Chippewa Boots are made in the U.S.A. The former independent company was founded in October 1901 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. The name comes from the Indian tribe of the region. Chippewa Boots started out as a company that produced a top end logging boot for area camps in the pulp and paper industry. In the 1930s sales expanded and volume increased tremendously when Chippewa introduced work shoes and Engineer Boots for the oil fields of the day. The company known for developing and inventing the Logger Boot created the Engineer Boot by combining a stovepipe leg shaft over an English Riding boot last. They were worn by land surveyors, which is likely where the name “Engineer Boot” came from. Chippewa was one of the first outdoor boot manufacturers to offer ladies outdoor boots that were actually made on a ladies last. It was also the first footwear manufacturer to use Vibram® outsoles, which were imported from Italy at the time. The continued use of Vibram® outsoles is consistent with Chippewa's commitment to the utilization of quality components.
In 1984 Justin Industries purchased the Chippewa Boot Company because it saw value in adding a brand with integrity to the Justin Brands, Inc. family. Complete history here. Justin Brands is owned by Berkshire Hathaway.
Styles of boots made: police patrol, engineer, work, motorcycle, snake protective, and firefighter's boots.
Locations of boot manufacture: United States.
Value: Chippewa Boots present an excellent value for the price paid. The boots are well constructed of quality leather and materials.
Availability: Many licensed third-party vendors throughout the world.
Custom sizing: Not available. Stock engineer boots run slightly large in the foot.
How to order: Try on and purchase in brick-and-mortar stores or from on-line vendors.
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