Tales From Behind The Red Wing Shoes Frankfurt Store Counter
Last week I put the ‘Tales from behind the counter’ from the Red Wing Shoes Vienna store online. This topic is published before in the printed Red Wing Shoes Post. As these stories are so good we, Red Wing and me, decided to share the previous ones too on Long John. So here’s the second one with the tales told by Kami Hashemi from the Red Wing Shoes Frankfurt store.
Kami Hashemi from the Red Wing Shoes Frankfurt store.
The Tales By Kami Hashemi
“The last shoe on earth will be a Red Wing Shoe.” Kami, the owner of Red Wing’s oldest store in Europe, strongly believes this to be true. Located in Frankfurt, his store is considered an institute for shoe fitting, advice and service. The longer a product lasts, the more soul it accumulates. The same goes for Kami’s store, where the colorful clientele leads to surprising encounters every day. From behind the counter, Kami shares some unique stories associated with the boots he sells. And as a real ambassador of the boots, some advice is included.
The Story Of The Frankfurt 2 – Frankfurter
In the 1970’s, style #8804 was highly popular in Frankfurt, while this bright red Moc Toe boot wasn’t as appealing to the consumers in the USA. As a result, Red Wing Shoe Store Frankfurt was the only one offering this boot at that time.
One day a German guy from Frankfurt walked on the streets, far away from home, in New York City. At the end of the street he sees a man walking towards him and his eyes were drawn to his feet, where he spots a pair of red 8804’s. He looks up at his face to see the other guy staring at his boots. They were wearing the same style. He stops him and asks in German; “Hey, bist du aus Frankfurt?” (Are you from Frankfurt?). The guy replies: “Ja, klar!” (Yes obviously!). More and more people started to recognize each other as being from Frankfurt by the boots they were wearing. That is how style #8804 – former #204 – came to be known as ‘the Frankfurter’.
The construction of this boot, a Super Sole Welt, is patented by the Red Wing Shoe Company. The Welt has a special design, which makes it long lasting and lightweight. It is the lightest durable welted boot that I know and probably the reason why it became Frankfurt’s most favorite boot. The insole, called Poron, is a long lasting shock – absorbing and anti-bacterial insole that is one of a kind! I saw a 30-year old pair of boots with that insole still in perfect shape.
Where to wear a pair of Frankfurters? It’s more about when to take them off. Beach, maybe. Bathroom, probably. Bed, possibly.
The Story Of The Style #1178
”Eight years ago two English tourists entered my shop. “Hey what’s up with the old boots in the window?” one of them asked me. I told them they were a pair of 15-year old #1178 Pecos boots that were a gift from one of our customers. We saved them for our vintage collection. “Can I buy them?” he asked. I showed him a new pair on the shelf and said, “You can buy those.”
“Ok,” he replied, “but how long does it take for the new ones to look like these?” I said, “Probably about seven years, depending on what you do with them.’’ “Oh no,” he said, “I don’t have seven years, I need them now!”“Ok,” I said and gave back his credit card. “I can’t sell you boots that we received for free from another customer, so if you really want them, you can just take them.” He looked at me in disbelief, then gave me a massive hug and happily left with his new old boots.
Years later there was an article in the German Musikexpress about singers and their outfits on stage. One of the interviewed artists told a nice story. “We were in Frankfurt and passed by a Red Wing Shoe Store. I saw some old worn-out Red Wing boots in the window and went into the store right away. It turned out the boots were part of a little museum they had there and were not for sale. I really wanted them because they looked so cool. Then the owner just gave me the shoes for free! Isn’t that fantastic?”
It turned out that the guy was Liam Howlett, member of The Prodigy. Wearing Pecos is a lifestyle. That girl or guy is different than you and me. No laces is a statement. That’s how they go through life. They like it easy. There is no need to lace the boot perfectly every morning like other people do. Just step in and start your day.”
Red Wing Frankfurt
60311 Frankfurt am Main
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Pics by Christian Schramm.
Read also previous Tales From Behind The Red Wing Shoes Vienna Store Counter here.