Red Wing 2944 Harvester boots £269.00
Tested by: Simon Relph
Time tested: 1800 miles/14 months
What’s good? These are great daily commuting boots. They’re eight inches high, so there’s a good amount of ankle support and protection, and the finish is superb. They’re made from black harness leather that’s beautifully stitched together and they come with a sewn-in tongue to help keep the rain out. They’re laced up with the bottom five holes being traditional eyelets, then the last five fasteners comprise of hooks for ease and speed, which is one of my favourite touches.
As I tend to keep my riding boots on all day at work, I wanted something a bit lighter than some of my previous Red Wings, and these have a Vibram 430 mini-lug sole that still provides great grip, but without the weight of the heavy-duty soles on offer.
My first wear of these boots involved about a mile walk to the pub and my feet were killing by the time I got there. After a few pints of a local anesthetic I was able to complete the return journey and it took a few more outings before they became like a second skin.
I have invested in some of Red Wing’s natural boot oil, made from pine pitch and mink oil, which helps keep the weather out and also keeps the leather looking great and feeling nice and supple.
If you appreciate well-made traditional boots, and don’t mind parting with some of your hard-earned cash, then these are for you!
What’s not? £269! This may be a bit ouch, but I had a pair of similarly designed Red Wings for 10 years, which works out at £26.90 a year – not bad for dry feet and all that comfort.
Quality rating: 5/5
Value rating: 5/5
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