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About the Faye
The Faye draws its inspiration from an oxford-style shoe Red Wing made for women and girls in the 1930s and ‘40s, a time when women were entering the workforce and supporting the war effort on the homefront. Those women, and this style, were considered modern then and the new Faye is a contemporary shoe inspired by them, built for the modern woman of today.
The early history of iron mining on Minnesota’s Mesabi Range is intertwined with that of Red Wing Shoe Company. The miners needed tough but comfortable boots that could stand up to the long days and tough conditions a northern Minnesota mine pit presented. Red Wing responded with a boot made of thick leather with an oil resisting outer sole, speed lacing hooks, and a comfortable cork midsole. The defining characteristic of these boots though, was their double layered toe, capped to protect the miner’s feet from injury as they laboured with hand tools and heavy machinery. That boot is still made today, the fittingly named Iron Ranger, and it represents not only Red Wing’s commitment to making boots for working men and women but also its Minnesota origins.
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