The crepe-sole Red Wing Traction Tred 8 boot has been a favorite of ironworkers, factory workers, roofers, carpenters and many others for almost 70 years.
Red Wing introduced the style in 1952, inspired by boot designs of the 1930s, and offered them in a russet-colored leather upper that was tanned with the sap from sequoia trees. The result was a rich, handsome color that was not unlike the fur of an Irish setter. It soon became a hit, and Red Wing sold nearly 50,000 pairs just in the year 1954.
They added a moccasin-style toe for comfort and flexibility, with a cream-colored wedge crepe sole that was designed for hunters who needed a boot that was truly quiet underfoot. It soon became a favorite of not just hunters, but workers who needed a boot that was surefooted and comfortable for working on ladders, scaffolds, high iron, concrete and anywhere else where comfort and stability were important.
It’s a traditional design that has changed little since a pair was ceremonially given to President Dwight Eisenhower way back in 1960.
Model number: 877
Leather: Oro Legacy Leather
Construction: Goodyear Leather Welt
Upper design: moccasin toe
Sole: Blown crepe rubber
Care: Leather Protector, NaturSeal™
Defined heel: no
The shoemaking giant definitely designed the Red Wing Traction Tred 8 with safety in mind. It is the product of years of experience in designing and manufacturing boots for working people.
Whenever you buy a pair of boots from Red Wing, you have the peace of mind that comes with their Comfort Guarantee. During the first 30 days, if for any reason you find you’re not happy with your Red Wings, you can return them for a no-questions-asked refund.
There’s also a full year warranty against defects in workmanship or materials. However, this only applies if the problems showed up during normal wear and tear. Just keep your receipt and return the boots to your Red Wing dealer. The dealer will be happy to honor the manufacturer's warranty.
When you get a pair of Red Wing boots, you’re buying a heritage for quality work boots. This heritage goes back well over 100 years.
Red Wing was founded in Red Wing, Minnesota, way back in 1905. It was a preferred vendor for combat boots for the U.S. military. This was most apparent during both World War One and World War Two.
Red Wing built its reputation on traditional heavy work boots. In addition, the company also makes different styles including:
Red Wing also produces steel-toed work boots and specialized boots. These include boots for electricians and linemen with enhanced electrical resistance. They also have metatarsal-guard boots for the mining industry. They also offer chemical-safe boots, tactical boots, and many other variations. Along with their Minnesota plant, Red Wing also operates a plant in Potosi, Missouri.