Red Wing Shoes out of Red Wing Minnesota had quite the display at Northern Grade Chicago. Aaron, Red Wing Herritage’s Midwest Sales representative was the first vendor I spotted. He was hard to miss in his Quaker style black hat. Aaron assisted me in my first purchase of a pair of Red Wing’s at the 2011 Northern Grade Minneapolis. I absolutely love my Red Wing 879’s and if your not familiar with them it’s probably because you haven’t seen them. I have never seen anyone else have a pair on. They are the same as the Red Wing 877’s, but with Hawthorne Muleskinner leather. I wore them into the local Red Wing shop in the city I live in and the salesman told me he’s never seen the pair.
I like the steel lockers Red Wing used to display their shoes. Such a classic look for a classic shoe company. Red Wing has been making these shoes to last the toughest of environments for decades. I think what makes Red Wing especially unique is the fact they tan all of their own leather. I always tell my friends if you’re from Minnesota and don’t own a pair of Red Wing’s your missing the boat. Don’t let you not being from Minnesota stop you from purchasing a pair of Red Wings, they are a must own.
All photos are Columbus & Co. originals, like 99% of the time!