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I received these Chippewa Firefighter Boots (Model 20242) from the guys in my local fire station as a gift for working with them on local fire safety home improvement projects (since 1997). The boots are completely leather lined, have an EPS steel toe, ANSI 75 steel bottom plate, and Kush-N-Kollar. They are about 9 inches tall. These boots are different from my the same style of boots I purchased in 2007 and and bought again in 2012 because they have a Vibram 700 (Chevron, flat, yellow plug) sole. My other Chip Firefighter boots have a Vibram 100 big lug sole.
These boots are the most comfortable, durable, and well-constructed boots I have worn when I ride my Harley. Despite the leather lining, they don't get hot. I have worn them for very long days when riding my bike and my feet never hurt. This is why they are highly recommended on my Complete Guide to Motorcycle Boots.
The boots are designed in Station Boot style. The unique design feature of these boots is the center zipper in the front, which makes them easy to pull on and take off. The zipper insert has two side laces that when adjusted once, don't need to be fooled with again.
Information and photos illustrating how to lace these boots is below and on the Boots Wiki, here.
I own three pairs of these boots. The Vibram 700 smooth-soled 2012 models are shown on this page.
The pair I bought in 2012 is here and the pair I bought in 2007 is here.
ABOVE: [LEFT] 20242 model   [MIDDLE]   27422 model yr. 2012   [RIGHT]   27422 model yr. 2007
For a different appearance, I tried using red laces in these boots.
Note, red laces do not mean anything. These are not "skinhead" boots
After a while, I returned to using black laces in these boots. I did not like how red laces made these boots look so different.
I have been asked to show how to lace these boots. Detailed instructions and a diagram are on the Boots Wiki here and on written instructions and a video (see below). Images of the boots as laced are below, too.
Here are written instructions on lacing firefighter boots for a loose fit (or if you have large feet.)
This video gives a demonstration about how to lace this style of boot with a boot zipper.
Smokin' in Firefighters
My Chippewa Boots Collection