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Quality Control Issues Have Me Frustrated
on July 23, 2013
I've been wearing Chippewa boots for over 20 years, the Super Loggers for about 10 years and usually buy a new pair every two years, keeping the new ones new and the older ones around for the dirty jobs. Overall, they have proven to be long-lasting and just about the most comfortable footwear I own, even more comfortable than sneakers! In the past, I could just pick any pair in my size and be done with it. If I wrote this review a few months ago, it would have been, hands down, a 5 Star rating. However, I've recently been shopping locally for a new pair and I don't know what's happening at the Chippewa company but I've had an awful time trying to find a single pair that's made right. I've seen a few pairs in stores with loose lacing hooks or poorly stitched welts where the welt is nice and tight in some spots the way it should be but over 1//4" wide in other spots (You can see an example of this here with the boots Amazon has pictured on the site: check out the difference in the welt between the photo of the toe box on the brown boot, where the welt area--the stitching around the brown ridge where the leather is stitched to the sole--is nice and narrow, vs. the same photo of the black boot where the welt is much wider). I've seen a few pairs where the upper wasn't sewn to the sole correctly and the leather is puckered where it's stitched to the sole. I don't know how those boots, with such visible flaws, ever made it out of the factory. For the price Chippewa is asking for these boots, there's no excuse whatsoever for the kind of shoddy workmanship I'm seeing. I bought one pair but had to return them because the fabric under the tongue was bunched up into a knot that dug into the top of my foot. The replacement boots the store shipped me had the correct size stamped on them, which is the size I've always worn, but the boots were so tight on me that there was no way the size stamped on the boots was correct. So, my advice is to try on several pairs in your size because each single boot is unique and no two are made exactly the same. One might kill you with pain, and the next one might be the most comfortable thing. I think the company needs to get on top of quality control product consistency because trying to a find a pair of boots that fit right shouldn't have to be a crap shoot that requires trying on multiple pairs of boots at various stores all around town until you find a pair that's made right and doesn't hurt.