I've always been a fan of Red Wing Boots and there lifetime warranty to replace broken boot laces or repair pulled out lace eyelets and such. I've purchased and received as gifts (it was always on the top of my Christmas list).
Last week I brought in a beautiful pair of Red Wing boots to be resoled and purchased a new pair of 6 inch high 1200D boots because I was told that Red Wing did not renew its contract with Carhartt and no longer carry the Carhartt models.
The quality looked the same and they felt comfortable when I tried them on at the store but here it is over a week later and it seems that the boot is cutting into my flesh at every seam. After wearing the boots for more than 12 hours a day it is cutting into my ankle and the sides of my foot and do not feel as if the leather is softening in any way.
The other Carhartt boots previously sold at Red Wing were broken in after two or three days and after a week they were as soft and flexible as my sneaker.
I don't know if it is a poorer quality leather or if it is a leather laminate over some other material. It also feels like they are being sewn together improperly and the seams are not as smooth inside the boot. I noticed this also with reebok sneakers (the classic); if you check under the tongue and it is not manufactured in the US it just does not feel like it fits properly or the size feels too small.
Has anyone else recently purchased Red Wing boots and noticed the quality is not as good as it used to be? The old 6 inch high boots used to have 3 rows of lace hooks from the ankle up, these only have 2 lace hooks and when you tie the top lace it digs into your skin just above the ankle no matter how loose you tie them... what happened to all the padding they used to put at the top of the boot?
I have been a loyal fan of Red Wing since they opened their doors in Long Island City but I guess they are not being loyal to their customers and I have to look at a new brand of work boot.