Ironworkers erect the steel framework of buildings and often times work high up in the air secured by safety rigs. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society.
STYLE NO. 8883 : Classic Moc
Modeled after Red Wing's original work boot style, the 8883 is a 6-Inch Moc Toe featuring Concrete Rough & Tough leather, white Traction Tred rubber outsole, Norwegian-like welt, triple stitched quality and leather laces.
THE HISTORY BEHIND THE STYLE
We began making moc-toe boots in the 1950s for sportsmen. Farm and factory workers quickly took to the boots for their all-day comfort and lasting durability. The crescent-shaped toe stitching is inspired by the construction of moccasins originally worn by the North American Algonquin Indians. Our Classic Moc Toes have since become a legend.
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 110+ year history.
Concrete Rough & Tough Leather
Gun Metal Eyelets
In order to build a Red Wing boot to an exact size and width, the boot is constructed around a shoe last.
The 8883 is built using the No. 45 Last:
Most customers buy Red Wing Heritage footwear 1/2 size smaller than their normal size
Trying on Red Wing Heritage footwear in a store is recommended to get the perfect fit
Includes a footbed that can be removed to fine-tune your fit
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's 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 hand craft each pair of Red Wing Shoes but it only takes three steps to keep them clean, conditioned and protected.
Rated 5 out of
Crocodile insideI own my boots for about 2 months. I don’t wear them every day so I’m still breaking them in. Mine have invisible crocodiles in them. Now you can see them but there’s evidence when I pull my foot out. The heel blisters are ridiculous. Forward of the heel and they’re fine. They look sharp too. I’ll give it more time.
Date published: 2019-05-15
Rated 5 out of
My boots are 6 years oldThese are my daily driver at work and play! With regular cleaning and conditioning these boots are like new! Added scuffs and scratches for character. Just got them home from the repair shop and the fourth pair of soles. Ready for another round! Highly recommend these boots!
Date published: 2019-05-15
Rated 2 out of
Stitching coming undoneI have owned these boots for approximately one month and the stitching around the moc toe is coming undone. The seam is beginning to peel open where the stitching no longer exists. I use these for work but entails mostly walking the field, not super hard labor. For a $300 "American Made" boot, this is absolutely unacceptable.
Date published: 2019-04-30
Rated 4 out of
Awesome Boot...after the break-in periodI bought a pair of 1907's at a local Red Wing store. The moment I went in I felt like this was the boot for me. I was instantly drawn in by the design of the classic Moc-Toe look. The boot fitters there helped so much and we found out that I was actually a 10 1/2 foot. I thought was a ten maybe a 9 1/2. The fitting of the boots all depends on your actual foot type and size. I would highly recommend going to a Red Wing store and getting the boot fitted. I had to go a half-size up due to the width of my feet. I tried the 10.5 but the wide size they had was wayyy too wide. I tried the D size of the 10.5 and it was too snug. I settled for an 11D as it was perfect for my wide feet but it's just a little long. Nothing too much. Now you have to get it fitted or else your heel will ride up on the cup. It will probably happen with a perfectly fitted boot as the leather is not stretched. Once it is stretched, the cup will able to flex to your heel when you walk.
I work on concrete all day and the break-in period was hard on my feet. After a few weeks, the boots became amazing. I'm on the heavier side and the boots, when the cork-bottom is broken-in, are the most comfortable I have ever worn. I yet to test the boot out in the true summer heat but I have a good feeling that my feet will not sweat profusely. The boot is on the heavier side as well. Overall, I love this boot and I will take care of this boot the most I can. It is definitely an investment with the price tag, but taking care of your investment will pay off in the long run.
Date published: 2019-04-28
Rated 5 out of
OK, now I'm a believer...I used to be skeptical about Red Wing boots; the level of devotion that people have to this company seemed a bit excessive. Nevertheless, the 875s look so good that I finally decided to get a pair. I am glad that I did.
Yes, they are super-stiff out-of-the-box, but that’s because they're built like brick sh--houses. I will own these boots for the rest of my life (I'm 41). The Oro-Legacy is beautiful, and will only get better over time.
I’ve only worn them for 4 days so far, and they are already starting to break in. I echo what others have said here- make sure you get the right size. If they're too big, they slip, and that doesn't work well with the stiffness of the leather. I don't have any inserts in them and I feel like they're already beginning to form to my feet.
There's something magical about a pair of boots that you know will be with you through the progression of life's chapters, especially in the disposable world in which we currently live. I'm a convert.
Thanks, Red Wing.
Date published: 2019-04-19
Rated 5 out of
Great boots!!Super comfy !!! Great look !!! Love them .. does not take long time to break in .. few days and you are good !!!!
Date published: 2019-04-13
Rated 5 out of
Definitely buy newThis is my second pair of Red swing moc toe boots using this last. I first bought the 1907 and now I’m reviewing the 8883. When I’d bought the 1907’s I got them pre owned looking for a value. Thought I love them boots I didn’t realize what I was missing until I got the 8883’s brand new. As you break in red wings they form to your foot and the leather develops it’s own individual patina. Having these boots essentially become unique to you is a cool process. I’ll never like my 1907’s the way I do my 8883’s because they were broken in by someone else. I highly recommend buying these boots brand new.
Date published: 2019-04-02
Rated 5 out of
Love the 9075s. Just broke them in.I purchased the 9075 to for casual wear and daily use at work. I wanted a boot which is still made in its country of origin and would be both durable and stylish.
After reading the reviews stating they take a while to break in I decided to apply the red wing boot oil immediately after purchase in order to soften the leather. Red Wing also recommends applying their protectant spray after using the boot oil so I did this as well.
I bought a 9 1/2 which is about one size down. I wear a 10 1/2 -11 in shoes. Initial fit of the boots were very snug on the width of the toe area as well as top of toes. I have narrow feet so this was surprising.
The leather in the boot has a very rich and smooth feel despite being quite rigid.
I wore the boots around my house for a few days. One decision I regret is wearing 2 pairs of athletic socks in the boots for an hour or two while sitting down. After doing this the the boots were still a little snug but there was a definite stretch to the overall fit.
I would recommend letting the boot mold to your foot natually because when they do break in they really stretch quickly.
The first day I wore the boots out of the house I went to work for and removed them after 2 hours. I was not uncomfortable but could feel that I was getting to that point.
The next day I wore the boots for 4 hours and made the mistake of not using the top boot lace eyelet so my heal moved quite a bit and developed blisters.
I started wearing the boots daily after this and they literally broke in and stretched within 2 or 3 days which leaves them quite roomy. I was dissappointed the boots stretched as much as they did and think it may have had something to do with my decision to wear an extra pair off socks for an hour or two.
The boots insole is still breaking in but are comfortable. I feel rested after wearing them while teaching on a concrete floor all day.
The leather feels more supple and is very comfortable.
Initially I was looking at the Iron Ranger or a similar Canadian made boot and think this is the best boot for comfort while standing for long hours and still maintaining an appealing look.
I think they will last a long time compared to other shoes and boots I have tried at work only to replace them a year later. So it is more of an investment.
I plan on reviewing after wearing them for a longer period.
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