on December 1, 2009
I have owned over four pairs of engineer boots and I would have to say that these boots and the Frye brand fit the best. The other brands felt big and needed either a shoe insert or a heavy sock to get a more comfortable fit. And even then they didn't provide the snug fit I was looking for. These boots fit true to size. If you order a pair, order your normal size. The construction on these boots is well done. I could not find any blemishes with either boot. The leather is top grade and soft, not hard leaving little break in time. The buckles appear to be stronger than the buckles on my Frye boots, where I had one of the lower buckles break in half on me. Although I will say that Frye did send me replacement buckles quickly. You come to expect it though when you pay $200.00 for a pair of boots like the Frye brand. The heel on these boots is layered leather and "not" plastic. I guess Chippewa listened to it's customers when they complained about the heel being made of plastic. Overall I have to say these boots look and feel great. They have a nice comfortable feel. I woulod have to say that the price is a little steep compared to some other brands of engineer boots, but you get what you paid for.
on May 14, 2011
I have had these boots for 3 months. I use them for work boots, and have them on five to six days a week. They are made out of good quality heavy lether, and my pair has the steel toe. These are not light weight boots, they are more like armor for your feet. They fit like a pair of western boots, with the addition of a leather strap accross the arch - which I think makes for a tighter more secure fit.
I have seen reviews that say the boots gave them blisters and that they never broke in well - I think that must be a case of ordering the wrong size boot. These boots pretty much fit as sized. If you have a wide foot - order the wide size - if you have a really wide foot order the doulble wide, and the lenght is the same as any shoe size you would normally order - if you wear 11 1/2 shoes - order these boots in that size. I did put a pair of "Super Feet" inserts in my pair because I needed extra arch support.
When you first get these boot the leather is stiff and they may slide around a bit on your feet. I found that the heel was floppy and loose when I first put the boots on, but they never caused me to have any blisters - even when they were brand new, and I worn them all day long. After about three weeks the boots began to mold to my feet, and after three months of frequent wear, they feel like a pair of custom boots that were made specificaly to fit my big old feet.
These are well made, comfortable, American boots - if you want a pair of top notch American work boots -- buy them --- Oh, and I guess they would work pretty good on a motorcycle as well.
on October 29, 2009
I bought a pair of these recently and they are the best looking pair of engineer boots that I have ever owned. They fit great, feel great, have a great sole and over all are great to own. The word GREAT is obvious here......
If you are looking for a pair of engineer boots to wear or ride in then these are a great choice. I should add that I have doube E (EE) feet and these fit fine once you get them on. Both boots are the same height as well and nothing is broken......
I recommend them strongly.
on September 30, 2013
I own two other pairs of Chippewa boots that are leather lined and comfortable. They also cost more. The shaft on these boots are not lined and on first wearing them, the black coloring on the inside of the shaft rubbed off onto my socks. Took two washings to make them white again.
The heel counter/cup at the back of the boot curves in and digs into the back of my heel/ankle and caused blisters. There is no back stay (strip of leather stitched to the back of the boot inside the shaft) to stiffen that part and to assist in sliding the foot in and out of the boot. There are back stays in the other leather lined boots and prevents the top of the counter from digging into the ankle.
Unlike my other Chippewas, this pair has a rather narrow opening at the top of the shaft so getting in and out is cumbersome and I have to undo the buckle at the top of the shaft.
The fit runs slightly large so a medium thickness boot sock is essential. These boots are not as large as my other Chippewas that allow the addition of a gel sole that greatly improves comfort. I inserted thin SOFCOMFORT insoles that improved the fit and now they are snug.
Breakdown of my assessment based on 5 stars as best:
5* Looks & appearance
4* Quality of construction
4* Quality of materials
4* Size & fit
3* Value for money
I gave 3* overall because I weight heavily on comfort. Value for money would be higher if they were comfortable and I would get more use out of them. An item has little value if I cannot use it for its intended purpose.
If you are looking for a biker's boot, go for Chippewa's Harness Boots. They are leather lined, heavier and supremely comfortable. If you prefer the styling of the Engineer Boot go for the 17" High Shines as they too are leather lined and have a steel toe which compromises comfort somewhat. If you don't like the shine, that can be removed with nail polish remover.
3 JAN 2014 UPDATE
The boots are now quite comfortable after thoroughly broken in. No more blisters. The shaft is still narrow and my socks still get the black color stains from the boots' interior. I would elevate my comfort rating to 3.5 stars as getting them off is still a hassle.
on January 28, 2011
Size was a tad bigger than expected, however still very much manageable. Style is very sleek and streamlined, leather is pliable. You can tell this is quality craftsmanship!
Extremely decent price for a top of the line brand, no complaints here!
on October 21, 2013
Before you get your teeth into this review, I would like to start by saying of all the engineering boots I have worn, Chippewa are still my favourite. It is just the latest pair I acquired were ghastly and did not even merit one star........
I will start by saying what I love about these boots and why I own five pairs.
There is an age-old argument of the original engineering boot. Looking at what Brando and his cronies wore in 'The Wild One' they could be either Red Wing, Buco or Chippewa. What was clear, was that the front was shallow and clearly did not have a protective toe. Since all my Chippwa engineers have steel toes, I felt this would make a change. You need quite a shallow instep to wear Red Wings, so Chippewa also scores on its generous EE fitting. After 25 years of wearing various makes of engineering boots, Frye, Walker, Carolina and mostly Georgia, I still think Chippewa are the definitive make. When I win The National Lottery I will travel to Portland Oregon and get a pair of Wesco engineers built, rather like my set of Langlitz Leathers.
In 2000, changing from the now Chinese made Georgia boot, to Chippewa, you could feel the quality. The sole had a slight spring in the step, lightly cushioned compared to cheaper types. I guess the use of Vibram soles paid off. The lining on the lower last of the boots also makes for extra comfort and promotes support to the foot. I have covered thousands of miles both motorcycle and pedestrian and the comfort is second to none. As for looks, I have had many people at various biker rallies and Joe Public ask about them, the quality just shines through. After the waxy finish has worn, they can be polished to a sheen if desired and Chippewa are now also offering a repair service.
The only recent change that has ired me, is the dressy, chunky buckles they now fit, funny how such a small change can ruin the classic aesthetic of a design that should be left alone. I have never had an earlier type buckle break on me, heavens knows why this tacky type is now fitted.
Now for the reason for the one-star rating.....................
I was bought a pair as a gift from a relative visiting the US. Back in the UK, I excitedly opened the box and.....disaster. The leather hides did not match and upon checking the serial numbers, this was not some mix-up. These abominations had actually got past quality control and were identically stamped. The leather was soft and yielding and lost all shape when pulled on. I though I was wearing a pair of 'Ugh' boots. To worsen matters, the leather on one of the stovepipe legs was creased and of such bad quality, it folded under its own weight, despite being new.
I was so incensed, I immediately called Amazon who were superb. After a partial generous refund, I kept the boots for working in the garden. In shorts. At night. When drunk. Lying down.
I used to get my Chippewas from a company who specialised in what was know as 'seconds' boots that had failed quality control and were sold at a greatly reduce price. These would come firmly in that category. Come on Justin Boots, get your act together! How did these pair of duffers slip the net? Reading other unsatisfied reviews, it seems someone is not doing their job properly at Chippewa. On a final note, I have written various e-mails to Chippewa, concerning other matters, all unanswered.
If anyone has had a bad pair, persevere and try another pair, you may be really surprised at how they vary.
Chippewa engineering boots..............................great product, poor quality control............
on January 12, 2015
I waited for a while to post my review of these boots to give them some wearing time. I love the way they look! However, they are too loose in the heel. It's to be expected as these are men's boots and I am a woman. The reason I ordered these is that I have wide soles and need a lot of room for my soles and toes. Women's boots, even wide width boots do not accommodate my feet. I've been looking for two years for a nice engineer boot and I would have been okay with a woman's fashion boot that resembled an engineer boot but I had no luck finding one to fit me. So why not go with the real thing? I am still working on finding the right insert to make the heel snug and still be able to slip my foot into the boot easily. I have tried 3 things so far with limited success. One thing I will say about this boot is it is heavy! The leather on my pair is very good quality, nice and thick, and I think this pair will last for many years.
on November 11, 2014
- Made in America
- Very good construction. The leather is good quality, the edges are cut smooth, and the stitching is straight.
- They appear to be pretty tough and durable.
- They run big. I had my foot measured at a shoe store days before ordering these, and I came up a 7.5 E, so that's what I ordered. The width was fine, but I had a ton of heel slippage. If you're gonna get these, have your feet measured first, and then order at least a half size smaller.
- The buckles look really cheap.
- The sole is very hard.
- The rough interior sticks to your socks and makes it hard to get them on and off.
If your primary purpose is riding, and you're not planning on wearing them out for a night on the town, these are a great choice. I wanted something that was dual-purpose, so I ended up sending them back and getting a pair of Frye Sutton boots. The Fryes are nicer looking and more comfortable. Unfortunately, they are also made in Mexico, and cost almost $100 more, so you end up sacrificing somewhere.
on December 13, 2012
The perfect motorcycle boot for me. I usually wear a size 13 shoe; got a 13 boot and it fits perfectly with thick wool boot socks. They're sturdy, keep my feet surprisingly warm, and look GREAT. I wasn't particularly concerned with aesthetics, but I've gotten numerous compliments wearing these to work under blue jeans. I've never paid more than 30 bucks for a pair of shoes, but these were worth every penny. Thrilled with the purchase.
(Worth noting: There's pretty much no ankle support in these bad boys, especially compared to work boots and more-structured bike boots. That didn't really bother me, but maybe it should have. In any case, now you know.)
on August 4, 2015
Right out of the box, they were almost impossible to get on the first time,....once on, they were pretty comfortable for new boots. I wore them around for a few hours and they seemed to get even more comfortable. The second day I had them they pulled on so much easier I couldn't believe it!
Everyone's feet are shaped different and these are off the shelf boots designed to fit the "average" foot,.....so I'll spare you the details of how they fit my feet,.....the bottom line is; they got really comfy in a few hours!
Prior to ordering, my only concern was based on the vague description in the add, i.e. I wasn't too sure whether or not the welt and heel were leather,.....the welt is, the heel is plastic, (with a rubber bottom).
I absolutely love these boots, and would recommend them to anyone.