Red Wing Shoes is an American heritage footwear brand based in Red Wing, Minnesota, founded in 1905 by shoe merchant Charles Beckman and 14 investors. Red Wing Shoes supplied sturdy leather work boots for the local workforce engaged in the mining, logging and farming industries of the area before it was starting its fashion-oriented line. Styles include oxfords, chukkas, hiking and work boots, and leather remains a touchstone for Red Wing Shoes’ designs to this day.
Within ten years of its founding however, Red Wing Shoes was already producing more than 200,000 pairs of boots per year, and was the primary footwear supplier for U.S. troops in both World Wars. Previously manufacturing exclusively within the United States at plants in Potosi, Missouri and Red Wing, Minnesota, Red Wing Shoes now also produces boots in China for the Irish Setter, Vasque and Worx labels. Long a staple for factory workers, the company began diversifying in recent years, creating footwear for the service and mining industries, as well as starting the fashion-oriented Heritage line in 2008.