Favorite Black Boots

Red Wing Heritage Boots for Women

Do you have a beloved pair of boots? They’re a great part of a uniform, but they take such a beating in rainy/slushy/salty weather. This year, I’ve been wearing a pair from Red Wing, a brand that makes beautiful shoes that last a lifetime. Here are a few photos…

Red Wing Heritage Boots for Women

Here are my Harriets, Red Wing’s take on the Chelsea boot. They are incredibly comfortable, and I love how rugged they feel while still looking sleek. Funnily enough, Alex has worn a pair of Red Wings for more than 20 years, and they look so great and worn-in. We were both psyched to see them launch their Women’s Heritage collection last fall.

Red Wing Heritage Boots for Women

Red Wing Heritage Boots for Women

Red Wing started in 1905 in Red Wing, Minnesota, and has had a serious cult following ever since. For years, women bought boots from the Red Wing Men’s Heritage collection and sized down to get the right fit. But, last year, Allison Gettings, a fourth-generation owner of the company, decided to go into the company’s archive and revive its women’s collection from the 1920s — and needless to say, fans of the brand were thrilled.

Red Wing Heritage Boots for Women

How lovely is the stacked wood heel? Red Wing boots have been made in America for 110 years from the best quality materials, including leather that’s processed in their own tannery. (Check out this photo of C.E. Beckman, the founder of Red Wing, wearing the men’s version of my boots a hundred years ago!)

Red Wing Heritage Boots for Women

If you’d like a new pair of boots you’ll wear for decades, I’d highly recommend Red Wing. (It’s funny to think that I could be wearing these in my sixties!) You can find the whole line for women here. (These are so pretty, too.)

(Photos by Ana Gambuto for Cup of Jo, shot at the Brooklyn store Regular Visitors. This post is sponsored by Red Wing, which strives to make “indispensable footwear for independent women,” a mission we love. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Cup of Jo.)

  1. Lovely! Currently my favorites are Joie’s ‘Hayleigh over-the-knee boots’ I now have them in a second color ♡

  2. SC says...

    I may need to get them bec I’ve been thinking bout them all week.. Wanted to share that I found that you can sign up for emails and receive 10% off at Infinity Shoes! Free shipping too! Happy almost weekend to all. xx https://www.infinityshoes.com/onestepcheckout/index/

  3. jessie says...

    oh holy moses, i want these. out of my price range, so i guess i’ll be stalking ebay!

  4. Lizzie says...

    This is so funny. I’m from the Detroit area and I’ve seen Red Wing shoe stores around town but I always thought it was a hockey equipment store or something because the logo looks just like the one for our hockey team the Detroit Red Wings. Haha.

  5. Yazi says...

    I love your coat! May I ask where you got it from?

  6. Kelly says...

    I have these exact boots and love them so. much. When I’m wearing them and walk by a mirrored window, I have to stop myself from admiring my reflection too obviously, haha. They are just beautiful boots, and, as you say, they will last forever, so the cost per wear is practically zero ;)

    Also, as someone pointed out above, the heel is actually stacked leather, not wood! Even better!

  7. Ann says...

    I grew up knowing about red wing as shoes for men. NEVER knew there were women’s shoes now!

  8. bisbee says...

    I love these boots…they are right up my alley. I may put them off for a while (due to other purchases), but I will order them at some point.

    • bisbee says...

      Forgot to say…it would have been wonderful if they had worked out a discount code for your readers…that would have encouraged me to order now!

  9. Gwendolyn says...

    Do you have a Cup of Jo discount code?

    Gwen

  10. Patricia says...

    I’m 67 so I could be rocking these boots in my 120s? Awesome!

    • kaela says...

      Favorite comment. :)

  11. Ann says...

    My husband is an Ironworker (Local 40) and eats and breathes his Redwings. For 22 years ( the time we have been together)
    and he probably has owned 2 pairs of ‘regular’ shoes in that time but has gone through umpteen upon umpteen upon umpteen pairs of Redwings. They have seen him through the length and breadth of Manhattan through some good times and some awful times way up there on the steel.

  12. Loesie says...

    Boots are great! But… your jacket! Your jacket! Where did you get it!?! It’s both adorable as well as sophisticated as well as just gorgeous! Please tell me where you bought it!!! Thanks so much!!! XO

  13. I am SWOONING over these boots. I’ve reached the point in my life where I want to buy well-made classic shoes, and these look perfect! As always, I love your style!

  14. Lauren says...

    Those are gorgeous!

  15. My steel toed work boots are from Red Wing’s women’s professional line. They are 5 years old, beat up and tattered from many a long field day, but I love them so.

  16. Maggie says...

    Midwest pride over here!
    My husband has had his Red Wing boots for nine years and I asked him this year if he wanted me to take them in to get them conditioned/polished and he freaked out–that’s a no, apparently ;)

    Also, I appreciate the comments above regarding the cost of the boots (and quality made products in general). I have tried to stay away from “fast fashion” because the cost, instead of being carried by the consumer, is instead borne by the laborer who produced the product at a less than liveable wage, and the environment because the products are not sustainably made and due to poor quality, are disposed of after relatively few wears. Additionally, there is often more “intellectual capital” invested in boots and products produced at a company like Red Wing, which is worthy of respect.

    It’s not a hill that everybody has to die on, but one deserving of consideration. Thanks Joanna, and CoJ!

  17. Wow, you can see the quality on those! I can never decide on the style of black booties I want, but I already have my staple brown!

    xo, Sofia
    http://www.thecozie.co

  18. Amy says...

    Love that an American company is being highlighted by cup of jo. Normally I disregard the branded posts on cup of jo because the items aren’t made in the usa or fair trade. Would love to see more consciously made items highlighted on this blog.

  19. Oh my gosh, these are exactly what I’m looking for. I have a pair of Naturalizer Chelsea boots that I love but are literally falling apart. I wear them every day and need something else that will be sustainable for how much wear I put on them (walked all around Europe in these bad boys). This far exceeds the amount I’ve ever spent on any article of clothing, but if they really last forever, I think they’re worth the investment. Also, the heel is the PERFECT height – not too high, not too low. Thanks for sharing and will be for sure adding these to my wishlist. <3
    http://www.wonderlandsam.com

  20. This picture is what a Joanna siting would look like if I were visiting NYC! How excited I would be to meet you. haha.

    • Erin Ladue says...

      I had been a reader for a while and was looking for a restaurant Jo had recommended. Lost, my mother and I bumped into her, Alex and Toby. (This was pre Anton.) I chatted with her. My mom bonded over the Sf Giants with Alex and she walked us to the restaurant. It was like running into a friend. Sweet and real as she seems.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, erin, you are so sweet!!! i remember that!!! :) #cafeclunyforever

  21. N. Rogers says...

    Love the boots and went on their website. Wonder why the women’s boots are priced much higher than the men’s boots and there is less material?1?

    • June2 says...

      Totally. If anything, women’s items should be priced %21 LESS than men’s as that’s how much less we earn generally … These are really nice boots though, love them!

  22. Jess says...

    Those are gorgeous but if I’m going to spend that much I need a boot that works on ice and snow, too!

    Hopefully you can feature more
    moderate price points in the future.

  23. Katie says...

    What a kick-ass sponsor! I was so stoked to hear about their women’s collection, and bought a pair of the Moc-toe boots. They’re so comfortable and make me feel so confident!
    You do have a little error in your text, though, as I believe the Harriet heel is made of stacked leather :)

  24. I had no idea RedWings makes boots for women! My fiance is OBSESSED with his and talks about them all the time…who knew I could do the same?!

  25. Rachael says...

    Ankle boots are tough for me, because I am very short and a bit hippy (wide hips) and most ankle boots cut me off and make me look…stumpy. Madewell’s Janice boots have answered my prayers. The ankle is fairly fitted and has a lower cut, which is more flattering to my frame than the cut of most booties. I have then in 2 colors!

  26. MK says...

    I was wondering if anyone has good tips on how to care for leather boots. I have a beautiful pair from Madewell and particularly in NYC, they really take a beating! Slush and salt are not good for leather.
    I actually posed this question over email to Madewell and they were like- “go see a leather specialist.”
    Would love it if anyone has thoughts!

    • Jessica says...

      I picked up some Boot Rescue wipes from Target (haven’t tried them yet), they are supposed to be leather-safe and clean away dirt and salt stains. (Tip: they came in smaller quantities in the store than online). It might be best to follow up with some shoe polish depending on the state of your boots and your preferences.

    • L says...

      Check out the section on the Red Wing website called Care – lots of great options to try. We always used mink oil in our family to care for our leather boots and water proof them.

    • Loesie says...

      Hubby says clean them often. He also puts those wooden things with a spiral on them in his shoes so they keep their shape. They are kinda foot shaped, made from wood and have a stretchy spiral attached to them. Sorry I have no clue what they’re called in English…
      Hope it helps nevertheless!
      XO from the Netherlands

    • Kirsten says...

      Seconding L on the mink oil! I apply this a couple of times a season and it does wonders.

  27. Red Wing is very double, and I feel it changed the mind of fashion recently. The Heritage collection can go with dress-up and dress-down. My husband bought the pair and loves it. He used to hike and wear to work. The pictures are on the website and Instagram: http://www.breakingmiddleclass.com/

    • Kendra says...

      I have to echo atsuko…my husband wears his Red Wings in the winter, on hikes, AND when he needs to dress up. He’s had his for a few years now, and they get even better with time. I am so excited I can get my own now!

  28. Kathleen says...

    You look amazing Jo! And the Red Wing mission statement is the best I’ve ever seen!!

  29. Kirsten says...

    I am obsessed with these! I have been looking for a durable Chelsea boot for what seems like forever and these made me swoon. This is definitely a stretch for my budget but I may have to start saving…

    One question: I am sure that the leather will last absolutely forever, but do you have any concerns about the elastic gusset getting stretched out or disintegrating over time? Does RedWing offer replacement of that piece if it wears out?

  30. Cynthia says...

    Check out the DSW.com for Frye boots, and also Nordstrom.com has several styles on sale. I have a pair that’s seven years old and I’ve had them re-heeled twice, and when the time comes, I can have them re-soled. I lucked out because I bought mine at Ross Dress For Less, and I wasn’t even looking for Frye boots, but they were having a big sale and mine were $100. At that point in time, it was a lot of money and I had never wanted Frye boots because they were beyond my budget. My style has been discontinued, but that doesn’t bother me. I remember coming home with them, and telling my husband I had been bad, but he said they were an investment purchase. He should know, because he was a shoe salesman and a buyer for a shoe store in his younger years. I look at things in terms of having a few quality pieces that will last, as opposed to replacing inexpensive stuff every few years.

    • Elle says...

      Frye boots are mostly made in Mexico and China now, although they still price them all as if they were made in the USA. Always check to see where the boot you are trying on is made. The quality will vary, as you’d expect for Chinese and Mexican products.

  31. I love these boots!!! They are so sleek looking but seem extremely functional! Thanks Joanna!

  32. Crosby says...

    I purchased a pair of the women’s 6in mocs this year and they are amazing! Rugged, stylish, and I love the crepe sole. I’m firmly in the tomboy style camp, so the ones that you’ve featured here may appeal to more women, but all their boots are amazing quality. Thank you for featuring a great American company!

  33. Alice says...

    Your whole outfit wowed me this morning! The coat, the jeans, the hair, the smile – all perfect!
    I had a pair that looked similar in the mid 90’s! I wish I still had them but they fell apart after four years. Which leads me to – I would definitely pay that much for a pair to last me. Think of the cost of five pairs of boots over twenty years, to one well-made and appropriately priced pair… That’s if all boots last four years, even. I have a pair of Camper boots that I wear into the ground every winter and they’re going strong at six years, looking loved, and better for it. They weren’t cheap but not too pricey. I don’t think they’ll last twenty years though.
    I think it’s great that Jo is backing sustainable fashion. However, it’s only in my 30’s that I started being able to afford those prices, and even then it’s an investment, so I get both sides of the discussion. For some, they’re just not affordable.
    Jo – any idea if these are good for us wide-footed folk?
    Or perhaps a boot tip-off post for us? You do seem to know your booties!

    • Katie says...

      I tried on several pairs of the Red Wing collection, and I think they run pretty standard/narrow. If you usually buy wide styles, these may be too snug.

  34. Lisa Towle says...

    Will be buying the boots today, and would love to buy that sweater jacket- where is it from?

  35. Becca says...

    These are lovely! While here in Australia we don’t need to worry about snow :) i think I could happily wear these! It’s interesting seeing the comments about the price of these beauties- here in Australia this would definitely be a comparative price for similarly well-made shoes. That sort of quality does cost but if bought with longevity in mind I think it’s worth the money (instead of $100 pair that will disongergrate after a season)

  36. Marianne says...

    Love the coat!

  37. These black boots add to your personality and outfit.

  38. Emma Bee says...

    Please note that not all shoes that are for sale on their website or in their stores are made in the USA. It should state the manufacturing origin so you can still select (if you wish) those that were made here.

    I also have made in USA Redwing boots for work (environmental consulting) but they are steel toe and heavy! I also use them for yard work. Great quality.

    • Erin says...

      Ha! I’m an environmental consultant too and use the same boots. I find the steel toe COLD in the winter but, I love my boots. So much better than buying men’s boots that I wouldn’t have fit into.

  39. Emma says...

    I wear my Clara redwings every day!!!

  40. Heather says...

    So glad to see a company featured here that’s US made! I would love to see more!

    I started buying clothes and accessories only from companies who have ethical production standards almost exactly a year ago, which has lead to discovering and purchasing from many wonderful US brands! It’s been one of the best life tweaks I’ve ever made. I buy far fewer things (which is also a personal goal) but those I do buy get considered carefully and used often!

    To the readers who have a hard time with the cost for high quality items like these boots: I feel you! However, I read a comment somewhere that has stuck with me ever since (I’m paraphrasing here)–we should remember that someone always pays. If the cost for me is low, that probably means the cost to the worker who made the thing, or the environment (or usually both) was high.

    When I started to reframe it that way, it just made sense to adjust my pricing expectations and make fewer purchases. Maybe I just helped somebody justify buying these boots, ha!

    • Lora says...

      I would love to know what brands you’ve discovered! I too have made a similar decision and am always looking for new brands that are thickly made!

    • Karen T. says...

      “If the cost for me is low, that probably means the cost to the worker who made the thing, or the environment (or usually both) was high.”–Love this and such an important message to remember!

    • Laura says...

      I’d love to know some of the great, ethical shops you’ve discovered!

    • Yes I’d love to hear your thoughts about ethical American-made brands too! I’ve been working on this myself and am always interested in learning about brands I may have missed.

    • Heather says...

      So excited to see some like-minded ladies here! Here’s some off-the-top-of-my-head favorites, either producing in the US or ethically abroad:

      Elizabeth Suzann
      Amour Vert
      Tradlands
      Bridge and Burn
      Jamie and the Jones
      Pyne & Smith
      Sevilla Smith
      Reifhaus
      Not Perfect Linen
      Calder Blake
      St James

      Also! If you haven’t already, you should check out these two blogs:

      http://www.seasons-and-salt.com

      http://www.stylebee.ca

      These two ladies shop ethically and have great style too! Both of their sites have a nice section that lists ethical companies that they like.

      One last tip! Nordstrom has a decent number of products made domestically, which you can find by searching “USA made” on their site. You can find a few from Anthropologie that way too.

  41. Tessa says...

    How’s the grip on the bottoms? Are you comfortable walking on snow and ice?

  42. Vanessa says...

    I’ve been dying to buy these boots all winter! Glad to know we have similar tastes!

  43. Andrea says...

    My first steel toes were Red Wings & they served me well! For casual, rockin’ boots, like many others have already noted, I’m partial to my Frye boots. Nice to hear that Red Wings are offering stylish options for women beyond steel toes and if my Fryes **ever** wear out I’ll give then a try. The price for both Red Wings and Frye are justified by the fact that they both last FOREVER (as in FOREVER).

  44. Sarah says...

    Beautiful boots, and coat! You look amazing!

    As someone who cringes when paying $60 for decent running shoes, it’ll be awhile before I get any of these. Will definitely be on the hunt for affordable option now that I’ve seen these.

  45. Sahil khan says...

    I like red Wings boots but how can purchase this boots in India .

  46. KJ says...

    I was so excited to see this post! My grandfather worked at the Red Wing Shoe Company for many years and would get such a kick out of knowing that they are now popular among the fashion set.

  47. So classic and beautiful!!

  48. Krystin says...

    Love cup of jo and the always thoughtful posts, but the price point is unrealistic. Would love alternative options.

    • *Sigh*…gotta agree with you. I love this website and have discovered MANY amazing products through it (RMS Living Luminzer…PRAISE), but with many items the prices are totally unrealistic. I wish there were cheaper options too, but I appreciate that they most of the products on here are high-quality and not just fast-fashion.

    • Claire says...

      With respect, please empathize that just because the cost is unrealistic for you (and me!) doesn’t mean it is unrealistic for everyone. Jo can’t give alternatives to these boots at a lower price point because it really doesn’t exist. She can have lower quality boots at a lower price point (and does so frequently). But if the worker is being paid fairly (which, presumably, they are) and the product isn’t synthetic/ is quality, the product will need to cost more so the producer can afford to sell them.
      http://www.redwingheritage.com/us/USD/page/how-made
      We all should support handmade American products AND the people who can afford to support them for those of us who can’t!

  49. these are gorgeous. my husband has worn red wings forever – loves them! I’m psyched to see they’re making women’s shoes now. (those tie up heeled ones are awesome.)

  50. How cute! I’ve been wearing a pair of red wings to work for 5 years (on my feet 8+ hours each shift) and they’re still going strong! Solid brand. Love that they have cuter styles now.

  51. Em says...

    LOVE these boots. These are definitely going on the wish list. I’ve been eyeing Madewell’s chelsea boot but I’ve heard mixed reviews and also was hoping for a lower heel. Thanks for featuring cool brands! I bought a Lo & Sons bag per your recommendation a while back, and have also been coveting Cuyana stuff as well. Good picks.

  52. Those are great boots! I love that there’s a bit of a heel but not too high. I bought a pair of chelsea boots this year (from a local shoemaker – Poppy Barley) and I love them so much. I think splurging on a pair of great leather boots that will survive snowy winters for many years is essential.

    • Rachael says...

      I am saving for a pair of poppy barleys! :)

  53. Barbara says...

    Minnesota Proud!

    Here, dads and grandfathers pass down their red wing boots to the next generation. My husband’s pair from his father are at least 60 years old!

    I gave a pair to each of my sons in law as a gift years ago and they still wear them all the time.

    I have had my eye on boots for me, next.

  54. Amy says...

    Love them but would LOVE a coupon even more 😊

  55. Jo says...

    These boots are lovely! The heel is low enough that it’d be comfortable to walk in.

  56. Sherri says...

    Love your style! I invested in a pair of Frye boots this year. They’re green suede and impractical and I love them.

  57. I went to college in Texas, and all the boys wore Redwings. When they bought a new pair, they’d tie them to the trailer hitch on the back of their pickup (because they always drove a pickup) and go drive down country roads. The point was, obviously, to get that lived-in look. They wore them with khaki pants and baseball caps, and it was so charming and hunky that I’ve loved a pair of Redwings ever-since. My husband (a Texas boy with a pickup) wears his often. They last forever, are comfortable and go from day to night. :). I never thought to get myself a pair, but I’m changing that pronto! Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Amy

  58. Rachel says...

    HOORAY MN BRANDS! (I see I’m not the only one–people in college were always a little taken aback by the intense state pride we Minnesota natives have.) My dad has worn Red Wing boots for work ever since I can remember (he’s a contractor) and we’ve been on family vacation to Red Wing, oddly enough. It’s a gorgeous town in the Mississippi River Valley with bike trails and shops and one really great pie place I remember to this day (even though the vacation was at least ten years ago).

  59. Victoria says...

    RedWings have a serious cult following here in Minnesota. They’re so wonderful! Minnesotan’s are known for durable, quality products. You have to be! These boots are beautiful!

  60. Julie says...

    Muckboots. I wear them all day and highly recommend them. They’re warm, and you can simply hose off the manure at the end of the day.

  61. Are they clicky-clacky? I’ve had bad luck with wooden-heeled footwear in the past…

  62. *Sigh* the problem with Red Wing and Frye is that all their shoes are so beautiful, but I’m just not financially in a place where I can be spending $300+ on boots, even if they’ll last me 20 years. I usually max out at $150. I just bought a pair of Harley Davidson (which is hilarious considering I’d never, ever ride a motorcycle!) combat boots that are amazing, but I’m currently drooling over the Red Wing’s Clara and Frye’s Sabrina and the Veronica Combat.

    Does Alex condition his boots to get them to last that long? I know leather conditioning is a thing and I’m looking for tips to extending the life of my new and much-loved boots! I feel like there are a lot of old-timey things people used to do to take care of their possessions that mostly don’t get talked about in our culture of products often being made cheaply and with an expiration date!

    • If your boots need conditioning, you can take them into a redwing store and they will do it for you for free!

    • Omg that’s amazing!!!! Thanks for the info!

  63. karen says...

    Nothing like Red Wings. I have been wearing them for many many years. Way before they made ’em for ladies. My grandfather was an immigrant from Macedonia and came through Ellis Island. He opened a shoe repair, shoe shine, Red Wing Store. Love’em. The smell is divine.
    I read The Mare, whew! I have been so blessed and my Children , too. Glad you mentioned it.

  64. Vanessa says...

    LOL! I have a pair of Red Wing steel toe boots that I had to purchase to wear to the construction site (I’m a Civil Engineer). I had no idea they sold fashion shoes. :)

    • Kate says...

      Ha, my husband works at a large chemical company where all employees are required to own a pair of Red Wings…even though mh husband works in the corporate finance department where his worst injury would be stubbing his toe on the copier!

    • Alex says...

      I have some for my chemical engineering position too! Must say… they are not nearly as cute as the ones that Jo is wearing :)

  65. Laura says...

    Minnesota NICE!

  66. THE TIMING! sometimes i swear COJ is reading my mind. literally THIS. MORNING. I was in a meeting and zoning out and admiring the boots of one of my male coworkers and I thought to myself “I bet those are Red Wings.” And then followed that thought up with the thought “I think I need to invest in some Red Wing boots. It’s time.”

    And NOW, I need to.

  67. susan says...

    The Carol Red Wings are lovely–but look like out of stock sadly. Guess I may have to do some hunting.

  68. My brothers girlfriend is from Minnesota! I’ll have to ask here about these, they seem totally her style, so I wouldn’t be surprised if she has a few pairs :)

  69. Katherine says...

    Girl! Joanna! You are looking so great! What a killer outfit!!

  70. ellery garland says...

    hi!

    first off–such a big fan of yours. I read your blog religiously and love everything about it.

    I love the shoes but am also DYING over that coat!! where did you get?

    xoxo,
    ellery

    • Bindi says...

      Omg! Stop with this coat! I this coat!!

  71. Love that you’re writing about a Minnesota brand! (I have MN pride, what can I say :) My husband has been wearing the Iron Ranger for a couple years and I’ve always loved that sturdy boot style for when it’s cold and icy outside in a tough MN winter, but there is not enough snow on the ground that you need full-on snow boots. I bought the 6-in moc style (http://www.redwingheritage.com/us/USD/product/womens-footwear/6-moc-oro-legacy-03375) this fall and absolutely LOVE it. I can wear them anywhere and everywhere, and in any terrain without worrying about them. You can beat them up and they’ll still look fantastic for years to come. The thick sole is incredibly comfortable and didn’t need any time to break in. I love the outdoorsy/menswear-inspired style of the shoe. I wear it with dark skinny jeans, a thick and beautiful cashmere sweater, and delicate jewelry. Love that combo.

  72. Abesha1 says...

    Frye engineer boots.

  73. Tori says...

    How freaking chic are you!!! Love that coat.

  74. Love! My husband also has Red Wings and they, of course, have quite a following among guys here in Denver. This is a splurge I can TOTALLY get him on board with!

  75. Kayla says...

    I have been swooning over the Harriet and Clara boots since they were released! Do they fit true-to-size?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      definitely. i wear a size 10 (with slightly wide feet) and these were perfect.

  76. Caro says...

    You are looking great. Lovely coat! You should wear more colourful, bolder clothes more often. It suits you!

  77. Sarah says...

    The boots are great, but lets talk about your Jeans! Girl, you look great! and I need new jeans, so spill :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      you’re so sweet! they’re from ayr: http://bit.ly/2kvpGYn

  78. Tiffany says...

    Ugh! This heritage collection is beautiful. As a tall woman (6’2″) with big-ass feet (size 12), I sent them a message essentially begging them to make some of the more feminine styles in size 12. There is a drought in this world for quality workmanship AND bigger sizes for women. Everything seems disposable but I want to wear those Harriets for the rest of my life.

    • Tiffany says...

      update: They responded SO promptly to my message and they were so kind! They have received multiple requests like mine and are sending them on. The message ended with: “If it makes you feel better there is a handful of us here in the offices too hoping they release both wider options and at least a size 12 if not 13 this fall for us women who are awesomely above average.”

  79. Oh my goodness, these sound amazing! I LOVE that Alex has been wearing them for 20 years and your whole ensemble here! If I wasn’t trying to shift toward zero-drop shoes, I would try to invest in some for sure. Kind of messes with my love of chic shoes. (Anyone else into minimal footwear, I just got a custom flat from The Drifters Leather online!)

    • Abesha1 says...

      Check out Soft Star Shoes! The Ballerine flat with a sheepskin insole… you can customize the colors, and they’re heaven.

  80. shannon says...

    My husband has RedWings and l.o.v.e.s. them. Their customer service is outstanding, which is exactly what you want after purchasing boots made to last decades!

    I have a different brand’s version of the Lillian boot. They go with everything, and I get compliments on them all the time. But they are not RedWing quality, so after they wear out I will have to consider upgrading to the real deal.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      alex is the same! he got them in 1997 and says he still gets complimented on them more than anything else he owns. :)

  81. I’ve been a fan of Red Wings for years, but they are just too expensive for me to pull the trigger. I wish they had given you a coupon for readers to use!

    • Sarah Kang says...

      i hear you, chaucee! when deciding whether or not to buy a splurge item, i always try to think about the “cost per wear.” it keeps me from buying a pretty dress i’ll wear once and helps me feel good about buying a great-fitting pair of jeans or quality shoes that i’ll wear hundreds and hundreds of times.

  82. Agata says...

    Joanna, you look stunningly. Love those photos and shoes!

  83. Trish says...

    Blundstones – will never live without them. Blunnies and a skirt are my go to daily uniform.

  84. These boots are gorgeous! I have a problem with my big toe that requires me to wear shoes with solid soles with no bend (ie. clogs and pretty much nothing else!) so I’ve been living in Swedish Hasbeens boots. I love them, but would love to be able to wear something a little less “clunky” again :)

    • Twyla says...

      Sally – I have the same problem, and find wearing orthotics makes a big difference. It keeps the sole of the shoe or boot fairly stable giving me more footwear options. If you have insurance for orthotics I highly recommend getting them.

  85. I love my tall black boots. They have a very low heel, flat really, but the tall length of leather makes them look dressy.

  86. Elly says...

    These are nice! Are they really clacky? I love my Madewell Billie booties, but they are SO LOUD.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha no actually! there’s a very small bit of rubber at the bottom of the heel, so they’re quiet and comfortable.

    • Rebecca says...

      I love clacky as a descriptor!

  87. Katie says...

    I want to see Alex’s 20 year old boots!!

    • Anna says...

      Second! Please update this post with a photo of Alex’s. This request comes from a Minnesota-girl if that carries any weight for this particular post!

  88. OMG, do not say 60’s! I just can’t even handle it. ;) Those are gorgeous boots, though.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha i know! but my mom is visiting and she’s 64 and seems so young :)

  89. My wonderful friends opened a store in Astoria called The StoneWork. They sell both men and women’s Red Wing boots! They’re very supportive of American Made companies and local artists. It’s a lovely shop owned by very loving people. Check them out :)

  90. Laura says...

    I actually had a most favorite pair of flat lace up ankle boots from Target ~3 years ago which have since disintegrated (I live in Boston and wore them in the snow and slush). To replace them I got Docs which feel so sturdy and I get loads of compliments on them!

  91. Rebecca says...

    You’re looking beautiful Joanna! You make me actually excited to get into my 30s ;-)

  92. OMG I do have a perfect pair of boots – and they have holes in them! I definitely need to replace them, and these are so cute.

    http://objectsicantafford.com

  93. Sarah Kang says...

    I was just looking for new boots! Thanks for the rec!

  94. Sandra says...

    I love your coat! Can you share where it is from?

  95. Awads says...

    Frye. forever and always.