Since 1905 Charles Beckman set up the Red Wing Shoe Company, taking its name and logo, by way of a commemorative gesture, from a Native American called Red Wing, the leader of the original inhabitants of the upper Mississippi River territory.
Most Red Wing work boots are made using the Goodyear welt construction. This traditional construction process was patented in 1869. This elaborate method of stitching a thin leather welt together with the upper and the leather insole yields the highest quality shoes that are both durable and comfortable. Welt construction also makes resoling of boots possible, guaranteeing continued, long-term use.
The lasting success of Red Wing is largely due to never compromising their two main criteria for their products, i.e. comfort and quality. Excellence is a standard which transcends the test of time. For over a century, purpose-built Red Wing footwear has set the standard of excellence for work boots.