Red Wing 'Beckman' Boot (Online Only)
Not a boot to work in--yet.
Remember "break-in"? For the past few decades the gold standard for a new boot, especially one called a "work boot," has been instant fit and comfort. This boot is a throwback to a time when you expected to "pay your dues" until the boot conformed and fit like, . . . well . . .an old shoe. Of course, you might expect instant comfort from a high-end, custom, made-to-fit dress boot at twice or more the price, but in spite of some hints at "hand-made," this boot in made to a size template and only looks like (and probably, long-term) wears like something custom.
I'm starting my 3rd month and have been through a number of configurations of socks, inserts, and conditions of use---finally settling on what works for me for occasional wear that does not exceed half a day. I can say that the boot now fits well. However, I still wouldn't wear it for high-stakes performance; that is, when I had to count on comfort for long periods of walking. I have to pause when considering wearing for a short business trip and whether I want pack a second pair pair of shoes for a change. Even with new "priority boarding" TSA makes me remove them--involving some small amount of effort.
In short, the boot is just like its photo and touch: a hefty, distinctive, and subdued, looking-good statement to keep nicely polished and wear with khakis or jeans. Work? Not unless your work is behind a desk or around a conference table. No, with care and patience, this is what (with changing style norms) one might see as the new norm for "dressy."
Boot comes without any insert. This works OK as soon as bed conforms to foot.
I have "Black Cherry." Close to what's otherwise called "cordovan." However, maybe not exact, and Red Wing does not sell that polish, but it can be ordered from other vendors online.
Boot looks much classier as soon as polish covers the white stitching and the exposed ends over the tongue. The lighter tan color over the sole is just fine.
Get Fitted First
These are very well made boots that can be worn for rough outdoors work or to complement a woodman style. It is very important to get fitted for these boots. They run a half to a whole size larger than what you probably wear. Also, they take a while to break in........ about a week of every day wear but after that they are very comfortable.
Can't get them on.
Very well made, comfortable, and looks terrific! However, it has a fixed tongue, which is so tight that it is almost impossible to get your foot inside. Also, however, it's easily fixable: you get out your X-Acto knife and CUT the tongue to make it a free tongue!!! I expected better for $330.
Great everyday boot.
These boots are perfect for everyday wear. They're made from thick hide and they're made to last. I have 3 pairs and the first one I bought was about 4 years ago. They've all lasted me until today with minimal to no wear. Fantastic craftsmanship, fantastic attention to detail. They do run JUST a little bit big and wide, so I would recommend buying half a size down. I normally wear a 10.5 but the 10's fit me perfectly. If you're looking for a good winter boot that'll last, these are the ones. Rain, snow, sunshine, anything. These will last through a zombie apocalypse.