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What Makes This Work Boot Red Wing’s Lightest Ever

Red Wing Shoe Company has introduced Exos Lite, the lightest work boot in the company’s history.

Created from Red Wing’s industry insights and expectations for lightweight and comfortable safety footwear, the Exos Lite line delivers on those needs without sacrificing the safety performance and craftsmanship expected from Red Wing Shoe Company.

“Red Wing heard from safety professionals and skilled laborers all over the U.S. about their wish for a work boot that performed in demanding environments without weighing them down throughout the day,” Kristin Hamilton, senior product merchandising manager at Red Wing Shoe Company, said. “We listened and applied those insights to the new Exos Lite line. In order to create our lightest work boot ever, we used new safety materials and innovative manufacturing techniques, while still meeting and exceeding safety standards.”

Designed for indoor and outdoor medium-duty jobs in warehousing, distribution, construction, light manufacturing and service environments, key features of the Exos Lite models include a Switchback Support System that is a minimalistic design concept created by Red Wing and built with integrated TPU cord construction to provide ankle and heel support. The SwitchBack Support System requires less material and avoids unnecessary layers of leather found in a traditional work boot.

A new, exclusive Exos X-Treme Lite sole design features premium performance with Vibram Litebase technology that reduces extra weight, while still offering best-in-class slip, oil and abrasion resistance with high durability and performance. A lightweight, high-rebound cushion in the footbed is purpose-built to provide underfoot comfort all day long on and off the jobsite.

The boot also features a Flex Calf insert at the collar that helps to widen the opening for easier access and allows for more flexibility in movement throughout the day, while a low-profile safety toe is made from a tough, lightweight aluminum material that protects without looking like a bulky safety-toe boot.

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The boots are available in a low-profile style that works for on and off the jobsite in six-inch and eight-inch waterproof styles with mocha, onyx or caramel Red Wing leather, with the choice of optional features like the Boa Lacing System and a puncture-resistant insole.

The new Exos Lite styles are available at Red Wing stores and mobile shoe trucks nationwide. Safety professionals interested in the Exos Lite line or any of Red Wing’s safety workwear for their employees can easily manage the purchase process by participating in Red Wing for Business, an innovative platform that combines digital and retail experiences. The purchasing process gives workers access to digital vouchers that they can use to purchase more than 250 industry-specific designs at any Red Wing retail store, on-site mobile shoe store or authorized Red Wing retailer.

Red Wing footwear, workwear and accessories are distributed to more than 110 countries in an immersive multichannel environment of 500-plus Red Wing retail stores, third-party partners and owned e-commerce platforms. The Red Wing Shoe Company employs more than 2,000 employees worldwide and operates two U.S. manufacturing facilities in Red Wing and Potosi, Mo.