In the early 20th century, when rail was still core to the developing American economy, foot protection was needed for the "firemen " who worked feeding coals to the steam engine on the train. American boot makers, Red Wing included, developed a new style for these hardworking men based on horse riding boots with little stitching, a tall shaft, rugged leathers, and a supportive sole.
In the 1930's Red Wing created the 2268 engineer boot, which is a serious collectors item these day. The 2966 is heavily based on that first Red Wing engineer boot, and the closest thing that is available today to an early 20th century engineer boot.
The 2966 has a shape very similar to the original 2268, with a 1980's style vertical label, and 1990's style logo embossed on the shaft. They're made up from one of Red Wing Heritage's best leathers: Black Klondike, which is double-tanned to be black with a brown core, just like the early boots.
These are very narrow and tight just like the original boots. We recommend 1/2 size up from your usual Red Wing size.
- Black "Klondike" double-tanned leather which will fade to brown over time.
- Black neoprene cord soles
- 11" shaft
- 1990's-style "Red Wing" embossing on shaft
- Vertical label (early 1980's style)
- Run small and narrow, take 1/2 size larger than your usual Red Wing size
- We are unable to ship Red Wing Heritage products outside the USA/Canada.
In-store pickup: Free
Socks/Bandannas - free shipping
Orders over $150 - free shipping
Orders under $150 - flat rate of $8 shipping
Canada Shipping - Orders under $500
USPS First Class (10 - 15 business days) - $15
USPS Priority Mail (5 - 8 business days) - $30
USPS Priority Mail Express (3 - 5 business days) - $40
DHL Express (1-3 business days) - $30
Canada Shipping - Orders over $500
DHL Express (overnight) - $30
International Shipping - Orders under $500
USPS First Class (10 - 15 business days) - $20
USPS Priority Mail (5 - 8 business days) - $35
USPS Priority Mail Express (3 - 5 business days) - $50
DHL Express (1-3 business days) - $40
International Shipping - Orders over $500
DHL Express (1-3 business days) - $40
We cannot be held responsible for any customs duties or taxes, nor any delays incurred by your country’s customs procedures.
We are unable to ship Red Wing Heritage products outside the USA/Canada.
The city of Red Wing, Minnesota was incorporated in 1857. Less than half a century later, in 1905, Charles Beckman and a small group of investors founded Red Wing Shoes.
Originally providing shoes and boots to the local townspeople, the company quickly grew to a nationwide concern and, by the 1920s, were offering very specific footwear for people with very specific needs – from miners to petrochemical engineers to the men building the railroads. By the 30s, Red Wing had pioneered the use of steel toes and introduced their famous Engineer Boot and by the early 50s, the 877 and 875, the quintessential Red Wing boots, had been born.
Today, you’re as likely to see a pair of Red Wing boots in a cafe as on a construction site – and they’re comfortable, and appropriate, for both. Still proudly made in the USA, the Heritage Collection contains faithful reproductions of Red Wing’s most popular shoes and boots throughout the decades. Think of it as a Red Wing’s Greatest Hits Album, if you will.
All of our Red Wing footwear is built using the Goodyear welt – the welt is a thin strip of leather or rubber, which surrounds the main body of the shoe. This is attached to the insole of the shoe and the outsole is then sewn onto the welt. Whilst this is a time-consuming, and therefore slightly more expensive, method of construction, it allows the boots or shoes to be re-soled repeatedly, leaving you with footwear that will, quite literally, last a lifetime.