Red Wing 8012 Munson Ranger Coming to America!

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!

Image Credit: Red Wing Amsterdam

Image Credit: Red Wing Amsterdam

Image Credit: Red Wing Amsterdam

Image Credit: Red Wing Amsterdam

Image Credit: Red Wing Amsterdam

Image Credit: Red Wing Amsterdam

Image Credit: Red Wing Amsterdam

Image Credit: Red Wing Amsterdam

Image Credit: Red Wing Amsterdam

Image Credit: Red Wing Amsterdam

Red Wing 8012

Munson Iron Ranger

Price: Unknown

Release Date: Rumored 2/1/2015

Red Wing 8113: The Hawthorne Muleskinner

Red Wing Boots have been covered here before and we have already established that the American-made, hand-crafted brand stands out among its peers. This boot is just like all of it's heritage kin, better with age. I bothered to grab a few photos of my pair for you to see. I'll check back in about six months after some additional wear, then you will be able to see the real "character" of the boot starting to come out in the texturing of the materials.

Red Wing Heritage 8180

By Daniel Coughlin

Some shoes have a history. Some shoe companies have an equally rich history. Red Wing Shoes and the Green Kangatan have such a history. The shoe was originally a collaboration between iconic baseball player Ted Williams, Sears and Red Wing Shoes. You can read about the history and see some quality pictures of the boot here.

Recently, it was announced the the Green Kangatan would be making a comeback in a revised version of the boot. Introducing the Red Wing 8180 Green Kangatan. I had scoured the Internet to the best of my abilities looking for a location to purchase my size. The few places I could find to buy the boot only had a size run of 8-10.5 and only one of the locations that had the boot for retail was in the United States.

And then I got lucky. On a day trip with friends to some of our favorite shops, we stopped in to the Red Wing flagship store in Red Wing, MN. We spend a great deal of time wandering about and trying on various boots, but I wasn't there to purchase anything. Before leaving, I approached one of their employees. A city finance worker who does part-time sales at the store, and the person who has been, by far, the most helpful to me when it comes to Red Wing boots over the past couple of years. I wanted to find out from him if there was a broad release date for the United States and if there would be a full size run. He looked through their computer system and made my day. He looked at me and said, "It says that we have it in stock. In your size." He brought it out for me and it was the very 8180 that I had been looking for since the boot was first announced. They had just received them in shipment and had one pair in each size, including mine.

So here it is, the discontinued, supposedly non-United States Red Wing Green Kangatan 8180.

As you can see, the source and amount of lighting can impact the "green" of the leather, making it either very subtle or rather pronounced.

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