The second film from Red Wing Shoes‘ Video Series sheds light on the Minnesota-based company’s tannery — S.B. Foot Tanning Company. The tannery opened in 1872, but was purchased by Red Wing Shoe Company in 1986 in order to maintain control over the quality of the leather used in the company’s footwear. S.B. Foot Tanning is actually one of the few leather manufacturers in the US still using wooden drums, which helps control the temperature changes that occur during the tanning process.