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Red Wing Shoes’ 8833 Hawthorne Abilene Boots

After the drop of the special Mario boots earlier this week, Red Wing Shoes comes with more exciting news. Their best-selling Moc Toe style boot gets a fresh spin for Spring Summer with the release of the 8833 Hawthorne Abilene roughout leather version.

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The Styles That Debuted First In Japan

The Red Wing Shoes 8833 Hawthorne Abilene is an archival leather that was first introduced by the American footwear brand in 1959. In 1989, it debuted in the Japanese market as a limited edition 6-inch Moc, sold with the Irish Setter branding. The material in this style was hugely popular and has been iconic in Japan ever since. Now, for the very first time, Red Wing Shoes brings it in line and offers it globally.

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The Special Roughout Leather

The special roughout leather on Red Wing’s 8833 style is often compared to suede, but there are important differences to note. Suede is made by splitting off the grain, which makes the leather thinner, weaker, and more susceptible to scuffs. In contrast, Red Wing roughout leathers are full-grain, meaning the grain structure remains intact and retains its strength. Roughout leather is often considered to be the most durable due to its naturally water-resistant qualities and easily cleanable surface texture.

This leather type develops a beautiful, worn-in patina over time, making this a boot that can be worn during spring, but easily transition and complement darker fall styles too.

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Red Wing About The 8833 Boots

”We were inspired by natural earth tones this season, bringing forward a new light and optimistic leather on our most iconic silhouette. Hawthorne Abilene leather has a long-standing history in our line and has become a fan-favorite as it provides a nice lived-patina with wear.”

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Written by Wouter Munnichs
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine, I'm working as a freelance denim specialist for the industry. Titled as 'Denim Influencer 2020' by Rivet 50. Celebrated my 10th anniversary with Long John in 2021.