The Upgrade

Like Red Wing Boots? Try These Goodyear-Welted Boots Next


November 20, 2019 Style By

Red Wing boots are tried and true, the favorite brand of generations of Americans and the first brand many people associate with quality leather boots. The brand’s Goodyear-welted footwear is a standard in the boot industry for good reason. Founded in 1905, Red Wing manufactures over 1 million pairs of boots every year.

The brand is known both for its hardwearing work boots and its traditional styles (sold under the Heritage name). As far as plain-toe leather boots go, the Red Wing Heritage Merchant boots ($320) and Williston boots ($430) are hard to beat. But if you’re looking for a different Goodyear-welted option to add to your footwear rotation, a few other American brands offer great styles. Here are some worth the upgrade.

White’s Main Street Boots

These boots offer a ton of value for the money. Unlike White’s work boots which utilize hand-sewn stitchdown construction, these are Goodyear welted, so they’re relatively affordable. Unlike other sub-$400 boots, these have solid leather insoles, midsoles, shanks and heel counters (the 10 iron leather shank also requires noticeably more handwork to add). The 5-inch upper is made from water-resistant leather and the sole is available in two styles: half-lug or Dainite.

Oak Street Bootmakers Brown Trench Boots

These Goodyear-welted trench boots feature oiled-leather Waterlock soles, stacked leather heels and calfskin linings. They have Horween Chromexcel leather uppers, metal eyelets and are available in sizes 7 to 12.

Viberg Derby Boots

Made in Victoria, British Columbia, these boots are based on a Canadian military style. They feature a calfskin upper, Dainite sole and elegant quarters with French Bindings. Unlike Viberg’s other stitchdown boots, this pair is Goodyear welted.

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

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