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Red Wing, About The Brand

 

For over a century, Red Wing has made boots for people who live life on their own terms. Thoughtfully adopted by those who are more concerned with quality and longevity than the latest fashion trend, Red Wing's boots are worn by those who unfollow the crowd and pave their own way in the world. The man behind Red Wing is Charles Beckman. At the start of the 20th Century he noticed a demand for footwear specifically designed for demanding work industries such as farming or mining. Footwear needed to outlast the harsh working conditions yet provide the wearer all day comfort, stability and durability. His vision came to life when he, and 14 other investors, formed Red Wing Shoes in 1905. Today a third generation of employees, located just down the road from the original factory, continues this tradition by using the same craftsmanship and attention to detail. Triple-stitched seams, sturdy welt construction and rich leathers are signature elements of every Red Wing boot. 

 

 

THE CLASSIC MOC TOE: STYLE AND FIT

The Classic Moc was first made by Red Wing in 1952. In the decades since, it’s grown into one of the most beloved lifestyle boots in the world. Originally made for sportsmen, the boot quickly grew into a favourite of farm and factory workers for its long-lasting construction, steady traction, and all-day comfort. The Classic Moc’s beloved features live on today, as the boot is built with the same pride and process now as it was then. Moc toe construction and the iconic Traction Tred rubber outsole lead the way, and Puritan triple stitching and a Goodyear welt make the boot a legend in durability. So, what's the fit like of a classic moc toe boot? A new pair of Red Wing Heritage footwear should fit comfortably tight on the foot, with enough room to freely wiggle toes. As you wear the footwear, the full grain leather upper, insole, and cork midsole will mould to your feet, creating an increasingly personalized fit over time. 


TRIED AND TESTED

All Red Wing Shoes have been tried and tested in some of the toughest environments on earth. From the Middle East to the Midwest, the team behind the brand have ensured that their footwear sticks to the original strict guidelines set out by Beckman. Available in over 100 countries across the world, the brand have become the number one choice for workers looking for total endurance, comfort and quality. Still made in the USA today, Red Wing produce some of their iconic styles with little to no change in style or production from the original boot. Their iconic boots remain timeless examples of the high quality style and production of Red Wings. Goodyear Welt’s and stitch down construction are used throughout the range which ensures longer durability and the ability for the boots to be resoled. The leather is tanned by Red Wing’s very own tanning company which is located just a mile from the factory in Minnesota. Ensuring that both the leather and the boots themselves are produced in the US. Red Wing Heritage footwear is hand built to last for years and even decades. Beyond long-lasting durability, each American-made style develops a personalized fit and beautiful leather patina over time. As boots and shoes are worn and cared for, footwear moulds to feet and the leather tells the unique story of where it has been.

 

IRON RANGER: STYLE AND FIT

 

The Iron Ranger was originally built for iron miners in Northern Minnesota in the 1930s. In the decades since, it has grown to become indispensable for generations of owners. The women’s Iron Ranger is built with soft leather to ensure comfortable and flexible wear straight out of the box. Each pair of boots develops a personalized fit and custom comfort thanks to a Texon insole that forms to feet. The Puritan triple-stitched boots are built with a Goodyear welt and brass speed hooks for precision lacing and a visual hit of hardware. The Iron Ranger is anchored with a Vibram® 430 Mini-lug outsole. Heritage footwear should fit comfortably tight on the foot, with enough room to freely wiggle toes. As you wear the footwear, the full grain leather upper, insole, and cork midsole will mold to your feet, creating an increasingly personalized fit over time. 

 

 

CHUKKA BOOT: STYLE & FIT

The Weekender Chukka combines casual style with all-day comfort. The boot is supremely comfortable straight out of the box thanks to lightweight, flexible stitch down construction. Worn with or without socks, the Weekender Chukka channels a relaxed warm weather vibe that’s so comfortable you won’t want to take it off. The boot’s Hill outsole provides steady footing and sleek styling. A new pair of Red Wing Heritage footwear should fit comfortably tight on the foot, with enough room to freely wiggle toes. As you wear the footwear, the full grain leather upper, insole, and cork midsole will mould to your feet, creating an increasingly personalized fit over time. Roughout and Nubuck leather is created using a reverse-suede technique. Many tanneries split and thin hides to create suede, but the tannery simply uses the other side of the hide. This allows us to create beautiful roughout and nubuck leather with no loss of durability. Actively maintaining leather is the most effective way to ensure integrity and longevity.

 

HOW ARE REDWING BOOTS MADE?

Red Wing Heritage footwear is built in the USA with traditional construction techniques that transform premium materials into supremely durable boots and shoes. It takes more than 230 steps to build each pair of footwear by hand. All Red Wing Heritage footwear is built with leather from our tannery, S.B. Foot Tanning Company in Red Wing, Minnesota. S.B. Foot prepares hides and soaks them in wood drums with tree oils, tanning agents and dyes. After soaking, the tanned leathers are rolled, dried, and stretched before being transported a mile down the road to our factory. The shoemaking process, largely unchanged since Red Wing’s inception, begins with cutting the leather for the shoe. Highly trained leather cutters carefully lay out the sharp cutting dies on each large piece of leather. Selecting the highest quality sections of leather to cut is an art form executed by a highly trained and well experienced team. The cut leather pieces are meticulously sewn together to form the footwear’s upper by seasoned sewing machine operators. The operators work on the same century-old Puritan sewing machines that were used in the earliest years of Red Wing Shoe Company.