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Chippewa Boots

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Macready, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. Macready

    Macready Member

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    I used to like Doc Martens in my younger years. But nowadays I don't like the fact that their made in China, and I don't really like the fact that Doc's yellow stitching and sole scream "these are Doc Martens". There are a ton of boot threads that I've read about other good boot manufacturers but I've only come across a few much about Chippewas. Has anyone had a good experience with them? I have been thinking about getting these boots:

    http://www.amazon.com/Chippewa-Mens-...=pd_sbs_shoe_2

    I appreciate any input on this matter!
     
  2. Mudhiker

    Mudhiker Senior member

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    I have two pairs of the 6 inch (dark brown and tan) as well as the pull on that is a similar style. Great boots, very comfortable, I wear them every weekday.
     
  3. Michigan Planner

    Michigan Planner Senior member

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    I have the LLBean Katahdin Engineer Boot which is made by Chippewa and I believe is the 6" version. I've only had them a few months but haven't had any issues with them. They were super comfortable right out of the box which was a good thing. They have quickly become the only casual footwear I've been wearing since the fall. I also wear them to work quite a bit - I work in a pretty casual office and these go great with cords or khaki pants.
     
  4. bl@ster

    bl@ster Senior member

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    I used to like Doc Martens in my younger years. But nowadays I don't like the fact that their made in China, and I don't really like the fact that Doc's yellow stitching and sole scream "these are Doc Martens". There are a ton of boot threads that I've read about other good boot manufacturers but I've only come across a few much about Chippewas. Has anyone had a good experience with them? I have been thinking about getting these boots:

    http://www.amazon.com/Chippewa-Mens-...=pd_sbs_shoe_2

    I appreciate any input on this matter!


    Yes, I have these and the 6" version (also in rodeo tan color, the ligher shade) and they are awesome. Tremendous value and craftsmanship is pretty good. Made in USA, gotta love that. For sizing, they size the same as Red Wing for me. Pick em up, you'll thank yourself.

    Oh and here's the tan color:
    [​IMG]
     
  5. CommenceFailure

    CommenceFailure Well-Known Member

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    I bought the Katahdin boots from LL Bean last year. I worked outside through the winter and they held up great. I'm sure they're going to last me years, and then Chippewa offers resole-ing for 60 bucks I think.

    http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/49464...engineer-boots
     
  6. NewYorkIslander

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    You can still source Made in the UK Docs, I've found two pair myself, very comfortable.
     
  7. bleachboy

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    I have a pair of the "Arctic" (waterproof, insulated) 6" boots and I absolutely love them. I doubt I will ever need to buy another pair of snow/work boots. They are built like a tank and extremely comfortable. Highly recommended!
     
  8. Macready

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    Thanks for the responses! The 8" ones that I'm thinking of getting seem fairly similar to the engineer boot that several of you endorse, but it just has a some extra eyelets (I prefer 8" boots) so I think it's a go. Here's a pic of the ones I'm thinking of getting if you don't want to click the link above. [​IMG]
     
  9. Doctor

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    Can any of you Chippewa owners shed light on the sizing?

    I usually get a size 14E in brands like Alden. Unfortunately the Chippewa boot I want only comes in 14EE or 14D. What are my chances of getting away with a 14D? I *hate* narrow shoes, but I read somewhere that the Chip's may run a bit large.

    Have to say they look brilliant in terms of aesthetics and craftsmanship.
     
  10. bleachboy

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    I sized mine up one, since I pretty much always wear them with thick, heavy boot socks.
     
  11. Mr. Lee

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    I have two pairs of this brand and they are fine boots. Also, made in USA, but it always pays to check with each model at each purchase.
     
  12. Mr. Lee

    Mr. Lee Senior member

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    Can any of you Chippewa owners shed light on the sizing?

    I usually get a size 14E in brands like Alden. Unfortunately the Chippewa boot I want only comes in 14EE or 14D. What are my chances of getting away with a 14D? I *hate* narrow shoes, but I read somewhere that the Chip's may run a bit large.

    Have to say they look brilliant in terms of aesthetics and craftsmanship.


    A tad wide, but not enough if you plan on wearing a heavy sock and you at a true "E." I am a 9D and find them just a little wide but bearable.
     
  13. SirGrotius

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    Those look excellent. Nice price point too.
     
  14. Johdus Fanfoozal

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    Dec. 25, 2010: Santa gives Johdus Fanfoozal a pair of Chippewa 25290 and a jar of Sno-seal.

    Dec. 26, 2010: Fanfoozal has to abandon his car 2.5 miles from home during the great Northeast Blizzard.

    Wearing his Christmas gift with his other Christmas gift generously slathered on it, Fanfoozal trudges through the unshoveled, unplowed streets of Hudson County to make his way home.

    His feet remain dry.

    So remember kids:

    [​IMG]

    +

    [​IMG]

    works.
     
  15. Doctor

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    A tad wide, but not enough if you plan on wearing a heavy sock and you at a true "E." I am a 9D and find them just a little wide but bearable.

    That's tough then... If they're a tad wide then a 14EE will surely be too wide.
     
  16. Peter1

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    They come in 3 widths, but the EEE and B can be hard to find. I sized down one half. Don't recall that they came in half sizes, but maybe they do now. I agree that they might be a little wide, but I wear mine with thin silk liners and wool socks so that's a good thing.

    I have had a pair of the 6" ones for a decade -- and two home renovations. I just can't wear them out. My brother has had the same pair for about 15 years and two resolings. I recommend them to everyone.

    For some reason Chippewas have been second fiddle to Red Wing lately, but IMO they are a much better value. They aren't "hip" like RW, so I hope that's their saving grace.
     
  17. Reggs

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    I've had some Chippewa Engineers that I've put through hell before. It's a quality brand.
     
  18. Macready

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    I am trying to decide whether to go with the 9.5 EE or 10D. I wear a 9.5E EXACTLY and not a milimeter more. So the 9.5EE will probably be too wide, and then 10D will be too long. Which is the lesser of the two evils? I wish Chippewa had more options for width other than just D and EE.
     
  19. canderson

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    I am trying to decide whether to go with the 9.5 EE or 10D. I wear a 9.5E EXACTLY and not a milimeter more. So the 9.5EE will probably be too wide, and then 10D will be too long. Which is the lesser of the two evils? I wish Chippewa had more options for width other than just D and EE.

    I'm not sure if this will help, but I'm a perfect 9D. My 9D I bought a few weeks ago rub my pinky toes quite a bit, to the point I'm going to try to return them. This wasn't noticeable when I tried them on a L.L. Bean but was after wearing them for a day.

    I'm thinking I'm going to go 9EE instead of a 9.5D because I have enough room in the box for my other toes. The box though gets narrow on the sides pretty quickly.

    Even with the issue I'm having, these boots are awesome.
     
  20. Pash

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    I just bought these deadstock 8 inchers on EBay for $63 shipped. I used this thread to get an idea about fit; thanks guys. I'm a 13 in Chucks, 13D in AE Cliftons, 13.5 in most sneakers. I bought a 13D in Chippewas. I've had pinky toe crushing in other hard shoes in the past, so I'm nervous but hopeful.
     

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