The Original Chippewa Heritage Boot Line - Page 20
It looks like a few of these can still be had at various and sundry locations on the internet. I recommend these as a solid, more budget-friendly alternative to Red Wing Iron Rangers.
My first pair was in black, size 10D and they were very tight at first. I have been wearing them for about a year now and they are loose with thin socks, perfect with heavy socks (or thin socks plus thin inserts). I am really thrilled with these!
I actually put a wax polish job on the cap toes at first for a unique dressy look, did my best at a mirror shine. More recently I stripped the wax and oiled the cap toe to match the rest.
I ordered the second pair in Crazy Horse leather and found much better price on them. Went for a 10.5, which was perfect at first but now fits well with an insert and thick socks - very comfortable. If you haven't experienced the hard insole trust me when I say that cushioned inserts will be appreciated. The leather looks much darker than the original color after using Filson's boot oil on them several times.
Please excuse the lackluster photography!
I have a pair of service boots in tan renegade. I really love the leather patterning on them but they are bit more orange than I would like. I was thinking about putting a coat of Obenauf's on them to darken them a little. I was hoping someone who has the tan renegade and has done this could post a few pics for me. Before/after would be great but if you don't have any before pics I would be interested in just the results too.
Anyone have experience with the "Modern Suburban" chukka?
I'm mainly interested in the footbed and lining. I've read that they have a leather footbed but can't tell if its only the heel, with texon in the forefoot. I'm also curious to know if any of these Chippewa's have cork under the footbed. The Chippewa boots I have require a removable insole to be comfortable. These are also supposed to have a leather vamp lining instead of the typical cotton drill fabric.
They look like they would be a nice alternative to the Red Wing work chukka unless the quality is not the same.