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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.
These 20065 Chippewa Men's Classics Lace Up Work Boots are built with American pride and American handcraftsmanship. Chippewa Classics represent the best of class in components and classic styling for everyday wear. Chippewa Boots are functional footwear that will stand up to the ruggedness of the great outdoors no matter whether the task is utilitarian or recreational. 6" Chocolate Apache Leather Lace UpAntique Brass Non Tarnishable HardwareHeavy Duty Wax Sta-Ties LacesDrill Vamp Lining5 Iron Texon™ Insole4 Iron MidsoleRemoveable Cushion Orthotic MidsoleGoodyear Leather Welt ConstructionFiberglass ShankVibram Stockbridge OutsoleMade or Assembled in USA20065 Chippewa Men's Classics Lace Up Work Boots - Chocolate
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.
- International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
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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. [...]
I ordered these boots with Sof Sole Mink Oil and applied it after a few days of wearing the boots around. The mink oil definitely made the boots several shades darker, which is something I was worried about, but am still happy with the overall color and added shimmer. Overall these boots are very well constructed, comfortable, stylish and affordable in its category. I 100% recommend these to anyone looking for a high quality boot. I'm attaching some photos before the mink oil and after the application.
Chippewa Men's 20065 6" Rugged Handcrafted Lace-Up Boot,Chocolate Apache,12 D US
The boots fit well right out of the box. The heal is a bit aggressive right now, but your foot needs to get used to a new boot and the leather needs to soften. It is also getting used to the leather heal. I currently wear Irish Setters which are waterproof so the interior has a lining. This boot is just a leather upper which is what I wanted. No lining and a leather pad for the heal. As of now the boot is comfortable, but my heal gets hot spots very quickly with any sort of walking. This is to be expected and nothing surprising. It will work itself out like it always does. I will do a update in a few months. As of now I am extremely happy.
EDIT: Well that was a quick update. I already had to send mine back as there is a popping feeling and noise coming from both boots. It feels like the sole was glued on improperly. I thought it may have been the insole, but I removed both of them and the popping continues leading me to believe it is the outsole which is a huge problem. If it is improper gluing the soles could easily separate. I'm not to happy to say the least.