American made work-boots and shoes. Sturdy, thick, high-quality leather is essential for making Red Wing work boots. Since the company was founded in 1905, premium leathers would be a key requirement for the footwear. The name "Moccasin" originally comes from Algonquian word meaning "shoe." They were originally made by sewing together two pieces of leather (usually deerskin), one for the bottom one for the upper. The enduring U-shaped cutout leather upper have become known as moccasin-sewn shoes. Red Wing has made shoes with moccasin-toe design since its earliest days, and they continue to be a best-seller.