Vintage Work Hunting Boots. Unknown Maker. Goodyear Lugged Sole

vintage US Army Snowshoe skiing boots

Very cool old boots, unfortunately I don’t know who made ’em. Quality on par with any Danner or Red Wing make or model. 7.5 in high shaft. Unique vamp construction minimizes seems. Eyelet and hook lace up. Goodyear lugged soles the America equivalent of Vibram. Lined uppers and thick felted wool insoles suggest they were intended for colder weather use.

UPDATE: Reader comments have identified these as “US Army issue Ski/Mountain boots. The original design is by Chippewa, but several manufacturers produced them over the years. The squared toe and grooved heel are for the ski bindings.”

Red Wing 27022 Steel Toe Boots – USA –

These boots, marked 27022, are seemingly rare and I have found no further information on them. They are a 5″ high, four eyelet, three loop lace-up with steel toe and one inch heel. The soles are a gum composite stamped Red Wing on both sole and heel with a tread pattern made of tiny Red Wing logos. All markings are contained on the inside ankle of the boot and not on the tongue. The single label on the inside of the boot suggests they may be from the 60s or 70s, though the look of this pair out dates that. The welt is a rubber, “storm” type around the front and leather around the heel.

These are the boots of which heritage lines are made.

Currently available on the BCV eBay Store..

Red Wing 57000 Ankle Boots

Vintage USA made Red Wing ankle high work boots. These plain toe boots use a four eyelet three hook lacing system.  Black with White reinforced stitches on the split leather uppers. Crepe type sole with no branding. Single Red Wing logo sewn in to right boot tongue only. Tongues stamped with size 7D and 57000

These boots are in good wearable shape. A few scuffs and scrapes on the heels and toes,  most notably one small nick on the right toe. No heavy wear or gauging in the leather though. Nice patina throughout.
Soles show a little wear on heels and across ball of foot, but otherwise in nice shape. Welt is firmly intact as well.

Sole measures:
heel to toe: 11 1/8″
width at ball of foot 3 5/8″

Red Wing Work Boots – Made in USA

Nice older pair of Red Wing work boots. These boots have been cared for as evident in the oiled leather, not dried and cracking around the toe creases as you so often see. Feel and look like a nice old ball glove, great patina with lots of character. There’s the odd faint remnants of an L drawn with looks like a marker the likes of a sharpie Magnum on the right boot and an R on the left boot. Not sure if this served a work related purpose or was a practical joke by the guys friends.

These boots are NOT steel toe. They have a rubber storm welt and Vibram Soles. Double and triple stitched uppers in places using black and white thread intact through out booth boots. Normal scuffing ad scrapes on the heels and toes but no deep gouges or thin wearing areas.5 lower lace holes followed by 4 loops and a hole at the top. Laces are still usable, but I would replace them if I were keeping them. Single Made in the USA Red Wing tag in the right boot.

Tongue stamp 12 B 9G23121 below that there is more but all I can make out is 988.