Red Wing's Plain-toe classic work oxfords were inspired by the success of the iconic 875 and 877 work boots. While the work crew needed a sturdy boot, the factory manager who moved back and forth from their office to the factory floor sought a more comfortable oxford. Lighter in weight because of its lower profile, these work oxfords could stand up to the hard concrete and not be too heavy for an entire day spent behind a desk. Continuing to wear a Red Wing product was only natural for managers who started their careers on the factory floor. They appreciated the comfort and durability Red Wing built into every pair of their legendary work boots and shoes.