The Bean Boots, or the Maine Hunting Shoe, are arguably one of those boots you either love or just can’t get your head around. With their characteristic rubber bottoms and chain-tread soles, practical for hunting in the Maine woods, the Bean Boots divide boot aficionados into believers and non-believers. Whichever stance you take, the Bean Boots have long earned their place as an American classic and an iconic piece of footwear. Here is a brief history of them.
Yesterday, on Saturday the 16th of March, Red Wing Heritage held the second ‘shoe care day’ in the Amsterdam shop. Standing in the store front for eight hours straight, shop manager Mitch de Vries and Red Wing Heritage representative Matthijs van Meurs serviced customers’ beloved boots free of change. Quite a spectacle it was with beautifully worn in boots lined up in the big window.
The Work Chukka earned its name and reputation in the 60s. These boots were crafted for lighter duty work as an alternative to Red Wing’s heavy duty work boots. In most cases the Work Chukka was used for inside workers such as carpenters who needed sturdy but light and flexible boots to accommodate bending, climbing and kneeling all day long. Red Wing’s Olive Mohave Roughout leather was originally designed for US Marine footwear by Red Wing’s leather tanners. Now this natural beauty is available in one of the most popular Red Wing styles.
It’s trade show season which means that Denimhunters will soon be overflowding with new articles about the news for the fall 2013. Canadian bootmakers Viberg shared a little preview of what they will be bringing – this time we’ll have to visit the guys at their booth in the L.O.C.K. area for a proper tour.
Founded by John H. Harvey in a log cabin in the eastern Wisconsin mountains in 1932, buried along with Harvey in 1979 and rediscovered in 2003 by a curious hiker, Clip & Rope has undergone quite some development since the brand was relaunched only some 18 months ago. For the spring 2013 season they take it even further with the introduction of rubber-soled sneakers and pre-treated leather boots. Here’s a preview of what to expect.
Last week, our Dutch friends at the Amsterdam Red Wing Shoes store announced this amazingly beautiful 11″ Engineer boot formerly exclusive to the Japanese Heritage collection – now available at European Red Wing Shoe stores. The styles is allotted 8268 and the leather is an oiled tanned extremely light Abilene Rough-Out in an almost white colour tone. Additionally, the 8268 has steel toecap and a heavy-weight Neoprene Cord sole just like the 2972 and the classic 2268. Have a closer look at it here.
After weeks of waiting and preparing, the highly advertised Red Wing event in Brund went down last Thursday. With perfect winter weather, 10 kilos of grilled gourmet Épicé merguez sausages, plenty of cold Budweisers, and over 50 attending registred guests all wearing Red Wings, it’s an understatement to call it a success. To those of you who couldn’t make it, here’s a recap of the night.
Vibram logger outsole, water-resistant black boomer leather, 9″ in height, speed hooks, round steel toe, and a lot of hard-kicking attitude; the 2218 from Red Wing’s safety and industrial Work collection just made it to the top of my ever-growing Red Wing wishlist. Unfortunately, the 2218 is only available in the US or Japan.
Picture: Scooter Trash
‘What’s going to be the next new thing from Red Wing Shoes – how is the brand going to stay ahead of its competitors with new innovative styles while remaining honest to its core values?’ The man with the answer is Dave Hill, director of product development for the Heritage division of Red Wing Shoes. In 2005, with 31 years of experience under his belt indirectly taking part in the production of Red Wing boots, Dave left the S.B. Foot Tanning Company and joined Red Wing to help build the international business with the Heritage collection. Back in October, I met Dave when he visited Copenhagen. Here’s his story.