Hi, my name is Isko Salminen.
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Red Wing Style No. 3140 Heritage Work Chukka boots

Over the past few years I've grown from only wearing sneakers to a lover of leather shoes. This all started few winters back when I bought a pair of Saint Vacant Derby boots and fell in love with them. I loved how they felt and how, even with all the slosh and mud, you could make them look like new with just a little bit of spit and elbow grease. 

Last winter, to adhere to the "never wear the same leather shoes for two days in a row" rule, I wanted to find another pair of shoes. While searching online for high-quality leather shoes, the Red Wing brand kept coming up again and again and again. It seemed that everyone had nothing but great things to say about their shoes.

So when I happened to notice that our local shoemaker and general store Pinkomo was stocking a really nice selection of Red Wing boots, I had to go over and try them on.

I immediately fell in love with the No. 3140 Heritage Work Chukka boots.



The second I put these on, I knew I wanted them. They fit perfectly and were extremely comfortable to wear. This despite the many warnings online, and from Pinkomo, that these shoes require a long breaking-in period.

So, after I purchased these, and since they felt so comfortable to wear, of course I disregarded all the warnings and took them on a weekend trip to St. Petersburg. As my only shoes.

Big mistake.

As a word of warning: these boots do require a long breaking-in period! It took me a good month or two of wearing these to get them properly worn in. Now, after being properly broken-in, they are the most comfortable shoes I own.



I really enjoy the quality of my Saint Vacant shoes, but the Red Wings are on a whole new level! I've worn these almost exclusively for the entire past winter and they still look like new. And they've seen some pretty hard use: I've worn them in dog-parks, had my dog scratch them, stand on them and generally do everything you're not supposed to do with nice leather shoes. I've walked in mud, slush, rain, forest and almost every kind of foul weather you see during a typical shitty Finnish winter.

No matter what I've thrown at these shoes, after a year of heavy use they still look like new and they feel like they will be around for many winters to come. Actually, with a proper care, they will be around for decades.


What I like: The Red Wing No 3140 chukka boots look and feel amazing, they are actually one of my most comfortable shoes. They are long lasting and keep looking like new with just a little care and maintenance. No need to buy new winter boots every year. 

What I don’t like: Only thing I can think of is that they need a long breaking-in period.

My new Derby Boots in Tallinn

Wearing my new Saint Vacant Derby Boots in Tallinn.

Taken with Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 lens.

Saint Vacant Derby Boot


Yesterday while on my way to the office, I saw these on the window of Popot and decided to go in and try them on. I really liked the design and material of the shoes but they didn't have them in my size. Disappointed I left my details in the store–just in case they could find a pair with my size somewhere.

Well today I got a call that they found a pair. They had called the Finish designer of the shoes, Janne Lax, and he had brought a pair to the store himself. Nice! 

As our office is close by, I decided to head right over. 

The shoes fit perfectly, are really comfortable to wear and the design is just what I was looking for. Although they are a bit pricey for shoes (remember, I usually wear just sneakers), I decided to go with them and bought them right away. 

I couldn't be happier! There's something really exceptional about well designed and crafted leather shoes. If treated right these should last me a long time.

The service at Popot was beyond awesome. If you're ever around, go over and see their store. As a nice bonus I got to talk with Janne about the shoes and got some tips on how to maintain them. If you're interested, also check out these shoes that he designed together with Makia: Makia & Saint Vacant Desert Boot.

Photo courtesy of Popot.fi

Edit: here's me wearing my boots