Ask me, ‘after analyzing uncounted pairs of boots, which pair would you choose for yourself at work?’ There’s a big grin- Red Wing Flex Force. (Don’t miss the detailed evaluation below.)
FlexForce are not the most famous boots, but we love the brand Red Wing, the series, features and awesome stylish look.
“My 1st pair has thousands of miles of walking in mud, dirt, jagged rock, glass, chemical, snow and ice, and puddles of water literally. They are non-insulated but still even with regular socks keep my feet warm in the snow and cold. The souls wear very slowly and have great traction on pretty much anything. I have only had the leather treated once in 2 years, and it’s looking a little worn but still no holes, tears or fraying in any of the leather or stitching.”
They’re my work boots but… look at the structure and design:
Would anyone stop you from wearing them to rough parties, hiking, hunting, camping, climbing, fishing, barbecues or hangouts where like-minded people meet? I can bring these boots in the bars to meet people; in the stadiums to yell at the losers or even for the business meetings to some extent if the nature of the deal permits me.
Table Of Contents
- Types of FlexForce
- Two 5 inch FlexForce Boots
- Two 6 inch FlexForce Boots
- One 8 inch
- One 11 inch pull-on.
- Close Alternatives
- Nearly Same
- Popular Alternatives
- Similar Style
- Different and Uncommon
- In-depth Review and Analysis of Red Wing FlexForce Work Boots
- Remarks and Suggestions
- Better for
- User, Expert and Trade Recognition
- Price vs. Durability
- Water, Chemical and Spill Proof
- Slip Resistance
- Toe Box and Safety
- Break-in Time and Fitting
- Electrical Hazard
- Stylish and Presentable
- Breathable and Insulation
- Leather, Upper, Lace and Heel
- Tongue, Collar and Weight
- Insole, Midsole, Shank and Arch Support
- Outsole, Construction and Sewing
- Anti-odor and Cleanable
- Warranty, Return and Post Purchase Service Policy
- Brand Faith
- Special and Uncommon Features
- Editor’s Boost
Types of FlexForce
Oh, for the record, all of these 1211 6-inch, 2409 8-inch, 401 6-inch, and 4441 11-inch boots are somewhat identical despite having these gibberish model numbers. They’re FlexForce. My pair is the 8-inch ones, but you’re free to choose. They look superior, they feel superior, and they serve well. Let’s quote a hard working user:
“kicking myself in the butt for 14 years of buying boots that weren’t Red Wings… I’m a garbage man tried every boot company known to man got these boots from my Dad because I thought Red Wings were overrated.”
FlexForce is not a vast series of boots; there are only six models:
Two 5 inch FlexForce Boots
We are reviewing all but the 5-inch ones which are meant for hiking (they are cool though). Anyways, you can check them out here.
Two 6 inch FlexForce Boots
Differing only in toes:
One 8 inch
My favorite killer-look
One 11 inch pull-on.
They have men’s as well as women’s styles. The four models look and feel the same.
Red Wing 3548 Men’s 8-Inch Boot (Insulated, WP, Electrical Hazard, Puncture Resistant, Composite Toe)
Different and Uncommon
In-depth Review and Analysis of Red Wing FlexForce Work Boots
ShoeAsk Points: 92 out of 100
Editorial Recommendation: Very high.
Remarks and Suggestions
The editors would prefer to purchase these for themselves.
This 2-minute video will help you more:
Working 10 to 15 hours a day? Whether you are in rainy, snowy or sunny condition, these boots will serve you. Standing, walking, bending down, pulling or carrying things all day on concrete, asphalt, metal floors, electricity inflicted areas to farm fields, or even mud? You bet!
People working in these workspaces say:
“On 3rd pair, will be going for a 4th.”
They suit the boss on a site as well.
If you are a supervisor, group leader, manager, contractor or even a pit boss- working on cargo clearinghouses, shipments, digging sites, construction or manufacturing complexes, you may want to wear them. Here are the rest of the best boots for work.
User, Expert and Trade Recognition
FlexForce boots are not widely used perhaps for the price. However, people love Red Wing work boots, and FlexForce are modern awesome RW boots.
“I work in a Machine shop, with oils, coolant, grease and metal chips. I have owned these for 2 years now and the only thing that has worn out on these are the insoles.”
Price vs. Durability
“I am on my 2nd pair. There is nothing wrong with my 1st pair, I wear them daily for work and have had them for about 2 years now.”
Yes, there are some quick wear-out reviews, and some with double wear-out after replacement! On the contrary, these are pricey, so, they don’t win on a cost per month contest. That’s why we are giving less than 5 points here. (Hey, it’s not about gaining the maximum months of use, it’s about owning a RW pair that rocks for a decent time.)
But why give them 4 instead of 2 or 3 points?
That’s because several users are wearing them for a couple of years or more. People keep saying that if they get a pair of Red Wings, the boots will go on for eons, just be a bit gentle on them.
Let’s see a couple of user evaluations:
“Both pairs have now failed after about 14 months of 6 days week wear. The leather is still good, but the soles are coming detached in multiple places.”
“I work in a power plant that has chemicals and oils an average boot holds up about 9 months. These got about a year and 2 months.”
A+ for comfort and support. Users are not divided on comfort issues.
Water, Chemical and Spill Proof
These are definitely waterproof. If you constantly expose FlexForce to water, the waterproofing features may fail after some time. You better get the pair a healing period and don’t use them intentionally in water over and over. Come on! They’re your precious Red Wings! Use the shitty cheap waterproof boots if you need to dig a ditch today.
Yes, they’re waterproof but don’t struggle to pour water inside them, the boots would not dry out overnight.
These are `Superman’ when it comes to slip-resistance. You don’t slip on mud, oil, spills and the list goes on.
Toe Box and Safety
Enough space in the forefoot. Abrasion-resistant toe box. They’re aluminum safety toe which means these are lighter and stronger than the steel toe caps. Needless to say that these cost much. If you do not need safety toe, choose FlexForce 401 six-inch.
Break-in Time and Fitting
We’ve got a fitting report above 90% which is sweet. Yes, some may say there is no break in time required but don’t listen to them. Red Wing boots take a little time to break in. It’s their tradition.
It may take 3 to 5 days of wearing and 5 to 10 kilometers of walk. Once they are broken in, they’re the foot pals!
Red Wing FlexForce boots have superior electrical hazard (EH) features.
Stylish and Presentable
Look at them! Would you find any other pair like these?
Breathable and Insulation
No feature packed Hulk Hogan pair of boot is breathable as though you are wrapping a scrapped piece of thin, 100% cotton sheet. It does not work that way. Waterproofing features are not the best friend of breathability. Want to have EH, steel toe, slip resistance? You have got to sacrifice some breathability. These are comfy nevertheless. Some of them are not insulated, but you’re not gonna be dead for that. These boots somewhat prevent cold. Much of them are insulated with 400 gm Thinsulate.
Leather, Upper, Lace and Heel
No question on Red Wing leather! The Brown Taos Leather would last for years; treated well for final output. There are multiple layers sewn together. The heel has a welt construction which is good for a hard worker.
Tongue, Collar and Weight
The CuShin tongue is fluffy; these provide adequate support to your shin. The collar is softer and unusually curved which will help you during wearing the boots and bending down while at work. Lighter solid material reduces weight, you might feel like you are wearing tennis shoes ( A heavy pair of tennis shoes!)
Insole, Midsole, Shank and Arch Support
Insole: DynaForce insole system is innovative. Absorbing pressure and shock, providing the right balance of support and top-notch comfort- you can’t ignore DynaForce.
Midsole: The midsole is specially built to support your body weight and pressure points.
Arch: There’s a bit of arch support, but if you need more, try arch support inserts, or you may need to contact a pedorthist or podiatrist.
Outsole, Construction and Sewing
The Vibram® Rubber-PU XClaim TC-4 outsole is a hell of an innovation. It does not melt in some extra heat, neither convey heat to your feet. It is not easy to wear out the rubber outsole. The treads are sharp and clear, positioned asymmetrically, where the inner treads are harder so that you do not lose the outsole sooner. How long would the outsole last? Well, it depends. To some it’s 6 months, to others we’ve found to be more than 24 months.
If you are a bit aware, it’s safe to say that you are going to be served for at least 18 months which is huge.
The construction is a blend of both welt and cement which is the core concept of FlexForce. You will get it in the Timberland PRO Boondock boots as well.
The sewing is mostly mechanical (Goodyear). Ensuring durability and accuracy.
Anti-odor and Cleanable
Maybe there is one shortcoming, there is no antimicrobial treatment. Don’t go rough on these while cleaning them.
Warranty, Return and Post Purchase Service Policy
What would Red Wing do if you purchase their costly boots? You’ll get the leather cleaned and conditioned for free which is huge, right? And the laces… these are good and always on the house. Get a pair of free laces whenever you go by an outlet- just in case your old laces are worn out or looking dull.
There’s a sweet part though, Red Wing authority is so helpful in case of failures. They replace the boots after a more extended period of time which is rare.
People always like to say: “I have purchased many brands of work boots, and I always go back to Red Wing.”
One of the very best brands trusted for eons.
Special and Uncommon Features
All the FlexForce features are unique and somewhat uncommon. They have the best category oil and gas resistance, better chemical resistance, best possible abrasion resistance, and the best heat resistance all of which is overwhelming.
FlexForce means, you will get a solid grip over the surface as well as great flexibility as you might need to bend down. You don’t need to get confused over heavy duty stable boots or lighter duty flexible boots.
CuShin tongues support your shin bones more.
ForceGuard technology means you get extra badass padding in the upper-heel and toe area so that they can prevent abrasion at a more significant point.
They also have a built-in DynaForce insole system which means these complex integrations are going to absorb shock and pressure while providing sweet comfort.
The Vibram outsole also stands for a lot of heat, abrasion and slip resistance.
People want the U.S. made Red Wings which is not possible in this case. Just like iPhones, they fly from China after being designed in the United States. And like iPhones, they are pricey despite flying from China.
We see no reasons to put them down.
If you’re wearing RW, they give you an edge over many things. You’re complimented continuously for the boots. Believe me, these are rare. You would not see a bunch of people wearing them here and there just because they don’t want to pay for the slightly elevated price. Folks tend to overlook the fact that, this is not price or expense, this is an investment worth it. These serve well, and you can get closer to the superiors just because you look confident wearing these.
Are you considering them or did you purchase a pair? Let us know whatever you think.