OP here. Remember way back in 2013 when I made this post:
...about the Chippewa "Reserve" Collection which was to be made with the higher end Horween leathers? Well I almost forgot too since I've been looking for a way to track these down for the past two years. Well, lo and behold I just found some listed on Ebay and went ahead and kopped.... after all this time!
And now they're in! And I can report that they are indeed made with Horween leather, in this case Burgundy CXL. Not only that, but they have that nice retro pattern on the outsole and the insole is made with real leather (like a pair of Red Wings) instead of that Texon paperboard. One other difference from the regular Original Chippewa is that this model seems to have one extra eyelet. Nice.
Here are the pics I just snapped:Edited by bl@ster - 4/26/15 at 3:57am