July 22, 2017
In the postwar years of the last century, Red Wing ShoeCompany introduced a 9-inch lace-up boot for sportsmen—bird and deer hunters who spent autumn days in the woodsand marshes of North America. The boot, called the Style No.954, made use of leather tanned with the bark of sequoia treesthat gave it a distinctive deep reddish-orange color known as“Oro Russet”. It was so similar to the coat of a certain breed ofhunting dog that it was given the name, “Irish Setter” in our1950 catalog and it quickly became a popular boot.In 1952, the Irish Setter evolved further, taking on a formthat has come to be synonymous with Red Wing ever since.Retaining the distinctive moc toe of the 954, the new 8-inchStyle No. 877 replaced its predecessor’s heel with a wedge solemade from a white crepe rubber that promised to be quietunderfoot in the woods. This sole had been used on shoesbefore but the No. 877 Irish Setter was the first to use it on atall hunting boot. In addition to its benefits for the stalkinghunter, its comfort also found favor on the job site and soonthe Irish Setter was seen in the factories and on the scaffoldsof 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 butotherwise it remained the same boot that was ceremoniallypresented to President Eisenhower in 1960. By the 1990s, theoriginal No. 877 became simply known as the “Classic WorkBoot”, while the Irish Setter name branched off for an entirefamily of hunting boots made by Red Wing.A few years ago, we embarked on a project to recreate theiconic Irish Setter boot, as close to its original form aspossible, for our Japanese market, where Red Wing has longenjoyed a loyal following. It was an ambitious undertaking.We dusted off old machines at our Minnesota factory, calledin help from retired workers, and experimented with tanningmethods that could recreate the original Oro Russet colorbut adhere to modern environmental practices. Finally, afterthree years, the boot made its debut. And now we’re bringingit back to the American market.The new limited series Irish Setter appears as if out of a timemachine from 1952. In addition to its matched color, whichwe’re now calling “Gold Russet Sequoia”, the boot has all theexacting details of its historic forebear. The “Red Wing” nameis embossed on the inside quarter of the boot, the moc toe isfinished with a distinctive rectangular bar-tack stitch, andthe backstay chain-stitch is once again done on our ancientPuritan Stitch machine, which has its origins in the 1890s. Weuse the same mahogany and sage thread of the original, thetop band is double-stitched, and the laces are leather insteadof Taslan. All of these features are subtle differences from ourstandard No. 877 Classic Work Boot but they add up to an IrishSetter that is both unique and true to its name. Finally, tofinish it off, we’ve added the traditional woven “Irish Setter”label inside the tongue and the boots come in a box thatfeatures the original logo and text from the 1950s.
- June 27, 2017
May 06, 2017
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.
April 13, 2017
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.
December 09, 2016
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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