Thursday Boots vs Red Wing: Which is the Better Boot Brand?

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by  William Barton | Last Updated: 

The Upstart

Thursday Boot Company

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The Classic

Red Wing Heritage

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Thursday Boot Company is one of my favorite brands because they have a wide range of stylish boots that are built well (Goodyear welted construction, great leather, etc.). They’re also very comfortable and easy to wear for long periods of time. Compared to Red Wings, they’re much slimmer, more versatile (from a style perspective), more comfortable, but less durable and less suited to working applications.

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Red Wings are classics for a reason: they’re built tough and they’re made to last. Red Wing boots are much bulkier than Thursdays, so they might make more sense for you depending on your style. Red Wing also has a more interesting collection of leathers. Whether that’s worth paying around 60% more is up to you.

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  • Excellent value for money
  • Super comfortable
  • Stylish, with a wide variety of models available
  • Made in the USA
  • Interesting leather options that age and patina beautifully
  • Durable and can hang with work, riding, or just as a style boot


  • Insoles don’t have quite the same durability compared to Red Wing
  • Very little shock absorption

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