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The shoemaking process, largely unchanged since Red Wing’s inception, begins with cutting the leather for the shoe. Highly trained leather cutters carefully lay out the cutting dies on every hide. Since no two sides of leather are the same, selecting the best parts for our shoes is an art that can be performed by only experienced craftsmen.
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.
Get an up-close look at the Red Wing Factory and see just how we make our iconic line of boots.
See the Red Wing repair process and learn how to keep your boots in solid, sturdy shape.
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