Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Red Wing Heritage


Red Wing Shoes is a footwear company based in Red Wing, Minnesota that was founded by Charles H. Beckman in 1905.

Within 10 years of its inception, Red Wing Shoes was producing more than 200,000 pairs of boots per year and was the primary company manufacturing footwear for American soldiers fighing in World War I. Red Wing Shoes continued its tradition of producing footwear for wartime use by manufacturing boots for American soldiers during World War II.

Though Red Wing Shoes is known primarily for their leather boots intended for heavy work, in recent years the company has expanded its line-up to include athletic-styled work shoes and footwear designed for specific job applications (such as slip-resistant shoes designed for the service industry and boots ideal for the mining industry that utilize a metatarsal guard). The company produces oxford, chukka, hiker, and logger styles, as well as 6-inch and 8-inch work boots.

In order to comply with ASTM F 2413-05 and M I/75 C/75 standards for impact and compression, Red Wing Shoes manufactures many of their styles with steel, non-metalic, and aluminum safety toes and offers puncture-resistant options that meet the ASTM F 2413-05 standard. Red Wing Shoes also produces footwear that is static-dissipative in order to control the amount of electrical discharge from the body and electrical hazard in order to provide extra protection from accidental contact with electrically energized objects.

In addition to manufacturing footwear under their own name, Red Wing Shoes also manufactures shoes under the Carhartt, Irish Setter Boots, Vasque, and Worx brands. In 2008, Red Wing Shoes began making shoes under the Red Wing Heritage Lifestyle moniker with models drawing inspiration from past styles within the company's century-long history.


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