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The historical work boot most similar to the Merchant is style 245 from 1920, which was made without a toe-box, but instead featured a plain toe and raw cut at the quarter edge. The Merchant is built on the 8 last, which is also used for the Blacksmith. But because of the missing toe-box, the Merchant has a slimmer look and a lower toe profile than the Blacksmith.
THE HISTORY BEHIND THE STYLE
In 1905, when Charles Beckman couldn’t find boots to wear in Red Wing’s muddy streets that matched his merchant status, he decided to start his own shoe company. Named after Beckman himself, the Beckman Collection features classic, sturdy shoes with timeless character.
S.B. Foot Tanning Co. is best known for oil-tanned leather which is used to build a variety of timeless Red Wing styles. This leather is water, stain and perspiration resistant, and has a more natural look and feel because less finishing materials have been applied, allowing its natural beauty to shine through. Oil-tanned leather is exceptionally durable and has been used to build countless work boots throughout Red Wing’s 108+ year history.
Leather: Ebony Harness Leather
Outsole: Chemi Gum
Hardware: Brass Eyelets
Construction: Goodyear Welt