Over 100 Years of History and Innovation
Over one hundred years ago, Minnesotan Charles Beckman saw a need for a rugged, comfortable work boot that could stand up to the harsh working conditions of miners, loggers and farmers. In 1905, he and several investors opened Red Wing Shoes, in Red Wing, Minnesota, and soon set a new standard of quality in work boots. Known for innovation in creating new levels of comfort and weatherproofing, Red Wing Shoes also knows that some things don’t need to be reinvented. That’s why they still use Puritan stitch machines that have been in service for almost a century, because no other machine can match the heavy duty triple-stitch detail that is iconic to Red Wing Shoes durability. Watch the original Puritan stitch machines in action on Red Wing’s website. Red Wing Shoes brings a century of experience to create your perfect boots for work, hunting or hiking.
Red Wing shoes and boots are made from premium leather from the Iron Ranger– that quintessential work boot worn in the iron mines of Minnesota– or a sturdy, all-occasion shoe with a touch of class like the Beckman Chukka, or the classic pull-on Engineer-style boot, the footwear in the Heritage Collection is handcrafted to timeless specifications.
Irish Setter for Hunters
Hunters look to Red Wing’s Irish Setter Boots for reliability, flexibility and comfort that lasts all day, no matter where the hunt leads. Whether you’re going big game hunting, doing some upland shooting, or training your hunting dogs in the off season, the Irish Setter brand is built with you in mind. Hunters can expect ultra-dry, waterproof performance in a boot like the Black Bear, so that you are ready to take on any terrain. If you’re heading into cold conditions to do a little snowmobiling or ice fishing, Irish Setter’s Grizzly Trackers can stand up to anything with their 1000g of 3M™ Thinsulate™ Ultra to keep your feet warm. And at the end of the day, you’ll be reaching for one of Irish Setter’s Rugged Casual styles like the Countrysiders for slip-on comfort.
Vasque for Trail Running, Hiking and Backpacking
Red Wing may have started out as a company that made work boots, but Red Wing’s Vasque boots are made for getting away from it all. In 1965, CEO of Red Wing Shoes, William Sweasy, was inspired by the traditional handmade mountain boots that early alpinists used in Europe. Back in America he envisioned boots that would carry people into the high Rockies, and the Sierras, and the Cascades. His passion grew into a brand that now sets the bar for recreational footwear, whether you’re setting out on a day hike or a backpacking adventure. Vasque constantly challenges themselves to create the most lightweight performance shoes that will stand up to whatever trail you put them on. Whether it’s the iconic Wasatch GTX boot or the Vasque Trail Running shoe, Red Wing’s Vasque is the perfect boot for leaving your cares behind.