The new limited series Irish Setter appears as if out of a time machine. Red Wing has dusted off old machines, called in help from retired workers, and experimented with tanning methods that could recreate the distinctive color that gave the boot its hunting dog name back in the early 1950s. They call this color “Gold Russet” and in addition to its vintage hue, some other historically accurate cues have been added. The “Red Wing” name is embossed on the inside quarter of the boot, the moc toe is finished with a distinctive rectangular bar-tack stitch, and the backstay chain-stitch is done on an ancient Puritan Stitch machine. The same mahogany and sage thread of the original is used here, the top band is double-stitched, laces are leather instead of Taslan and the style, size and width are heat-embossed on the gusset, just like Red Wing used to do. All of these features add up to an Irish Setter that is both unique and true to its name. Finally, to finish it off, the traditional woven “Irish Setter” label inside has been placed inside the tongue and the boots come in a box that features the original logo and text from the 1950s.
While the limited series Irish Setter boots will no doubt be coveted by collectors who want a piece of history, these are Red Wing boots after all, built for a lifetime of service.