Around the turn of the 19th century a Red Wing, MN shoe merchant names Charles Beckman saw a local necessity for shoes designed for the demanding industries such as mining, logging and farming. The rigours of these jobs required footwear which was tough enough to outlast harsh working conditions, but Beckman envisioned a shoe that was also comfortable enough for the hard working people who wore them. Beckman set out to develop work boots to fill this need and in 1905 he and fourteen investor’s opened a company that would change the market. Beckman named his company Red Wing Shoes, and thus a new standard for excellence was born.
Over one hundred years has passed since Red Wing’s founding and their commitment to producing only the highest grade footwear remains as unwavering as Beckman’s vision. Red Wing’s products consistently perform in environments spanning from Mideast oil fields to Midwest corn fields.