Red Wing’s Puritan Stitching Machine

This week Red Wing Heritage released a video featuring the Puritan sewing machine, often referred to as the work horse of the shoe factory. For more than fifty years, Red Wing has relied on these machines to create its iconic triple stitch detail, which the company says ensures the strength and durability of Red Wing Heritage boots and shoes.

An effective bit of advertising, I must say. I’ve long admired Red Wing’s Heritage collection–which are all Made in the USA–especially their dress boots. Any Red Wing boot owners out there? How have you found them to be? I’d be interested in hearing your review.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Carl September 22, 2011 at 11:08 am

I’m an archaeologist, and I’ve had a pair for 12 years. I’ve worn them on sites from New Mexico to Virginia to Cuba. They’ve held up great so long as I keep them oiled, are very comfortable, and offer great support.

Scott White September 22, 2011 at 11:09 am

I’ve had one pair of Red Wings in my life. I got them back in college, after finding out there was snow on the ground for six months at my school. They’ve been used in winter and summer, in ice, snow, calf-deep water, and in a field burning. They’re still together, they still look good, and the only real damage they’ve taken is when I melted the laces off after my jeans caught on fire.

They’re the most comfortable pair of boots that I own, and I’d recommend ‘em to anyone.

Erik S. September 22, 2011 at 11:32 am

I’ve been using Red Wing boots on the work site and in the fields. I have come to discover a notable difference between those made in the US, versus those made in China. Even though the US-made boots cost more up front, the years of use I’ve gotten from them (they can be re-soled, after all) make them the better bargain over time. The boots from China typically have soles adhered with adhesive and can not be re-soled. The boots you see above have soles stitched on.

I’ve come to find that the break-in period of Red Wing boots seems to be torturously lengthy, but the payoff results in the most comfortable boots I wear. I assume it has something to do with thicker leather, but I could be wrong.

Either way, I love ‘em, and always encourage others to try them without hesitation.

Alec W. September 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I have a pair of steel-toed workboots that are 15 years old, with six of those years being worn daily on a construction site. They are still in great shape and as comfortable as most sneakers. The heritage boots I just bought for wearing in the office are still in the break-in period, they look great and get lots of compliments.

Caitlin September 26, 2011 at 10:27 am

My partner owns a pair and loves them. He wears them everyday and inevitably destroys the sole in 1-2 years, but can take them to the shop and get the sole replaced for a reasonable fee. That service is much appreciated by us.

Drew November 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I recently bought my first pair of Red Wing Boots, the Heritage Chukkas, for everyday, walking-around-the-city use, and absolutely love them. I’ll never put the same wear and tear on them as many other people, but they look great, feel great, and are Made In the USA. Highly recommended.

R.W. February 12, 2012 at 11:31 pm

I have a pair that I hunt in. They are the most comfortable boots for my feet. They require little to no break in and I know will last me through several resoles. Great boots and well worth the investment. Next on my to buy list is a pair of 877s.

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