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6 Red Wing Heritage Styles You Can’t Buy in America


November 1, 2019 Style By Photo by Red Wing Heritage

Like many international brands, Red Wing Heritage offers a range of exclusive styles to markets outside of America. In Japan, for example, you’ll find a wealth of unique models not available to domestic retailers. The wider variety of silhouettes includes the Mil-1 Congress Boot, the Canoe Moc and the Lineman Boot, among others. Though procuring a pair of these boots is complicated, it’s not impossible; if you utilize a proxy service such as Zenmarket, the process is relatively painless, if notably longer than when dealing with a domestic seller. So, dive into the world of hard-to-find boots with six stalwart styles.

The Lineman Boot

The Lineman is a lace-to-toe style developed for workers who needed to climb utility poles and steel towers to handle electric wires. The side panels on these boots are cut from a single piece of heavyweight Retan leather that’s treated to mimic the leather used a half-century ago.

The Garageman Oxford

This four-eye oxford is based on a design traditionally used by mechanics. It features an oil-resistant sole, a neoprene-cushion insole and durable Chaparral leather.

The Mil-1 Congress Boot

Featuring Teak Featherstone leather from Red Wing’s S.B. Foot Tanning Company, these boots are Red Wing’s version of Chelsea boot. They feature elastic side panels, a Gro Cord Medallion sole and Goodyear welt construction.

The Mil-1 Saddle Oxford

The military inspiration for these oxfords comes from officers’ dress shoes. The five-eye shoe has a classic silhouette and a tonal saddle with triple-needle stitching.

The Girard Boot

These 6-inch boots have a gusset tongue and sleek moc-toe common on boots from the early 20th century. They feature Featherstone leather and a Gro-Chord Medallion sole.

The Canoe Moc

These Irish Setter boots are a modern version of a classic 1950s design. They feature gold-russett “Sequoia” leather, a Traction Tred sole and lacing studs.

How to Buy Exclusive Goods from Japan

Buy products from Japan is notoriously difficult. If you utilize a proxy service like ZenMarket, From Japan or Dejapan, you can buy exclusive goods without the headache. Here’s how. Read the Story

John Zientek

John Zientek is Gear Patrol's style editor and in-house guitar authority. He grew up on the West Coast.

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