The Red Wing Shoes 2972 Engineer Steel Toe in Copper Rough & Tough is a Classic Red Wing Shoes Engineer boot and is made in Red Wing, Minnesota. The Red Wing Engineer boot was developed for America’s railroad engineers in the early 20th century. The Red Wing Engineer 2972 is an all-leather Engineer boot used to protect the engineer’s feet from the hazards in locomotive cabins. The Red Wing 2972 Engineer boot has split at the top of the shaft that allowed the engineer to bend during work. The Red Wing Engineer first appeared in the Red Wing catalogue of 1941 as style number 919. The shoe was presented as the ideal boot for engineers as well as truck drivers. The Red Wing 2972 Engineer is made from Red Wing’s oil tanned Copper Rough & Tough leather which has a vintage-like appearance due to the amount of oil that was used during production. The Engineer boot has an indestructible Neoprene Cord Sole and a reinforced steel toe box.