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RED WING SHOES - STYLING TIPS & A BRIEF HISTORY

Here at Stuarts London, we stock a handpicked selection of Red Wing boots to keep your footwear game strong. These boots are made from the finest leather and offer stylish yet comfortable wearing so you don’t have to forego one for the other. 

What is Red Wing?

Red Wing started its journey into the world of high-end fashion as a family-run business in 1905, Minnesota. Since then, the company has undergone a huge transformation and journey through the designer footwear industry. Red Wing’s are renowned for their infamous boots and have since branched into women’s footwear. 

How to style Red Wing boots?

Red Wing boots are a great footwear staple that makes for diverse wearing so that you can enjoy your footwear with a multitude of different outfits. 

TRENCH COAT

Trench coats make a great addition to every man’s wardrobe, giving you the option to dress up or down, the trench coat is a diverse and timeless staple. The style of Red Wings lend themselves to smart-casual styling and therefore are a great staple to incorporate into everyday wearing. Trench coats can also be paired with smart attire for an office vibe and allows you to incorporate your Red Wings into your work wardrobe.

Diverse and timeless, trench coats make a great addition to every man’s wardrobe. Red Wings trench coats lend themselves perfectly to smart-casual styling and are therefore a great staple to incorporate into everyday wearing. Trench coats can also be paired with smart attire for an office setting and allow you to incorporate your Red Wings into your work wardrobe. Try pairing your trench coats with stripes to create a sophisticated Parisian aesthetic, ideal outfit for city workers or slightly smarter occasions. One of the best things about Red Wings is their diversity, enabling you to pair them with a multitude of different outfit styles whilst always adding a dash of finesse to whatever you choose.

JEANS

Red Wing boots work perfectly with jeans, giving those smart-casual vibes. Red Wing boots are a diverse footwear option that provides an, almost, free-rein approach to fashion. Pairing your boots with jeans gives you more scope than you may first think, with different jean shapes offering a completely different look. From cropped to a rolled bottom, the difference in jean styles has the ability to completely transform an outfit and when paired with Red Wings makes a real statement attire.

Wearing jeans doesn’t have to mean casual. Wearing your Red Wings with jeans creates an ideal option for a meal out or smarter occasions, too. Finding something to pair your Red Wings with doesn’t necessarily mean that you need a whole wardrobe haul. Instead, utilise what’s already in your wardrobe and try wearing things you may not have previously thought would work your day to day jeans and boots.






What size Red Wings should I get?

This Red Wing size guide was taken from the sizing guide provided on the Red Wings website so that you can find just the right size for you. Leather will, naturally, stretch slightly.

 

 

How to wear in your Red Wings

We appreciate that getting a new pair of boots can take some wearing in, of course with Red Wing’s are made with elite leather but can still take time to mould to your feet. Making sure that your Red Wing’s are comfortable enough to wear out is vital to avoid any unwanted footwear dramas,  so what’s the best way to break them in?

Wear them around the house 

Before you decide to walk miles on your trusty Red Wings, you need to be sure that they aren’t going to cause a little discomfort. The best way to find out whether or not they’re going to rub on their first outing is to wear them inside for a while. 

Use a stretcher 

If the boots feel a little tight, that could be due to the newness of the leather but this isn’t something to worry about. Why not invest in a shoe stretcher to help take some of the burden off for your feet? Shoe stretches should free up roughly half an inch if you feel your shoes are a little too tight for your liking but know the next size up would be too big. Shoe stretchers can take as little as a few hours to as long as a day or two to achieve the fit that you want. One of the best things about shoe stretchers is that you can stretch your shoe both width and lengthwise. 

The Potato Method 

Although it seems like an unlikely method, the potato method helps soften and stretch the leather without having to go through the pain! It’s a simple technique that requires you to peel your potato and place it into your shoe. Leave it overnight, giving the potato time to dry out and your shoes should have stretched slightly.

Protect the leather

Although this may not help with the general comfort of wearing in your Red Wing it will help to keep your boots in top-notch condition for longer because the last thing you want is scuffed leather on the first wear

How do you spot fake Red Wings?

Red Wing boots are created to an elite and world-class standard to ensure you can enjoy your footwear without any compromises. However, with the rise in popularity of the designer boots, there is, unfortunately, an array of counterfeits on the market. So how do you tell them apart?

The edging 

Red Wings are an iconic and distinguishable brand of footwear and can be recognised by a number of their features. If you’re unsure on whether or not they’re the real deal, take a close look at the edging on said footwear. Real Red Wing boots have rough edging on the tongue and one of the reasons for this is due to genuine leather’s tendency to fray slightly whereas synthetic leather is more likely to have a clean finish. 

Leather quality

Red Wings are crafted and created from the finest leather, making them soft and wearable so that you don’t have to forego comfort for fashion. However, a great way to tell counterfeits apart from the true brand is the quality of the leather. If the boots you come across are faux leather then these will not be the real Red Wings.