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Product Focus: The Heritage of Red Wing Boots

November 20, 2014

Red Wing are renowned for their robust work wear designs that are not only built to last, but also look great on the foot. With a rich history in footwear design, RedWing has earned its place as one of the top manufacturers of high quality shoes and boots, and will be a go to brand for many of us in need of a decent pair of winter boots that can handle the harsher conditions.

The company was established back in 1905 and founded by Charles, H.Beckman in Red Wing Minnesota. Born out of necessity, Charles Beckman saw that the local miners, loggers and farmers of the area were in need of footwear that could withstand the harsh working conditions, whilst still remaining comfortable. Red Wings dedication to producing high quality footwear for those who need it is still a big part of who they are today. With a heritage that spans over 100 years, they continue to produce high-grade products worn worldwide by workmen and fashion followers alike.

Although they are no longer being entirely hand made in the USA, the shoes construction process remains largely unchanged. From the cutting process through to the fitting, stitching, bottoming and finally the inspection and finishing stage, the shoes pass through several quality control stations with highly trained, highly skilled craftsmen at each point. Every single detail and every material used is carefully considered before and during manufacturing to ensure that each shoe is produced to the greatest possible standard.

You can see a detailed step by step on the construction of each shoe here: http://www.redwingheritage.com/USD/page/how-made;pgid=g7lIoY7hmGdSRpH6A5P1iqoX0000GM2azRf9;sid=OqQ0nzczEOA_n2NaATU9HP85Qf-CNExojA9PxIGY

Here at Urban Industry we hold two key styles from the brands Heritage Collection; the Red Wing Classic 6” Work Boot and Work Chukka Boot. Each shoe in the Heritage Collection follows the same construction procedures from their original release, applying premium leather from the brands S.B. Foot Tannery, hand-crafted from premium materials and made to last and protect

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The Red wing Classic 6” Work Boot is modeled after Red Wing’s original work boot that was made to tackle the daily rigors of work life and protect the foot from potential hazards. The shoes white Traction Tred rubber outsoles have been specially designed to reduce the amount of dirt that would cling to the bottom of the foot, whilst still providing comfort and stability during movement. The shoes iconic toe design was inspired by the classic moccasin style, resulting in a kind of U-shaped stitched leather finish, giving the boot a nice boxy shape. The leathers applied to each style’s upper are water and dirt resistant, and are extremely durable.

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The Chukka boot is a slightly lighter shape, originally designed for indoor work. Still holding Red Wing’s rugged design, the silhouette can be worn both casual and smart. It features an ‘Atlas Tred’ polyurethane lightweight outsole and Oil-tanned leather construction that is once again extremely durable, whilst still allowing for flexibility.

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You can shop the Red Wing collection at Urban Industry HERE now!