Originally built to protect engineers from hot embers, the engineer boot has remained a characteristically tough shoe and a staple of heritage footwear. Back in black, Red Wing presents us a throwback with their 2966 Engineer Boot.
This remake uses Red Wing’s Black Klondike leather which is unique in its patination. It uses a brown crust base which is then finished with a black chrome dye. So from the outset, you’ll have a black beauty of a boot which will only get more beautiful with wear, revealing the brown tones underneath. The upper is affixed to a Neoprene Cord sole via a Goodyear welt. Unlike the 968 which includes a steel toe, these go back to the origins of the 255, and uses a non-steel toe.
You might not be an engineer, nor a hog-rider. Whatever the case, these boots will carry you through to your destination and beyond. Available at Red Wing Amsterdam for €399.95 (~$455 USD).