The historical work boot most similar to the Merchant is style 245 from 1920, which was made without a toe-box, but instead featured a plain toe and raw cut at the quarter edge. The Merchant is built on the 8 last, which is also used for the Blacksmith. But because of the missing toe-box, the Merchant has a slimmer look and a lower toe profile than the Blacksmith.
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In 1905, when Charles Beckman couldn’t find boots to wear in Red Wing’s muddy streets that matched his merchant status, he decided to start his own shoe company. Named after Beckman himself, the Beckman Collection features classic, sturdy shoes with timeless character.