Our Red Wing Shoe Stores in Europe have something special on offer: The Munson Ranger. The shoe is named after the shoelast this style is built on, the Munson last. It was designed by Dr. Munson in the early 20th century. The soldiers last was dominantly present in the portfolio of Red Wing Shoes for 40 years.
During the First World War Red Wing was a major supplier of military footwear. The Munson last was the most used last for those kinds of boots, as the shape was specifically designed to fit almost any person’s feet. That explains the wider toe of these boots. After the war Red Wing Shoes started using the Munson on work boots as well. The Munson Ranger has the capped toe, as we today see on our Iron Ranger series. The Munson Ranger is back!
Tomorrow, we will release the first edition of the Red Wing Post. A collaborative initiative with the Red Wing Shoe Stores in Europe. The Red Wing Post seeks to explore Red Wing’s rich history as well as celebrating its contemporary influences and advocates.
The publication shall be launched with a series of events in Berlin (July 9), London (July 10), Frankfurt (July 14) and Amsterdam (July 24).
The first edition kicks off by honoring the pioneers; people who work with their hands and hearts to forge their own frontiers. This inaugural issue takes an in-depth look at the heritage of the brand, focusing on product, craftsmanship and a feature following the footsteps of Red Wing Shoe Company founder Charles Beckman.
Exploring the cities that inspire us; we look at the craftsmanship culture of Berlin and we immerse ourselves in a world of charcoal in London. We caught up with Paul Octavious in Chicago and saw how he merges graphic design and photography to create stunning images. We’ve also been introduced to three pioneering friends in Amsterdam who are making a sustainable difference in the food-industry.
This first issue of Red Wing Post uncovers the stories of different kinds of people from all over the world who are all similarly driven to do what they love with a keen eye and a passion for detail. Red Wing Shoes inherited a similar mentality from Charles Beckman, the founding father of Red Wing Shoes Company.
May his story and those of the new movers and makers inspire you as they inspire us.
Since the start three years ago, we’ve been a proud sponsor of this fantastic Surf&Bikers festival. Here’s an impression of what went down at the ‘racestrip’. Thanx to Tim Adler for the pictures.
As seen from the Mississippi river.
On his weekend trekking , Gianni came across this Sequoia tree, a rare species in the Italian landscape. Being a Red Wing fan, he knows his bits and pieces on our history, as this picture tells!
In 1952, we introduced style 877, which marked the break-through for Red Wing Shoes worldwide. It was built with Oro Russet leather, which was tanned using the sap of Californian Sequoia tree-bark.
Red Wing’s Oxford styles were promoted as shoes for work and play, and all along the blue collar backbone of America one contingency of workers who took a strong liking to the style were factory floor managers, also known as Foremen.
While factory workers needed sturdy boots, the foreman needed a shoe to move back and forth between his office and the work floor. A Red Wing oxford could stand up to the concrete floor and not be too heavy for an entire day spent behind a desk.
The Foreman comes in three different Roughout leather uppers, for a casual summer appearance. Roughout leather is one of Red Wing’s premium leather types and provides durability and resiliency in tougher environments that may damage other leathers.
The Foreman is now available at retailers in North America and Europe.
Have a look at this video shot in London, featuring Gabor, James and a few Londoners speak about their Red Wing Shoes. Thanks to Jason Jules for sharing this.
Red Wing Shoe Company from madoogtv on Vimeo.