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- Made in USA
- Vibram sole
- Shaft measures approximately 5.75" from arch
- Boot in burnished leather featuring American Flag lace pin, contrast midsole, and debossed logo at side
- Lace-up with D-ring lacing hardware
- Removable cushion insert
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The Chippewa Story
Chippewa Boots has been supplying Americans with top-quality rugged boots and shoes for every purpose since 1901. Chippewa boots aren’t just made, they are built with the guts and determination of the loggers and engineers who paved the way, built the roads, and constructed the buildings that have made this country what it is today. They’re built with uncompromising quality and standards of U.S. craftsmen, to be the finest made, most reliable, authentic, and rich in heritage luxury boots available.
Vibram Stockbridge Outsole
The simple fine lines offer a dress profile, while the lug pattern in the center of the forepart and heel offers traction and stability. Vibram Gumlite is a micro-cellular, synthetic compound that combines slip-resistance with the long-wearing characteristics of rubber, yet Gumlite is half the weight. Vibram Gumlite maintains its physical properties and slip-resisting characteristics in cold weather. It is lightweight like EVA, yet longer wearing.
Handcrafted in the USA
In 1980, Chippewa Shoe Manufacturing Company embarked on a new campaign, - "Hand Crafted by people who care". The campaign focused on the skill of the craftsmen who work for Chippewa that are truly responsible for the high quality outdoor footwear by ORIGINAL CHIPPEWA. Over the years, this campaign has evolved into our company philosophy that Chippewa products use only premium raw materials and are hand crafted in USA. To this day, our U.S. made boots still carry the "Hand Crafted in USA" labels as homage to the men and women that have built the Chippewa brand.
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Handcrafted in the USA using premium materials, this rugged Chippewa lace-up boot offers great comfort, durability, and style. It's constructed with a leather upper and a Vibram traction sole. Whether you're hitting the pavement, or relaxing by the lake, this boot is functional footwear at its best.See all Product description
- Package Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B0036VN958
- Item model number: 20065
- Date first available at Amazon.com: April 23, 2010
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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But there are some negative things.
Break-in: The break-in period is pretty rough. It took at least two or three weeks of daily wear before they really started to break-in. Once they are broken in, they are really comfortable. Early on I treated the boots with mink oil to soften the leather and the waterproof it. If you treat with mink oil, wear thick socks, and keep in mind that these are probably decade boots, a few weeks of break-in is totally worth it. Now every morning, I set them by the register while I'm getting dressed, which makes the leather nice and warm and soft.
Sizing: Just weird. I normally wear a 10 or 10.5. Because I heard these usually ran big, I ordered a ten. They were pretty uncomfortable at first, but that's to be expected with a heavy-duty product like this. It needed to break in. So I broke them in over a period of a few weeks, so the leather would be softer, and the sole would have a little flex. After they broke in, the boots just didn't fit correctly. They were too long, and too narrow. So I ordered a 9.5 EE. The 9.5 EE are almost exactly the same size as my Clark's 10M desert boots, and after mink oil and break-in period, they are great. But I'm left with a pair of boots I don't need...
Arch: They come with a pretty high arch support. It was too high for me. So I bought a heel pad to stick underneath the insole, and it works great.
Orange welt: I was concerned about the apparent orange leather welt in the sole, but it darkens up nicely, and isn't nearly so orange.
I really like these boots. With these peculiar things aside, I'm really happy with them. I wear them in a casual office, short hikes, and photography work that will take me everywhere. Be careful and the sizing, be ready for a break-in period, and you'll like these boots. They are comfortable, look good, and will last a long time.
UPDATE: I wore these boots basically everyday during the winter, and anytime the occasion called for boots in the summer (and sometimes when it didn't). Soon as the weather cools into fall, I'll be back in them most everyday. I'm still loving them. There are times when I wish they were a little less clunky, but other times I'm glad for the heft to them. I think I may like to eventually buy some Wolverine 1000 mile boots for a little more elegance, but I'll keep these for occasions that could use something a little more rugged.
UPDATE 2 (Feb 2015): I still have the boots, and they're still going strong. I did buy some Wolverine 1000 Mile boots, which look nicer and are more comfortable (especially at first), but I still wear these a lot. I got them resoled recently with a a little thinner sole with more traction. The old soles still probably had a few years before they were worn out, but I was able to get new soles that were a little less clunky but with better tread, and I like them even more now.
I used to treat the books with mink oil paste, but have switched over to using neatsfoot oil every few months and Obenauf's LP a couple times a year.
These boots are rugged, the leather is aging nicely after 10 months, and a couple mink oil treatments really do wonders.
Here are some photos I took of both the new boots, and a few of the boots after several months. For some reason I Amazon won't let me upload them. [...]
These were great boots, for just over a month. With normal, occasional wear, the Vibram sole split at the toe and began pulling free of the welt. These boots were worn under normal, casual conditions. The same conditions under which pairs of dress shoes have survived for well over two years. They're not exactly what I would classify as "rugged", as the description claims.
I contacted Chippewa when I noticed the issue with the sole. They replied with the boilerplate response, "While we stand proudly behind our products we are not responsible for damages due to customer abuse or neglect and cannot guarantee any boot that has been repaired or altered. We do not warrant soles against wear."
That's great, and totally understandable. But if they would have accepted the boots back for inspection, or at least asked for a picture of the issue, they would have clearly seen that this was a defect in the manufacturing process (probably not enough glue), and not a result of wear, abuse, alteration or neglect.
I contacted Amazon, as per Chippewa's instructions, and they offered me a partial refund of the purchase price to keep them, or a prorated amount if I sent them back. But not a full refund since it fell outside of the return period. I took them up on their offer to keep them and decided to have them resoled with leather soles at a local cobbler.
The upper of the boot is great quality. They will undoubtedly last for a long time if well taken care of. Other reviews lead me to believe that Chippewa makes a great product. So I apparently got a rare defective pair of boots. Something that would have been understood and completely forgiven if Chippewa had actually stood behind their product.
I bought American made because I expected quality. And I had hoped an American company would stand behind their product. They did not. I guess you get what you pay for. Thankfully Amazon partially stood behind the product they sold so the net loss wasn't too significant.
A few notes - 1). The break-in period can be a little painful but well worth it. Hands down the most comfortable pair of shoes I own. 2). I wore the boots out of the box for a few hours and then applied a few coats of Kiwi waterproof conditioner (picked up a can from Wal-Mart). I let them dry overnight and then applied a few coats of Kiwi brown polish and buffed to a low shine. Also added Wolverine 1000 mile laces to complete the look I was going for. Couldn't be happier with how they turned out!
I'm about a month in, wearing these on a daily basis. No complaints so far and they seem to be holding up nicely. Looking forward to putting these boots through the ringer!
I attached an assortment of pics from how they look out of the box to how they look polished up with new laces.