Chippewa celebrates there 115th birthday this year. They have seen the creation of the Model T, enjoyed the roaring 20’s, survived the great depression of the 30’s, supplied American forces in not one world war, but two. Now over 100 years later they still produce top quality products for men and women in all walks of life. This is not just a Chippewa boots review, I’m reviewing the legacy of the brand.
Out of all work boot companies, they have pioneered the greatest and longest lasting innovations within the industry. Each boot is built with care, knowing that they would find there way on the feet of loggers, engineers, and craftsman who work the most hazardous jobs. Uncompromising quality and standards make these some of the most reliable, durable, and safe boots in the world.
Even today, as more and more companies move overseas, Chippewa stands as a true American brand. Their United States factories produce 100% of their domestic product. They stand for heritage, performance, and integrity. They will continue to provide the highest quality products to the men and women who made, and continue to make this country what it is today.
Due to the fact that these boots are American made using the highest quality materials and expert craftsman, they do not come cheap. However, if you need a boot that will stand the test of time, get you home safe and in one piece, all the while supporting your fellow American, look no further.
Chippewa Boots Reviews
The most famous Chippewa boots are there engineer and logger lines. Let’s take a look at what over 100 years of innovation, design, drive can do.
The super logger might be the most well known, sought after, and admired boot in the entire logging industry. Veterans and rookies alike will appreciate the superior feel and safety. Here how we judged them.
Firstly, safety is the #1 concern while working in the logging industry. That’s why Chippewa have the highest rated steel toes that exceed the ASTM F2413-11 and ASTM electrical hazard safety standards.
The shank is triple ribbed steel which gives incredible traction and arch support. They are great on the uneven and unknown terrain you will be traversing.
Next, we looked at the construction method and ruggedness. The boot is made using a Goodyear storm welt construction method. This is the most durable form of construction that is specifically made for work in harsh and unforgiving environments. The only downside of this method is a increased break in period. Don’t wear these immediately on the job, give them a good five days to break in and form to your feet and movements.
Finally, we looked at how comfortable these boots are after the initial break-in period. We took them hiking for 12 hours over mountainous terrain. The first thing we noticed was how form fitting the boots had become. There was no movement of the heel or arch when walking on uneven ground. At the end of the hike we took them through about ankle height water and remained dry as can be.
That night our feet still showed no signs of discomfort or injury from the earlier hike. We attribute that to the amazing insoles the Chippewa brand uses. They are incredibly comfortable, shock absorbing, and completely removable for easy cleaning or replacement.
Overall, if you’re looking for the crème de la crème, these are it.
Why We Love Them: They are the best in class, cover the entire spectrum of safety features, and are incredibly comfortable.
Where We Think They Could Do Better: The boot is made in the U.S. with the highest quality materials and construction method. They are not cheap but for the quality they are worth every penny.
The first thing we noticed was how durable and strong these felt. The leather was quite clearly very high quality with good stitching. They feel like they’re armor for your feet. I don’t see these falling apart anytime soon.
As far as safety goes, they have a steel-toe version that of course meets the standards set by the ASTM. While not as hardy as the super loggers, they still offer more than adequate safety with a lighter and more casual style.
The only issue we had with them was the hardness of the insole. While it’s great if your riding, I’d prefer something a bit softer for work.
Similar to the boots above, these also have a long break-in time. Don’t judge them immediately, give them a few days.
Why We Love Them: You can easily slip them on and go about your day. There really great for casual wear and light work.
Where We Think They Could Do Better: The insoles of these boots are not that comfortable. We suggest getting a third party insole to replace them.
If you’re looking for the non-steel toe version, please click here.
No brand would be complete without a pair of casual boots. This is there famous service boot and they have become my daily go-to’s.
Right away the boots were receiving positive attention from my friends, coworkers, and family. In fact, I was a little bit jealous, they get more attention than I do.
Comfort wise they are unparalleled. Because of the thinner build and design they are extremely lightweight and feel really good on your feet. Similar to the other boots, they take a good week to break in but after that it’s smooth sailing.
While they can be worn for physical jobs, we’d prefer something a bit more substantial. I don’t think I’d trust these too keep me safe and upright while doing any difficult tasks.
Overall, just a beautiful boot that, with proper care, will last you years. I love them, you’ll love them, don’t wait any longer.