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Men’s FlexForce® 6″ Boot

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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About Red Wing

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.

Men's FlexForce® 6-inch Boot

Men's FlexForce® 6-inch Boot heat resistant outsole

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About the Men's FlexForce® 6-inch Boot

Leather: Brown Taos Leather

Construction: Cement-Welt

Insole: DynaForce®

Outsole: Vibram® rubber - PU XClaim TC-4 Plus

Care products: Leather protector, NaturSeal™

Shank: Non-metallic

Defined heel: Yes – 90 degree

Heat Resistance

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.

Vibram Sole

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.

Comfort

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.

Orce® Insole

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.

DynaForce® Insole

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.

NaturSeal™

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.

Pros

  • DynaForce® I​​​​nsol​​​​e
  • Vibram Outsole
  • Great for Casual Wear

Cons

  • Not a Work Boot
  • Lighter

Quality

Price

Our Rating

Durable

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Red Wing Irish Setter Boots: Why You Need A Pair

In the world of men’s work boots, the name Red Wing Irish Setter should ring a bell. It’s a renowned brand with a lot of great, iconic products. In this article, we will provide an introduction to the Red Wing brand, along with quick reviews of some of the iconic Irish Setters you should know.

The Red Wing Brand

The Red Wing shoes are, as the name suggests, a shoe manufacturing company based in Red Wing, Minnesota. They’ve been in existence since 1905 and gained a lot of popularity during World War I. Red Wing became the primary footwear manufacturer for American soldiers fighting in the war. This tradition continued through World War II.

The brand gained more fame during the 1950s when American industries were booming and factories opened all over the country. Red Wing boots became the most popular working boots back then. The brand remains popular until today for people who loved vintage boots with great quality.

Red Wing vs Irish Setter

Red Wing Irish Setter boots are not only popular as working shoes but also for hiking, hunting, sport, or even solely for style with their classic looks. A common misconception is to mix the two brands together, while in truth there are differences between the Red Wing brand and the Irish Setter Brand.

To put it simply, the Red Wing brand is an extremely popular brand, and most of the shoes by Red Wing are handmade in the US. The Irish Setter brand is often called the Red Wing Irish Setter because it was a subsidiary of Red Wings since the 1950s. These non-Red Wing brands mostly marketed shoes made in China, so you can say that Irish Setter and Vasque are the second-line brands of Red Wing. However, that’s not to say that Irish Setter boot products are not of decent quality, as many of them are as iconic as premium Red Wing boots and are made with very decent quality.

These non-Red Wing brands mostly marketed shoes made in China, so you can say that Irish Setter and Vasque are the second-line brands of Red Wing. However, that’s not to say that Irish Setter boot products are not of decent quality, as many of them are as iconic as premium Red Wing boots and are made with very decent quality.

Below, we will discuss some of the famous boots from Red Wing and Red Wing Irish Setter brands. In the future we will also provide individual reviews for many of these boots, so stay tuned!

Red Wing Classic Heritage Moc 875 and 877

The model numbers 875 and 877 are arguably the most iconic Red Wing boots out there. They were worn by millions of American steel factory workers in the early 1950s. This popularity has remained true even to today. The 855 and 877 have a crescent stitched “moc toe.” This is Red Wing’s signature look. Paired with white crepe-rubber soles, these boots are undeniably recognizable. You’ll find these to be very comfortable. The pull-on design allows them to be easy to slip into. They also keep your feet dry during weather and work demands.

The 875 and 877 are almost identical to each other, with slight differences.

The 8” 877

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The 6” 875

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Red Wing Irish Setter Wingshooter

The Wing shooter is the most famous line of the Red Wing Irish Setter. It comes in six different styles and heights.

Style 896

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Wingshooter Style 865

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Bottom Line

Red Wing Irish Setter boots are excellent working shoes. They’re extremely durable and have an affordable price tag. They’re made of high-quality ingredients and are extremely stylish. They have that vintage, classic look to them but are made of modern ingredients. This is the best of both worlds!

Stay tuned! In the coming weeks, we’ll be providing in-depth reviews of all of these models. If you love Red Wing Irish Setter and Premium boots, you’ll love these posts.

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