Red Wing Stockholm Journal
For shoes with 3-5 pair of eylets.
For exampel Oxford and Chukkas.
For shoes with 6-7 pair of eyelets.
For exampel Iron Ranger, Beckman, Moc Toe, Round Toe and Blacksmith.
Special length for many of the ladies shoes, for exampel Clara.
For shoes with 8 pair of eyelets or if you want some extra length.
Suitable for 7" Classic Round's and 8" Moc's.
Really long laces that you can cut to a desireable length.
Prior to European-American settlement, the Mdewakanton Sioux made the area along the bluffs of the Mississippi River in Southern Minnesota their home. Following the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the United States Army began to explore the northern reaches of the Mississippi River. Reaching what is now Southern Minnesota in 1805, the Army first encountered Chief Red Wing, for whom the city is now named. In 1851, the Treaty of Mendota transferred ownership of native lands to the United States government. White settlement in Southern Minnesota began shortly thereafter, and Red Wing was incorporated as a city in 1857.
Photo courtesy of Red Wing Shoe Company, Inc. Corporate Archives
The Homestead Act of 1862 sparked the land rush in the Western United States, and Red Wing quickly grew as Norwegians, Swedes, Germans and New Englanders populated the area. Among the new residents of the area were thousands of women who actively worked the fields, setting the tone for a community with strong female leaders. In the fertile lands in the Mississippi River Valley, vast fields of wheat were planted, and in 1873 Red Wing was recognized as the world’s largest producer of the grain.
Growing demand for leather products and a lack of reliable sources for tanned leather paved the way for local resident Silas B. Foot to open Trout Brook Tannery (later renamed S.B. Foot Tannery) in 1872. During this time, the demand for durable work footwear began to grow along with the growing immigrant community settling in the area. In 1905, the tannery began to supply leather to a local “shoe jobber” named Charles Beckman, who had founded the Red Wing Shoe Company that year. The combination of a commitment to quality leather and the craftsmanship of Red Wing Shoes would create a partnership that survives, unbroken, to this day.
Photo courtesy of Red Wing Shoe Company, Inc. Corporate Archives
In 1986, Red Wing Shoes acquired S.B. Foot Tanning Company, continuing the tradition of quality-first, Red Wing family-owned business. The tannery remains in operation today, providing much of the leather for Red Wing footwear, using updated techniques originally developed by Silas and E.H Foot. Today, Red Wing footwear is still handmade on the banks of the Mississippi in the city where Charles Beckman first started it all. The company has grown along with the city, today employing over 1000 people. For many of Red Wing’s employees, footwear is a family affair. Stretching all the way back to the early years of the company, generations of family members have worked to build shoes, and in the process, build the legacy of the company that has called Red Wing home for 112 years and counting.
Photo courtesy of Red Wing Shoe Company, Inc. Corporate Archives
Red Wing Post Issue 4!
A magazine filled to the brim with info on all things Red Wing.
Issue 4 is focused on shoe care. Learn how to treat your Red Wing Shoes in the very best way.
How can I get this wonderful publication?
You can swing by our store on Gamla brogatan, in Stockholm city.
Or you can get one via our web shop. Just fill your shopping cart, head over to checkout and there you'll see an offer.
Just click the checkbox and we will include a copy with your order.
But how much is the magazine? I mean, it has amazing photos and everything?
You are our friend. We won't charge you for a copy of the Red Wing Post.
Keith. Photo: Jelle Keppens
Rob. Photo: Jelle Keppens
There has always been a natural bond between Eat Dust and Red Wing Shoes, based on mutual interests in quality, style, craftsmanship, materials, motorcycles, design, art, traveling, and work. We often see each other at different events in different places around the world. We usually meet at occasions at which fine drinks, nice food, loud music, and good times play an important role. It was at one such occasion that the first idea of a collaboration was born. Rob and Keith are long time Red Wing fans and have always had a special love for the Pecos style, so it was a natural decision to work together on a special Pecos boot. It was not long into the designing process that the decision was made to go with a two-tone red colored Pecos. Based on this idea, the Red Wing Shoe Company owned S.B Foot Tannery made the two special tanned leathers Oro-Russet Portage and Oro-Russet Abilene that now form the base of the Eat Dust x Red Wing Pecos, style #4327.
Don’t wait too long to get your Eat Dust x Red Wing Pecos, style #4327! This is a limited one-time production and only available at select locations.
We dress in black, drink black coffee and we listen to Johnny Cash, the man in black.
That is our Black Friday.
If you're in Stockholm, pay us a visit at Gamla Brogatan 23 and we'll serve you a nice cup of coffee. Black.
The Good Friday 12-16
New Iron Ranger 8083
Worn Iron Ranger 8083
Winter can be tough on your boots. Salt, mud and snow can wreak havoc on leather, requiring vigilant care to ward off the inevitable scuffs and discoloration. And while all leather can benefit from occasional TLC, there’s one that shrugs off abuse better than most: roughout.
Roughout leather is the underside of a hide’s grain, so the grain remains intact. To better visualize roughout, imagine a loaf of bread where the crust is the full grain. The roughout is the soft side of a slice at the end of the loaf; a split grain would be like the inner slices. This gives roughout a surface texture that not only wears well but doesn’t require as much care to keep looking good. Since it is a thick, full-grain leather, roughout also provides superior support and durability, a feature that made it popular with midcentury mountaineers as well as the military who used it for boots during World War II. Roughout combat boots also didn’t require as much care in the field, an added advantage for soldiers.
Of course, all of these traits make roughout an excellent choice for Red Wing Heritage boots, such as our legendary Iron Ranger work boots, but we also use it for our more refined Merchant, where the oiled Muleskinner roughout stands up to slushy city streets. The matte finish and textured surface of roughout give the boots a slightly more dressed-down style, going well with jeans and chinos alike.
Though at first glance, roughout leather can resemble nubuck or suede, the three are quite different. Suede is usually made by splitting full grain leather, resulting in a thinner and less durable leather because there is no grain to keep the fibers intact. Nubuck is full grain leather that has the smooth side sanded to give it a more velvety texture. All three have their distinctive uses and advantages but it’s important to know the difference.
While roughout leather can take considerable abuse, you’ll still want to take care of your boots to keep them looking their best. Red Wing Heritage provides a Care Guide and has the right products to keep your roughout boots going for a long, long time.
The Cooper, Style No: 2954 & 2964
The so called “Moc Toe” is arguably Red Wing’s most famous trait, found on boots dating back to the earliest days of the company. At first favored by sportsmen in the field, our famous Moc Toe 875 and 877 boots were later adopted as the footwear of choice by the ironworkers and farmhands who were building and feeding America in the middle of the 20th century. Now, a new boot joins this legendary legacy—the Cooper.
Named for the woodworkers who build barrels and casks, the Cooper takes the classic silhouette of the Red Wing Moc Toe and adds a Vibram 430 Mini-Lug outsole. The Mini-Lug offers a greater measure of traction when you need it—in the mud and snow of the coming season—while keeping a low profile for more refined forays. And the rest of the Cooper is up for it too, with sturdy leathers from our S.B. Foot tannery that shrug off dirt, abrasion and moisture for a lifetime of service. Goodyear welt construction ensures durability and can be resoled as often as you wear them out, which won’t be easy to do, but it’s nice to know.
The Cooper is available in Amber Porter and Black Harness leather, civilized enough for the office, rugged enough for weekends at the cabin. It’s the iconic Red Wing Moc Toe boot, reimagined.
Barn Bluff, 1938. Photo courtesy of Red Wing Shoe Co, Inc., Red Wing, MN
Now we’re doing it again. Introducing the Women’s Collection from Red Wing Heritage.
Style no: 3386, Gloria. From the Legacy Collection
The new Women’s Collection not only pays tribute to our 20th century history, but is also inspired by the independent women of today. The collection is made up of three distinct families. The Legacy boots are directly inspired by two boots we made in the early 20th century—tall, rugged and refined. The Modern collection reinterprets classic shapes—a chukka, a Chelsea, and a lace-up—with a stacked leather heel and feminine lines, which make them both practical and stylish. And finally, the Core boots take classics from our men’s line that women have long cherished, and cut them leaner and more comfortable for a woman’s foot while keeping the legendary Red Wing toughness.
Style no: 3365, Iron Ranger. From the Core Collection.
All of the boots in the Women’s Collection retain the hallmarks that have made us who we are. We use top quality leathers from our own S.B. Foot tannery, the same as we have since the beginning. All the boots are stitched together for unsurpassed durability, using Goodyear welt construction that makes them stronger and resoleable for a lifetime of wear.
When we decided to create the Women’s Collection, we knew the perfect person to spearhead its development: Allison Gettings. Allison embodies all that is a Red Wing woman—literally. Her great-grandfather, grandfather, and father have all taken a turn at the helm of Red Wing Shoe Company since the 1920s. Allison remembers visiting our offices and factories as a child, no doubt smelling the leathers and hearing the machines that have long been used to skive, stitch and nail boots together. Two years ago we tasked Allison with the launch of the Women’s Collection, a job for which she was seemingly born and, after ten years working at Red Wing, a challenge she was ready to take on.
Allison Gettings, Director of Heritage Product Creation
We wanted to start with a tight collection that has really strong ties to our Red Wing DNA,” Allison says, “but we wanted to have a large enough collection with enough gravity that would appeal to customers who know Red Wing, but also those who are maybe new to the brand.”
Allison points to the Gloria boot as an entry point to the women’s line, a tall lace-up that pays homage to the first boot Red Wing made for women in 1926. “It’s important to us that we make these boots to not only look like ones we made in the past, but are actually made in the same way, with the craftsmanship and materials that we used when we first made these shoes.”
Of course, getting nine new styles created was a tall order and not one Allison did herself. For help, she turned to talented designer, Gaal Levine, to start penning the new boots. Gaal drew from her experience in footwear design but also found inspiration in Red Wing’s company archives.
“When I first came here, I spent some time doing a deep dive in the archives, looking through old catalogs to see what made sense to bring back.” Gaal counts herself as lucky to work for a footwear company that has its own company archivist. And its own tannery. During the design and prototyping phase, Gaal and Allison were able to talk to the master tanner at S.B. Foot about what was possible—new colors and leathers that suited the unique requirements of building boots for women.
Style no: 3396, Lillian. From the Modern Collection
Women have long favored Red Wing boots and often would wear our men’s boots in smaller sizes. But the new collection is designed just for them, with lighter weight and softer leathers, more cushioned fiber insoles, and built around all new lasts that are tailored for women’s feet. So while the Engineer, Iron Ranger and Moc Toe of the new Core collection may look like their masculine counterparts, they’re entirely feminine, from the ground up.
While the Women’s Collection is new to Red Wing Heritage, making women’s shoes is not new to Red Wing. 90 years after we made our first boots for strong, independent women, we’re making them again, just as tough and beautiful as ever. Just like the women we make them for.