Blacksmith shop. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society.
STYLE NO. 3343 : Blacksmith
Versatile and reliable, this style of shoe was originally used in farm fields and blacksmith workshops during the day before being cleaned and shined up for a night out on the town. Today, the Blacksmith is built using premium Red Wing leathers and a durable Vibram® 430 Mini-lug outsole. The extra height of this 6-inch style keeps out snow in the winter and dirt in the summer, while the classic construction keeps feet comfortable even after long hours of work.
THE HISTORY BEHIND THE STYLE
Versatile and reliable, this style of shoe was originally used in farm fields and blacksmith workshops during the day before being cleaned and shined up for a night out on the town. The extra height of this 6-inch style, which would have protected feet and ankles from hot cinders at the forge, still keeps out snow in the winter and dirt in the summer, and its last-built construction keeps feet comfortable even after long hours of work.
Oil Tanned leather is a very durable and vivid leather.
S.B. Foot Tanning Co. is best known for oil-tanned leather which is used to build a variety of timeless Red Wing styles. This leather is water, stain and perspiration resistant, and has a more natural look and feel because less finishing materials have been applied, allowing its natural beauty to shine through. Oil-tanned leather is exceptionally durable and has been used to build countless work boots throughout Red Wing’s 108+ year history.
In order to build a Red Wing boot to an exact size and width, the boot is constructed around a shoe last.
STYLE NO. 3343 : Blacksmith
A new pair of Red Wing Heritage boots should fit comfortably tight on your foot, with enough room to freely wiggle your toes. Over time the full grain leather upper, leather footboard and cork midsole mold to your feet, creating an enduring and customized fit over time with each wear.
The 3343 is built using the No. 8 Last:
Features a bump toe for more room up-front
Fits a variety of foot shapes
Should be sized up ½ if used with a footbed or orthotic
Protect and lengthen the life of your boots with our Made in USA, specialty care products; specifically designed to help maintain the unique qualities of Red Wing leather.
PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT
Red Wing Shoes’ sturdy soles, premium leathers, triple stitching and Goodyear welt construction all work together to make quality boots that will last a lifetime. It takes more than 230 steps to handcraft each pair of Red Wing Shoes but it only takes three steps to keep them clean, conditioned and protected.
Rated 5 out of
Color me impressedThis is one exceptional boot! My first pair of Red Wing Heritage boots.The style is spot on for a work boot. This example has pristine craftsmanship: stitching, leather, welt, sole are all in perfect order. If all Red Wing products are this level hat's off, job well done. The photos are after one day of break-in which this leather makes the break-in period very easy compared to other leathers. I'd compare this to an unlined suede for amount of break-in needed. The Spitfire leather is something out of this world too, I've never seen anything like it. I've added some detailed pictures to help show the leather since there isn't much info on this. I'm very excited to see how these shoes patina over time.
-Mini-lug sole. Great traction and weather protection
-Spitfire leather. This is not simply a waxed suede. This is a full grain leather turned inside out (see pictures, you can see the full grain on the interior of the boot which provides a glove leather like interior while being unlined) break-in brownie points. The exterior has then been heavily waxed to lay the nap down and provide a dull shine (think waxed cotton jacket finish, pictures do not do it justice) with the durability of rough-out. This leather feels like it can take a beating.
-Thick leather interior toe liner. I believe all the Blacksmith models have this? It's a very nice subtle detail which provides structure to the toe box and supple durability over a cloth liner. Nice to see this, something that could have easily been left out.
Question to Red Wing Heritage: The website does not provide specific care instructions for Spitfire leather. the video link is for full grain, the suggested products for this model are boot cream, and other model numbers which use this leather suggest mink oil.
How should Spitfire leather be cared for??
Regular maintenance, and long term trying to restore the original finish.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5 out of
My all time favorite shoesI freaking love these boots! I have had these for almost 8 months and they are the most comfortable pair shoes I have ever owned! I have worn these almost everyday since and they are my all time favorite boots, they are nearly perfect, the only complaint is that the waxed laces do wear very fast but that has nothing to do with the actual boot, I would but these again and again
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 1 out of
I Really Want to Like These Boots--But I CAN'T Wear ThemI debated for months on whether to purchase these boots. When I finally decided to pull the trigger, I went down to the Redwing store and laid down the hefty fee. I told myself that boots of such quality would last forever and ultimately be worth it.
After a month of daily wear, they were broken in. But they HURT! Some days I'd have to skip wearing them to give my aching feet a break.
3 months after purchase I went back to the Redwing store and explained how painful they were. The clerk suggested I had high arches and these shoes aren't made for high arches (the timing of that information wasn't helpful.) So, I got arch supports. First, one expensive pair. Then another. No change.
It has now been 6 months of almost daily use... and I'm giving up. Every day I've been hoping these shoes would turn a corner and become shaped to my foot. I'm now forced to admit they are designed for fashion, not for feet. They hurt my feet so badly.
I would love to give these boots 5 stars for quality and appearance. But of what use is that if you can't wear them comfortably.
So, be warned: these shoes may be REALLY bad for your feet. And you may not discover that until after you've broken them in and then it's too late.
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 3 out of
One of the best pairs of shoes that I have ever owned, but....I spend 50 hours a week on a concrete, factory floor and these things are there for every second of it. They're stylish, really comfortable (after a short break-in period), and easily polish right up like new again. My only two qualms with them is that the leather laces broke the first week I owned them and the leather dye in the sole has bled and dyed all of my socks and the bottoms of my feet brown. As I haven't seen this issue in anyone else's reviews, I hope that this is just an anomaly for an otherwise great product. Would without a doubt buy these again, but for the price tag I didn't expect to run into an issue like this.
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 5 out of
Best pair of boots I have ever ownedI love these boots. I bought them about a year ago and they are just as beautiful (and more comfortable) as the day I bought them. I have pretty wide feet and was worried about the fit at first but it has worked out well- no discomfort whatsoever.
I clean/condition them about once a month and they have held up very well so far. I get compliments on them all the time which is definitely not something I'm used to. My only complaint is the laces they come with- I have already had to replace them (not a huge deal).
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 3 out of
Great quality boot, could use a little more comfortI love the look and quality of these boots. I was really hoping that after a year or so of wearing them, that they would break in, but they are still really hard on my feet. There is no cushion in the sole of the boot. I guess I will look into inserts. Any other recommendations?
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of
Best boots I have ever owned!I bought these as my first pair of Redwing boots ever. I had heard about them when I was in college but never looked into buying a pair until now. These are the best and most comfortable boots I have ever owned. I loved them so much I bought a pair of the classic moc boots and a pair of the classic chukkas too! Every pair of these boots are amazing. After a short break in period they fit like an absolute glove! I bought the size I normally wear and they fit perfectly. Others have said they run big, but I did not find that to be true. I did try them on in the store though before purchasing. They are worth every penny and I highly recommend them. The craftsmanship and fit are second to none!
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of
First but definitely not last pair of Red WingThis Blacksmith boots are amazing! They fit very well just make sure to get a full size to size and a half smaller than normal shoe size. Color is amazing and they are not as flashy as the Iron Ranger which makes them the perfect boots for in the office or out on the job site. This is exactly what I needed, I just graduated from college and had to transition to dressing for a professional environment and these boots have made it very easy. I have gotten so many compliments while wearing them and they go with jeans and khakis which is perfect for my job. Great buy. Enough said!
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