We have some good and bad news at the same time for you, depending on how you look at it. The Oro-Iginal leather as we're familiar with it right now, will be taken out of production on the 875 and 877 styles by Red Wing Shoes and be replaced with an updated type leather. The 'old' Oro-Iginal leather was introduced in 1996 as a counter to the former 'reddish' color of the Oro leather used in the early 1990s as you can read from the timeline of the Oro-Russet DNA as published in the Nouvelle de Nîmes issue Nº2. The new Oro-Iginal leather contains some stunning characteristics of which we will reveal more later on.
This is your last chance to acquire a pair of the 'old' darker Oro-Iginal 875 or 877 Moc Toe's, since the stock we have right now is all that is left, and will not be re-stocked again. We'll keep you posted on the release of the 'new' updated Classic Moc styles!
With thanks to Fortalitia54 for the close-up photos of the old Oro-Iginal leather.
A while ago we came in contact with Steve, who resides in Minnesota and owns a Flickr page named "Scooter Trash". Being a huge Red Wing enthusiast he's the proud owner of a good amount of Red Wing Shoes. He is well acquainted with the value of good footwear and used to work in a Red Wing shoe store back in the days. Note the longhorn brandmark on his 877's and the freshly paint-brushed RW logo at the grain elevator in the town of Red Wing. Be sure to take a look at his Flickr page as well, that besides beautiful photography of Red Wing boots include some marvelous pictures of old American vehicles and motorcycles.
Today Tenue de Nîmes released a special edition of the Nouvelle de Nîmes on the Red Wing 4558 Oro-Russet today, containing all you need to know about the boots and their background. Have a look at the video beneath presenting the issue entitled "The Evolution of a Color" and read the online extended version of the gazette. The Nouvelle de Nîmes "The Evolution of a Color" will be exclusively presented with every pair of Red Wing Shoes ordered online or bought at our Amsterdam store.
Released by Red Wing Shoes in 1949, "The Irish Setter" was designed as an outdoors hunting boot. The leather then used for the boot was named "Russet Red", referring to the American Russet potato, and contained more oil at the time. The leather used on the Red Wing 877 has since always been subject to change and in the 90s Red Wing applied a deeper red colored leather which was soon to be discontinued. Today, twenty years later, Red Wing decided to bring the "2nd Oro Russet" leather back to life. Containing the classic characteristics such as the Cushion Crepe Wedge sole, the leather and cork insole, the moccasin toe for extra room and the tan/gold laces, it has all the quality you search for in an outdoors boot.
The Red Wing 4558 Oro-Russet 8" Moc Toe is now available in our webstore!
Over the last couple of months I welcomed a lot of ladies at our Red Wing Shoes store in Amsterdam. For some reason the ladies always wear their Red Wing Shoes like we would personally prefer to. Popular styles amongst my female clients are the Engineer Boots (2970 Briar Oil Slick, 2971 Copper Rough & Tough & 2975 Concrete Rough & Tough), Moc Toe (877 Oro-iginal, 875 Oro-iginal, 8131 Oro-Russet Portage) and also the Work Chukka (3140 Oro-iginal, 3141 Briar Oil Slick, 3144 Sage Mohave) works well for women. I would love to get inspired by your personal Red Wing style. Therefore I would like ask you to send me your picture of you and your Red Wing Shoes to: mitch[at]redwingamsterdam.com. Hope to hear from you!
The Red Wing Shoe Company was founded in 1905 by Charles Beckman along with fourteen other investors. Since then they have been producing one of the worlds top notch shoes, gaining more and more popularity over the years. People all over the world love Red Wing shoes because of the quality of the shoes, how beautiful they get in time and how comfortable they get when worn in.
The Red Wing shoe featured today is the Red Wing 877 1906 100th Anniversary edition. For their 100th anniversary Red Wing made a couple of special editions (like the Beckman featured before) and they made their biggest shoe ever, size 638D. These 1906 were picked up by Tenue de Nimes shop owner Menno van Meurs at the Rose Bowl flea market in Los Angeles. The 100th anniversary edition of the 877 is made of Horween leather. What also makes this boot special is the double goodyear welt and the 100th anniversary stamp.
Even though they're 'only' seven years old, they look like they have been worn for at least a decade.
Red Wing Shoes is, by its heritage, always very linked to workwear and craftsmanship. But we are always happy to see they fit everybody, from workman to the fashion minded, from the street to the catwalk, Red Wing Shoes is everywhere. A while ago we posted the lovely picture from Menswear Style who captured some nice boots under the suit, but Patricia Schwoerer made another great example of Style. A pair of Red Wing Shoes 877's in a shoot for Fantastic Man Magazine. A simple and beautiful image and great inspiration on how to wear your boots. And make sure to see Fantastic Man's post on the 'Most Comfortable and Attractive Shoe', the Red Wing Shoes Postman Oxford.