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Chippewa Boots Tan Rough Out 27911,
This is a solid modern engineer boot, still made in the USA. Chippewa has been making boots before your grand daddy was born. One of the original bootmakers of the US, this brand, now a branch of Justin Boots, is still alive and kicking. Vintage Chippewa engineer boots are extremely collectable, sometimes going for over $1000 if in good condition. That being said, you can get your own piece of American manufacturing history, but at a much more affordable price.
This has a rough-out (suede side out) leather upper and Vibram full rubber soles. It also has a Goodyear welt which makes repairing or resoling this boot a cinch. A Goodyear welt is the automated process of attaching the mid-sole to the upper using a separate leather strip (welt). This welt process dates back to the 1800's and was done by hand. It is still done by hand by many bespoke shoemakers, but we're taking about a different price range here.
I really recommend putting in a good pair of insoles, because this boot is pretty bare bones. You'll thank me later. I've owned my pair for over 5 years, with one full re-sole and exchanged the hardware. (For aesthetics only) It's developed great patina and looks like it'll be a classic for the next generation.
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Initial post: Mar 2, 2011 7:07:46 AM PST
A. Hamrick says:
How's the roughout look once it's broken in a bit?
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2011 3:40:13 AM PDT
Charles Scott Bennett says:
Quite beautiful, even with stains. Soft and supple like velvet.
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