Our Favorite Waterfall Hikes in Virginia!

With the Blue Ridge Mountains cutting across our state, and the Atlantic on our shores, Virginia has a plethora of amazing waterfall hikes for you to enjoy this summer. Regular hiking is fun, but there’s something special about being rewarded for grinding it out on the trail with a beautiful view of the natural splendor of  waterfall. Here’s a list of some of our favorite waterfall hikes in Virginia, but before you embark, be sure that your hiking footwear is up to the task! If not, well, Red Wing Charlottesville is here to take care of you.

Crabtree Falls

You can find the idyllic Crabtree Falls in Nelson County, VA, six miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Featuring the highest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi, the Crabtree Falls hike also features a series of five major cascades and smaller ones. A 3-mile trail with four overlooks, you wont be crowded Continue reading




Great Hikes on the Appalachian Trail

The unparalleled Appalachian Trail stretches for close to 2,200 miles and runs through 13 states. At Red Wing Charlottesville, we’ve heard tons of stories of dedicated backpackers who attempt (some successfully, some not as much) to walk the entire stretch in one season, starting at Springer Mountain in Georgia and ending at Mount Katahdin in Maine.

Should You Attempt To Take On the Appalachian Trail All At Once?

Make no mistake about it: hiking the full Appalachian trail in one long stint is extremely challenging, even for the most experienced and seasoned hikers. Not only will you commit from a physical and mental standpoint, but also you have to commit months of non-stop hiking time (difficult for most people with full time jobs)! On average, this full hike takes about 3 months from Georgia to Maine, depending on how aggressively you push.

Even if you are serious about hiking and backpacking, you might want to start with a Continue reading




Getting the Right Fit

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Straight up: You need to get the right fit in your work boots, and it’s not as simple as just buying the same size you always do. If maximum comfort is your goal. getting a professional fitting for the work boot you are after is a crucial first step!

Getting the Best Fit in the World’s Best Work Boots

Once you stopped growing, you found out what your size in shoes was going to be for the rest of your life, right? Nope! While it’s a great starting point, with the variety of shapes, sizes, widths, of folks feet, there’s no such thing as a standard fit.

Throw in the fact that each brand has a tiny bit different sizing, and that shoes within the same brand are manufactured with differing lasts, you are truly doing yourself a disservice if you don’t go get fit first.

No worries, though – we’ve got you covered! Our Continue reading




Red Wing Heritage Guide

The Red Wing Heritage collection speaks to the industrious legacy of Red Wing Shoes. Every Red Wing Heritage boot built today mirrors a style from Red Wing’s early years.

Our brand has earned it’s reputation through perspiration, hard work, and walking, instead of just talking. Our brand was originally created to fulfill the void that was created by the tough, bring-your-lunchpail jobs created by the industrial revolution.

The focus of the Red Wing Heritage collection is combining the finest materials with the work of master craftsmen to create the perfect dress boot. To this end, we source the leather for our Red Wing Heritage boots from our very own S.B. Foot Tannery in Red Wing, MN.

There are a variety of different styles encompassed in the Red Wing Heritage collection. Let’s take a look at some of them!

The Chukka

Built for work or play, our chukka boot is the ideal everyday shoe. Both Rugged in appearance Continue reading




How to Clean Your Red Wing Boots!

Wondering the best way(s) to clean Red Wing boots? Of course you are! You’ve invested wisely in your feet. You want to (like any smart investor) get the most out of your hard earned money. We share that same feeling.

While you can always bring your boots up to Red Wing Charlottesville for a complimentary cleaning and polishing every 30 days, we know not all our customers can make it to our store that often. Truth is, we know some of you just like to take care of things on your own! Whether you’d like us to clean your boots or you prefer to clean them at home, you should approach the maintenance of your boots like you would your car. How often do you change your oil or give your car a bath? In our experience, most of our customers don’t clean their boots nearly as often as they should, which limits Continue reading




Steel Toed Boots for Construction Workers

Steel toed boots

How important are steel toed boots in the construction industry?

For so many working men and women, steel toed boots play a vital role in getting the job done in the safest and most comfortable manner possible. Smart workers know that wearing protective footwear can prevent severe injury, lost pay and even career ending disabilities. So why risk it? Invest in your feet with Red Wing steel toed boots and reap the long term benefits!

Why Steel Toed Boots Are So Vital for Construction Workers

Workplace hazards like falling debris, rolling objects, sharp tools, or shaky/slippery footing can easily cause major foot damage. Broken toes, severed toes and bad toe stubs are far too common on the job and can be prevented or lessened with the right protective footwear.

In specific disciplines within the construction industry, workers deal with hazardous chemicals on a daily basis that can eat right through your everyday, “run of the Continue reading




The New “Vasque Breeze III GTX!”

Vasque Breeze III GTX

We’re excited to introduce the impressive third iteration of our most popular hiking boot, the Vasque Breeze GTX! We’ve upgraded all facets of our already outstanding Breeze boot. We know you’ll appreciate all of the new features!

Introducing… the Vasque Breeze III GTX!

The Next Evolution Of A Hugely Popular Hiking Boot

Before we get into all the specifics from our own experience, take a moment to read the manufacturer’s write-up on the Vasque Breeze III GTX. Here’s a solid overview of what you can expect:

“The next level in trail comfort and performance, the Breeze III GTX represents an evolution of our best-selling boot, ratcheting up technology for the perfect trail experience.”

This boot features Best in Class grip with the Vibram Megagrip compound used to construct the out-sole. Even casual hikers will appreciate the value of excellent grip, not to mention those “hard core” hikers! 

The Breeze III boot is purpose Continue reading




Boot Repairs from Red Wing Charlottesville

Red Wing Charlottesville is about more than just our fantastic work boots. We are proud to be able to offer boot repairs and all other types of shoe services! We pride ourselves on the ability to restore your old or beat up (most often, both!) Red Wings whenever possible It’s a key feature of our business that sets us apart! When you buy Red Wings from Red Wing Charlottesville, not only are you getting great boots… you’re also getting life long service and support from us. 

Red Wing Boot Repairs and Shoe Services

At Red Wing Charlottesville, we’re not just bragging when we say that our boots are incredibly durable. The lifespan of our boots is in decades, not months – so long as you take proper care of them! It’s why we have so many lifelong customers. Red Wingers are well aware of how long their Red Wing boots last!

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Making Red Wing Boots

Red Wing boots

Red Wing Boots – From Dream to Reality

The process for making a pair of Red Wing boots has remained largely unchanged for over 100 years. At the dawn of the 20th century, cobbler Charles Beckman of Red Wing, MN, took note that more and more people took jobs in the industrial or raw material sectors of the economy. As this shift from the farm to the factory took place, the demand for a quality, durable, comfortable work boot skyrocketed. Charles Beckman believed he could create work boots that could satisfy the demands and needs of these workers. He gathered 14 investors and opened Red Wing shoes in 1905 with the vision of the perfect work shoe dancing in his head.

Since that fateful year, Red Wing Shoes has become world-renown as the best source for comfortable, durable work boots. How did they earn that reputation? One of the major Continue reading




Red Wing 1907, the Classic Moc

Classic Moc

The Classic Moc – THE Red Wing Heritage Boot!

Boot 1907, the Classic Moc, is the cornerstone of our Red Wing Heritage Collection! These boots are so iconic that “classic” is even in the name! These boots are the quintessential Red Wing Work Boots. When you think of well constructed, durable, good looking, boots – these are the ones that come to mind. The Classic Moc is in the blueprint for all the boots that came later. It’s part of our DNA, and we’re proud to have it as the flagship of our Heritage Collection

Bill Gardner, owner of Red Wing Charlottesville, had this to say about the Red Wing Classic Moc:

“The Classic Moc is, well…how else do you say it: classic! The style, look, feel and quality speaks for itself.  We’re proud to not only offer top of the line work boots, but also more stylish and multi-purpose boots like the Classic Continue reading




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