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    Posted: 12 Dec 2020 at 5:40pm
I purchased a pair of Keen "tennis type" shoes  a year and a half ago, the RH shoe lace let go of the "outer" skin a week ago, but other than lack of "friction" on tying it up (the RH shoe), I've got NO complaints with this brand/style of work shoe, and I beat the HE&% out of my footwear WinkWink
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Never had a pair but I have heard good things about them. A lot of times I replace my laces with 550 cord.
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Review or a Keen work boot - lot of different boots reviewed in online video and many different brands also can be found . 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xo_CbmlJsg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ibtBTEsHRM


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I wear tennis shoe style composite toe Keens in the summer and boot style in the winter. The laces absolutely suck. They do not last at least not as long as the boots or shoes do. The footwear is the most comfortable I have found. I can wear all day long and walk as much as I want and my feet never hurt.
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A few carpenters I know wear them, only drawbacks they note are laces, lace eyes and they tend to be slippery or More slippery on steel roofing as barns.  I have always had to buy Defined Heel work boots as defined by a Safety Department where these did not meet the definition for power station work.  Carolina's were the best I could get for my purposes and own comfort, still buy them over anything else.

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I've been wearing Red Wings for about 50 years. Don't plan on changing.


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Have a pair of Lacrosse boots that one lace just came apart also . Had to cut it so I could get it out and measure it . Krazy that's it's 72" long . Found a pair 60" that I'm wearing now . Thanks !
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Originally posted by Dusty MI Dusty MI wrote:

I've been wearing Red Wings for about 50 years. Don't plan on changing.



Yep, 35 for me.
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Originally posted by ACinSC ACinSC wrote:

Have a pair of Lacrosse boots that one lace just came apart also . Had to cut it so I could get it out and measure it . Krazy that's it's 72" long . Found a pair 60" that I'm wearing now . Thanks !
EJ, get some 550 cord (paracord) from Lowe's or somewhere like that, cut it to length, melt the ends and put a short piece of heat shrink tubing over the ends and you will have your own custom made laces. Email me if you want more info.
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A while back i found a video where they showed Red Wing boots being made and in the video a few other boots also shown - then the boot was cut in half to show actual construction - 
 Big part is the guy was a cobbler and the work boots shown could all be resoled or repaired - the site also had 2 other shops who did similar videos and also were cobblers .

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Thanks for the tip Hubert !
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Originally posted by Dusty MI Dusty MI wrote:

I've been wearing Red Wings for about 50 years. Don't plan on changing.


28 years ago when I was "scraping by" as a newlywed with rent to pay, I went "ALL OUT" on a pair of RW's, needless to say, I've NEVER had another pair of RW's on my feet again Angry !!
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I’ve had decent enough experience with Red Wings, but I’m pretty sure my foot was used as the model to make Danner 11 D’s steel toe. Fits perfectly. When a farm boot wears out, the “career” boot gets moved to farm use and new ones bought for the “career” job.

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I wore Red Wings for about 30 years... Still have mine since i "retired".. dont wear them as much any more... smaller work shoes.
Like them all, but love the "B"s.
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I purchased a pair of Keen "tennis type" shoes  a year and a half ago, the RH shoe lace let go of the "outer" skin a week ago

were they built in CHINA or TAIWAN ?  Wink
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The SHOES or the LACES ??? WTF Man?? Show me ONE USA made piece of footwear !!!!
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Originally posted by JW in MO JW in MO wrote:

Originally posted by Dusty MI Dusty MI wrote:

I've been wearing Red Wings for about 50 years. Don't plan on changing.



Yep, 35 for me.


Those must be some stinky boots!!LOLLOL

I got a pair of Wolverines.  Been good and are comfortable except one has a lump just behind the little toe that starts to get a nuisance.  When I take it off and feel inside I don't feel anything so I don't know what the problem is.  I just bought a new pair of snow boots, don't know the brand, but it's the first pair of boots ever that keep my feet warm sitting in the deer blind.
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WE HAVE A BINGO !!!








Edited by steve(ill) - 14 Dec 2020 at 6:50pm
Like them all, but love the "B"s.
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What does "primarily" mean in your opinion? Like I said, I'll NEVER have RW's on my feet again. BTW, the KEEN shoestring is still "useable", just unhandy, RW,s probably not so much Wink .
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SERIOUS ??? 60% of their boots are MADE IN THE USA.. with USA MATERIALS.... not your CHINK stuff.

Do you wear you tennis while driving your TOYOTA ?


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This is from my Keen boots. If I am not mistaken aren’t there some foreign made Red Wings available at Rural King?
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Yes, i think  20 different models of KEEN boots are "assembled" in the USA with foreign parts... They make 350 kinds of shoes.. The other 330 models are all foreign... 6% USA.

Red Wing makes 60% of their boots in the USA, with USA parts... The other 40% are imports.
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Originally posted by FREEDGUY FREEDGUY wrote:

The SHOES or the LACES ??? WTF Man?? Show me ONE USA made piece of footwear !!!!


Well, since you asked:

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Red Wing does their own leather tanning locally . It's a large operation and between the shoe manufacturing and tanning operations is a large employer here in MN 
 Friend hauled hides for a few months and said unbelievable the number of hides they can get in a 53' trailer . 
 cousin worked at shoe mfg many years - large employer for people in Red Wing and neighboring WI areas .

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I wore Red Wings till I retired and went to work at Lowes then changed to tennis shoes. I have recently started wearing Defy Gravity and really like the way the feel and they have a heel that makes you feel like you have a shoe on instead of walking flat
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Not only do I wear Red Wings but I drive 70+ miles to get them at Kleinschmidt’s in Higginsville, MO. If you don’t know what particular shoe you want you you have to tell them your size and they will take you to that section, they have over 30,000 pairs of boots and over 200 brands, you’ll never find them on your own. Afterwards they keep a record of your brand, size and model number, (used to be in a recipe box, now on computer). Now I call them, tell them who I am and that I need a pair of boots, they check inventory and either set them back or call me when they’re in.
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I like your tag Wendell... words to live by... been doing that forever !


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Originally posted by JW in MO JW in MO wrote:

Not only do I wear Red Wings but I drive 70+ miles to get them at Kleinschmidt’s in Higginsville, MO. If you don’t know what particular shoe you want you you have to tell them your size and they will take you to that section, they have over 30,000 pairs of boots and over 200 brands, you’ll never find them on your own. Afterwards they keep a record of your brand, size and model number, (used to be in a recipe box, now on computer). Now I call them, tell them who I am and that I need a pair of boots, they check inventory and either set them back or call me when they’re in.

Sooo…..they didn't make you so mad 28 years ago they'll never be on your feet again?
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  Im not to keen on what  brand work boot is the best, but thanks Tbone for the smileWink
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Originally posted by steve(ill) steve(ill) wrote:

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I like your tag Wendell... words to live by... been doing that forever !

That line came from a movie, I think it was Robert Conrad, it just stuck with me. One year on Christmas Eve, 6:00pm, I was on top of a Godfathers Pizza restaurant, 20 below zero, working on the only heating unit they had, been without all day and indoor temp was freezing and they had a bad blower bearing. Boss told me I had to get the heat on, no way to get parts from anywhere. Shaft was 1”, I had a short piece of 1”PVC, i cut a piece to fit the bearing housing, I added a bunch of grease, cut a few more pieces , split them to build up the mass but didn’t have enough to fill the housing. Cut the end off a wooden handle broom, made wedges and got it running through Christmas. And that’s why they paid me the big bucks.   
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