Ted Williams and the Green Kangatan

Ted Williams and the Green Kangatan

The QG has a limited number of special edition Red Wing 8180s. Click here to see them online, or stop by the shop and see them in person. Red Wing Shoes offer a style, history, and durability that make them your go-to casual boot for life. Pair them with your favorite jeans, button down shirt, and jacket. The unique green Kangatan Portage leather offers a rich olive color that can be paired with anything in your casual wardrobe. Pull them on and lace them up. It’s that easy.

Here’s a little history on the style:

Ted Williams. The Kid. The Splendid Splinter. Teddy Ballgame. The Thumper. The man with many names was more than just a legend. He was a hall of famer, a pilot in the marines, an outdoorsman,  and one of the greatest hitters who stood over home plate.

The Kid was born Theodore Samuel Williams on August 30, 1918, in San Diego California. Due to a busy and often absent father, and a mother whose time was frequently occupied by protesting the evils of alcohol, Ted Williams, a tall and scrawny youth found a family and home at the park on the baseball diamond.

He quickly stood above the rest of his friends as an elite player. During his junior year at Herbert Hoover High School, Williams boasted a 16-3 pitching record and a .538 batting average. At the age of seventeen, Williams signed with the then San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League for the summer. Over several more summers, Williams continued to play for the Padres until he signed a deal after the 1937 season to play with the Boston Red Sox. However he was optioned to the club’s minor league team which would bring him to the Double-A-League playing for the Minneapolis Millers in Minneapolis, MN. The Kid quickly became the star player in Minneapolis, almost securing the MVP for the season.

In 1939 Williams was called up to the Sox as left fielder. He would play for the Sox for the next two years until 1942 when he was drafted into the military as a Naval Pilot, though he still found time to play ball. Over the next several years, Williams would prove himself to be one of the greatest hitters in baseball. On July 17, 1956, became the fifth player to hit over 400 home runs.

Life outside of baseball for The Kid was often spent outdoors and on the water. He quickly found a second love, fishing. Devoting much of his time to exploring the outdoors, he quickly became an avid and expert fly, and deep-sea fisherman. And because being in one hall of fame wasn’t enough for William’s, he was inducted into the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame in 2000.

Ted Williams and Red Wing Shoes

Williams eventually reached a deal with Sears to lend his talents as an outdoorsman and athlete to developing and marketing a line of household sports equipment for hunting, fishing, and baseball.

In 1963, Ted Williams and Sears partnered with Red Wing on the SuperSetter, resulting in a boot crafted out of the desire for a superior sport boot. The boot was not only a home run in terms of style, but also in its premiere quality that has long been an icon in American heritage.

While the no. 888 has long been retired and sits in the Hall of Fame of American style, Red Wing is making a new boot inspired by the original SuperSetter into style no. 8180 which like its predecessor, is also called the Kangatan boot.And like the original, the 8180 also features the unique green sport styling that made the no. 888 an icon.


The no. 8180 is crafted in Red Wing, Minnesota and features our classic Traction Tred outsole, Goodyear Welt construction, nickeled brass equipment, and of course, the unique green Kangatan Portage leather.



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