Some brands have been around long enough that their reputation is built into their name. That’s certainly the case with Red Wing Heritage, the Minnesota-based company that’s been making sturdy work boots for over a hundred years. Recognizing a need for functional, purpose-driven footwear, Red Wing developed individual boots specifically designed for miners, loggers and farmers. Founder Charles Beckman wanted to outfit these hard working souls with boots that met their specific needs, but were also comfortable enough for extended wear, and durable enough to withstand the harsh conditions particular to each industry.
This, of course, is where Red Wing’s high quality materials come into play. The premium leather used on all its footwear are sourced from the company’s own S.B. Foot Tanning Company, while Goodyear welt ensures the longevity of each pair, as does the use of triple-stitch construction. Finally, there’s the visual appeal of Red Wings’ boots. There’s a substantial-ness to them that speaks to a time when men bought footwear with the expectation that they would last a lifetime. If you’re late to the party or have stuck over the years with just one style, this is your chance to get acquainted with Red Wing’s diverse lineup. Check out 10 of the brand’s most iconic models in the following pages.
Produced by: Dan Hwang
Style no. 877 – Classic Moc in Oro Legacy
These 8-inch boots feature a premium Red Wing Oro Legacy leather upper in a handsome russet colored hue, mounted on a lightweight crepe sole that provide superior arch support. Originally introduced in the 1950s, these were quickly adopted by hunters and workers alike, and would go on to become one of Red Wing’s most widely recognized silhouettes.
Style no. 875 – Classic Moc in Oro Legacy
The 875 is essentially the 6-inch version of the 877, utilizing the same Oro Legacy leather, Goodywear welt and Traction Tred rubber outsole. The minimal tread was specifically designed so that farmers working in the field wouldn’t be slowed down by mud clinging to the underside of their boots. The combination moc-toe construction and crepe sole would make these one of the oldest and most popular Red Wing styles.
Style no. 1907 – Classic Moc in Copper Rough & Tough Leather
Like the 875, the 1907 is another 6-inch moc anchored by Red Wing’s Traction Tred crepe sole, but this pair has an upper crafted from Copper Rough & Tough Leather, which is oiled and burnished for a lightly distressed finish. Additionally, leather laces and a distinct Norwegian-like welt confer a rustic aesthetic, making these a perennial best seller from the Red Wing lineup.
Style no. 8111 – Iron Ranger in Amber Harness Leather
Named after the residents of the Mesabi Iron Range of northern Minnesota — colloquially referred to as “iron rangers” for their trademark toughness — this unique 6-inch boot is identifiable by its double-layer toe, delivering the extra protection required by area miners. Chrome hardware offers a nice bit of polish to temper its ruggedness, while a Nitrite Cork outsole adds to the comfort level of this extremely popular silhouette.
Style no. 9014 – Beckman Round in Black Featherstone Leather
Part of Red Wing’s Beckman collection, named after founder Charles Beckman, the 9014 is characterized by a round-toe style and a classic 6-inch height. Finished in the brand’s exclusive Black Featherstone dress leather, these are works boots that have been cleaned up so that you can pair them with the tailored portion of your personal wardrobe.
Style no. 101 – Postman Oxford in Black Chaparral Leather
As the name suggests, these sturdy oxfords were in 1954 and designed to meet Postal Service requirements of that time. They feature blind eyelets, a Goodyear welt and a black cushion crepe wedge sole, delivering long-lasting comfort that can be stopped by neither ran, nor snow, nor sleet … well, you know the rest.
Style no. 9111 – Classic Round in Copper Rough & Tough Leather
Oldies but goodies: the 9111 was introduced way back in 1919, so when we say these have stood the test of time, we’re not exaggerating. The white crepe sole signals that these were originally designed for farmers, and the classic silhouette’s simple, clean lines result in a stitch-saving design, offering the comfort of an oxford and the durability of a work boot.
Style no. 3137 – Classic Chukka in Copper Rough & Tough Leather
Originally designed for the indoors, the Chukka has a casual aesthetic completed with Red Wing’s Atlas Tred polyurethane outsole, which is good for lighter work while not scratching floors. The versatile chukka silhouette is equipped with a leather footdbed, which eventually molds to the wearer’s foot while also keeping the wearer cool and dry.
Style no. 8138 – Classic Moc in Briar Oil Slick Leather
Like the 875, the 8136 is a 6-inch Moc Toe with a crepe Traction Tred rubber sole unit and Goodyear welt construction. The Briar Oil Slick Leather upper has a unique dark hue, one that’s sure to develop a rich patina over time.
Style no. 9024 – Beckman Chukka
Another model from the Beckman range, this Chukka has a more refined sensibility as compared to the 3137 Chukka. Built with a Black Featherstone dress leather upper, the boot has tonal stitch detailing and flat canvas laces. A combination leather/synthetic lug outsole provides grip on any terrain while adding a touch of ruggedness to the classic dress boot.