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.
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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“It’s perfect, now make it better.” This is the line the makers of Columbia boots were told by their mother, Gert Boyle who has been the Chairman of Columbia products for over 40 years. The Boyle family was born and raised in the Pacific northwest. They spent hours outside in the elements, exploring the coast and all of the rugged beauty it has to offer. What began as a small hat business has grown into what we know Columbia to be today: an outdoor apparel mega brand. Columbia products are well made, warm, and built to withstand whatever the elements throw your way. That’s the Columbia promise, and they’ve been around for 70 years to prove their worth.
Columbia boots are known for their ability to keep your feet blister-free, warm and cozy even on the coldest of days. I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty great to me. One of their biggest selling features is that their mens boots are perfect for easily moving from indoor to outdoor wear while still looking appropriate. We have a few favorite models that we’re really excited to tell you about!
My fiance hates to take his shoes off inside the house (weird, I know). However, many of his work boots are clunky and uncomfortable for him to wear once he’s inside. These [easyazon_link identifier=”B00KWK8SJS” locale=”US” tag=”workbootcritic-20″]Columbia Men’s Newton Ridge Plus boots[/easyazon_link] are exactly what he wanted: an easy boot to transition from outdoor to indoor.
These boots have a rubber sole to keep your feet dry in the rain. They feature a leather upper with a mesh tongue so your feet can breathe as you work or play. They’re easy to lace up and the 5″ shaft gives excellent ankle support. Designed for the hiking trail, these boots have the traction and grip you need whether you’re actually hiking or working outdoors. The traction on these boots is designed to repel mud. You won’t end up at the end of the day having to pick the mud out of your boots with a stick. I have way too many childhood memories of doing that!
One of the best features of this boot, beyond the all-over leather which keeps your feet nice and dry, is the supportive arch. It’s comfortable, padded, and the perfect height for all-day wear. They’re light weight, not weighing much more than your average running shoe. This is pretty unheard of for a hiking boot![easyazon_image align=”center” height=”371″ identifier=”B00KWK8SJS” locale=”US” src=”https://workbootcritic.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/41gC9zwDL.jpg” tag=”workbootcritic-20″ width=”500″]
When determining what size to order, be sure to consider what kind of socks you’ll be wearing. If you’re going for thick hiking socks, you might want to order a half-size up as these boots are designed to fit snug. If you think you’ll just wear normal thickness socks, you should be fine with the shoe size you typically wear.
These boots are truly designed to take you wherever you need to go. They’re popular on construction sites and other outdoor jobs because of their reliability. The price is great too, as it’ll only run you $60-$90.00 depending on what size and color you order. Not bad at all for a boot that’ll last you a long time.
If you’re looking for a boot that wears like a shoe, this is the one for you! There’s just so many things to love about it, and this isn’t the only boot we love. There’s so many great Columbia boots that we couldn’t limit ourselves to just this post. We’re coming back next time to give you a couple more reviews of amazing Columbia footwear.