Red Wing have always moved with the times to meet the changing demands of working life. Founded in 1905 by Charles Beckman, Red Wing Shoes were initially created for workers in labour-intensive industries such as logging, mining, and farming. Indeed, the brand’s rise was aided by the growth of these new markets which needed reliable, practical, and strong footwear. In the beginning, Red Wing would manufacture one hundred pairs of shoes each workday (which generally lasted 10 hours). Then in 1920, Red Wing introduced boots designed for oil field workers – the Oil King Boot. This boot demonstrated the vision and ingenuity of the Red Wing brand and their shoes have been consistently excellent ever since.
The world has come a long way since 1905 meaning that whilst the traditional industries such as farming and logging remain, new industries such as those in technology, healthcare, and food have developed and expanded. Red Wing shoes were updated to accommodate the shifting workforce who were doing tasks that departed from the traditional labour-intensive ones that started Red Wings’s climb. Design updates saw shoes were also designed for play rather than just work, as seen in the Men's Chukka, Blacksmith and Chelsea designs: casual designs that didn't sacrifice on quality, naturally.
Whilst Red Wing shoes have withstood the tests of time, as they’re crafted from a natural product, it’s important to ensure that Red Wing Shoes are carefully maintained and cared for so that they can endure and retain their quality. Leather is a permeable material, but it can be made both waterproof and supple by using products such as leather cleaner and natural boot oil. Below are a number of helpful videos which demonstrate how to clean and care for your Red Wing Shoes.