If you’re working in general construction, transportation, oil and gas, service industries or many other kinds of jobs. You need a work boot that offers protection and extended wear along with flexibility and comfort. That means a sole that allows flexibility for the foot, with a welted heel for stability on the broken ground.
And an insole that disperses the wearer’s weight for long hours on hard surfaces. That’s where the Men's FlexForce® 6-inch Boot comes in.
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For over 100 years, Red Wing has been synonymous with top-quality, American-made work boots. Founded in 1905, they were soon producing over 200,000 pairs of boots per year – Red Wing was selected as a primary vendor of combat boots in both the First and Second World Wars. Today, they also offer specialized work footwear that includes steel-toed boots, slip-resistant shoes for the service industry.
Athletic-type work shoes and boots with a metatarsal guard for the mining industry. You can choose from logger-style boots, engineer boots, service oxfords, chukkas, hiking-style boots and more, along with traditional 6-inch or 8-inch work boots.
Most of their production is still done in their home factory in Red Wing, Minnesota, as well as a second plant in Potosi, Missouri. If you’re a hard-working person who needs tough, hard-working boots, you can’t go wrong with Red Wing.
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Leather: Brown Taos Leather
Outsole: Vibram® rubber - PU XClaim TC-4 Plus
Care products: Leather protector, NaturSeal™
Defined heel: Yes – 90 degree
If you are open to hot surfaces or materials on the job, your feet need protection. The FlexForce® 6" boot is with a heat-resistant outsole that provides insulation higher than 300 degrees.
Since the 1930s, the Vibram sole with its lug pattern has been a standard for many other types of footwear. The FlexForce® 6" boot features a Vibram sole – and thanks to its welt-cement construction. It can quickly be resolved when it wears down.
Red Wing knows that a great, well-made work boot still isn’t worth much to you if it’s not comfortable. The FlexForce® 6" boot is design for all-day comfort.
With their exclusive multi-layer DynaForce® insole that provides extra cushioning on your foot. It also features a roomy toe box and a hiking boot-style padded collar with support for your ankle.
This boot is also perfect for medium-duty jobs like warehouse work or truck driving, with great slip resistance for slick surfaces, and it won’t degrade or be damaged by exposure to oil or gas. It’s chemical-resistant, and its tough upper can hold up to a great deal of abrasion and hard use without damage.
The FlexForce® 6" boot is also rated highly for electrical resistance, preventing electricity from flowing through the boot to the ground (in dry areas), making it a good choice for mechanics, electricians and maintenance workers.
A boot is only going to be as comfortable as its insole, and that’s where Red Wing has really done their homework. Their exclusive DynaForce® insole is a great combination of flexibility, support and stability for a boot that feels as comfortable as a pair of athletic shoes.
It features three layers: a cushiony footbed for a shock-absorbing surface for your foot, a firmer insole layer for support and a midsole that provides extra cushion between the insole and outsole. Together, they add up to a system that disperses your weight and protects against the impact of thousands of footsteps, so your feet still feel great even after hours on concrete or other hard surfaces.
The FlexForce® 6" boot is lightweight and styled along the lines of a hiking boot, so it’s actually great for casual wear as well. It’s easy to take care of, with a brown Taos Leather upper that just needs treatment every few months with NaturSeal™ or a similar product so it stays supple and moisturized.
And like all Red Wing boots, it’s covered by the company’s unconditional comfort guarantee. If at any time during the first 30 days you should find you’re not happy with these boots, Red Wing will gladly refund the full purchase price, no questions asked – just bring them back to the store where you bought them, with your dated receipt of purchase.
Red Wing also offers a one-year warranty against defects in materials or workmanship, honored through your local store.
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If you consider yourself to be an all-American man or woman you might be interested in supporting companies who make their goods in the United States, rather than contracting overseas. Confidence in purchasing a high-quality product from your homeland is a great option to have, and there’s a lot of companies with amazing American made work boots crafted right here in the good old USA.
1. [easyazon_link identifier=”B001QJ69V8″ locale=”US” tag=”workbootcri09-20″]Thorgood boots[/easyazon_link]are definitely at the top of the best American made work boots list. They’re built to withstand any type of environment, including the great outdoors, as they are made of several layers of waterproof barriers and blood borne pathogen shields. They are made of high-quality leather, have slip-resistant and oil-resistant soles and lace hooks. Over 50 percent of customers who bought the boots from Amazon have given most of them a 5-star rating.
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2. [easyazon_link identifier=”B00DEMW2J8″ locale=”US” tag=”workbootcri09-20″]Frye Arkansas American made work boots[/easyazon_link]. The three Frye Arkansas American made work boots for men all have a 1.75” heel. The two wedged wingtips are made out of 100 percent Nubuck and the Mid Leather, hence its name, is 100 percent leather. Each of the three has about a six-inch opening at the top to allow you to easily slide your foot in. Each one also has decent rawhide lacing.
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3. [easyazon_link identifier=”B0002KYSRE” locale=”US” tag=”workbootcri09-20″]The Wolverine Tacomas[/easyazon_link]. The Wolverine black Tacoma American made boots for men is made of 100 percent leather with a full upper grain for water proof. It also contains a shock absorbent sole and a removable foot bed cushion. 70 percent of the customers who bought the boots from Amazon gave it a 5-star rating. The Wolverine brown leather hiker Tacoma boots for women also contain the removable sole and the removable cushion. All three of the customer reviews on Amazon have given them a 5-star rating.
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If you’re ordering your boots online, it is a good idea to measure your foot in order to get the best fit for yourself possible. Everyone knows that shoes that don’t fit are very uncomfortable and can leave much physical damage to the foot and other parts of the body. Union Boot Pro has a chart that shows the proper way to measure your feet as accurately as possible and of what size shoes that the different sizes of feet fit into.
Another method of determining which size shoe would probably fit you best is to check your closet to see if you already have any American made shoes. If you do, take that shoe’s size and cut it down by a half-for example if you have a size 11 Nike athletic shoes, take it down to about 10.5 for your work boots. Shoes that are manufactured in America tend to be a little bigger than shoes made in foreign lands. American made work boots for men tend to be especially wide.
Some American made shoes are actually manufactured in specific states only. For example, AFBOOTS are made in Tennessee and Corcorans are made in Pennsylvania.
American work boots tend to be very upscale in their pricing. Their prices can range anywhere in between $100 and $800. However, they are worth every penny for their comfort and durability on the job. Especially if you work in a warehouse or outdoor job-such as repairing telephone lines-you want only the best comfort and strength in your shoes that you can afford within your budget.
Even though they are durable and strong, another advantage of American work boots is that they tend to be lightweight. This means that you shouldn’t have any trouble picking them up off the ground or walking in them. Again, when you are on the job, the last thing that we or you want is for you to have uncomfortable or painful feet.
Most work boots don’t even need to be “broken in” before they are worn for the first time and ready for some rough work.