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In 1905 Charles H. Beckman, with the help of 14 local investors, started his shoe factory inRed Wing Minnesota. The idea was to make quality work boots for farmers, workers, miners,and everyone else who might need a solid boot which could endure rough and toughconditions.Red Wing boots and the town proper gets it name from the native peoples there, namely ChiefRed Wing of the Mdewakanton Dakota tribe, a sub-tribe of the Dakota (Sioux). The chiefwent by many monikers: Tatankamani (The wandering buffalo) and Sakiya (He who paintsred). The name Red Wing came from the tradition of dyeing the tail feathers adorning hisheaddress red. When worn it conveyed honor and respect that one was a warrior and chief.When the First World War broke out in 1914, Red Wing began producing the 1088 trenchboot for the army, a sturdy boot which repelled the wet and cold mud of the trenches. Theboot became so popular for these characteristics that production continued well after the warhad ended. History repeated itself and war broke out once more, and Red Wing answered thecall of duty, producing boots for the armed forces once again.1952 was a landmark year for Red Wing, as it saw the inception of the first ‘MocToe’—model 877 8-inch Classic Moc Toe. The design was inspired by moccasins, an homageto the native tribes, yet the name ‘Irish Setter’ became synonymous with these boots, as theleather carried the same patina as the legendary hunting dog of the same name. The boot wasmade especially for this purpose, hunting. The high 8” leather uppers acted not only forsupport, but also worked to shield the foot from snake bites. The characteristic white sole,‘Traction Tred’, was formed specially so that it would not get bogged down in muck and wetsoils. Attributes that were not only appreciated by hunters, but also too by farmers and othersworking in wet muddy conditions. Later on, Red Wing introduced the 6” model which hasbecome more or less a contemporary icon as far as boot silhouettes are concerned. Today,over 20 different variations on the Moc Toe have been released.In the 1970’s the boot left the fields and headed into town, becoming increasingly popularwith the youth, actors, and musicians. One of the most memorable wearers is JackNicholson’s character R.P. McMurphy from the film, One Flew Over The the Cuckoo's Nest.Wearing a pair of Levi’s 501 jeans, watch cap beanie, and a pair of reliable Red Wing 877Moc Toes, he tried to crush the system from within. Mixed results, but he sure was lookinggood.In 2008 Red Wing launched the Heritage line, a new department at the factory in Red Wing,Minnesota. Old archival boots and shoes are recreated, bringing back the special pedigree thatRed Wing has had for decades. Today these boots are world famous accessories within thefashion world and beyond, all ages, all sizes. Truly a boot that is made to last.