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.
Now in selected stores: the long-awaited Munson Boot. Created as an exclusive collaboration between Red Wing Shoes and Nigel Cabourn, the Munson is a reproduction of an original military boot dating from World War I that Sir Nigel had acquired and wanted to reproduce. Let’s take you through the details that makes this boot so unique.
The news from Red Wing for spring 2013 season includes a selected line up of fresh and light shoes and boots designer for the warmer weather. The main attractions are these gorgeous shoes in brown and black with the classic cork sole you know from your Iron Rangers and a dog tail heel cap like the ones you find on Work Oxfords. They already made it to the top of my personal “must have”-list together with the Japan Special 7-inch round toe in portage red, the black Engineer boot and the SuperSole. I admit it, I’m a Red Wing addict.
This just in from Red Wing: the company is introducing of one of North America’s most popular boot styles, the 1907, to the European market. It is available now in the Red Wing Shoe store in Amsterdam and the other Red Wing Shoe stores later this year. The 1907 is modeled after the original Moc Toe work boot styles that made Red Wing famous. The leather is a Rough & Tough leather and the Norwegian welt construction applies a double stitch that not only gives the boot a distinctive appeal but also makes the 1907 highly durable and functional. Finished off with rawhide laces, a Traction Tred outsole and triple stitch quality, the 1907 is built to the same standards which make Red Wing the choice of the American worker.
When a denim and Red Wing lover is visiting Amsterdam – where the headquarters of the America footwear manufacturer is situated – it’s hard to turn an invitation to have a closer look at next seasons collection down. Actually, my visit with Red Wing in Amsterdam was first considered when I met with marketing manager, Wytse Hylkema in Berlin back in January, and it gave me a chance to find out what’s going on with Red Wing in general. In their showroom Red Wing has brought in some very interesting props to recreate that authentic workwear feeling the products deserve.
Visiting Amsterdam and reporting on the shopping opportunities you have in the city of course I had to stop by the Red Wing Shoes store. And what an experience. Even though I’ve seen most of the shoes and boots before and also own a few of them myself I was truly amazed of how inspiring the shop felt. This is a prime example of how to utilise and put into life the experience-shopping-culture. You simply have to put it on the top of your go-to-list.
Fresh new from Red Wing Shoes, just received an email from the Amsterdam office about the company’s lastest project; handsewn shoes from Maine. In case you’re wondering, Maine used to be the footwear capital of America with a rich shoemaking history that dates back to the mid 1800s. Along with the companies that supplied the materials and even invented the machines that helped make the shoes, hundreds of shoe companies were born in the rugged New England region of America. Today, only the finest workshops have survived, and they’ve done so because they make some of the highest quality footwear in the world stitched by hand.
You can read more about the project and see the full collection here.
For quite some seasons now, heritage and vintage have been some of the main buzz words of fashion. Besides denim, the wave has carried other well-crafted brands and product categories with it, like high quality footwear from Red Wing Shoes. In just a few winters, the Red Wing brand has been incorporated as an undisputed part of heritage-vintage look, but Rome wasn’t built in a day.