I've been trying to take my vintage style in a more B.A., masculine route to match my changing life roles. I want things that pair vintage style with toughness and resilience. I've often found this combination in vintage motorcycle ladies, WW2 female war workers, female military personnel, and other boundary-pushing ladies of the past. However, most of them seemed to have worn their gear to death, because it's hard to find, and very few people are reproducing such styles. Enter Iron Ranger boots from Red Wing!
I've been spoiled by vintage leather boots that have conformed to my feet and lasted for 80 years; I can't go back to cheap, modern pleather boots after that! I decided to consider these a long-term style investment, and I have no regrets. The price is really worth it, and I know I'll be wearing these boots for years to come. Come on, classic black boots never go out of style!
Being leather, of course, they do require breaking in. However, leather conforms to your foot and makes a perfect fit over time, so I'm not worried! The leather they're made of is thick, and the insoles are really comfortable. There is triple stitching on places that get a lot of stress, and I love that the top is laced with hooks instead of eyelets; it makes them WAY faster to put on. They also come with two fabric boot bags for safe storage, which is an added bonus of buying nice shoes!
How can you not feel rugged and awesome in an outfit like this with boots called IRON RANGERS?! I love looking like women of the past that did new things with strength and courage while many doubted their abilities. I am glad to carry on the tradition of working people and their tough clothes, and I'll be working these boots hard!
|WW2 lumberjills of the Women's Timber Corps in the UK (source)|
sweater: Old Navy
overalls: handmade by me
shoes: Iron Ranger boots by Red Wing
What other things are you wondering about these boots? Have you tried out any other Red Wing shoes? Which boots would you buy from the Heritage line if money were no object?
This post is in no way affiliated with or compensated by Red Wing. I just love these boots and wanted to share them with you all!