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The Chippewa Boots Buying Guide

Chippewa is a venerable American heritage brand dating all the way back to 1901, when it was established in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin as a producer of high-quality footwear for men and women. For more than a century it has stayed true to the tenets of classic American craftsmanship, bringing forth an unbeatable collection of men's Chippewa boots and shoes to endure the harshest of North American climates. Today, men's Chippewa boots are as rugged, rustic and sophisticated as ever. Complete your everyday closet with the light suede chukkas, or combat winter weather in the tough, insulated, comfortable hiking boots.

Chippewa specializes in high quality, rugged footwear that is built to last. Renowned for their practicality and vintage workwear look, the American label’s boots are comfortable and durable enough for day-long outings. Along with the usual details you can expect of Chippewa– superior quality, fine materials and authentic heritage style – they also come with a range of performance-focused technologies. The wide selection includes everything from steel-toe loggers to hiking, wellington and 8” lace-ups. Ahead, take a look at our men’s Chippewa boots buying guide, which will help you decide on the pair that works best for you and the size you should go for. 

The Most Wanted Chippewa Boots

  • Chippewa Arador Bay Apache Boots

    Chippewa’s Arador Bay Apache Boots are made to withstand the wear and tear of hard work. Made in the USA, these 9-inch tall men's lace-up boots have a Goodyear Welt construction and are set on a Vibram® rubber outsole for traction and stability on a variety of surfaces. The Arador Bay Apache comes in a waterproof version with Chip-A-Tex® membrane, and an insulated waterproof option that is lined in a lightweight, breathable, and moisture-resistant 3M Thinsulate™ Ultra fabric. Exceeding safety standards for impact and compression, you can also invest in Arador Bay Apache boots with a steel toe for optimum protection.  

  • Chippewa Birkhead Boots

    Designed to perform in even the toughest conditions, Chippewa’s Birkhead Boots are made from leather with a breathable Chip-A-Tex® waterproof membrane system and sit on a rubber outsole for greater traction on challenging terrain. Available in both a 6-inch and 8-inch tall profile, they feature a steel shank for stability, Flexwelt® insoles for a comfortable and flexible fit and a 3M Thinsulate™ Ultra lining for optimum warmth. Certain Birkhead styles come with a steel toe that meets electrical hazard rated safety standards. 

  • Chippewa Brome Boots

    With a breathable Chip-A-Tex® waterproof membrane system, these Brome Boots by Chippewa provide superior wet-weather protection. The 17-inch tall silhouette is made from a tough leather that’s strong enough to withstand the strikes of venomous snakes. The Vibram® outsole provides plenty of grip and traction, while flexible Bontex® insoles ensure all-day comfort. 

The Chippewa Boots Sizing Guide

Not sure what size to get in Chippewa boots? The brand’s footwear comes in US sizing, and you will be able to use the below chart to see how your usual men’s UK or EU size corresponds. You can also measure your foot length in centimeters and then match with international sizing.

For example, if you usually wear a men’s UK 9 or EU 43, you should buy your Chippewa boots in a US size 10.

Chippewa offers different width sizes, with medium, wide and extra wide available in some models. 


How To Care For Your Chippewa Boots

The brand’s durable boots are made from premium leather and are destined to remain in style for as long as you own them. They can last a lifetime, but only if they’re well looked after. To help maintain the appearance of your Chippewa boots, follow these simple steps:

Clean any dirt from your boots. Use warm water and a stiff bristle brush on waterproof leather, or a specialist leather cleaner on any boots made from oiled and dry-tanned leather. Chippewa boots crafted from nubuck/suede leather can be cleaned with a nubuck/suede brush.

Restore the leather with a conditioner that matches the type of leather your shoes are made of.

Protect your boots from stains or marks with a leather protector.


Are Chippewa boots made in America?

Some Chippewa boots are made in the USA, while there are also some that are made in China. Whichever country the brand’s boots are made in, they are always manufactured with the highest quality materials and soles. Chippewa’s ‘Made in USA’ collection includes the Arador Bay Apache, Cibola Logger, Blaine, Ellison and many more. 

Are Chippewa boots waterproof?

Chippewa does create a range of waterproof boots, comprising styles like the Colville, Modoc, Graeme, Birkhead and Gunnison. Built for protection and comfort, most are crafted from premium leather and enhanced with a breathable Chip-A-Tex® waterproof membrane system. This ensures water cannot penetrate but still allows air to pass through for maximum comfort. A seam seal construction helps keep feet dry and comfortable.

How do Chippewa boots fit?

The brand’s boots generally run true to size, and we would recommend taking the shoe size you usually wear.