• Irish Setter Limited Series- Irish Setter 9875 and Irish Setter 9866

    In the postwar years of the last century, Red Wing Shoe
    Company introduced a 9-inch lace-up boot for sportsmen—
    bird and deer hunters who spent autumn days in the woods
    and marshes of North America. The boot, called the Style No.
    954, made use of leather tanned with the bark of sequoia trees
    that gave it a distinctive deep reddish-orange color known as
    “Oro Russet”. It was so similar to the coat of a certain breed of
    hunting dog that it was given the name, “Irish Setter” in our
    1950 catalog and it quickly became a popular boot.
    In 1952, the Irish Setter evolved further, taking on a form
    that has come to be synonymous with Red Wing ever since.
    Retaining the distinctive moc toe of the 954, the new 8-inch
    Style No. 877 replaced its predecessor’s heel with a wedge sole
    made from a white crepe rubber that promised to be quiet
    underfoot in the woods. This sole had been used on shoes
    before but the No. 877 Irish Setter was the first to use it on a
    tall hunting boot. In addition to its benefits for the stalking
    hunter, its comfort also found favor on the job site and soon
    the Irish Setter was seen in the factories and on the scaffolds
    of a growing America.
    Since the 1950s, the Irish Setter changed little from its origins.
    A 6-inch version and a few other colors were introduced,
    as well as some subtle new construction techniques but
    otherwise it remained the same boot that was ceremonially
    presented to President Eisenhower in 1960. By the 1990s, the
    original No. 877 became simply known as the “Classic Work
    Boot”, while the Irish Setter name branched off for an entire
    family of hunting boots made by Red Wing.
    A few years ago, we embarked on a project to recreate the
    iconic Irish Setter boot, as close to its original form as
    possible, for our Japanese market, where Red Wing has long
    enjoyed a loyal following. It was an ambitious undertaking.
    We dusted off old machines at our Minnesota factory, called
    in help from retired workers, and experimented with tanning
    methods that could recreate the original Oro Russet color
    but adhere to modern environmental practices. Finally, after
    three years, the boot made its debut. And now we’re bringing
    it back to the American market.
    The new limited series Irish Setter appears as if out of a time
    machine from 1952. In addition to its matched color, which
    we’re now calling “Gold Russet Sequoia”, the boot has all the
    exacting details of its historic forebear. The “Red Wing” name
    is embossed on the inside quarter of the boot, the moc toe is
    finished with a distinctive rectangular bar-tack stitch, and
    the backstay chain-stitch is once again done on our ancient
    Puritan Stitch machine, which has its origins in the 1890s. We
    use the same mahogany and sage thread of the original, the
    top band is double-stitched, and the laces are leather instead
    of Taslan. All of these features are subtle differences from our
    standard No. 877 Classic Work Boot but they add up to an Irish
    Setter that is both unique and true to its name. Finally, to
    finish it off, we’ve added the traditional woven “Irish Setter”
    label inside the tongue and the boots come in a box that
    features the original logo and text from the 1950s.
  • Pure Blue Japan

    Pure Blue Japan is known for their slubby textured denim. PBJ is one of the best fading denim around.

    Pure Blue Japan


  • Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots

    In the early 1910s the Wolverine Tannery was able to develop a unique method of processing shell horsehide which made it soft and pliable, something no other tannery had been able to accomplish. A few years later, the company introduced the "1000 Mile Shoe", handcrafted with durable shell horsehide, and named because it was said to give you 1000 miles of wear.
    Wolverine 1000 Mile
  • The Thorogood Story

    An true American success story.

    The Weinbrenner Shoe Company is the achievement of Albert Weinbrenner, the son of a German immigrant and cobbler. Albert began his apprenticeship at age 13 working for his father. By his early 20's, in his spare time, Albert was designing work boots specifically for the trade jobs his friends had around Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1892, at the age of 27, Albert started his own cobbler business with partner Joseph Pfeifer.

    Weinbrenner and Pfeifer enjoyed immediate success - becoming
    well known for the new fangled "jobber" boots they made. So, from the start, innovation and craftsmanship have been at the
    heart of the company's success.

    By 1908, Weinbrenner's reputation for making quality-affordable work boots expands tremendously. As a result, five distribution centers are built around the country to help insure speedy delivery of footwear to customers - this is when our famed Wing and Wheels logo is born. Back then and even more today, it symbolizes our determination to be self-relient and steadfast to react to our customer’s needs.

    Leading the way through innovation.

    Weinbrenner is a leading manufacturer and innovator in the footwear industry, initiating many of the significant occupational safety features that are common today. Over the last 120 years we have collected countless patents for footwear safety and comfort designs, and manufacturing technologies. In 1919, Weinbrenner was recognized for building the first self-sustaining factory in the country - with a steam generating power plant in the basement.

    We are constantly exploring new opportunities to improve safety, comfort and performance in every product we make. Our benchmark for quality is high - demanding nothing less than what our customers should expect in premium handcrafted footwear.

    Dedicated to quality craftsmanship.

    The Weinbrenner Shoe Company is employee-owned; unique in the footwear industry. Our domestic product originates from our two manufacturing plants in northcentral Wisconsin (USA) and is managed in partnership with members of local labor unions.

  • Iron Heart Denim at Mildblend Supply Co Chicago

    About Iron Heart (Works Inc)

    Shinichi Haraki established Works Inc (AKA The Works Inc, Japan) in 2003. After 20 years of working in the garment industry in Japan, beginning as a pattern maker for Edwin and advancing to designer and producer/director for the company, he decided to create a heavyweight Japanese clothing brand, aimed initially at the Japanese motorcycling community.

    Giles Padmore and Haraki san started working together in 2005. This close partnership and firm friendship, coupled with the increased focus on the market outside of Japan which Giles brought to the party, has generated a loyal following throughout the world. Our customers come from all walks of life, and many of them – but certainly not all – are bikers. The common factor is a love of ethically manufactured, beautiful and durable clothing.

    Iron Heart Clothing

    Iron Heart was originally made for bikers, and even today that focus guides design and construction of the clothing. Confident that the clothes appeal to a variety of owners, Haraki-san conceives of them to be worn by riders and for their preferences. Iron Heart garments are in the main made from heavyweight fabrics, designed to be durable, and to some extent protective for motor bikers. Iron Heart clothing is classic in materials and styling, using mostly flannels, denim and chambrays for shirts, and basing jackets on time tested military or riding favourites. Some designs – for example the 25oz XHS (extra heavy selvedge) denim jeans - are at the limit of what can actually be woven and sewn: “over-engineered is our starting point.”

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