Fall Boot Series: Red Wing Beckman Round

A gorgeous pair of boots that will last a lifetime.
My Beckman’s are size
9.5
My other sizes are:
Allen Edmonds 10
Thorogood 10
Clarks Desert Boots 10
Converse Jack Purcell 10.5
Wolverine 1000 Mile 9
Chippewa 9.5

This is a brand that needs no introduction. Red Wing’s are universally revered by farmers and dandy urbanites alike. Charles Beckman founded his shoe company in 1905 in Red Wing, Minnesota when he couldn’t find boots that could slosh through the muddy streets of his town while having a style that matched his merchant status. Thus a brand renowned for both durability and aesthetic was born.

These are the 9011 Beckman Round in Blackcherry Featherstone Leather. Named after Red Wing’s founder, the Beckman line is a part of the company’s Heritage collection, which is designed and built just as they were originally, 50, 60, and in some cases over 80 years ago. Red Wing still makes their boots with a triple stitch ensuring durability by using 100-year-old Puritan sewing machines. These machines melt latex onto the thread while sewing, making the boots more water-resistant. Red Wing has an in-house team dedicated to maintaining the finicky century old machines with parts they make themselves.

Because of their original design, Red Wing’s have a reputation for requiring a breaking-in period. I found that to be true on my Red Wing 875’s, but the 9011’s pleasantly surprised me. Snug in all the right ways, I got rid of any heel slippage by using the lock lacing technique I mentioned a few weeks ago. If you find them to be too stiff right out of the box that can be easily fixed with some inserts.

The sole is the Vibram Roccia, a version of their Carrarmato sole – the world’s first mountaineering sole made of vulcanized rubber invented over 70 years ago. The lugs on the sole aren’t super thick, but they are a nice alternative to other boots in the class which feature flat leather or smooth rubber soles. The Beckman’s have Goodyear construction, and the full grain leather is from SB Foot Tannery, Red Wing’s own leather tannery.

Still proudly made in America, Red Wing’s may be a bit more expensive than other options, but just like with Allen Edmonds dress shoes, you’re getting what you pay for.

Pick up a pair on Amazon for $340.

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Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.

  • Dan McKeown

    No photos with jeans/pants. *frown*

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Here you go! Just kidding! I’ve added a couple to the slideshow, sorry about missing those.

      • Dan McKeown

        Thanks Andrew! I’m digging the Red Wings.

  • Jeff

    I’m in between these and the Wolverine 1000 mile. Do the Beckmans keep their shape pretty well? Some of the used and abused pictures of the Wolverines look a little too “broken in” to me due to just how the chromexcel leather breaks in over time.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Hey Jeff,

      I can’t comment on how well the Beckman’s hold up yet, but my 1000 Miles definitely have gotten beat up. A lot of people like the look, but it may not be what you’re after. They are slightly different – the 1000 Miles are more dressy with the flat leather sole and they’re less bulky overall (You can wear them with slimmer pants). I’d say they were more comfortable than the Beckman’s right out of the box too. But the Beckman’s are awesome, and look great (I love the color) and the lug sole is a nice addition that you might be after.

      • Jeff

        Thanks! I would have to add a vibram/topy sole to the 1000 miles due to my location, Michigan, anyways. The 1000 Miles looks dressy to start but then due to the softness of the CXL, they seem to have a “box car drifter” look going on after they’re worn in.

        • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

          Sounds like the red wings might be the way to go. You could see if there’s a red wing store near you and try a pair on. http://www.redwingshoes.com/red-wing-store-finder

          • browneagle44 ロベルト

            If these are anything like the Chippewa Service Boot (which has a very, very similar shape), it would keep it’s shape very well. I’ve had mine for months, they look great!

  • Jakub

    I bought a pair of Beckman’s in Cigar this past weekend and got to say they’re fantastic (the insoles do wonders, btw.). I’ve never had a pair of boots or shoes fit me as perfectly as these boots.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Awesome! Glad you like them!

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  • Justin Klink

    I have been debating between the Beckman and the Iron Rangers. I enjoyed both of your reviews. I think I prefer the Beckman as I prefer eyelets over the quick hooks. You mentioned that the Beckman were slightly more bulky. I’ve been wearing the British made Docs for a few years and was hoping these were less bulky than those. I’m not sure if you are familiar with the British made doc martens, but would you assume these are less bulky than those? Thanks again for your time and the great review.