Like many international brands, Red Wing Heritage offers a range of exclusive styles to markets outside of America. In Japan, for example, you’ll find a wealth of unique models not available to domestic retailers. The wider variety of silhouettes includes the Mil-1 Congress Boot, the Canoe Moc and the Lineman Boot, among others. Though procuring a pair of these boots is complicated, it’s not impossible; if you utilize a proxy service such as Zenmarket, the process is relatively painless, if notably longer than when dealing with a domestic seller. So, dive into the world of hard-to-find boots with six stalwart styles.
The Lineman Boot
The Lineman is a lace-to-toe style developed for workers who needed to climb utility poles and steel towers to handle electric wires. The side panels on these boots are cut from a single piece of heavyweight Retan leather that’s treated to mimic the leather used a half-century ago.
The Garageman Oxford
This four-eye oxford is based on a design traditionally used by mechanics. It features an oil-resistant sole, a neoprene-cushion insole and durable Chaparral leather.
The Mil-1 Congress Boot
Featuring Teak Featherstone leather from Red Wing’s S.B. Foot Tanning Company, these boots are Red Wing’s version of Chelsea boot. They feature elastic side panels, a Gro Cord Medallion sole and Goodyear welt construction.
The Mil-1 Saddle Oxford
The military inspiration for these oxfords comes from officers’ dress shoes. The five-eye shoe has a classic silhouette and a tonal saddle with triple-needle stitching.
The Girard Boot
These 6-inch boots have a gusset tongue and sleek moc-toe common on boots from the early 20th century. They feature Featherstone leather and a Gro-Chord Medallion sole.
The Canoe Moc
These Irish Setter boots are a modern version of a classic 1950s design. They feature gold-russett “Sequoia” leather, a Traction Tred sole and lacing studs.