Happy New Year! Let us start it off with a bang: The Red Wing Heritage Munson Iron Ranger is coming to the United States!
The iconic Iron Ranger, the most popular of the Red Wing Heritage line in the United States has a family member which has yet to see release in the United States: The Red Wing 8012 Munson.
The shoe is named after Edward Munson, tasked with designing the perfect last for a boot and it was adopted by the American army. Red Wing Shoes used the Munson last for their soldier boots and late adopted them in their work boot line. Enter the Munson.
The Munson was originally released exclusively in Japan to great acclaim. Due to the demand and popularity of the American-made work boot, it was released in Europe in the summer of 2014. The shoe was very successful in both markets, but was still not available in the United States.
The boot features the same nitrile cork sole and oil tanned leather as the Ranger line currently available in the United States. There are, however, a few differences which make the shoe unique. The shoe features a burgundy leather, a color not featured on any other Red Wing Heritage boot. The second difference is on the stitch of the toe cap. The current Iron Ranger designs in the United States, and worldwide on all models, are all standard material and stitching, but the Munson brings its own unique design to the table. The most unique thing on the Munson Rangers will be the Munson Last. The last designed by Edward Munson during World War I that Red Wing later implemented into some of their work boots is another key aspect of the Munson Ranger that will make it both unique and still very much a Red Wing boot.
According to Red Wing staff at their flagship in Red Wing, Minnesota, the 8012 Munson Iron Ranger is coming to America. And soon. The shoe is rumored to release in the United States on February 1, with shipments arriving around January 30. 2015 is going to be a great year on many fronts, but it just got much better for fans of the Iron Ranger. Let us know if you plan to pick up your own pair of the Munson Rangers in the comments!
Red Wing 8012
Munson Iron Ranger
Release Date: Rumored 2/1/2015