Some of these Red Wing Heritage boots you can actually get, some you can’t. Well, you might be able to get all of them but these black 6″ moc toes are going to pose a bit of a challenge. Released and only available in Japan, these boots are actually part of a small collection of special edition Irish Setter boots that were resurrected especially for Japan a few seasons ago.
Keeping with the exclusivity thing, the 9874s are only even available at the best Japanese Red Wing retailers, namely: Beams, United Arrows, Ships etc. Want a pair? Make a friend in Japan or just book a flight. If you ask me, the long haul would be worth if. Never before have black and brown worked in partnership so well.
The Irish Setters are great — hard to find, cool looking etc., but these new spring Red Wing Heritage handsewns are going to be my go to for when the weather finally gets better. I also actually wear the 6″ Heritage Work moc toes in the summer as well, but it’s nice to lighten things up a bit. All of the Red Wing handsewns are made in Maine using leathers from the company’s own S.B. Foot tannery. I’ve been to the factory where these are made and I’ve also had a chance to visit the tannery that makes the leather on several occasions through my work with Red Wing (full disclosure).It’s always so inspiring to be in the “plant” watching these things come to life.
There’s a reason the people at Red Wing make such great stuff, because of the high standards they to which they all hold themselves to. There’s also a strong sense of commitment at Red Wing to the brand and the product. I’ve never really experienced anything like it with any other companies. Being a fan of the brand since I was a kid, when I had the chance to go behind the scenes at Red Wing I was a little apprehensive. It’s was like meeting one of your favorite musicians — you have to be careful because they could turn out to be a terrible person and you would never hear their music the same. With Red Wing, getting to know them has only made me love the company and product more. If aliens landed from outer-space and wanted me to show them the quintessential American company — the one that best represented us as a people — I would take them straight to Red Wing, Minnesota. Though, I just hope they don’t ask for a pair of 9874s — those are just too hard to get.