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
These boots are worth it!Right off the bat, I'll mention that these boots cost me way more than I would typically consider spending. They weren't cheap. However, after wearing them for about three months now, I am convinced that they were a worthwhile investment that will hold up for a long time to come. The quality of the leather is extremely high, and they are obviously made with a great deal of care. Every stitch is perfect, every detail considered. A minimalist masterpiece!
A few thoughts:
1) Buy them tight. Really tight. Not uncomfortable, but as tight as you can. They WILL break in.
2) Break-in took a while, but they eventually mold to your foot like a sock.
3) I brush them regularly and once in a while spray them with water and work in a few drops of the mink oil that came with them (which goes on WAY better when spread out with water) - they look great.
4) I LOVE that they are unlined and don't have an insole - they end up fitting perfectly and don't wear out on the inside from friction.
I highly recommend these boots. Yes they are pricey, and yes, many buy them for fashion, but they are also ridiculously well made boots that stand up to regular heavy use and provide all-day comfort once they are broken in. Easily one of the best pairs of shoes I've ever owned.
Date published: 2018-06-15
Rated 3 out of
Buy for fashion, not for comfortThese boots look great, but they are absolutely hands-down the most uncomfortable boots I have ever worn. I am in my mid fifties and have been wearing work boots for 30+ years. I own many styles of all the major brands (including many from Red Wing), and the Red Wings are consistently the least comfortable (although for many they can be improved by buying high-quality insoles), but these boots are at the absolute bottom of the comfort list - mainly because adding insoles makes them too small. I tried putting a pair of insoles in them thinking that would add some cushioning, but unfortunately my feet get too cramped. I know these boots are a fashion trend with the younger generation and I think that's great, but I was hoping I was going to be able to actually wear these for an entire day of work on my feet (and not for just 4 hours at the club), but sadly this is not going to happen. It all has to do with the soles and how uncomfortable they are to stand in and walk around in while at work. If there were room inside to add insoles that would make these wearable for longer periods of time. Guess I'll just wear these once in a while as a fashion statement.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of
Don’t think buyMost reviews talk about how hard they are to break in. Neets foot oil!!! If you will soak them liberally set them aside overnight. Wear them, wipe down with damp cloth and coat liberally again, set aside overnight. You may have to do it one more time but I doubt it. Mine are a touch wide should have gotten a B width. But a set of insoles makes everything all right. The price tag is healthy but if you have ever owned a pair of Redwings you know you are getting quality worthy of the price.
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 5 out of
Outstanding bootI have worn many a boot in my 60 yrs and this is one of the best ones I have ever had. They are made to the highest standard and fit like a glove when broken in. The only thing I wish is that my inserts from my other redwing boots fit in the heritage boots.
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 5 out of
Beautifully built, comfortable, toughThe Red Wing Blacksmith boot is a beautifully constructed boot. It has a simple yet timeless design and uses really good quality materials. It's clear that some solid craftsmanship goes into this boot. The boot is comfortable out of the box - even more so after some break in time.
I wear these boots quite a lot. They're great for whatever you throw at them: work or play.
They run a tad big. Like a lot of folks, I ordered a half size smaller than I usually wear and that worked out great.
Date published: 2018-01-12
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.
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