As well as becoming a booming fashion statement in recent years with celebrities such as Drake and Ryan Gosling wearing them in public, Redwing Boots are also designed to be the perfect shoes for the workplace thanks to how robust, long lasting and comfortable they are.
These heavy duty boots feature built in DynaForce insole technology that helps to absorb underfoot pressure while providing a great amount of stability with many of the variants being waterproof and equipped with extra padding for even more comfort.
Redwing Boots are certainly state of the art when it comes to heavy duty shoes that will serve you well in the workplace, but where are they actually made?
And is it true that they are all manufactured in the USA? Keep reading to find out more.
Did Redwing Start In The USA?
Charles Beckman first founded the Redwing company in 1905 and was based in the suitably named Red Wing city in Minnesota.
Within 10 years of their creation, Redwing boots became incredibly popular all around America with over 200,000 pairs being created each year using a mixture of traditional techniques to make a pair of boots that felt modern, but still had an incredibly unique traditional look.
Goodyear welting is one such method that was used to create the boots that first became popular in 1869 and involves stitching a thin leather welt together with the upper area of the shoe and the insole of the shoe to make it fully resoleable with an incredibly formal look.
The shoes were also made through stitchdown construction which dates back even further to the 17th century and involves the upper part of the footwear being flanged outwards and then stitched down to the midsole.
This classic method that offers an incredible amount of durability and comfort when wearing the shoe is the technique still used on the Heritage line of boots today.
Are All Redwing Boots Made In The USA?
While not all Redwing boots are manufactured in the US, seeing as Redwing has recently begun expanding overseas, majority of its boots are still made in the US which is a big testament to the loyalty of Redwing since many other shoe companies are usually very eager to expand their brand overseas.
Their main manufacturing plants can be found in Minnesota, Kentucky, Danville and Missouri.
The Redwing website features a way to actually see which boots are manufactured entirely in the US by going to the work boot line section and choosing the ‘Made in the USA’ option which will filter out any boots not made locally.
The heritage line of boots specifically, which is known for its leather design and 6 inch height, are all 100% manufactured in the US which makes up a good bulk of their shoe selection.
Which Redwing Boots Are Not Made In The USA?
While the heritage line are all entirely manufactured in the US, this is not the case for all the shoes Redwing has to offer as the main line of work boots come from a wide variety of mainly Asian countries including Cambodia, Korea and most commonly China.
There is therefore a lot more variation in terms of the regular work boots regarding where they are manufactured, however an easy way to find out exactly where the shoe has come from is by clicking on the shoe of your choice on the Redwing website and then clicking ‘Materials used’ where right at the bottom you will be able to see the ‘Country of origin’.
Other Redwing shoe brands including Irish Setter, Vasque and Worx are also all made overseas primarily in Asia.
Why Are The Redwing Heritage Boots Still Made In The USA?
It may initially seem strange that while the regular selection of Redwing work boots are manufactured in the US but also several other countries, the heritage line is determined to only be made within the US, especially since Redwing has been suggesting the idea of expanding their business overseas a lot more recently.
The reason for this purely comes down to integrity, authenticity and as the name suggests, it’s ‘Heritage’.
The heritage boots were some of the very first shoes manufactured by Redwing and founder Charles Beckman back in 1905 with their design being tailored towards farming, logging and mining for a time in America when all these workplaces were becoming more demanding.
They were also widely used by American soldiers in both World Wars due to how easily they could navigate over rough terrain with the heavy duty leather design of the boots ensuring they stood the test of time and never faltered when the soldiers needed them most.
In this way, the Redwing heritage line is essentially part of American culture, so the choice to keep its manufacturing purely within America makes a lot more sense when this is taken into account.
In fact, as another call back to its roots, the current owner of Redwing is WJ ‘Bill’ Sweasy who was appointed the position back in 1985 which makes Redwing currently one of the only owner-operated American shoe companies to exist.
Redwing boots have a long and crucially important history within America.
While they began as a way to help farmers and lodgers remain safe and comfortable while they work, it went on to become a huge component in both of the World Wars and has grown into one of the most popular shoe brands not only in America, but in the world.
While Redwing has been hinting at the idea of expanding overseas, and while a lot of their more standard work boots are currently being manufactured in other countries, if you’re looking for an all American boot then you need look no further than the wide option of boots on the heritage line which are all 100% manufactured and designed in America.