Red Wing 877 boot brown (RWS001)
Product InformationAs you would expect, we are always on the lookout for new Steve McQueen related products.
One item that we have often looked to
The boot we're talking about was a lightish brown lace up boot with a cream coloured sole.
There are lots of William Claxton photographs that show McQueen wearing these boots, but there was also a particularly famous photograph of him in them on the front cover of the August 1971 issue of Sports Illustrated.
The cover shows McQueen, wearing nothing above the waist, doing a jump on his Husqvarna 400 Crows.
Well, we recently met a guy from the Red Wing Shoe Company who confirmed categorically that, in the photographs we showed him, Steve was sporting their 877 model.
Red Wing Shoes was founded by Charles Beckman, a German immigrant who arrived in America towards the end of the 19th century.
When he was 17 years old, he got off the train at Red Wing and took a job at the local leather factory.
He developed a keen interest in
He sold only truly good shoes but became frustrated at his inability to find shoes that met his standards and so, in 1905, with a number of like-minded investors, he founded the Red Wing Shoe Company.
His shoes became a staple for people in the construction industry, loggers, ice-cutters, farmers, mailmen and railway workers. In fact, for anybody who needed a rugged boot that was comfortable to wear and walk around in all day long.
By the time McQueen got into biking in the 1960s, Red Wing was already a well-established, almost cult-like brand.
So whether he picked Red Wing as a brand he identified with, or whether he just picked the boots up at a hardware store, we
All we can tell you is that Red Wings shoes are made
The full-grain leather is tanned using traditional methods. No pigment is added in the finishing process. Whilst Red Wings patented cushion crepe wedge sole contains millions of microscopic air holes which cushion every step but
The wedge shape of the sole also supports the boots natural arch for added support. It also insulates the foot against the heat and the cold.
The boot you need is the Red Wing 877.
- Made from full grain Oro Legacy leather
- Traction tread sole
- Goodyear Welt construction