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September 24, 2019

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INDIGOFERA X RED WING SHOES

The Indigofera boot is inspired by the #919 Lineman Boot that we first released in 1977 in which 8-inch boots were a common staple to our collection.

The Indigofera crew are a big fan of such styles as the Engineer, Logger and Pecos so when it came down to pencil and paper it made it easy on deciding the direction of the #4328 “Climber” boot.

There are many interesting features but one unique detail is the green Vibram sole that was used on Lineman boots back in 1956.  Vibram that produces all Red Wing rubber soles including the mentioned green sole is the same compound that we use today.  The green colour was used a lot on Lineman boots but unclear as to why the colour was significant.  One theory is that it was an indication that the sole was compounded with the EH (Electrical Hazard) insulation between you and the ground so if you happened to touch a live wire/hot wire you wouldn’t get shocked.  It gave wearers confidence that the shoe you were wearing was guaranteed to be safe whilst working up high-lines.

Along with this very special collaboration Indigofera have also created a blanket, t-shirt and bandana and will be launched and available on September 21st.   And if that isn’t enough we will also be premiering an extremely special film made in California by our good friend Obi Kaufman (@coyotethunder).  Obi embarked on a hiking trip to capture the spirit of this collaboration and tells stories making reference to a deeper mystery where an inner world of adventure meets the outer world of evolution.

This extremely special release is available in store now! Once its gone, its gone.

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August 20, 2019

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NEW FALL / WINTER WOMENS DROP!

And yet more lovely things available this new season. Today we celebrate the edition of some stylish yet durable new Womens collection editions.

First up is the new Red Wing Shoe Store Exclusive for FW19!

The super cool #3369  Colorado Atanado Moc toe.  Very limited stock so don't miss your chance.

Our Moc toe design has always been a core part of our company and we are pleased to offer it in such a beautiful colour way.   

Second up! 

You wanted black, and here it is!  The perfect edition to your wardrobe.

The #3380 Black Moc. 

Third up! 

Some of you may remember this from a few years back, its always been on our mind to re-release this model and now that's become a reality.   We will be offering this special release in two colours.  The #3470 Black Boundary and #3471 Copper Rough and Tough.  Both leather types we have chosen will age brilliantly and take little time to break in.

Photo courtesy of : @janbijl 

 

..Last but not least!

We have been waiting for this, and honestly its been very difficult keeping a lid on this since we found out.. We proudly introduce the "Gracie" to our collection.  Available in two colour ways - #3431 Pecan Boundary and #3430 Black Boundary.

Much like our beloved Gloria boot, it offers a flattering and historical silhouette and a tremendous fit.  For those of you not too comfortable by the height of the Gloria, the Gracie is most certainly the one for you.

All new styles available in store now and from our web-shop next week! 

 https://www.redwinglondon.com/collections/womens-boots

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August 13, 2019

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The Sawmill - New for FW19

Taking inspiration from outdoor and sporting boots from our extensive archive we are very excited to introduce the completely new Sawmill boot for Autumn / Winter 2019.

Available in Olive Mohave and Briar Oil Slick, the Sawmill boot is Goodyear welted with an added storm-welt for extra protection form the cold and wet weather.  It features a Cambrelle lining and a felted wool footbed to keep your feet toasty.

The Cambrelle lining is completely new to our heritage collection.  It offers great comfort and moisture management. The Bi-component fibres mean that the lining can constantly adapt to the movement of your foot and helps not only to keep your feet warm and dry but in warmer climates can keep your feet cool as well.

The collar of our Sawmill boot is made from the same deerskin as we use for our gloves to give a soft, water repellant ankle support.  For the first time since the Heritage collection began we have used "D-rings" on one of our styles, a common fixture on outdoor boots from which the Sawmill is based.

We can see "D-rings" used on these two Irish Setter boots from the 1960's (#888 & #844) both of which are also lined for extra warmth.

These 70's hiking boots are a great example of Roughout leather being used on an outdoor boot.  Like we see with the Olive Mohave leather used on the Sawmill, Roughout is a great choice because the mud and water are able to "run-off" the buffed side of the hide rather than stain or penetrate through to the foot.

A boot isn't complete without an outsole.  The Sawmill uses the heavy duty Vibram Lug sole seen on the boots on which it is based.  The full lug sole gives amazing durability and impeccable grip on almost every surface so it was an obvious choice for the Sawmill.

Red Wing Shoes has a long history of outdoor and sporting boots and the Sawmill is a great modern day interpretation of those styles that came before.

We can't wait to see your Sawmill boots after they've had a few miles on them.  Come and get yours in store now, or head over to our webshop!

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August 07, 2019

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July 24, 2019

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NEW RELEASE ! 87519

NEW DROP!

The 87519 limited-edition men’s boot is a distinctive twist on the iconic Classic Moc silhouette.  This leather is made from Oro Legacy crust that was not approved at the tannery because the colour was slightly off for our usual 875 boots.  At the time we developed the 87519 boot there was 6000 feet of this leather available to create a new leather type.  So rather than throwing out this leather we have re-worked it into this special one-time release. 

The 87519 is tailored to stand out with subtle detailing that creates a one-of-a-kind hybrid. Oro Harness leather leads the way with a rich red hue that gains depth as it patinas. With premium leather laces & brown and black taslan lace, black woven label, speed hooks and an embossed exterior logo.

VERY LIMITED SIZES! 

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June 30, 2019

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May 23, 2019

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The History of the Engineer Boot

Collectively our favourite style of boot here at the store, we thought we'd look more into the history of this classic style.

Red Wing 8268 Hawthorne Abilene

Red Wing 2972 Copper Rough & Tough

Photo - @rivet_head

Earlier engineer boots commonly had a taller shaft than on later variations 

First appearing around the turn of the century and originally based on English equestrian style boots, the engineer has been an American icon ever since. Used first as protective footwear for firemen on steam locomotives, the lack of stitching combined with the height and relative ease to pull on and off made it an instant favourite. It is believed albeit unconfirmed that this is where the name "engineer" came from. As these workers looked after the engine room, they colloquially became known as "enginer’s” and then their boots came to be known as engineer boots. Other lines of work soon adopted the style including welders and metal workers because of its practicality. The taller shaft than on conventional work boots gave better protection from hot embers and metal shrapnel.

Photo - Minnesota Historical Society 

Production saw a severe decline during the Second World War as footwear manufacturers concentrated their efforts on lace up combat boots for the armed forces. The immediate post war years saw popularity steadily increase again as pull on engineer boots became popular with returning war veterans in motorcycle clubs. Bikers preferred engineers because the absence of laces meant there was no risk of the boot interfering with the drive belt. The shaft height also meant that the wearer was well protected from the hot exhaust.

Photo - @rivet_head

Late 40’s biker wearing engineers on a Harley Davidson

Up until this point engineer boots were worn as a practical boot for work or occasional recreational wear. In the 1950s this all changed as they became popular among youth and rebel culture. Around the same period as denim jeans became an anti establishment staple, so too did the engineer. There are accounts of more conservative schools and colleges across the US that prohibited the students from wearing denim and certain footwear like engineers and ex-military boots.

Photo - @rivet_head

50’s students all in engineer boots and denim

Photo - @rivet_head

Marlon Brando in The Wild One (1953)

The popularity further grew due to Hollywood actors donning engineers in film. Marlon Brando popularised the original outlaw look with his Durable One Star jacket and engineers in The Wild One (1953). Then James Dean adopted a more casual look as a troubled high school student in Rebel Without a Cause (1955).

Photo - GQ

James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

Engineers came in various shaped and sizes with differing leathers and sole construction. However the style that resonates most with wearers today is that of medium height (9-11 inches) with a stacked and fluted or woodsman heel as this is seen as the most "traditional style".

A pair of 11” 1950s Red Wing Engineer Boots as featured in the Red Wing Bible

Early catalogue image of Red Wing’s selection of pull on engineer boots

Red Wings first engineer boots started to become available in catalogues towards the end of the 1930s and were actually sold as pull on logger boots as an alternative to the lace up counterparts. Throughout the years we offered many different versions, including steel safety toe versions, flat toe's and also offering our iconic Traction Tread outsole on engineer boots as early as the 1950s.

Red Wing 2268 Black Chrome

The most popular styles soon became obvious. The steel and constructed toe variants proved to be big sellers and became more of what Red Wing would focus on in the coming years. The 2268 in Black Chrome is an evolution of those earlier steel toe designs and is available to this day.

Photo - Red Wing Bible

The 2268 in current form was introduced towards the later part of the 1970's and is by far Red Wing’s most popular and most cherished engineer boot. The popularity with its style again grew from a completely practical point of view. Towards the late 80’s and early 90’s Japanese motorcycle enthusiasts would wear the boots to complement their look as many would ride Harley Davidson and Indian Motorcycles. After WW2 Japan was slowly exposed to more and more American culture. Before too long, many became obsessed. After this adoption of Americana,  engineer boots became a great addition to many outfits. Due to this popularity the styles available for Japan became much more varied than those in Europe and the US.

Photo - Red Wing Bible 

A few styles made it to us in the Red Wing Shoe Stores in Europe. Like the 2966 for example. Using the same basic silhouette as the 2268 but without the steel toe to give the boot a “flat-box” design. The 2966 also ustilised our Black Klondike leather which replicates the ageing on certain vintage Red Wing Boots. 

Red Wing 2966 Black Klondike 

Currently the 2268 is the only style we carry in Europe but we are hoping that will change in the not too distant future. If you want to understand why we love engineers so much then feel free to come by and try some for yourself. 

Photo - @rivet_head 

May 20, 2019

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Size Guide For Men's Footwear Only

Sizing Guide and Fitting Instructions

ALL SIZES ON OUR SITE ARE IN UK SIZES.

For those of you that are new to the brand, for your consideration, our boots do fit much larger than other brands. More often than not you will drop half to full size in our boots. But, this does all depend on foot shape whether you have a broader or narrower fitting.

If you would like more in-depth information before buying please do contact us at the store and we will do our best to ensure you purchase the correct size for your foot shape.

PLEASE NOTE- WE ADVISE STAYING TRUE TO SIZE IN OUR WOMENS BOOTS. 

 020 7287 5007 or email us at info@redwinglondon.com. 

 

UK 

USA Men's

USA Women's

Europe

2.5 5

34.5

3 5.5

35

3.5

6

36

4

6.5

37

4.5 7

37.5

5

6

7.5

38

5.5

6.5

8

38.5

6

7

8.5

39

6.5

7.5

9

40

7

8

9.5

41

7.5

8.5

10

 41.5

8

9

10.5*

42

8.5

9.5

11

 42.5

9

10

 

43

9.5

10.5

 

43.5

10

11

 

 44

10.5

11.5

 

45

11

12

 

46

11.5

12.5

 

47

12

13

 

48