

6. Red Wing Work Chukka
The Red Wing Heritage Work Chukka is very similar to the Weekender Chukka. Part work boot, part casual shoe. With a shorter shaft than the Moc or the Irish Setter, this “boot” is designed less for ankle support, and more for comfort. It still has the same quality finish and craftsmanship that you’ve come to expect from Red Wing.
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Stylish Design
The Heritage Work Chukka is a stylish shoe that would be equally suited for dress pants or carharts. With it’s low profile and short 4” shaft, you’ll be the best dressed at the work site in your Chukkas.

Versatility
The Chukka is a sleek looking casual shoe, that moonlights as a work boot. It is sturdy enough to provide support on the job site, but comfortable enough to be worn casually away from work.

Cost and Value
The Heritage Work Chukka costs similar to many of the boots in this review. It retails for between $200-$320, about average for Red Wing Heritage boots. Purchasing a pair of Red Wings is an investment in your feet, and your feet will thank you.
Pros
  • Made in the USA
  • Stylish design
  • Versatile, for work or casual wear
  • Excellent fit and comfort
Cons
  • Limited ankle support

7. Red Wing Roughneck

7. Red Wing Roughneck
The Red Wing Heritage Roughneck Lace up Boot looks like your typical Red Wing boot, but with mud tires and four wheel drive. It has deep, aggressive tread on both the sole and the heel. Along with the aggressive tread, it has all the features of the Heritage line of boots. Vibram outsole for durability, triple stitching, and round toe style make it unmistakably Red Wing.
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Aggressive Look
If you’re looking for a boot to stand out in a crowd, you’ve found it. Heads will turn when you walk onto the job site in this work boot. The Roughneck Lace up Boot is like a Red Wing Heritage boot on steroids.

Serious Comfort
The Heritage Roughneck Lace up Boot wraps your feet in comfort, with features like additional padding in the tongue and EVA midsole for cushioned support.

Cost and Value
The Roughneck Boot will cost you between $190 - $290, which is a reasonable rate for a quality pair of Red Wing boots. As with all Red Wings, it comes with a 30 day unconditional comfort fit guarantee. A quality pair of Red Wing boots will last you for years.
Pros
  • Deep, aggressive tread
  • Superior comfort
  • Five traditional colors available
  • Made in the USA
Cons
  • Tread could be too aggressive for some

8. Red Wing Heritage Moc 8

8. Red Wing Heritage Moc 8
The Red Wing Heritage Moc 8” Boot is what I think of when I think of a work boot. Tall, sturdy, classic. The design has been basically the same since 1950. For traditionalists, or anyone who needs a solid, reliable work boot, you can’t go wrong with the Heritage Moc 8”.
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Ankle Support
If you work on your feet, you know the importance of ankle support. These boots provide excellent ankle support through the 8” shaft. The boot laces up tight and can really save your ankle on uneven or unpredictable terrain.

Classic Look
The Red Wing Heritage Moc 8” Boot has been around since 1950, modeled in the style of 1930’s work boots. The timeless boot has changed little in almost 70 years. Available in two classic colors, Oro Legacy and Copper Rough and Tough.

Cost and Value
With a price tag at around $230 - $300, the Red Wing Heritage Moc 8” Boot is around the average price for a boot in this review. More expensive than other boot brands, but the quality and reliability of Red Wing come with it.
Pros
  • Classic design
  • Superior ankle support
  • Versatile work boot
Cons
  • Can be too tall for some people

9. Red Wing Irish Setter Ely

9. Red Wing Irish Setter Ely
The Red Wing Irish Setter Ely Work Boot has an outdoorsman feel to it. It looks as though it would be perfectly comfortable traversing a creekbed, or climbing a mountain side. However, it has several features that make it a formidable work boot for the job site as well.
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Electrical Hazard Compliant
The Ely Work Boot is rated to ASTM F2892-11 standards, which provides ratings for safety related to electrical hazard or static dissipating. This means additional protection if you step on electrical hazards. (Do Not Try This At Home).

Affordable
The Red Wing Irish Setter Ely Work Boot normally retails for between $80 - $100, significantly less than other boots in the Heritage line from Red Wing. The Ely, however, maintains Red Wings high standard of quality and durability.

Cost and Value
Compared to the Red Wing Heritage line of work boots, the Irish Setter Ely is relatively cheap. It comes it less than $100, making it an affordable option to the Heritage. The Irish Setter Ely Work Boot comes with the security of knowing that carries the Red Wing name and their history of quality.
Pros
  • Value
  • Comfortable fit
  • Red Wing durability
Cons
  • Less than ideal arch support
  • Soft toe

10. Red Wing Weekender

10. Red Wing Weekender
Classic Red Wing quality in a relaxed, casual shoe. The Weekender is a casual shoe that can double as a work boot. The Weekender Chukka is made of breathable leather lining, and it’s lightweight and durable construction makes it a great “weekend” shoe with all of the quality you’ve come to expect from Red Wing.
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Lightweight
The Red Wing Heritage Weekender Chukka is lightweight and comfortable, making it a perfect shoe to relax in all weekend. The soft, breathable material makes the shoe barely noticeable, even when worn for long periods.

Trendy and Stylish
With a sleek, stylish look, the Weekender Chukka looks great with just about anything in your closet. It has a low, swept back profile, accented by the lack of eyelets. This Red Wing boot makes you look at home whether you’re at a lake cabin in Minnesota, or getting dressed up for a night on the town.

Cost and Value
The Red Wing Heritage Weekender Chukka is an trendy take on the casual boot for recreational use. It’s priced between $150-$300, but the Red Wing quality is apparent. You will quickly fall in love with this shoe and appreciate their lasting value.
Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Breathable, lightweight construction
  • Stylish look
  • Made in the USA
Cons
  • Can be too casual for a work boot
  • Thin material, too lightweight for a work boot

Red Wing boots has a long history of making quality, durable work boots that last. And their customer service keeps customers coming back. Red Wing provides it’s boot owners with free resoling and free replacement laces for life. They also provide you with an unconditional 30 day comfort fit guarantee. These little amenities are what keep customers coming back to Red Wing boots for generations.

The Heritage collection from Red Wing are classic work boots, with high ankle support, beautiful flowing lines, and Red Wings classic round toe design. There is a Heritage for everyone, from the Chukka for a casual look, to the Blacksmith and Iron Ranger which are classic work boots. For a more affordable boot that still carries the Red Wing reputation, the Irish Setter line offers quality boots at an affordable price. No matter what you’re looking for in a work boot, the Red Wing Shoe Company has a boot for you.