Fragment And Red Wing Team Up For A Japanese Take On A Classic American Boot
When it comes to stylish American work boots, it is pretty hard to beat Red Wing. The company has been turning out quality footwear for over 100 years, and that heritage means longlasting boots that look just as great now as they did back in 1905. Now, the iconic brand is teaming up with Japanese streetwear visionary Hiroshi Fujiwara (via his Fragment Design label) for a new and fresh take on the timeless 4679 Moc Toe style.
The original Classic Moc was first made by Red Wing back in 1952. In the decades since, the six-inch boot has become synonymous with both classic workwear and contemporary American style. Embraced by construction workers and selvedge denim fanatics alike, the boot has reached beloved status for its hardwearing construction, sturdy traction, and all-day comfort. Now, enter designer Hiroshi Fujiwara, the master of low-key design and high-profile collaboration. (The man has worked with the likes of Nike, Supreme, Moncler, and even Eric Clapton—and his stamp of approval can turn products from ordinary to covetable.) Fujiwara tweaks the iconic boot ever so slightly by giving it a black chrome leathered design and adding sleek tonal details like black stitching and laces. The end result is a boot that comes loaded with Americana heritage and the added bonus of the design-focused features that Fujiwara is known for.
The idea of tapping a forward-thinking Japanese designer to elevate an American classic makes almost too much sense. Like much of Fujiwara’s handiwork, the boot is as easy to wear as it is to cherish—and given the Red Wing’s stellar reputation, it’s also a boot that will last you years to come.
$450, available December 20 via Red Wing.