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Fade of the Day – Red Wing 8173 (2.5 Years, Unknown Cleanings)

There’s no messin’ with the moc toe, especially if Red Wing is in the picture. This pair of Red Wing 8173 come to us courtesy of Andre Roy, a boot-lover who stores his shoes in New Jersey. He’s been rocking this particular pair in rotation with other boots for two-and-a-half years now, and they look tough as hell as a result.

It’s always nice to see some well-worn roughout leather, and Andre’s Red Wings are no exception. They’ve developed a rugged patina, picking up some indigo dye on the upper-shaft and tongue, and a balanced level of marks and crocking. The burgundy laces are a nice aftermarket touch, providing a welcome contrast to the rough, sandy roughout leather.

You can follow Andre on Instagram.


Red Wing 8173 Moc-toe 6″ Leather Boots

  • Material: Leather, rubber, other
  • Leather source: USA
  • Made in: USA
  • Additional Details:
    • Roughout “Hawthorne Abilene” cowhide leather
    • Vibram crepe sole
    • Goodyear welted construction
  • Available at: Rakuten for 39,852 Japanese yen (~USD$373)

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