STREET: Red Wing Shoes Factory Visit

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A few weeks ago, we had the honour of visiting Red Wing Shoes’ Burnside factory in Red Wing City, Minnesota.

Red Wing, the small town that the company is named after, is about an hour drive from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, but the difference in lifestyle is almost night and day. It’s as if the town has stopped in time.

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Like the town itself that seems to have rejected modernisation, Red Wing Shoes seems to have done the same – they’re still creating shoes like they did in the old days. Utilising the same methods of craftsmanship and quality control that have gained them so many fans

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One of two Red Wing Shoes production plants in America, the Burnside factory located in Red Wing City is responsible for churning out a few thousand pairs of shoes per day for both the core work line as well as the heritage lifestyle division.

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The old ways of working of particularly evident in things such as leather cutting, as each piece is cut individually, not in group batches.

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Some of the machines are almost one hundred years old and are not made anymore. Some of the techniques used for Red Wing Shoes signature quality and construction rely on these and just would not be the same without them.

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Although many of the processes to put together a single pair is machine assisted, nothing is automated and everything requires a skilled worker to operate the machinery.

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Surprisingly, a huge number of processes are required to put together a single pair of shoes. Seeing people putting together everything by hand really puts things into perspective when it comes to price and relative value for money. Next time you’re wearing your Red Wings, looks down at your feet and know that it took around 50 people to put it together.

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Another thing, Red Wing Shoes is currently in their 110th year of business, they did this not only by maintaining high quality standards, but by making shoes that will last a lifetime. As long as the leather isn’t infected with mould, they can be reconditioned and resoled for as long as you’re willing to pay to have them restored.

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Here is a list of all the official Red Wing Shoes stockists across Southeast Asia at:

Singapore

Red Wing Shoe Store Singapore (65) 6702 6128 277 Orchard Road, #04-16 orchardgateway, Singapore 238858

Red Wing Shoe Store Singapore (65) 6702 6128 277 Orchard Road, #04-16 orchardgateway, Singapore 238858

The Denim Store (65) 6733 3608 333A Orchard Road, #03-09/10/11, Mandarin Gallery, Singapore238897

Leftfoot Cineleisure (65) 67363227 8 Grange Road, Orchard Cineleisure, #02-07A, Singapore239695

Leftfoot Entrepot (65) 6734332 2 Handy Road, The Cathay, #01-19/20, Singapore 229233

310 Woodland (65) 62350968 181 Orchard Road, $03-28A Orchard Central, Singapore 238896

Tuckshop & Sundry Supplies (65) 63964568 25 Bali Lane Singapore 189861

Feder Sports (65) 6336 9924 3 Coleman Street, #02-12 Peninsula Shopping Centre, Singapore179803

Deck’s & Boots (65) 6473 0545 1 Queensway,Queensway Shopping Centre , #02-03, Singapore149053

Malaysia

Red Wing Shoes 03-2692 4233 Lot 1.30, 1st floor, Pertama Complex, Jalan Tuanju Abdul Rahman, 50100 Kuala Lumpur

Solewhat 03-2287 5811 Lot S-229A, Second Floor, The Gardens, Mid Valley City Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur

Solewhat 03-7725 6493 F346A , First Floor, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Bandar Utama, 47800 PJ Selangor

Solewhat 03-2282 2239 / 03- 2201 0923 T-014B, T-056&T-057, 3RD FLOOR MID VALLEY MEGAMALL MID VALLEY CITY LINGKARAN SYED PUTRA 59200 KUALA LUMPUR

Cover by Crossover +60 3-5622 1667 G.87, GROUND FLOOR, SUNWAY PYRAMID SHOPPING MALL, NO.2, JALAN PJS 15/11, BANDAR SUNWAY, 46150 PETALING JAYA, SELANGOR, MALAYSIA.

Crossover Concept Store 07-227 3488 M11, Level 4, City Square, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Crossover Concept Store +607-353 8543 F27,Aeon Tebrau City Shopping Centre,1st floor,No.1,Jalan Desa Tebrau,81100 Johor Bahru,Malaysia

Undergroundstreet Enterprise +6012-2538511 S033, 2nd Floor, Sungei Wang Plaza, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur

Zolo Collection +60 3-2692 8608 Lot 1.42 Campbell Shopping Complex, Jalan Dang wangi, Wilayah Persekutuan, 50100 Kuala Lumpur

Riders Garage & Co 1700 819 701 No 78 Ground Floor, SS 15/4 Subang Jaya 47500, Selangor Darul Ehsan

Thailand

Pronto Denim 02-251 7448 Siam Square Soi 2

Pronto Denim 02-610 9566 Siam Paragon, 1st Floor, 991 Rama 1 Road, Bangkok 10330

Pronto Denim 02-646 1278 Central World, 1st Floor, Form Zone, Ratchprasong

Pronto Denim 02-108 0711 Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, Soi Watthana Vadhana, Bangkok 10110

Pronto Denim 02-108 3198 Central Plaza Grand Rama 9, 9/9 Rama 9 Road, Huai Khwang, Bangkok

Pronto Denim 02-937 1817 1691 Phahonyothin Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand

Pronto Denim 053-273 655 Central Airport Plaza, Chiangmai 2 Mahidol Road, 252-252/1 Waulai Road, Haiya, Mueang District, Chiang Mai 50100

Pronto Denim 02-1605972 3rd Floor, Central Embassy, 1031 Ploenchit road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand

Pronto Denim 053-288816 2nd Floor, Central Festival Chiangmai, 99/3 Moo 4 Tambon Faham Amphoe Muang Chiang Mai 50000

Pronto Denim +6620036128 Unit 2A/09, Emquartier Shopping Complex, 662 Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey Bangkok -10110 Thailand

YEAH! (SIAM) 02-658 4815-6 Rama 1 Road, Pathuman, Bangkok

YEAH! 1688 (SIAM DISCOVERY) 02-658 0315 3rd Floor, Siam Discovery Center, Rama 1 Road, Pathuman, Bangkok

YEAH! (PINKLAO) 02-884 5039 2nd Floor Centarl Paza Pinklao, Borommaratchachonnani Road, Bangkok Noi

YEAH! (PATTAYA) 038-804 3118 3rd Floor Central Festival Pattaya Beach, Pattaya 2nd Road, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi

YEAH! (Fashion Island ) (+662) 947 5698 Room 1023B Floor 1F No 587,589 Rarmintra Road, Khan Na Yao, Bangkok, 10230, Thailand

PTC Mart 02-6244911 Room 36 Metro Mall, Chatuchak Park MRT Station, Pholyothin Road, Ladyao, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900 Thailand

Seletkiv 02-108-2789 982/22, 1118 1st Floor, Gateway Ekamai Sukhumit 42 Prakanong, Klongtoey Bangkok 10110 Thailand

Race Kustom 0816191888, 0877050554 38/1 Soi Sun Wichai 8/3, Bang Kapi, Bangkok, Bangkok 10310

Indonesia

Limbro Denim Store 6221-29200297 Central Park Mall Jakarta, Jalan Let Jend S. Parman Kav 28, 3rd Floor Unit 101

Limbro Denim Store 6221-29889103 Lotte Shopping Avenue, Ciputra World 1 Jakarta, Jl Prof Dr. Stario Kav, 5-8, Kuningan, Jakarta Selatan, 1st Floor, Unit 006

Limbro Denim Store 623151200188 Mall Ciputra World Surabaya Jalan Mayjend Sungkono No.89 2nd Floor Unit 50 Surabaya, East Java Indonesia Surabaya, Jawa Timur

Club Culture 6221 29056903/02 Ground Floor, Lippo Mall Kemang, Kemang Village, 36 Pangeran Antasari, Jakarta 12150

PT.Global Motorcycles Trading 021-751 6698 Jalan Lebak Bulus Raya 58, Jakarta 12440

Ore Store Surabaya 031-568 2074 Jalan Untung Suropati No. 83, Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia 60264

Philippines 

General AYALA BONIFACIO HIGH STREET 029552139 C1 Building, Upper Ground Floor, Bonifacio High Street Central, Taguig City , 1634

General AYALA CEBU 322607228 L253 Ayala Center Cebu, Business Park, Barrio Luz, Cebu City, 6000

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