We’re pleased to introduce a line of belts to the Red Wing Heritage collection. Perfectly matched with a pair of Red Wing boots, these belts are handcrafted in the USA. Using the same premium leathers used to build Red Wing footwear, Pioneer leather is created in our very own S.B. Foot tannery.
Sturdy, thick, high-quality leather is essential for making Red Wing work boots. Since Mr. Charles Beckman founded the Red Wing Shoe Company in 1905, premium leathers would be a key requirement for our footwear. In 1987, Red Wing acquired the S.B. Foot Tanning Company. The tannery was founded in 1872 on the banks of Trout Brook in Featherstone Township, just down the road from Red Wing’s Plant. Mr. Beckman himself worked at the Foot tannery. The tannery has been part of the Red Wing, Minnesota community for generations.
Pioneer is a premium, oil tanned full grain leather made from heavyweight U.S. cattle hides.
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Constructing a Red Wing Shoe nailed heel boot requires a few extra steps compared to the construction of other boots. While the process of sewing the uppers of the boots remains similar, there are a few differences in the bottoming process. Before any soles are attached to the upper, the rand, or the leather around the heel of the boot, is nailed down into the insole, locking the heel shape in place. The bottoms of the insoles have a partial ply rib attached to them, excluding the heel area. The ply rib enables the upper to be attached to the insole, using a Goodyear Welt. Once the welt has been attached to the upper, cork filler and a shank are added to the bottom of the shoe. The shank provides added support to the arch of the boot.
The outsole is cemented on and then stitched directly to the Goodyear Welt. The stitches go through the outsole and are visible from the bottom of the shoe. The welt begins just before the heel of the boot and ends on the other side of the boot, which is why it is considered to be a 270 degree welt. The second set of nails is added when the heeled area of the outsole is nailed on to the boot, securely locking the outsole onto the shoe.
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Red Wing Heritage is proud to introduce the Ice Cutter, designed specifically for cold winter days. The Ice Cutter is a wool-lined boot built as a tribute to the now-extinct job of ice cutting. Before the invention of the refrigerator, Ice Men would head out on the frozen lakes during winter and cut large blocks of ice from the surfaces of the lakes. The ice was kept insulated in ice houses and was sold throughout the year for cooling. The job was a dangerous one and required durable footwear with excellent traction. The Ice Men needed boots that could keep their feet warm and keep the men from slipping on the ice.
The Ice Cutter is built with waterproof black and brown Otter Tail leather that withstands snow, ice and salt. The comfortable wool-felt lining and footbed are made from 100% natural wool that provides inherent insulation and comfort. The Ice Cutter’s Otter Tail leather is tanned using a waterproofing process called AquaTan that prevents water penetration even after the leather has been flexed 20,000 times at minimum.
The Bering Straits
The AquaTan process was proven in 1989 when members of the Bering Bridge Expedition crossed over 1,000 miles from Anadyr, USSR, to Kotzebue, Alaska, in Red Wing boots tanned using the AquaTan process. This was the first official overland crossing of the Bering Straits in forty years and the boots came through the wet, the cold and the blizzards to prove their superiority. Now, the leather tanning process that helped those explorers cross the Bering Straits can help Red Wing Heritage enthusiasts keep their feet warm and dry in the dead of winter. The Ice Cutter was built as a tribute to hard work, determination and calls back to the history of the Red Wing Shoe Company.
The Ice Cutter is available now in stores throughout Europe and North America.
Red Wing Shoe Store London | Open Now
Open Now on 17 Newburgh Street in London, Soho.
The store offers a wide range from the Red Wing Heritage collection, along with some other accessories from different brands. Open daily. www.redwinglondon.com
We’re spending the day at Brooks Brothers San Francisco for a Red Wing trunk show. Stop by and see the collection, including exclusive styles only available at Brooks Brothers / 240 Post St.
The 877 was originally introduced in the fall 1952 catalog, with the 875 following shortly thereafter in 1953. The boots were originally designed to be a part of the Red Wing Irish Setter collection and the color was, fittingly, a direct reference to a 1950‘s era employee’s dog. Over the years, the leather used to make the 875 and 877 has evolved and changed over time, and this re-launch marks a return to the most historically important and pure design from the Red Wing archives.
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