Apparently esteemed Japanese retailer Beams and Red Wing have teamed up to release this navy blue suede version of Red Wing‘s classic work oxford. Definitely cool, and they’ll be going for some dough on ebay no doubt, but since Red Wing has so many cool collaborations and special colorways available stateside right now, we’re not convinced they’re worth the pan-pacific journey. No info on price yet, releasing some time in march.
On a related note, props to the folks in Japan who’ve been keeping the heritage side of Red Wing alive when it was long forgotten here in the states. This editor bought his first pair of “Clapton Classics” in japan in 2002, a line which was solely dedicated to Red Wing’s heritage product, in associate with Eric Clapton, years before the “heritage” line. High five.