Last week I was in Portland with Red Wing Heritage for the launch the new and updated 875 and 877 styles at an event at Lizard Lounge. It was a nice party, drinks were had, lots of friends showed up and near the end Dolorean played a few songs. Red Wing is a client of ours, so we were in PDX on official business, which included inviting some folks to the event. Without knowing what was going on, several of the people I told about the event for the relaunch of the 875 were alarmed. ‘Why does the 875 need to be updated?” They would say, and for good reason; the 875 and 877 do not need to be messed with. Don’t worry though, the change is definitely a good one. The 875 and 877 remain two American icons.
Right off the bat, the shape both styles has not changed a bit. Everything in that regard is exactly the same. Don’t worry, they are still made in the U.S. What has changed is the leather, which has reverted back to a historically significant variant from the Red Wing archives. The name of this new 875/877 leather is Oro Legacy. It’s a full grain “naked” leather which exhibits much more character than the leather of the old 875/877s. All of the Red Wing Heritage leather is made in Red Wing, MN at the company’s own tannery.
More about the new leather below:
“Oro Legacy represents durability, eye appealing, healthful properties—it breathes—molds readily to the shape of the foot, and because it is natural (non-pigmented finish) all of nature’s beauty marks are visible and representative of heavyweight U.S. cattle hides. Consumers also can expect color variation because of the natural, unfinished method of production. The amount and type of oil used by the tannery was a critical component in the development of both the color and feel. A rich, oily feel was historically perceived as a signature property of Red Wing shoes and boots.”
Both the style of the leather, which is made at Red Wing’s tannery S.B. Foot, and the color of the boots point back to earlier eras of the 875 and 877. And as of the event in Portland, these boots are available now. Though, if you prefer the previous version, Red Wing work will still continue to offer them —so no need to panic. This page on the Red Wing work site illustrates the difference very vividly.
Growing up my Dad —a man who loved consistency— would jokingly say: “Change is bad.” But in this case I’m sure my Dad would have to agree, change is most definitely good. [RED WING HERITAGE]