Rated 5 out of 5 by Whuffo Great Boots
I've owned lots of boots. Combat, cowboy, hiking, work, jump. Lots of boots. I believe these are the best I've owned. Comfortable out of the box, well-made. I would buy them again in a heartbeat.
March 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by GearNut Good looking, comfortable boots!
I bought these boots to wear at the office on rainy/snowy days. For this purpose, they're excellent -- rugged enough for the elements, and dressy enough to not draw attention. The minimalist tread does just fine in snow/ice, and it doesn't track heaps of snow into the house. The leather is stiff, but very comfortable. I didn't experience any pain or discomfort during the break-in period. I really love these boots and would highly recommend them -- they're beautiful and very comfortable. The boots run about a full size large. My only gripe -- I wish they had a bit more arch support.
Definitely some QA issues with Chippewa, but nothing too serious.The first pair that arrived was defective. Not to worry. LL Bean's return/exchange policy is the best in the industry. They had a new pair delivered to my door the next day. Amazing service!
February 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 Great boots!
I searched long and hard for a pair of quality everyday boots at a reasonable price. I bought these over a year ago and I have been very satisfied!
Fit is good and comfortable. Boot leather is of high quality and breaks in nicely after wearing. The boots look great with office wear or jeans, and are extremely durable for outdoor work.
Only criticism is that the treads on the boots are shallow and can be slippery in icy or muddy conditions. If you're walking a lot in the winter, you might want to invest in some cleats or crampons.
A great pair of boots though that I would gladly buy again! My soles are getting flat after a year and a half of regular wear, which can be expected. Uppers are in great shape though still. I am looking forward to getting them re-soled to put some more miles on my Engineer Boots.
February 11, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by M123456789 Nice boots once broken in - very large
I would definitely go a full size down if you don't know your boot size. Some reviewers are saying a half size down, which I did, but they still feel just a bit large. I'm going to keep them, but these fit more like a loafer would fit than a sneaker (I'm a 9 loafer, 10 sneaker, at least in Nikes and Pumas). The boots themselves are very nice and are actually very comfortable once broken in. They seem to be very well made, and the color is a nice ruddy brown. They do OK in snow, though the sole slips a bit as it doesn't have a ton of grip, and they are fairly warm though they are no winter boot.
February 11, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Bonevt Sturdy boot, just needs a couple tweaks
You have to remember that the boots are made by Chippewa when sizing (it's in the description, but needs highlighting). They run about a half large. I normally wear a 10 in most things, 10.5 in others. I ordered these in a 10 and they were a bit big. I removed the insoles that come with the boot and put new, thicker ones and that did the trick. 9.5's would've worked, but would have been too tight with wool socks. the 10s are just about perfect with the new insoles and wool socks. As they break in they snug up well too.
My only complaint is similar to what others have said about needing a padded leather collar (like the regular waterproof KIW boots have). The collar is pretty stiff and takes a while to get used to - I don't know if my legs are now just used to the collar cutting in to them, of if the leather's softened up, but the first few days of wearing were miserable around the collar area. Once you get past that, they're fine. The laces that come with them suck though, had to replace those asap.
I was looking for something I can wear with khakis to the office or with jeans on a motorcycle, and not worry about stepping in mud or trudging through a bit of snow - these fit the bill perfectly. Overall, you can tell these boots will last years and years and years. Money well spent.
February 4, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by GraRigs Very Good
These boots are a very good purchase. The colour of them has a slight red tinge, maybe more so than the picture suggests, which I like a lot. They're quite sturdy, and many people have complimented them.
Two main gripes with them though. First is that they do scuff decently easily. I was expecting and wanting this to happen to my boots eventually to get a nice patina, but it happened pretty quickly. It's most noticeable on the top of the toe box and on the sides where a line appears where leather is put together underneath the surface.
Secondly, the Vibram sole of these do not do that well on ice. On snow or concrete they're perfectly fine, but an unexpected patch of ice and you will slip. Just a forewarning. They also aren't designed for warmth, if that's what you're looking for. Sure, they aren't cold, but they aren't lined and your toes do get chilly after a while when outdoors below freezing.
I do really like these boots, but those two things make it not a 5/5.
February 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by DoctorSeVen Beautifuly Understated
From 1880 to 1940 is with out a doubt the golden age of men's clothing. No time period ever got more things correct than that era for what men love in clothing. Theses boots are a time capsule of perfection. A simple design executed perfectly coming together in a boot that is, as tough as it is comfortable and can go with almost any outfit. From rugged out doors, to a garage work floor or a more urban setting you can fit in with just about anything. Pairs best with jeans or chinos.
You can expect about two long wears (of about 8 hours each) before they break in and feel like that boot you reach for every time you go out.
The boots leather is thick but supple with the logo hidden under the laces on the tounge. This is the boot of an adult man that sees foot wear as a nessesity not the urban fashion statement we see on other boots.
The company assembling this boot is Chipawa so you know it will be well made. You are buying it from L.L.Bean so you know the company standing behind it won't let you down if something is wrong. Mine were perfect right out of the box. I have fairly wide feet so I really do appreciate the fact that they are offered in wide sizes. Slimmer looking ten one would expect from a EE but I found them roomy enough on cold days to be worn with thick wool socks and on warmer days a clasic cotton.
As a person that spend 210 days a year traveling the globe I can't afford the space to give up for many pairs of shoes. I have to get it right in just one. These are my personal boots of choice when traveling. I can give them no better rating, praise or review, then saying simply this "I am wearing them as I write this review from my phone 1500 miles from home. I believe in them that much."
January 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BB38 Great looking boot
Really nice styling, very sturdy and great value.
January 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by haines99 Very impressed
I expected a very good, quality pair of boots, but my expectations are exceeded. I own several pairs of Red Wing, Chippewa, etc, and these are top-shelf. I could not make them more perfect, from craftmanship and fit and finish, to wear and comfort. The look is classic whether I'm in the field or the office.
January 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 Great Boots
Chippewa makes great boots. They keep your feet warm and dry in the wet winter months. Very stylish. A timeless classic.
January 21, 2015