Red Wing just launched a classic boot as a special in their collection: the #8180 Kangatan model a.k.a. Green Monster! This boot is a kind of homage to the boots, the Super Setter 888, which were developed for one of the greatest baseball hitters Ted Williams / Sears brand in the ’60′s. The original boot was made of lightweight kangaroo hide. The re-issued 8180 is made from Portage cowhide leather, but it has the same unique green colour.
As I am a big fan of the RW moc toes this one was on my wishlist for a long time. Finally they are back and in my collection now. What I like the most about them is that they look like a World War 2 army boot with the green colour and brown detail at the top. Big thanks to Matthijs van Meurs / Red Wing Europe!
Super Setter 888 vs 8180
Ken Diamond is a true leather craftsman. He began to work with leather in the late 90′s and established Ken Diamond in 2003. The philosophy behind the works of Ken Diamond are simple-high quality leather goods with classic designs, entirely handmade in his Vancouver studio. As leather work is a dying art, he works at keeping the traditions alive while using modern techniques to keep the work simple and minimal. His products range consists belts, wallets, bags and moccasins. I personally like the Oxblood Horween leather item a lot, the colour is just beautiful!
John Edward “Jack” Purcell (December 24, 1903 – June 10, 1991) was a Canadian world champion badminton player. Purcell was the Canadian National Badminton Champion in 1929 and 1930 and declared as world champion in 1933. He retired in 1945, and pursued a career as a stockbroker. Purcell designed an athletic shoe in 1935 for the B.F. Goodrich Company of Canada. The shoe was designed to provide more protection and support on the badminton courts. In the 70′s Converse bought the trademark rights of the Jack Purcell sneakers. The Jack Purcell shoe has an unique blue sole and an unmistakable “Smile” on the front. Today, this iconic shoe has been upgraded with a heavier cap toe and a reinvented logo on the rear.
The Vintage Showroom in London found a really nice and rare vintage JP pair from the ’40′s. These are a particularly nice US Navy example. The model is virtually the same as the classic Jack Purcell badminton shoe, but with a black rubber sole and trim. Great catch! The JP shoe is also my personal favourite sneaker.
The great online store ‘Warenmagazijn’ is an official dealer of the authentic brand Red Wing since a while. One of my personal favourites from their collection is the RW 8113 Iron Ranger. A rugged 6-Inch boot, featuring premium Hawthorne Muleskinner leather, chrome hardware, speed hooks, Goodyear welt construction and triple stitched quality and a double layer leather toe cap. The boot is inspired by a miner boot from back in the days. These boots will last a life time. Check out ‘Warenmagazijn’, they have incredible nice products.
Available here: www.warenmagazijn.nl
A couple of weeks ago Red Wing Shoes launched their first Red Wing Post. It’s loaded with great stories, history and boots highlights. Get your free copy at one of the RW stores.
New at online store ’Warenmagazijn’ are the famous Red Wing boots, my personal favourite footwear brand, from the U.S.A. All handmade with the best leather available. Today I highlight the Iron Ranger 8111.
The history of this style go way back, back to the miners. The Iron Ranger boots were built with a double layer of leather over the toe to provide the miners an extra measure of safety. The heel pocket, a boot feature designed to provide extra support, was moved to the outside of the boot. This design change eliminated a seam, and provided a smooth and comfortable one-piece surface on the inside of the boot. This style is a true alltime classic and they will age very nice after using them everyday. Also nice to mention is that every pair of Red Wings are double inspected by the people in the factory when a pair is ready for shipment. See below the inspection tag.
Check all their Red Wing styles here: www.warenmagazijn.nl
You can also make an appointment with ’Warenmagazijn’ to try the Red Wings:
The authentic online shop Warenmagazijn is unique with their collection, they have a wide range of different product categories from books, clothes, to kitchen and garden items. All with a great true story.Their latest new productgroup are boots from the legenary U.S.A. handmade Red Wing brand. They made a kick-off with the Iron Ranger and Oxford styles. What’s also nice to mention is that they are also going to sell real vintage Red Wing pairs! Can’t wait to see these in their shop!
Today I highlight the RW Classic Oxford work shoe. This style was inspired by the success of the iconic 875 and 877 work boots. As these boots were made as workwear, the Oxfords were for the people on the offices. With their low profile and light weight they are the perfect shoes for the office. Warenmagazijn have them in two colours: black and brown. My personal favourite is the brown one. Check them here below.
Check their Red Wing styles here: www.warenmagazijn.nl
You can also make an appointment with ’Warenmagazijn’ to try the Red Wings:
The guys from the great Amsterdam denim store Tenue de Nimes made something exclusive for their 5th anniversary, a natural indigo dipped Red Wing boot. The boots are indigo dyed in Japan and are made in limited 50 quantities. Congrats guys, boot looks brilliant! The specifics are;
• Made in USA / Dyed in Japan • Limited to 50 pairs • US sizing • Classic Moc style • Indigo Dyed Abilene suede leather (Rough-Out) • Traction Tred Cushion Crepe Wedge sole • Width E
Last week Part 1 of the ‘Lee Jeans Survival Weekend’ was already published. The article received a lot of positive reactions and questions how the rest of the weekend was. Everybody was curious how the group ended up with their jeans and boots. Today we go further with the report in Part 2, the final. This article is made by Paul Travi (Rawr Denim blog) as a write-up for Long John. Many thanks Paul!
The second day started with a serie of rope exercises, including zipline, a crash makeshift knots course and river crossing using just a rope and the newly acquired knot knowledge. Lots of sweat and fun. But the best was saved for the last. A mock rescue to a “wounded” Pol crossing a deep swamp and then a long walk right through a river, tested the hardness of the Wolverines and the resistance of Lee Jeans. Both brands passed the test with high scores. Back in the campsite, everybody jumped in to the river to wash in an old fashion way their beloved Lee’s. They behaved like it should be.
After that, a well deserved BBQ and a few beers brought back the lost energy to the crew; all around a cossy campfire. Many laughs and storys were heard and told, a perfect tough weekend.
Enjoy the second and final photo report from this amazing survival weekend.
Check also Part 1 here:
Lee Jeans Survival Weekend supported by Wolverine & Long John
This article is the second write-up from Paul Travi (Rawr Denim Blog) for Long John. Paul made a great report about the first day of the ‘Lee Jeans Survival Weekend’. Many thanks buddy for your effort!
This article (and that weekend) is dedicated to Martijn van der Vecht. A Great guy and best son.
Last weekend it took place in the belgian zone of Ardennes, one of the toughest denim events ever made, the “Lee Jeans Dry Denim Survival Weekend”. Lee Jeans, Wolverine Boots and the denim platform Long John, organized one of the hardest tests that a pair of jeans can be exposed to.
A diverse group of 8 denim-heads were chosen to carry a new crispy pair of Lee 101S, a brand new pair of Wolverine 1.000 Mile and all the courage they could gather through a weekend full of ordeals that took them, together with their garments, right to the edge. Pol Houtkamp (Lee Jeans), Martijn van der Vecht (De Rode Winkel), Bart Spanjersberg (Daily Rush), Paul Travi (Rawrdenim.com), Wouter Reimert (VIF Jeans), Ruben Donker(De Garage), Ike Straatman (De Garage) and Geert-Jan Renzen (De Concept Salon)completed the happy crew.
The first day started with a navigation and sense of location test. A search of a final gathering point; after trekking several kilometers through woods, hills and mud. Once there, a tough ordeal was waiting. Find and fix your own food, this test wasn’t for the faint-hearted. Learn how to start a fire using old techniques and build a precarious shelter, solely for the purposes to keep yourself warm and also to cook your meal, was the next step the crew had to confront. Organization and priorities were to be attained, a truly teamwork was on need.
When the hard job was done and everybody was thinking to finally get some rest, the whole crew was taken to learn the last survival technique of that indigestible day. They were left kilometers away from the campsite, with just the help of a compass to take them back to the longed idea of a restful sleep. Through out claustrophobic corn fields, dense forests and impassable glens, the crew finally founded their way back “home”.
Enjoy the photo report Part 1.
To be continued…Part 2 will follow soon!
Specifics of this new Red Wing Shoes style: 2931 Ice Cutter Red Maple
Just a few more days and then we are going into the woods with a small group of fanatic and passionated denim people. One weekend back to basic in our Lee Jeans and Wolverine boots. During this weekend we will have to hunt for our food, crossing rivers, climbing mountains and making our own sleepingplace for the night. All to see the magic fading process of our denim. Next to that the weekend is ofcourse about denim stories and sharing the same blue passion. Upcoming weekend it is: Lee Jeans Survival Weekend! After this weekend we will share all our great blue survival stories!
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