The American cowboy has a long-standing tradition of wearing boots incorporating a western design for both functionality and appeal. During the era of the cattle drive in the United States, ranchers began looking for a practical and durable style of boot. They needed something to protect their ankles and legs while in the saddle, and to protect from course brush and snakes while dismounted. High quality leather was sought for durability and a slip-on design was preferred for convenience. The Red Wing Pecos collection was introduced in 1953 and became popular with farmers, ranchers and oil rig workers. They combine the design of a western boot with the toughness of a Red Wing work boot.