“My love of Red Wing began early one Saturday morning when I was thirteen years old. My father woke me up and drove me to the Red Wing store in my hometown of Wickliffe, Ohio, on the East Side of Cleveland to get my first pair of work boots. The excitement of the gift of work boots from my dad quickly faded when I realized that I was then being conscripted into weekends and summers of manual labor. What I learned about working for my dad was sort of surprising to me; I loved working outside and I loved manual labor. When the job was done, you are done. Each day held huge feelings of accomplishment. It was through this experience that my life long appreciation and connection to the Red Wing Shoe Company was forged.
I bought these boots in 2005, the year of Red Wing’s centennial. They are a special edition boot with the style number 1905, an homage to the year of the company’s founding and came with the 100 year lace badges. I have worn them religiously ever since and recently had them re-crafted in Minnesota to make them almost better than new.
These boots are just like my first pair that my dad bought for me and every time I put them on I think about how in one Saturday morning my father taught me about quality, hard work, loyalty and so much more about life.”
Michael Williams, New York
In 2007, Michael Williams founded men’s style site A Continuous Lean, which looks at the world through the lens of craftsmanship, quality and provenance. www.acontinuouslean.com