As the availability of electricity advanced across the United States in the early twentieth century, more and more workers began to lay high-voltage power lines throughout the country. It was a dangerous job and required a variety of safety gear to help workers in all environments. Enter the lineman boot, a lace-to-toe design that allowed for a tighter fit to not only protect the wearer’s feet but also help prevent slips and hang-ups potentially caused by more loose fitting footwear.
Red Wing has just released a brand new version of this timeless American classic – the 2996 New Lineman Boots. These boots feature a lace-to-toe closure with speed hooks at the top for easy on and off (well, as easy as a boot with this many eyelets can get). The leather is a Cigar Retan, equipped with Red Wing’s signature nitrile cork soles and a Goodyear construction.
And despite their American heritage, these boots are only available in Europe. You can find them for €320 (about $355) at Red Wing Amsterdam.