From an Indian press release:
Indian Motorcycle today announced it has partnered with Red Wing Shoes to create the new limited-edition “Red Wing Shoes Collection” of fine, handcrafted American motorcycle boots. Indian Motorcycle, founded in 1901, and Red Wing Shoes, founded in 1905, share a rich heritage of authenticity, fine handcrafted quality, and products that embody the legendary American spirit. Today both brands also share the great state of Minnesota, with only 80 miles separating their corporate headquarters.
“It’s an honor to join forces with another iconic Minnesota-based company in creating this collection of fine handcrafted motorcycle boots,” said Dan Dahl, V.P. Red Wing Heritage. “For more than 110 years these two companies have been producing high quality American-made products to help propel this country forward and this collaboration continues that tradition. This new collection will deliver the epitome of comfort, protection, prestige and style to Indian Motorcycle riders and fans.”
The 2016 Limited-Edition Red Wing Shoes Collection for Indian Motorcycle (available July 2016):
Worthington (Men’s Black Pull-On Boots)
Named after the street in Springfield, Mass., where Indian Motorcycle began full-scale production in 1902, this boot is based on Red Wing Shoes’ classic Engineer style and has been modified for Indian Motorcycle riders. This 11-inch pull-on boot features plain toe styling, a Vibram 430 sole for higher grip and abrasion resistance, and an instep strap for precise fitting. The premium Red Wing Shoes Black Harness leather, original Indian Motorcycle buckles, embossed logo and all black stitching deliver the ultimate in classic motorcycle styling. These boots feature Goodyear welt construction and puritan chain stitching. MSRP: $319.99 (US) $409.99 (CAN).
Spirit Lake (Men’s Brown Lace-Up Boots)
In homage to the dedicated men and women in Spirit Lake, Iowa, who build each and every Indian Motorcycle with a passion for quality and true American craftsmanship, this boot is modeled after Red Wing Shoes’ popular Iron Ranger. It’s an 8-inch boot developed to provide a stable fit and firm ankle protection, with a Vibram 430 sole for superb grip and abrasion resistance and features a double layer leather toe cap for added protection. The premium Red Wing Shoes Amber Portage leather, gunmetal eyelets and all-brown stitching make these boots a favorite for around-town styling, comfort and rugged support. These boots feature Goodyear welt construction and triple-stitched quality. MSRP: $319.99 (US) $409.99 (CAN).
Connelly (Women’s Black Pull-On Boots)
In honor of women riders around the world and Indian Motorcycle’s 100-year heritage of supporting them, this boot is named after Catherine Connelly of Owatonna, Minn., one of the brand’s earliest female riders and loyalists. Even during the Depression, she and her husband made periodic trips to Springfield to buy new Indian Motorcycles and they would ride them back to Owatonna. This boot is based on Red Wing Shoes’ Engineer boot. This 11-inch pull-on boot features plain toe styling, Heeled Oil Resistant Cushion Crepe sole to provide grip and lighter weight, and an instep strap to adjust the fit. The premium Red Wing Shoes Black Harness leather, original Indian Motorcycle buckles, embossed logo and white stitching deliver the perfect fusion of fashion and function. These boots feature Goodyear welt construction and puritan chain stitching. MSRP: $319.99 (US) $409.99 (CAN).
“You could say that both Indian Motorcycle and Red Wing Shoes are in the transportation business, as we’ve been transporting men, women, soldiers and workers all over this great nation for over 100 years,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “Fine American craftsmanship is a rare thing in today’s world, but it’s in the DNA of both these companies and that’s why I know Indian Motorcycle riders and fans will take great pride in owning a pair of these boots.”