Red Wing Shoes: 877 Boots
The city of Red Wing is located in Minnesota (USA), and was settled by Europeans in the 1850s. Around the turn of the 19th century, shoe merchant named Charles Beckman understood that there was local necessity to be satisfied: the demanding work of industries such as mining, logging and farming was growing exponentially and American workers needed to be well-equipped. Therefore Beckman envisioned a shoe that was tough enough to outlast harsh working conditions, and at the same time, comfortable enough for the well being of the person wearing them. In 1905 Charles Beckman and other investors founded Red Wing Shoes, a company that would soon change the shoemaking industry.
This iconic 877 boot was first introduced in the early 1950s, and it was made with russet coloured leather, tanned by using the sap of a sequoia bark. The process gave out a rich colour that was very close to the coat of an Irish Setter hunting dog. Once tested, the boots turned up to be excellent arch supporters, and had light, cushion crepe soles.
This 8-inch boot is purpose-built with premium Oro Legacy leather, Goodyear welt construction, a white Traction Tred sole and triple stitched quality.
The 877 and the 875, the lower version of the 877, became instant icons among hunters and workers alike. Today, these two boots are Red Wing’s most widely recognized items.