Red Wing Iron Ranger 8085
The Red Wing Iron Ranger 8085 is an American icon that is beloved for its standout style and long-lasting construction. With its toe cap, speed hooks, and Vibram outsole, there’s no mistaking this leather legend.
The History Behind the Style
The early history of iron mining on Minnesota’s Mesabi Range is intertwined with that of Red Wing Shoe Company. The miners needed tough but comfortable boots that could stand up to the long days and tough conditions a northern Minnesota mine pit presented. Red Wing responded with a boot made of thick leather with an oil resisting outer sole, speed lacing hooks, and a comfortable cork midsole. The defining characteristic of these boots though, was their double layered toe, capped to protect the miner’s feet from injury as they labored with hand tools and heavy machinery. That boot is still made today, the fittingly named Iron Ranger, and it represents not only Red Wing’s commitment to making boots for working men and women but also its Minnesota origins.
S.B. Foot Tanning Co. is best known for Oil-Tanned leather which is used to build a variety of timeless Red Wing styles. This leather is water, stain and perspiration resistant, and has a more natural look and feel because less finishing materials have been applied, allowing its natural beauty to shine through. Oil-Tanned leather is exceptionally durable and has been used to build countless work boots throughout Red Wing’s 110+ year history.
- Leather: Copper Rough & Tough Leather
- Outsole: Vibram 430 Mini-lug
- Insole: Leather
- Hardware: Nickel Eyelets and Hooks
- Construction: Goodyear Welt
- Last: 8
- Shank: Steel
Sizing & Break In
A new pair of Red Wing Heritage boots should fit comfortably tight on your foot, with enough room to freely wiggle your toes. Over time, 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.
The 8085 is Built Using the NO. 8 Last
A last is a form shaped similarly to that of a human foot and is used by shoemakers to determine the size, toe box, and heel height for the finished shoe.
- Many customers buy Red Wing Heritage footwear 1/2 size smaller than their normal size
- Features a bump toe for more room up-front
- Fits a variety of foot shapes
Protect Your Investment
Red Wing’s sturdy soles, premium leathers, triple stitching and Goodyear welt construction all work together to make quality boots that will last a lifetime. It takes more than 230 steps to hand craft each pair of Red Wing Shoes but it only takes three steps to keep them clean, conditioned and protected.
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