Back in April 2021, “Women’s Outdoor News” asked me to review a pair of hunting boots, the Irish Setter Wingshooter. Originally, I was searching for casual everyday wear boots for walking the sporting clay course. While visiting my local stores, I learned that most carry an exceptional line of men’s options and the few women’s options are more fashionable than they are practical. Boot shopping is never easy for me; I have what I refer to as Flintstone feet. I also have surgical screws in both feet, having broken both in a childhood accident. As an adult, I had bone removed to reset the alignment of my feet. You can imagine that I am very picky about fit, comfort, arch of movement, and insulation in the cold seasons.
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Before I committed to wearing these boots, I went to a store to check them out. There were two pairs of hiking boots made by this company I leaned toward, but they were backordered for several months. The representative offered some suitable suggestions, then she typed several key words into the search option: Women’s upland boots. Two things you should know: I had no idea there were specific boots dedicated to upland hunting, and felt completely baffled to learn that a women’s version existed! This became a deal maker. Pheasant season was over, but there were game farm fields I needed to walk and upcoming mentor events I would be assisting with, so these boots looked to be a great “fit” right away.
Two weeks later, I received a pair of Irish Setter Wingshooter boots. Immeditaly, I loved the rich color of the genuine, full grain leather and the contrasting laces. My first thought was they looked heavy, so immediately I was concerned about how fatigued I would be in the field. And, how long would they take to break in? After trying them on, they felt incredibly comfortable and of “medium weight.” Bonus – I did not need to break them in.
From April 2021 until January 30, 2022, I walked through miles of fields and even broke my personal rule, wearing them several times to work. Thanks to Smartwatches, I can honestly state I have walked more than 300 miles in these boots collectively.
A few features I like about the Irish Settter Wingshooter boot:
Here are a few features Irish Setter boasts:
Unfortunately, unless by the time this review post and their inventory changes, the boots are sold out. BUT, I highly recommend contacting Red Wing Shoes customer service. They will go above and beyond to contact brick and mortar retailers to locate hard-to-find items.
Now that pheasant season is a wrap for 2021-22, I’ll be cleaning, conditioning and storing these for next season. But, I could wear them daily until then and they’d still be the most comfortable pair I own!
See Irish Setter Wingshooter boots. MSRP: $189.99.
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