First established 1905, it took Red Wing just ten years to start selling 200,000 pairs of boots per year.
Apparently, they now produce so many boots that they occasionally release some pairs under a different brand name; Irish Setter.
I recently decided to try a pair of Irish Setter boots. I was first drawn to their rustic appearance and when I found out that they were actually made by Red Wing, my mind was made up.
The question however is do they live up to the Red Wing name?
The first thing that you should know about these boots is that they are made in the logger style. Basically this means that they have a thick sole and an even thicker heel. And this in turn completely changes your stance.
If you’ve never worn boots like this before, which I hadn’t, they can take a while to get used to. Once you get the hang of them however, the upward stance leads to significantly less stress on your feet.
And this makes them an ideal pair of boots if you work in a job that requires long periods of time on your feet. Personally, I couldn’t really get used to them but I think that’s more personal preference than anything else.
Another thing worth noting is that like Red Wing boots, they do they take a couple of days to break in. I’ve definitely worn worse but I’d still wear them around the house for a few days before trying to brave a day at work.
The Irish Setters come with two safety features, namely a steel toe and a steel shank. Combined you have a pair of boots that will protect your feet from both heavy objects above and sharp objects below. The soles do appear to have decent grip but I haven’t been able to find out whether or not they are genuinely slip resistant.
The leathers waterproof and the cut is high. Basically, they’ll keep your socks dry in anything short of a river.
Style was the reason I bought these boots and they looked even better out of the box. Personally, I think the logo is a little much but the dark tan leather and rustic appearance go well with just about everything. They’re the kind of boots you can wear just as easily on the weekend as on the job.
Given the fact that I didn’t really like the raised heel, I didn’t wear these boots long enough to judge durability. I don’t however expect any problems in this regard. First off, they’re made by Red Wing who are well known for the longevity of their boots. And secondly, just holding them, you can see that they’re very well made.
If you’re a fan of logger boots, the Irish Setter is difficult to fault. If not, however, it’s important to know what you are buying. I’ve tried a lot of different work boots and these are literally unlike any other pair that I’ve ever worn. Being a Red Wing boot, they are also pretty expensive but given the quality craftsmanship and casual style, I think they’re well worth the extra cash.