1. I heard it starts Thursday, but you could just call an outlet and ask
2. It's usually just closeout styles (discontinued models) and the Brooks Brothers versions of stuff
Before I offer up a classified in the marketplace, I thought I'd give my fellow AE fans right of first refusal:
I bought Walnut Calf Dalton firsts in 8.5D and 9D to find the right size, but I think 8.5E might be a better fit for me. If anyone is interested in either size, send me a PM.
I wore nothing but Red Wings for more than 30 years, the Vasque Sundowner. From the mid 70's until 10 years ago I wore them for everything everywhere and around the world, hunting, hiking, etc. Then the last pair I bought the soles delaminated in the first month. Found out later that Red Wing had moved production from Italy to China and ruined the best boot ever made IMO. It sent me in search of a replacement and I decided to start wearing different boots for various activities. The RW boot that most on here wear is no different than the 744 1K, bayfield, etc.
They all handle light duty about the same, and I purchase footwear to wear. Small stream trout fishing isn't the same as busting brush with the dog for 8-12 miles a day looking for ruff grouse. The mainstream RW boot is a work boot with a composite or steel toe, not really made for hiking or load bearing use like packing an elk or carrying a pack. The RW Irish Setter line is the hunting line and they are the general run of the mill made in China boots. When I know I am going to need a medium to heavy duty boot I do wear boots designed for that purpose. But they are not RW boots. I do go to Red Wing often to shoot bald eagles and wear my RW Beckman's there though.
Shooting Eagles (Click to show)
Juvi and 5 others in the background
Closest I have stalked to one yet
The town of Red Wing is behind this bluff
I'm excited and they are not even mine LOL! Can't wait to see pictures of those bad boys when you get them...