The historical work boot most similar to the Merchant is style 245 from 1920, which was made without a toe-box, but instead featured a plain toe and raw cut at the quarter edge. The Merchant is built on the 8 last, which is also used for the Blacksmith. But because of the missing toe-box, the Merchant has a slimmer look and a lower toe profile than the Blacksmith. Sole: The Merchant is built on a Chemi Gum sole, which Red Wing has been using for work boots since 1964 and is now introducing in the Heritage line. Featuring a lower cork content than the Nitrile Cork sole. The Chemi Gum sole creates a clean, slim, and lightweight boot. Leather Ebony Harness.
When Red Wing Shoe Company was founded in 1905, streets were still muddy, travel was still largely by train or horse-drawn and daily life a little more demanding. So footwear had to be versatile—even a shop owner or banker needed shoes that could keep feet safe and dry but brush off and look good while doing business. The Merchant is a direct descendant of those earliest boots we made, like the style 245 from 1920.
S.B. Foot Tanning Co. is best known for Oil-Tanned leather which is used to build a variety of timeless Red Wing styles. This leather is water, stain and perspiration resistant, and has a more natural look and feel because less finishing materials have been applied, allowing its natural beauty to shine through. Oil-Tanned leather is exceptionally durable and has been used to build countless work boots throughout Red Wing’s 110+ year history.
We recommend ordering a half-size smaller than what you would normally wear. Need to try a pair on in-store? Look up your local Red Wing dealer at: http://www.redwingheritage.com/us/USD/page/find-a-store
Free Domestic Shipping. We are a small operation and request that you allow up to a week for us to ship, as we often have to restock outside of standard sizes.
LEATHER: Ebony Harness Leather
CONSTRUCTION: Goodyear® Welt
OUTSOLE: Chemi Gum
HARDWARE: Brass Eyelets
WIDTH: D (Standard)