About a year ago the guys from Red Wing Amsterdam were invited to Minnesota to pay a visit to the Red Wing Shoe factory and tannery. Their mission was to discover first hand the deepest secrets of the American, old school production process. The factory is home to a hospitable team of employees, most of whom have worked at the Red Wing factory for nearly 30 years. All the craftsmen and women in the factory ply their own particular craft on the old Red Wing machines and some of which have not been replaced since patented in 1893.
The S.B. Foot tannery is older than the Red Wing factory itself. The brand bought the tannery in the 80s to control the entire production process of the shoes. Almost all the machines were sourced from Italy and altered so they can process the thick leather that’s used for work boots. After sorting and shaving, the leather is colored, dyed, oiled, waxed, dried and finished to the exact requirements of a specific type of leather shoe. Check out the video above and the image set here.