1000 Words: Red Wing Pecos Boots

The subject of ‘work boots’ is one that doesn’t get a ton of coverage here, but I have a feeling that we all own a pair.  These are the boots that are loving referred to as ‘shitkickers’.  They are bar boots, they are tailgating boots, they are weekend boots, a field boot, and they have probably been set on fire.

My preferred choice are the Red Wing Pecos, as they are made like tanks.  I’m a Wellington (pull on)  boot guy, so I prefer the 1155s, which have a little more of a pronounced heel, or the 1178s, which are cut more like a roper.  The leather is super thick, and the soles are almost indestructible.  They are a dressed down version of traditional, leather bottom cowboy boot, but still look great with jeans, khakis, a button down, and a vest.  Unfortunately, both have been discontinued, so you’ll have to find a pair on Ebay (for a steal).

Wear them hard, and they look better with age.  Here are a few examples of well worn Pecos:

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  • Nem09/12/2018 - 9:29 AM

    I, too, have both the ll55 and 1178 which get regular use Fall and Winter.  I bought my 1155s at Sears Shoe Store in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA in 1988 and have been wearing them ever since.  I’ve had Red Wing re-sole them only one time.  The 1178 are newer, bought at Red Wing over on Cumberland Pkwy in ATL in 2010 I think.  Great boots!ReplyCancel

  • Trip09/12/2018 - 10:17 AM

    That cutaway graphic is really cool.ReplyCancel

  • HA09/12/2018 - 2:07 PM

    My favorite boots, too.  But the problem with them, as with all pull-ons, is that jeans don’t fit over them.  Unless, of course, they’re wide leg or boot cut, which just looks unattractive.  It drives me crazy.  (That, and lace-up boots with eyelets rather than speed hooks.)  ReplyCancel

  • RMC09/12/2018 - 2:54 PM

    Are you sure the 1178’s are discontinued? I bought a new pair around 6 months ago.ReplyCancel

  • Fritz09/13/2018 - 10:32 AM

    I own the 1178’s and love them.  Comfortable right out of the box.  Bought them at an official Red Wing Store maybe 12 months ago.  Are we certain they are discontinued?ReplyCancel

  • Jeff Crosby09/13/2018 - 2:20 PM

    Jeff
    They still sell the 1155 and 1178. The latter now has to be ordered, but the delivery is fairly quick. http://www.redwingshoes.com/footwear/filter-Pull-OnReplyCancel

    • Nem09/14/2018 - 8:00 AM

      Correct.  They are both still in available.ReplyCancel

  • OhioHead09/13/2018 - 2:21 PM

    RCS – are you sure these are discontinued?  I was on the main RW website earlier this week, still available but “I think” they are made to order “now.”  If discontinued RCS readers look @ Double H, they offer a US made 1155 alternative, I have owned my 1155’s for 3 years and I really would prefer the 58’s w/ roper heel & darker leather.

    Great boots!ReplyCancel

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