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Thorogood vs. Chippewa

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by -JR-, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. -JR-

    -JR- Member

    Jul 21, 2013
    To be clear, links of exact boots below. Thorogoods are American Heritage model, and Chippewas are, I believe, GQ model.



    For starters, I've been searching for a good USA made workboot-for actual working conditions (factory floor, 60 hours a week). Considerations for me are durability, price and style in that order.

    Based on my initial impressions, each have something I dig.

    -Good looking traction on sole
    -stylish. Comes in my preferred color of black, and looks pretty distinguished.
    -good price, can bag for $110 with Amazon first order deal.

    Cons-not so much discussion on durability.

    -appears more people have tried and looks like these last a while and are comfy.
    -Cheaper, $83 with my Amazon deal, might get two pairs at this rate.

    Cons-sole looks less grippy, doesn't come in black. A bit less stylish IMO.

    My main concern that hasn't been discussed much is weight. I'd prefer a lighter, more comfortable boot. Also, I work with wood glue, am wondering if any particular leather is resistant to damage glue causes. Glue kills my gloves from pulling it off every day, I'd hope a finish would help with this problem. Another thing is I walk around on sawdust, factory cement floors and gravel often. Any particular sole good with these surfaces? I'm mainly concerned with the sawdust. My current tactical boots hold up pretty good in this area with the aggressive tread.

    Opinions on these two, or suggestions for a third? I'm open to spend about $150. I'm going for value for the dollar as well, which is why I've not included Redwing-unless they can truly last 3 times as long as these two boots. Amazon prefered, but again I'm open. Also, any points I might not have thought of would be awesome.

    Thanks a ton guys. Tis place has already saved me a ton of money with the Amazon deal!
  2. -JR-

    -JR- Member

    Jul 21, 2013
    Only reason I ask here as opposed to my woodworking forums is this place knows it's boots, and those guys wear sandals, crocs, and even clogs, lol. Anyone got an opinion one way or the other?
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2013

    AAJJLLPP Senior member

    Jun 22, 2013
    I have not personally owned either but they are both made out of good materials in the u.s. so don't worry about durability on the either. Forget about the price difference and buy which ever one looks best to you, because if you take care of them they will last 10 years (the 30$ difference is 3 bucks a year then). Regarding comfort it's rather useless to read what other people say, because everyone feet are different, the only way to check is to try them on in person, that being said either boot will break in and form to your foot after time.
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  4. -JR-

    -JR- Member

    Jul 21, 2013

    Thanks for the reply. Really, the only reason price was a factor was in figuring out if I want to get two pairs or not. Regarding fit, I wish I could try them, sadly neither is available near me.

    For anyone else searching, I'm picking up the Chippewas for a few reasons, first being the Vibram sole on them is purported to be lighter weight. Second, I'm actually digging the look of the Chips which seem more timeless, and there have been a few guides posted on caring for them here with pics and everything-which turn out pretty impressive. Thirdly, there just seems to be an abundance of user experience on this particular Chippewa model. Very little on the Thorogood model (tho many good reviews on wedge models), which in my experience tends to point toward a mediocre product.
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2013
  5. bl@ster

    bl@ster Senior member

    Jan 4, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    I have both and I'd go with the Thorogood's, personally. They're not the lighter of the two boots but I think they're better built. The Thoro's are the best value going as far as 'Merican made boots.
  6. red81

    red81 Senior member

    Oct 9, 2012
    those thorogoods - look sturdier than chippewas, not fashionable
    those chippewas - look better, flimsier

    also, looks like the tread's a little better on the thorogoods.
  7. dixonmanor

    dixonmanor Senior member

    Aug 3, 2009
    I actually just picked that exact pair of Chippewas to use as work boots after my Red Wing work chukkas gave up the ghost after nearly 6 faithful years of service. They are definitely tough... nothing flimsy about them. I was able to pick up a pair for $100 on sale, and so far I couldn't be happier. They're light but also tall enough to provide good ankle support, and the sole seems plenty grippy (and I work in a bar... surfaces are ALWAYS wet). They're not quite as "fine" as some other brands out there (Red Wing, Wolverine, etc etc) but for the money they are pretty great. I applied to coats of Obenauf's LP, and after about 30 hours of wear they're starting to break in nicely.
  8. -JR-

    -JR- Member

    Jul 21, 2013

    Working with glues, the oil tanned leather will probably damage the Thorogoods less anyway, which makes it harder to choose since I kinda set my heart on the Chips. Argh....

    This is pretty much what I wanted to hear. Good thing is it appears I can't go wrong with either choice. I'm wondering with your work environment, does the rough out leather attract filth? This is work wear, but it'd be nice to be able to go somewhere with these every now and again.

    To make it harder to pull the trigger, just discovered Wolverine Plainsmen-and they are pretty damn well priced for being made with Horween leather.

    Ah, lookin' for boots-my new addiction....
  9. mixProtocol

    mixProtocol Senior member

    Mar 22, 2013
    So -JR-, which did you end up going with and how do you like them?

    If you're concerned with the potential for glue damage, you might want to give the boots a coat of Obenauf's LP (or SnoSeal) followed by a good buff -- sealing the leather with a wax/oil blend might make it easier to remove any dried glue.
  10. loug

    loug Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2013
    wake up ol' thread. just ordered the Thorogood 6 inchers over the Chippawa and by the looks the Thorogood are more sturdy looking. Have some black 1K's and RW round toe but needed a black boot that fit better. the 1K's are 12's and normally wear 13. length is good but the are narrow (anyone interested in them?) the Thorogoods are 13 EE because i like to wear thick socks, neither of the other boots have room for thick socks. these will be my first EE boots/shoes. hope they do the trick.
  11. gaseousclay

    gaseousclay Senior member

    Mar 29, 2010

    any of you own the Thorogood Beloit 6" boot from the 1892 collection? I'm curious how these fit.
  12. genes888

    genes888 Member

    May 19, 2015
    I bought a pair of these recently in the Brown CXL.

    They are excellent boots that look great in jeans, chinos, pants & even a casual suit.

    Build quality is good & there is nearly no need for a break-in period. I wore mine for 7-8 hours straight the day after with a nice thick boot sock & they were great. Only bit of discomfort was on the top of the shoe where the thickness of the leather caused some discomfort above my ankles towards the end of the day.

    The included padded inner sole makes it very comfy to walk in from day 1.

    Regarding fit, I bought a size US9D and would say that it actually fits more like an US8.5D. So on average, it runs a 1/2 size small.

    I was initially going to buy the 'Dodgeville' model which was slightly more expensive (AUD$80 more) and apparenly had better padding inside, however, after advice from the sales guy, I bought the 'Beloit' model instead and was glad I did. The Dodgeville had a 2-3 week break in period which was just too long imho.

    I'd recommend getting the Thorogood' beloit' boots if you were still looking at investing in a pair.


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