Merchant No. 8061 Boot
Redwing's Merchant is a newly designed, and yet styled after a previous model of the same name. The Merchant is a sleek and lightweight boot, that has a trim appearance and looks great under jeans and even under a pair of slacks. Made in the USA.
The historical work boot most similar to the Merchant is style 245 from 1920, which was made without a toe-box, but instead featured a plain toe and raw cut at the quarter edge. The Merchant is built on the 8 last, which is also used for the Blacksmith. But because of the missing toe-box, the Merchant has a slimmer look and a lower toe profile than the Blacksmith. Sole: The Merchant is built on a Chemi Gum sole, which Red Wing has been using for work boots since 1964 and is now introducing in the Heritage line. Featuring a lower cork content than the Nitrile Cork sole. The Chemi Gum sole creates a clean, slim, and lightweight boot. Leather Ebony Harness
When Red Wing Shoe Company was founded in 1905, streets were still muddy, travel was still largely by train or horse-drawn and daily life a little more demanding. So footwear had to be versatile—even a shop owner or banker needed shoes that could keep feet safe and dry but brush off and look good while doing business. The Merchant is a direct descendant of those earliest boots we made, like the style 245 from 1920.
Leather: Ebony Harness Leather
Hardware: Brass Eyelets
Construction: Goodyear Leather Welt
Fit & Break In
A new pair of Red Wing Heritage boots should fit comfortably tight on your foot, with enough room to freely wiggle your toes. Over time the full grain leather upper, leather footboard and cork midsole mold to your feet, creating an enduring and customized fit over time with each wear.
The 8061 is built using the #8 Last:
- Most customers buy Red Wing Heritage footwear 1/2 size smaller than their normal size
- Features a bump toe for more room up-front
- Fits a variety of foot shapes