We have fabricated the iron oxide nanowires directly from iron foils through the simple heating in N2 ambient. We have characterized the samples by means of scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, and selected area diffraction pattern. The EDX spectrum revealed that the nanowires contained elements of Fe and O. The iron oxide nanowires were crystalline with diameters in the range of 30-200 nm. We have discussed the possible growth mechanisms.