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Red Wing boots have long been a staple in American work wear.
Now, we’re starting to see people wear them in a more fashion context but in eitherapplication, are they worth the price? In order to answer that question, let’s takea look at the history of Red Wing shoe company.
Many people now recognize theover 100 year old company as a family-owned business that was launchedin 1905 in Red Wing, Minnesota.
However, in 1873, prior to the inceptionof the Red Wing shoe company, Red Wing, Minnesota was known as one of the mostefficient producers of wheat in the United States of America.
Soon after, thediscovery of natural clay beds in the area launched a healthy stonewareindustry.
During the turn of the century, Red Wing, Minnesota was seeingmassive success from its river port and businesses were springing up all overthe place.
European immigrants are creatingfactories and workshops all over the city.
Now at that time, Charles Beckman, who happened to be a shoe seller and a very wise businessman, would watch thecarpenters and the blacksmith’s walk throughout the city and noticed that they hadill-fitting boots and shoes on.
He came up with the idea to have something thatwas specific to a certain job.
Now, as Charles struck out to launchthis new venture for shoes and boots that would fit people appropriately, heinitially found that manufacturers were not willing to work with him.
Thankfully, Charles didn’t have to wait forever.
He was soon joined by other investors andthey began launching the Red Wing shoe company in 1905.
Now by 1912, Red Wingshoe company was seeing massive success with its new style, the black and brownchief.
Now, this boot was created using manure proof leather to assist farmerswhile working on their land.
This boot also carried the likeness ofthe legendary Dakota chief, Red Wing, on the sole of the boot as well.
DuringWorld War I, as the man who would have worked in the factory went to war, womenentered the factory to help with the creation of boots.
In particular, the 1088 Pershing boot was one that gained a lot of popularity.
Red Wing shoe company continued to make the 1088 Pershing style until 1965.
Now, over the years, Red Wing shoe company has become known for more than justshoes or boots for wartime or marketed just to farmhands.
Now, in the 60s and 70s, we see an adoption of Red Wing Shoes and boots by a much broader audience.
In morerecent years, we see that a partnership with a popular company J.
Crew helpedlaunch the heritage collection around 2007.
The heritage collection wasadvertised initially, as being a collection that would bring togetherboth the standard Red Wing boots along with a more modern aesthetic for abroader audience.
Today, we are seeing Red Wing boots appear in the classes of veryfashion-forward individuals.
Now, those who choose to wear the brand casuallyand opt to wear the more fashionable heritage collection are often branded ashipsters; this is something I know they usually don’t like.
Now, what has becomeone of the most iconic styles from the Red Wing heritage collection is theirclassic 6-inch moc-toe boot.
Over the years as fashion rules have softened, wesee that many more people are willing to shell out the 200 plus dollars for thesepopular boots.
The Red Wing shoe factory produces up to two million shoeseach year.
The Red Wing shoe factory has seen over four generations of shoemakers.
Fun fact! Did you know that Red Wing boots not only designs and manufacturesshoes under its own brand? It also produces footwear under Irish Setterboots, Vasque, Carhartt, which happened to bediscontinued in 2011, and Worx brands.
Now, some of these non Red Wing brandsinclude a variety of models that were manufactured in the People’s Republicof China.
Now, the over 100 year old factory islocated at 315 Main Street in Red Wing, Minnesota.
I can sayfrom experience that the amount of history that it holds is incredible.
Many years ago, I had the privilege of going on a tour of the Red Wing Factoryin Red Wing, Minnesota and I had an absolute blast.
There’s so much historyand passion behind this brand and I really enjoyed seeing how somethingthat’s over 100 years old and located in a small town is helping people all overthe world.
Now, the tour lasted a number of hours but the people working therewere extremely welcoming and I could tell that they were extremely passionateabout what they were helping to create.
Now, my favoritepart of the tour, and I had a few, included seeing the leather being dyedand the boots being stitched together with the soles.
Now, it takes a large team of dedicated people who have a critical eye toproduce a high-quality boot from beginning to end.
Many of the shoes areactually hand-stitched; this is done because much of the technology that’savailable today does not stitch components of the shoes together toRed Wing standards.
It all begins with leather, in the beginning, Charles Beckmanpartnered with the SB foot tannery to get the best and most durable leatherfor the Red Wing shoe company.
In 1986, Red Wing shoe company acquired thattannery.
To begin the construction process, first, the leather is tanned, stretched, and then rolled.
Then, the leather is cut into patterns and thenfitted.
Now, a fun fact: the fitting department actually holds 30 differentsteps the leather has to go through before it’s able to be transferred tothe next department.
The leather is then sent to the lasting department, thisdepartment holds over 30 different styles and hundreds of different sizesin which the boots and shoes can be made.
From there, the footwear is sent tothe bottoms department, this is where the soles are applied.
Finally, the footwear issent to the finishing department.
Now, this is where each shoe and boot isreviewed, shoelaces and footbeds are added, andthings are then prepared for distribution all over the world.
Oneof the best things about Red Wing boots is their soles.
The lug sole is inventedby Vibram.
This hole provides a lot of traction.
Traction Tred is a non-markingoutsole and one of the most iconic elements in Red Wing boots.
Now thatwe’ve gotten over construction of the boots, now, let’s go over two differentstyles.
The first will be the Iron Ranger style 8111.
Now, this style was originallybuilt for iron miners on the Minnesota Iron Range in the 1930s.
Now, each pair ofboots take on a personalized fit through to the cork mid soles and the leatherinsoles that form to the wearers feet.
Now, the style features a Goodyear wealt, asteel shank, and a puritan triple stitch construction Also, there are brass speedhooks for precise lacing.
Now, the iron Ranger style I’m wearing today is madewith a Vibram 430 mini lug sole.
Now, according to Red Wing, the iron Rangerstyle should fit comfortably tight on your foot while still allowing forenough room for you to freely move your toes.
The Iron Ranger style was built onthe number-8 last.
Now, this boot designed features a bump toewhich allows you to freely move your toes.
This style fits a variety of footshapes and retails for 330 dollars.
The second style we are going to reviewtoday is the classic 6-inch moc-toe.
The classic moc-toe has gained a lot ofpopularity over the years in part because of the Goodyear construction andalso, the contrasting sole with traction tred.
Now, this boot was created usingRed Wing’s number 23 last.
This was developed in the 1950s and is arguablyone of the most popular last styles.
Now, the style provides extra room in theforefoot and instep to be able to fit a wide variety of foot shapes.
Now, thestyle is sold by Red Wing in eight different color options and Red Wingactually recommends that you size down one half to one full size when makingyour selections.
Now, as for the iron Ranger style and the Classic moc-toe, they are available in sizes 7 through 14 and widths D and double E but please beadvised that not every style and color combination is available in every size.
Now, depending on the color and/or leather style you choose in yourpurchase, it will determine whether or not you’re going to need a leather protectorand/or leather oil to maintain the appearance of your boots.
Not many of RedWing boot styles are known for their work functionality, the authentic workboots from Red Wing that are used by construction workers and others arespecifically designed to withstand moisture, paint spills, mud, and somestyles even have the ever-popular steel toe installation to protect your toesfrom being crushed while on the job.
Now, those are the two different styles thatwe’re going to look at today.
With that said, let’s dive into some otherexperiences that I’ve had with the Red Wing boots.
A number of years ago while Iworked for Brooks Brothers, we temporarily sold shoes and boots out ofthe Red Wing Heritage Collection.
At that time, I was offered a sizeable discountand I decided to purchase two pairs of boots.
The amber colored Iron Ranger andthe light brown 6-inch classic moc-toe.
Out of the box, I distinctly remembernoticing the quality and the craftsmanship of the boots.
The cleanprecision mixed with the handmade details was fantastic and the scent ofthe leather reminded me of the long history of this great brand.
Now, from thebeginning, I was told to make sure that I took timeto break in the boots.
I thought I was well aware of the process of breaking inshoes as I had been through this process with other footwear purchases.
In the end, I found myself wishing that I had taken much more time for this break-in period.
I decided to wear my brand new boots to work all day long and I immediatelyregretted that footwear choice.
Now, over time, my feet got used to the boots, theleather softened, and they have since become some of my favorite boots to wear.
Ss the boots have aged, the weathered look has started to work even betterwith my personal style.
Now in the future, I’m planning on purchasing the taller 8inch version of the moc-toe boot, as well as the Muleskinner Iron Ranger.
Now, these boots have never had any major quality issues, no tears in the leather, nothing wrong with the soles at all.
Now, in nearly 10 years of wearing theseboots, the main issues stem from my neglect and not caring properly for theleather and also, wearing the soles down so much and forgetting to have themresoled.
Now, personally, one of the main aspects I didn’t really enjoy of theboots was the laces.
The boots arrived with a leather lace option as well as atraditional braided style.
I found that the boots felt tighter and much more secureon my feet when I used that traditional braided style.
By after nearly 10 yearsof pulling and tightening, the laces have started to look much more weathered, however, I understand this is nothing really to complain about.
Having nearly10 years of wear, I had no major issues except the laces, that’s pretty fantastic!Now for the sake of comparison in this worth it video, we actually have a brandnew pair of Iron Rangers similar to the ones that I brought in today.
Thesehappen to be fresh out of the box and comparing this brand new pair to mynearly ten year old pair, the first thing I’m noticing is how sturdy these bootsare and I’m amazed at how much of that sturdiness is still represented in myolder pair.
The attention to detail is immediately noticeable and things likethe stitching, the sole trimming around the perimeter of the boot, and thedistinctive coloration in the toe which blends darker in the further back into thetop of the boot.
Now if you look closely, you can see minor fractures in theleather color, as well as stray leather from the raw edges.
These subtle detailsadd a human element which further enhanced the character of the boots overtime.
The pliable leather upper has a unique coloration and the colorseems to even shift as the leather is being bent.
The leather upper also holdson the interior and stitch tag referencing the branding, the style name, and the fact that it was made in the USA.
Now, in this particular tag, we see thatthis is style 8085.
The oil resisting Vibram sole issecurely stitch and offers a great deal of traction.
Now, as I previouslymentioned, there are a handful of things that they could have done differently tofurther extend the longevity of my two pairs of boots.
During my visit to thefactory, I was given specific information on how to best care for my boots.
Unfortunately, I did not listen! Now, to return my boots to their formerappearance and any capacity, I will be sending them back to Red Wing to becleaned and in the case of my Iron Rangers, to be resoled.
Needless to say, Ihave certainly learned my lesson and I will definitely take better care of myfuture pair.
Now on that note, there are a number of things to think about when itcomes to leather here.
Each type of leather may require a different type ofcloth, brush, or oil.
For example, Red Wing recommends that theirall-natural boot oil be used on their Iron Ranger.
At the same time, any productdesigned to help you care for calfskin leather would also work well.
Now whilewe’re on the subject of care, let’s look at some of the repair services offeredfrom Red Wing shoe company.
For 125 dollars, you can have the boots resoled, replace the welting, recondition the uppers, and receive a full-size containerof leather conditioner.
You can also pay for ala carte repairs, as well.
Forexample, add or repair the eyelets for twenty-five dollars, replace heels only$50, repair stitching 25 dollars, and replace the gussets 75 dollars.
Now before we reach our final verdict and whether or not Red Wing boots areworth it or not, let’s take a look at some similar options that are also inthe same category.
Now, the first one we’re going to look at is boots fromWolverine.
Now, they offer a similar style to Red Wing’s classic moc-toe, they aremen’s 6-inch loader which they sell for 105 dollars.
Timberland offers their iconic classic 6-inch waterproof style for 198 dollars.
Next, we have the boot brand Chippewa which offers a variety of styles many ofwhich are sold for about 280 dollars or less.
And on the more expensive end ofthe similar section here, we have the brandWestco which offers subtle different customizations you can make to yourboots but many of the boots start out at about 599 dollars.
Now, as it’s often thecase in this series, whether or not Red Wing boots are worth it for you, reallydepends on how you’d like to wear them.
Now, if you’re looking for a heavy dutyboot that could withstand and run through say Jurassic Park, Red Wingactually does make boots that are designed for people who work outdoors.
Now, as there are many different options available from brands that are also madein the USA, some family-owned and some bigger thanothers at varying price points, it’s easy to see why some people prefer one brandover another but if you are more fashion focused individual and you enjoy theofferings of the Heritage Collection, you probably aren’t planning to wear yourboots outdoors hiking or at a construction site.
Now, it will be greatif Red Wing offered its boots at a lower price point but we need to rememberwhere Red Wing is making its boots, here in the USA.
Production costs here in theUSA happen to be much higher than they would be overseas.
Now, as previouslymentioned, elsewhere, the costs of calfskin leather are rising globally andoften, manufacturers have to make up this cost in their retail pricing.
Aftervisiting the factory myself and seeing the time and care that is poured intothis product, I can understand why the price point is such.
Overall, I have foundthat through my nearly 10 years of ownership of Red Wing boots that they areworth it.
These boots are worth the investment due to their qualityconstruction, durability, and versatility to be worn with many things throughoutthe year.
Today, I’m wearing a navy blue v-neck wool sweater from J.
Crew, underneath I have a light red and white candy stripe sports shirt which I pickedup from Brooks Brothers.
I’m pairing that with a dark wash slim fit denim alsofrom J.
Crew and then tying it all off with one of my favorite pair of boots, myclassic six-inch moc-toe from Red Wing.
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