red wing beckman

The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.

Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that’d still be keeping his feet dry in ten years’ time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.

This was the Captain Samuel Vimes ‘Boots’ theory of socioeconomic unfairness.
— Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms: The Play

9 to 5 is about what carries you forward every day and helps you make it through the next. The things you carry reflect the story of who you are and who you may be.

The quote above exemplifies about why it's incredibly important to take care in choosing what you carry. The decision making you have today can impact you in unimaginable ways down the road.

I earnestly believe good health starts from feet up. I recommend that you take care of your feet because your feet will take care of you. The Red Wing Shoe Company produces footwear that can do just that.

The Red Wing Shoe Company was started by shoe merchant Charles Beckman in Red Wing, Minnesota and has been making "truly good shoes" since 1905. The company today produces several lines of quality work shoes, hunting, hiking and casuals among it's family of brands. They have always been a work shoe driven company but has recently cropped up in a variety of fashion circles due to their Heritage line product's impressive and timeless construction and design.  Red Wing manufactures their indispensable footwear in a variety of sizes and widths, provides a solid welt construction and crafts countless variations of their beautiful leather that is made in house in own S.B. Foot Tannery.

I own several pairs of Red Wing boots from their Heritage line. Each one unique in fit and look from the other. The pair above is the Red Wing Beckman 4568. This particular pair was made expressively for the J. Crew company in Red Wing's gaucho leather. Their gaucho leather is typically found on a few of Red Wing's work styles. It is a high oil content leather and is relatively easy to break in. You'll find the Beckman produced in a variety of high polish, waxed and oil tanned leathers. It's produced on Red Wing's 8 last which tends to run relatively large and the fit can differ from person to person due to last having a rather narrow mid foot section. I have a high arch with a wide forefoot and found after a short break in the Beckman is a near perfect fit for my complicated sized foot! I tend to wear my Beckman's daily for my 12 hour work day, and on the days I'm not wearing them I sorely regret not having them strapped to my feet!

The boot is constructed atop a Goodyear welt, a leather and cork mid-sole for mold in comfort and a roccia lug sole for traction. Since I have high arches I do supinate and the wear down the outside of my soles the fastest. I could use a resole soon and fortunately Red Wing offers a recrafting program where for a small fee you can send the boots back to the factory for a resole and repair. I'm looking to replace the roccia lug sole with a black Vibram crepe sole when I do simply for the added stability it provides. The Red Wing Shoe Company gladly offers a variety of options to make your boots feeling new and uniquely you.

I can't recommend them highly enough and I cannot describe how much I love my Red Wing Beckman boots. I honestly sat on the fence about them due to the variety of reports on difficult sizing but I finally gave in and broke them in. They feel like slippers now and I look forward to wearing them year after year, and perhaps I can pass them on to my kid one day. If I want that to happen, I do have take care of them and here's my guide on how to do just that!

I want these boots to have stories that reflect everything I went through with them. I want them to be relic of the kind of person I lived to be.

It's a tall order but I swear every quality product you have can be that flaming torch for your own story.