My 5 Favorite Ways to Style Red Wings

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Red Wings Shoes started out as a work boot company that catered to miners and blue collar workers in the Midwest. But the brand slowly took the fashion world by storm with their now famous, more fashion-focused Heritage line. With their Heritage boots, Red Wing opened up its doors to new types of consumers. Now, … Read more

I Can Only Fit 10 Pairs of Boots in My Apartment; Here’s How I Chose Them

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Unless you are exceedingly wealthy or ridiculously lucky, a person living in Manhattan — indeed in most of New York City — must confront the reality that there is never enough space. I ran out of places to put more books sometime in the late 1990s, and ran out of space to store clothes and … Read more

Red Wing Vs Thursday – Who Makes the Best Boot?

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This is it: the ultimate showdown between two flagship cap toe boots from two very different companies. In one corner, we have Red Wing, founded in 1905 and arguably the most popular heritage boot company in the US, with the Iron Ranger. The challenger is newcomer Thursday Boot Company, founded in 2014, and their critically … Read more

Red Wing Blacksmith Boot Review – Rugged or Comfortable?

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Red Wing is probably the most popular and influential American boot brand of all time. Around here, I rarely stop talking about them; I’ve reviewed them, compared them, even interviewed Michiya Suzuki, the manager of their Japanese office, to learn more about their massive popularity there — you have to read that article here. Red … Read more

Red Wing Boot Oil Vs. Mink Oil – What’s Best for Waterproofing and Maintaining Color?

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Don’t make the same mistake I did. Don’t lose your Red Wings to the wrong conditioner. Take a look at these Red Wing Iron Rangers, perhaps the most beloved American heritage boot on the market. This is what they looked like when they arrived on my doorstep versus how they looked after applying a conditioner … Read more

Thorogood Vs. Red Wing Vs. Chippewa – The Best American Work Boot?

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There’s a ton of interest on Reddit, YouTube, and everywhere else in comparing these three stalwart American boot companies and it’s not hard to see why. They all make great work boots, they’re all American owned, and they’re all under $300 a pair. (OK, Red Wing is a little tough to find for less than … Read more

Red Wing Moc Toe Review, 3 Years Old – Do The Boots Hold Up?

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Red Wing is one of the most popular and influential American boot brands of all time. Heck, it may well be one of the most influential of all time. Around these parts, I rarely stop talking about them; I review them, I compare them, I interview the CEO of their Japanese office, and I own … Read more

Red Wing Iron Ranger Vs. Wolverine 1000 Mile – Which Is the Best Men’s Boot?

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It’s here: the ultimate boot showdown. The question of Red Wing versus Wolverine has been the most hotly debated since time immemorial (or at least since online message boards were invented) and with good cause. The two companies’ flagship boots — the Iron Ranger and the 1000 Mile — are true icons of American footwear. … Read more

The 5 Best Chukka Boots You Can Wear With Shorts

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Snugly nestled in the spot between work boot and dress shoe, the chukka is the perfect shoe when you can’t decide between dressy or casual. Plus, it’s the only boot you can wear with shorts. (Never forget this. If I see another pair of Iron Rangers with denim cutoffs I’m going to lose it.) Because … Read more

How Japan Made Red Wing Their Own

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When Red Wing decided to take their brand global in the 1970s, they had a problem. The boot behemoth had built its name as the go-to workboot for middle America as footwear that’s pretty stylish but above all functional and durable, whether you toil in Minnesota iron mines or offshore oil rigs. Most businesses prosper … Read more