To this day, my original Red Wing 875′s are the most comfortable pair of footwear I own. That’s the best part about any pair of Red Wing’s, they really do get better the more you wear ‘em. At over two years of wear, they still look pretty damn good. The 8881′s are about three months old, and they’re finally past the break-in period. There’s just something awesome about the Red Wing Moc-toe models. The design has stayed almost identical to one of the first pair of boots Red Wing ever crafted, and made exactly the same way over a hundred years later. So thanks, 875′s – for two good years, with many more to come. And you as well, 8881 – even though we’ve just met, I can tell we’ll be good pals for a long time.
Today was the first day I walked outside and wasn’t instantly reminded how much I dislike Florida’s weather. There was a nice breeze, and no humidity – this is definitely something we do not see a lot of down here, so I took advantage of it. My Columbiaknit x Arch Clothing crewneck has been getting a lot of wear, and will be getting even more here as the weather cools down. The RRL buckle-backs are crafted from a heavy duck canvas and put together extremely well with a straight leg fit. I’ve been trying switch out my jeans every now and then, so these get some wear – and to keep it different. Red Wing work oxfords… what more can I say? It took me forever to track these down in my size, and I could not be happier with them.
I know there’s a lot of Red Wing talk over here lately, but it is well deserved. This is my fourth pair from the heritage line, and I cannot tell you how long I’ve had these on my wish list. The Red Wing work oxford isn’t just their 6 inch moc-toe cut down lower, it includes some additional welt construction and more moc-like stitching details. The rough-out leather in the “Maize Abilene” was exactly what I wanted for the upcoming Fall. These are the perfect shoe for being on your feet all day, with the ever-so-comfortable Red Wing traction tred sole. Just a small note on sizing, I have always wore a 10.5 in Red Wings, and I could of went down to a 10 with these. It wasn’t a huge issue, but I did have to throw a Red Wing insole into them for them to be fit perfect – take that with a grain of salt as everyone is different. A huge thank you to Jason over at The Tannery for helping me get my hands on these.