MOC TOE KANGATAN 8180
The 6‰ Moc Toe boot is a staple of Red Wing‰۪s lineup. The classic silhouette is the quintessential Red Wing boot ‰ÛÒ but this one is a little special.
Back in the 60s, Ted ‰Û÷The Kid‰۪ Williams was baseball‰۪s recently-retired golden boy. Still referred to as The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived, he was as much a war hero as a sporting one, having taken two separate sabbaticals from his baseball career to fight for his country - first in World War Two, then later the Korean War, before returning to the MLB.
Seizing upon his marketing potential, the Sears Company released a line of sports equipment endorsed by the great man himself. In amongst the Ted Williams shotguns, Ted Williams 8mm cameras and Ted Williams fishing boats, were the Ted Williams Red Wing Boots ‰ÛÒ officially designated as the 888 and, at the time, the highest quality boot that Red Wing had ever produced.
It is from these boots that Red Wing drew inspiration for the model 8180 you see here. Using Kangatan Portage cowhide leather, rather than the kangaroo leather of the Ted Williams originals, they are built in Minnesota, just like the 888s were, and are a fitting tribute to the archival boots that inspired them.
- Kangatan Portage Leather upper
- Goodyear welt
- Made in USA
Around the turn of the 19th century a Red Wing, MN shoe merchant named Charles Beckman saw a local necessity for shoes specifically designed for the demanding work of industries such as mining, logging and farming. The rigors of these jobs required footwear which was tough enough to outlast harsh working conditions, but Beckman envisioned a shoe that was also comfortable enough for the hardworking people who wore them.
Since then, Red Wing boots have literally formed the foundation of the American workforce for over a century now. These are boots designed to represent “the American ideals of prosperous work and excellence.” The Red Wings we carry are made exactly as they were up to eighty years ago. They’re not going anywhere except onto your feet and off to work.