Today we introduce to you the just released Red Wing x Nigel Cabourn collaboration: The Munson Boot. The idea for these shoes derived from a vintage pair of WWI British Army boots Nigel Cabourn came across. Cabourn was totally mesmerized by this pair and wanted to replicate them with the quality standards of today. He knew that Red Wing Shoes was the only shoe manufacturer that could help him realize such a project. The Munson boot is made using the original lasts by Edward Munson. Munson did a study into the perfect military boot in 1912 which resulted in a last for infantry shoes. The most common feature of the Munson Lasts is the shape of its rounded toe, that has the primary function of protecting the toes of the wearer. Red Wing Shoes made use of the Munson lasts for the design of boots during the World War I & II and kept on doing so until the late 60s. This is the first time these lasts were put back into use again in the Red Wing factories since five decades! The boots are lined with a beautiful army green Harris tweed selected by Nigel himself. The upper is made with a heavily oiled rough-out leather to approach the original vintage army boots of Cabourn as close as possible. Rough-out leather is the flesh side, also called the rough side, of the hide facing outwards. As a result of turning the usual position of the leather around, the grain is unbroken which makes sure the shoe is perfectly waterproof. The sole is made from a combination of vegetable tanned leather and Red Wing's original chemigum cork. The shoes feature deep green thick leather shoelaces and matching eyelets. The Munson Boot is available in 2 leather qualities and accompanying colors, see more of these by clicking on the following links: 4618 - Red Wing Shoes Hawthorne Muleskinner & 4619 - Red Wing Shoes Chocolate Muleskinner.