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Our Katahdin Iron Works Engineer Boots are painstakingly handcrafted from durable oiled-leather upper that gains more character with every wear.
These rugged boots were first developed by our founder, Leon Leonwood Bean, "for Civil Engineers, Contractors and general outdoor workers where the best, as well as the most comfortable, shoes are required."
Located in the north woods of Maine, adjacent to the Appalachian Trail, Katahdin Iron Works was built in 1843 and operated until 1890, when advances in steel manufacturing made it obsolete. At its peak, the Iron Works produced 18 to 20 tons of pig iron a day and employed 400 men just to cut the 20,000 cords of wood needed to fire the blast furnace.
Inspired by these hardworking Mainers, we designed our Katahdin Iron Works line of rugged work clothes to stand up to all kinds of rough use. Today, visitors to the site can view the historic blast furnace and one of the original charcoal kilns, silent reminders of a time when fires burned nonstop amid a thriving community of Maine workers. Learn more at maine.gov.