Author’s Note: It’s throw back time! Like most things Red Wing, this discussion with Bill Gardner, Owner of Red Wing Richmond, stands up to the test of time! Originally blogged in 2012, you’ll find that over the last 6 years, not much has changed about our approach to doing business here in Richmond. We still provide the world’s best work boots, and we still go above and beyond to provide service after the sale.
Originally Published Nov. 20, 2012
Meet Bill Gardner
During a recent interview, Bill Gardner, the owner of Red Wing Shoes in Richmond, Virginia, shared his thoughts on what separates Red Wing from the competition, what makes their boots special, and what about their approach to service has their customers coming back time and time again.
Red Wing Richmond, a Family Tradition
While the story of Red Wing Shoes itself may be well known, how it came to Continue reading
Athletic shoes come in all shapes and sizes, for all types of athletes! Playing a sport? Just need some more athleticism in your shoes for your day to day tasks? Red Wing Richmond has a great solution!
Plenty of our customers fall into the “industrial athlete” category. This means they need something flexible, yet supportive, and durable, yet comfortable.
We are proud of our long standing reputation as Richmond’s finest provider in durable work boots. However, we’re also expanding our product selection to meet the changing needs of so many of our current and future customers. We’re excited to bring our new athletic shoe line to Richmond!
Athletic Shoes for Industrial Athletes
Like all of our footwear, Red Wing’s athletic shoes are built to perform under the most stressful of conditions. These shoes are specifically designed for both warehouse workers and light industrial workers.
They are light, comfortable and flexible for fast, quick, and precise movement throughout the Continue reading
Our stores are Richmond originals!
By now, you no doubt know that Red Wing Shoes is globally renown for its quality craftsmanship in work boots. What you might not know is that your local Red Wing stores are actually that – local!
National Brand. Local Store.
Our Red Wing Shoe store is independently owned, and the folks work in all three of our awesome Red Wing stores in the area have called Richmond home for generations. Since 1986, they’ve poured their blood, sweat, and tears into our stores (and Gardner’s Shoes,) and we wouldn’t have it any other way!
The hard-earned dollars you spend on work boots at Red Wing Richmond, mostly stay in Richmond. They go to the many Richmonders that make up our excellent staff, and those folks spend it locally. That means tour money stays right here in the River city… and goes on to support other local businesses in RVA, Continue reading
If you want maximum comfort from your boot, getting the right fit for your work boots (or any boots/shoes for that matter) is an absolutely essential first step.
If you’re like most folks, you were sized and fitted for shoes at some point in your life, but most likely that was many years prior to today. Just like your waistline, your feet can actually change over time. Our point? You should never assume you know exactly the right size in any footwear!
Get the Perfect Fit in the Perfect Boot
Everyone’s feet are different. Most brand’s sizing is different. Furthermore, some shoes within the same brand might have a different fit! With so much variation, it’s crucial that you get properly fitted by a professional for each and every pair of boots you buy. When it comes to proper-fitting footwear, there is no such thing as one size fits all!
All our employees at Continue reading
With the recent snowstorm, winter boots have been flying off the shelves! After a very mild start to winter, with a string of warm days, including a 70+ degree day on Christmas, the script has flipped and it’s nothing but cold! If you’ve noticed in the last couple of weeks that your old boots just aren’t cutting it, it’s probably time to pick up a nice pair of winter boots from Red Wing to tackle the cold.
A Massive Selection of Winter Boots
At Red Wing, we don’t carry boots built only for winter weather. We don’t think that’s a good approach. After all, you’re not just wearing cold-weather boots because it’s cold outside, you’re wearing them because it’s cold outside… and you have a job to do.
Instead, what we offer are simply great boots, that are built to be capable of getting any job done, all while withstanding extreme cold and adverse weather. Continue reading
Free Boot Cleaning Right Now!
Red Wing Richmond is excited to offer our legendary free boot cleaning service (known as our “30 Day Service Program”) on all boots, brands and makes right now! You heard right… we don’t mind what brand of boot you wear, where you bought those boots, how long you’ve owned them or what condition they are in!
We will clean your boots for free right now!
Why We Offer Free Boot Cleaning
So why would we offer free boot cleaning to everyone? We know that once you experience our legendary service, you’ll think twice about shopping anywhere else in the future. We want to give you a taste of what doing business with us is all about, and most importantly how we treat each and every customer for which we have the honor of serving.
This is what our “30 Day Service Program” entails:
Change the laces (as needed)
Rotate the eyelets (as Continue reading
#ThrowBackThursday! Boot Resoling at Red Wing Richmond (Originally published in 2015)
At Red Wing Shoes Richmond we don’t just sell the most popular work shoes and boots, we also help you to maintain them and, when needed, we repair them as well. With that in mind, we wanted to give you a quick behind the scenes look at what goes into the boot resoling process at Red Wing Richmond!
Your boots will need to be resoled every few years! It’s just part of wearing them! However, we employ skilled repair and service technicians that can fix just about anything on your Red Wings. If you need boot resoling service, bring your boots to Red Wing Richmond! See how it’s done in the video below!
First we remove the old damaged sole. Next, we use a high speed sander to smooth things out! We sand the bottom of the boot, as well as Continue reading
At Red Wing Richmond, we understand that customers want to know as much information as possible before investing in a high quality, long lasting pair of work boots. We’re here to help! We’d like to start by addresssing a common question we hear from potential customers almost daily. That questions is this: What are the major differences between composite toe boots and steel toe boots?
Both steel toe and composite toe boots have their advantages. What is most important to us when recommending a work boot varies greatly. Certain lifestyles, jobs, and feet require certain boots. Let’s continue our investigation of steel toe and composite toe benefits below!
Advantages of Steel Toe Boots
Steel toed work boots have been the standard protection in safety boots for decades now, and for good reason.
As most hard working men and women know, steel is an incredibly strong and durable metal. A well made steel toe cap can protect your Continue reading
Throwback time! Take a look at this great, in the field review of our boots Vaprtrek 2863’s from December of 2014!
You’ve heard all the claims and you know our reputation, but what about an independent, non-biased, in-the-field Red Wing Boots review? See below! Our guy is a not paid endorser nor has any affiliation with Red Wing Richmond (besides being a customer.) He takes his new Vaprtrek 2863’s on a hunt in Sussex County, and has quite a bit to say about their performance in his review!
Model of Boot: Vaprtrek 2863
Size: 11.5 EE
Weight: 2 lbs. 6oz.
Height: 8 Inches
Insulation: 800 Grams, Thinsulate
Construction: Leather full grain and waterproof, Full Rubber-Clad Top, Stretch-Fit Cement Construction, Armatec Performance Fit System, Mud Claw Self Cleaning Sole, Ankle collar is memory foam with comfort tongue and speed lacing system.
Topography and Climate Conditions of evaluation area.
The field trial for the Vaprtrek 2863 review Continue reading
We’re excited to introduce 2 new pairs of Irish Setter pull on boots: boot 83926 and boot 83930! These purpose-built Irish Setters are all about fit, function, and flair. Though they sport an attractive and distinctive look, these beauties are built to perform in a number of tough working conditions. Read on!
Pull On Boots
Pull on boots from Red Wing Shoes are the best way to get a comfortable, durable and rugged boot without all the hassle of lacing them up every time. They are specially molded by master cobblers to allow for your feet to slide in and out easily without being loose whatsoever. What happens when you couple the inherent benefits of pull on boots with Red Wing work boot technology? You’ve got a fantastic work boot!
Irish Setter Pull On Boots- 83926 and 83930
Irish Setter 83926 and 83930 are 11 inch, pull on work boots. Called “Marshall” boots, they have Continue reading