Midwest Traveler: Red Wing

  • by: Lisa Meyers McClintick , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 17, 2013 - 2:07 PM

It’s impossible to ignore the impressive immensity of a size 638 ½ work boot. Built for the Red Wing Boot Co.’s 100th anniversary in 2005, it towers two stories high and would have served Paul Bunyan well. It’s a lighthearted nod to the company’s most classic design, a symbol of local industries and one of many reasons to kick around Red Wing’s historic downtown along the Mississippi River. Visitors can follow the boot to the upper floor of the downtown shoe store for a free museum on the intriguing evolution of a humble work boot.

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