Let’s get real for a second: the women’s heritage market has been painfully underrepresented for decades now. While there have been some strides with well-conceived brands like W’Menswear, for every one of those there are a half dozen “shrink it and pink it” gaffes that set it all back further than when it started.
That’s why it’s so refreshing to see one of the biggest names in the heritage game do it and do it right. After much development Red Wing Heritage recently launched its women’s collection after reaching back into their archives for some of the original models the Minnesota bootmaker produced in the early twentieth century.
The models range from interpretations of the Classic Moc Toe and Iron Ranger to the Clara, a pump-heeled lace up, and the imposing 15-eyelet Gloria, based on a hiking boot from the 1920s. According to Red Wing product manager Allison Gettings, the boots were designed from the ground up, using different materials and lasts for a better fit than just a men’s model in a smaller size.
You can find the first few models of the full line for $290-$550 at Railcar Fine Goods.