9197 RELATED STYLES:
POSTMAN
STYLE NO. 9197
LEATHER:
BLACK 'CHAPARRAL'
D WIDTH 7.0 | 7.5 | 8.0 | 8.5 | 9.0 | 9.5 | 10.0
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ABOUT
In the 1950’s policemen still walked their beats and the postman walked his mail route.
STYLE NO. 9197: POSTMAN
The 101 was known as the postman’s shoe. Red Wing 9197 is a continued legacy from 101, designed to meet postal service requirements, they were a simple, but sturdy, polished, black dress boots. It was their sturdiness and underfoot comfort that would serve America’s mailmen well. As evidence, millions were sold. The Black Chaparral leather and the black cushion crepe, wedge sole combine to yield a classic look. The outsole had slip resistant (SR/USA) function, a requirement for shoes worn on duty.
THE HISTORY BEHIND THE STYLE
In the 1950’s policemen still walked their beats and the postman walked his mail route. They needed comfortable and sturdy footwear for the eight hours spent on their feet. In 1954, Red Wing responded with style #101, a sturdy black oxford with a moldable insole. It could be polished to meet their uniform requirements, but tough enough for everything their day encountered. The 101 would go on to be part of the Red Wing brand for 46 years and sell over 2 million pairs. It became one of the best selling styles in company history.
MATERIALS
Full finished leathers have a smooth, polished surface that enhances the natural beauty of the leather.
SMOOTH-FINISHED LEATHER
Smooth-finished leathers have a polished surface that enhances the true beauty and quality of the leather. Only the most premium, top-quality hides are used to craft smooth-finished leathers. The result is a beautiful, classic-looking leather used to build more elegant styles, such as the Red Wing Heritage Beckman Collection. The polished look and feel of the smooth-finished leather requires more specialized care and attention to keep it maintained.
Leather: BLACK 'CHAPARRAL'
Outsole: BLACK CUSHION CREPE
Insole: LEATHER
Hardware: Black Blind Eyelets
Construction: GOODYEAR WELT
Last:
210
A last is a form shaped similarly to that of a human foot and is used by shoemakers to determine the size, toe box and heel height for the finished shoe.
Shank: Nil
SIZING & BREAK IN
In order to build a Red Wing boot to an exact size and width, the boot is constructed around a shoe last.
STYLE NO. 9197: POSTMAN
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 9197 IS BUILT USING THE NO. 210 LAST:
A last is used in shoemaking to give footwear its three-dimensional shape. Resembling the human foot, the last determines critical toe, heel and girth dimensions for fit, style and function.
  • Was designed for increased flexibility and lighter duty work
  • Fits true to size
  • Should be sized up ½ if used with a footbed or orthotic
CARE
Protect and lengthen the life of your boots with our Made in USA, specialty care products; specifically designed to help maintain the unique qualities of Red Wing leather.
PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT
Red Wing's sturdy soles, premium leathers, triple stitching and Goodyear welt construction all work together to make quality boots that will last a lifetime. It takes more than 230 steps to hand craft each pair of Red Wing Shoes but it only takes three steps to keep them clean, conditioned and protected.
REPAIR SERVICE
Red Wing Shoe Company operates our very own repair shop at our Red Wing, Minnesota, manufacturing facility.
CARE PRODUCTS FOR STYLE NO. 9197