The relationship between a man and his boots can be quite a sweet one. Any material good that combines the utility of pickup and loyalty of a German Shepherd is bound to earn “most favored possession” status. (Let’s call it MFP for short.)
But not just any old boot will do. The MFP must earn one’s affection through its work ethic and strength of character. The MFP sticks around when everything else in the closet changes (perhaps even the closet itself). The MFP gets better with age. The MFP ought to be made by a company like Red Wing.
Red Wing is headquartered in southeast Minnesota, and is named after the city where it was founded, and is still located, 100+ years later. As you might expect from folks making shoes for more than a century, they are experts at their craft. The tanners that make Red Wing’s Settler leather hand-select the finest U.S. cattle hides and finish them to a distinctive, abrasion-resistant luster.
Even though Red Wing shoes can now be found around the world, they’re far from a commodity. They are released in limited quantity and sell out quickly. It’s for all these reasons that Barneys is excited to release three heritage styles that are XO Exclusively Ours: the Beckman Boot in both and brick and walnut-colored leather (9022 and 9023), formerly available in Japan only, and the Iron Ranger (8111).
We sent photographers Jesse Lenz and Jay Gullion of the blog, The Coveted Man, to Red Wing, Minnesota to see the boots—and the manufacturing process—up close. Check out their photos below.