Seems like Red Wing Heritage dialed up 1950 on the Wayback Machine and got super stoked on the design and finishings of their Irish Setter line, as they’ve just issued this limited edition version of their 6-Inch Mocc Stitch boot — and it’s chock full of classic Irish Setter details from years past. As Red Wing says “We’ve dusted off old machines, called in help from retired workers, and experimented with tanning methods that could recreate the distinctive color that gave the boot its hunting dog name back in the early 1950s.”
That color is called “Gold Russet” (full marks) and the historically accurate cues found throughout the pair include the Red Wing name embossed on the inside quarter of the boot, a rectangular bar-tack stitch finishing the mocc toe stitching, and the backstay chain-stitch has been done on their ancient Puritan Stitch machine, just like it was in the past.
Mahogany and sage thread is used, the top band is double stitched, leather laces take the place of Taslan, and size/ style/ & width info is heat embossed on the inside, just like in the OG pairs from nearly 70 years ago. Finishing off this true-to-its-roots extravaganza is the traditional woven Irish Setter logo on the inside of the tongue and a specialized box with the same logo and text as the boxes from the 1950s.
And hey, workwear tends to not have the same limited edition “high covetability” releases as streetwear, but if it’s your thing and you also enjoy snapping some necks, this may be your best chance to bridge that gap for a while.
Available $320 at Standard & Strange.