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Chippewa American Handcrafted GQ Apache Lacer Boot Reviews

72 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

80%Rated 5 stars

12%Rated 4 stars

8%Rated 3 stars

0%Rated 2 stars

0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

44% "Felt true to size"

81% "Felt true to width"

72% "Moderate arch support"

Additional 52 American Handcrafted GQ Apache Lacer Boot Chippewa Reviews

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January 30, 2013

Caitlin C

from South Orange, NJ

Got these for my boyfriend for Christmas. He really liked them and wears them all the time but we had to return a few times because they run very large - he ended up with a full size smaller than he usually takes. Very fast and simple return process made it easy, though.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a full size larger than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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January 26, 2013

Anonymous

 

The soles of these boots were crooked! Once the foot is inside, you can tell that the boots would probably break in very comfortably, but the pair I received had the sole so lop-sided, that in one step it forced my feet to over-pronate!

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt narrower than marked

 

Runs Narrow

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January 22, 2013

Anonymous

 

I bought them in a store. They are very comfortable and good looking. I have had only one issue of tightness around the arch of my foot. That is easy to fix by skipping the bottom or very first hole when you put on the strings. Start from the second and they feel awesome!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 22, 2013

Zack

 

I decided to go with the much cheaper Chippewas over a pair of exquisitely nice Red Wing Beckmans. I originally ordered the Red Wings, hoping for a great quality boot that I'd never tire of that would only get better with age. Well, they arrived and I noticed a few things off the bat that prompted me to immediately return them: the lack of quick-lacing at the top, and lack of leather pull tab meant that getting them on and off was a tedious chore. I wanted these boots for casual use (I have other Caterpillar Alaska boots for work) and taking a few minutes to put on and take off my shoes isn't ideal. The color was also offputting. I was hoping the color would be more neutral, but it wasn't. Plus they were very heavy. Don't get me wrong, the Red Wings were gorgeous and well-made, but they just didn't fit my needs. Enter the Chippewa GQ Apaches. I love them! Pros: -They are a full 50% cheaper than the Red Wings. -They have a quick-lace upper, with a final hole at the top to secure your laces even if your socks settle. Nice design! -They are a great "boot leather" color that ages nicely. -They have Vibram soles that are just soft enough to be comfortable, but also have great traction. -They are made in USA. -The hardware is solid, and the welting is very nicely done. -The leather tongue is connected pretty high up to the upper, so if you step in water you might not get wet. The tongues are also centered, which is a true pet peeve of mine when they are lopsided due to shoddy craftsmanship. Cons: -The shaving around the sole and welting is sort of sloppy, as another reviewer mentioned. This can be touched up by the buyer though. -No pull-tab on the back to aid in putting them on with heavy socks. This is just personal preference. Overall, these are fantastic boots for the value. I haven't had them for long, but I will update my review after I get more miles out of them. They are beautiful, comfortable out of the box, and truly are a good value. I have somewhat narrow and long feet, and these actually fit them very well while many boots are too wide for my liking. They look exactly like the stock photos, which isn't always the case for shoes online. You won't regret them, especially at this price point.

Brands I'd also recommend: Frye, Red Wing

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

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January 17, 2013

Anonymous

from North Carollina

Shoes are great. My husband has enjoyed them; he wears them every day. Zappos is top of the line when it comes to service.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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January 13, 2013

Danny A

from Omaha, NE

These are definitely on the narrow side. The construction quality is excellent. There are a few minor blemishes on the leather but that adds character. They take a long time to break in but it is not a painful process. While not as heavy duty as some work boot options, they will probably last long enough to in and out of style several times before needing a re-sole. I do not think they are waterproof but you will be fine as long as you stay out of the deep puddles.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt narrower than marked

 

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January 9, 2013

Anonymous

from Manasquan, NJ

I had a boot similar to this style a few years ago and I could never find anything close. These boots are perfect, they are well made (built in America-what do you expect), look good and feel good on the feet. I liked them so much, I bought another pair in the lighter color. I would, 100%, recommend buying these boots.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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January 4, 2013

Anonymous

 

What a handsome boot! But be careful. Not sure why but my achilles was chafed after wearing them for a day, walking all about NYC. I later learned one can roll up their socks, or just not lace the boot up all the way. I love these boots despite the chafing.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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December 26, 2012

Happy B

from Boston

These are the best boots I've ever owned, by a long shot. Their overall style is that of straightforward work boots (and they have the bulletproof construction and comfortable insoles that requires) but they have details which make them are more refined, suitable for office use as well. The soles are super: good traction, non-tracking, non-marking.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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No arch support

 

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December 15, 2012

RyanMac

from South, New Jersey

Have had these boots for a week now and also own red wings and a couple other brands. For the money these boots a very impressive. The style can be as casual or as dressy as you'd like. They also, in my opinion, hold their own against other expensive brands like red wing. One of the most comfortable boots I have ever worn, even right out of the box, while looking great. Be sure to go a half size down from your regular shoe size and go for wide width if possible.

Brands I'd also recommend: Red wings- Iron Ranger

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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December 3, 2012

Ricardo

from Chicago

Well constructed boot. Rugged leather and type of sole made the boots take some time to break in (for me approximately 2 months) but once broken in, they're as comfortable as some of my basketball shoes. Wear them for work and for going out in the city. They run approximately 1/2 size larger than stated. The Vibram sole is comfortable and quiet, but only grippy in warm weather. As some prior reviews state, they do become slick on some wet concrete surfaces, but offer practically no traction in snowy surfaces. If using these boots on icy surfaces, you do so at your own risk (I've learned the hard way myself). I've own this pair for a year, using it at 2-3 times a week since then. Great Spring, Summer and Fall boot, but if you live where it snows, and you need to walkabout on snow or ice, not good. Overall, still a great buy.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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October 6, 2012

M0pop

from Baltimore/DC area

You will not find a more comfortable pair of boots. I am a project manager for a fencing company an wanted something that I could wear in the office or in the field. I now wear them to dinner too. I have plantar fasciitis and struggle with many shoes that I purchase. These without a doubt have excellent support and my feet have given me no problems. It will take a few wears to break these in but once you do, you will not be sorry. Kudos to Zappos as well. I ordered a smaller size than normal due to reviews but when my first pair came in, they were still too big. I called Zappos and they shipped the new pair out before I had returned the originals. Order at least a size smaller than what you normally wear. I'm an 11 in sneakers but a 9.5 in these, my favorite shoes ever.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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September 9, 2012

Danny G

from Texas

Very well made American shoe. These will last many years if taken care of. Vibram sole is very grippy, yet quiet, on hard surfaces. Boot is surprisingly light weight. Ordered the wide size; boots were comfortable right out of the box!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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September 4, 2012

Anonymous

 

I tiny bit bulky than the image shows and the vibram sole is a poor grip on really cold asphalt. I'd recommend a different boot if you live in a city and have to deal with snow. However the comfort and quality of the boot makes up for it. I've had these boots for almost a year now and they are exceptional and they are aging splendidly.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 9, 2012

Jesse L

from United States

I had some quality control issues with the first two pairs of boots I received from Zappos. I spoke with customer service and they are sending me a 3rd pair. Zappos customer service is excellent and may have the best phone support of any company I've dealt with. I hope these ones do the trick since I do like the boots. They are comfortable and look great. My recommendation is that anyone who orders these boots looks them over carefully.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

June 13, 2012

Nathan

from Salem, OR

Great boot. I've wear a size 11 in most shoes, and a size 9 1/2 fit well, but slightly narrow. Boots have been extremely comfortable after a couple weeks of break in and applying some leather conditioner/waterproofing. I work in a kitchen and the soles are great - never slip even on wet tile floors. So far they have been very durable and look fantastic.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size larger than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

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June 1, 2012

Anonymous

 

I love these boots. I think they look good, they feel like a solid, quality boot, and they are comfortable. My only concern is that they are too narrow. If I'm wearing a thicker sock, I will occasionally notice that they feel a bit tight, but I usually don't even think about it. I also think I have slightly wide feet. I'm considering getting a pair of the 8" boots and trying the wide size.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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3 people found this review helpful  

May 19, 2012

Anonymous

from N.E. Washington

This boot is a great alternative to more expensive boots like Red Wing, Whites, etc. These are a perfect boot to wear when you need the durability and coverage of a boot, but need something a bit more dressy. I wear mine with khakis and jeans at work and it allows me to move from the office to the field without having to switch shoes. Fits about 1/2 size big, but the EE is not as wide as it sounds. I put a pair of SOLE insoles in them and can be on my feet for 12 hours no problem. If you plan on a insole I would order your actual size to ensure they are big enough. Great boot at a great price.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

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May 7, 2012

Anonymous

from New York

These are a nice looking boot. I ordered a half size down and the length is perfect. I have a good EE width and these fit me just a little snug, but with some breaking in the should fit great. The padded insole is thick which was good because my othro-insole fits the boot perfect. These will be a very comfortable pair boots for me! A nice boot for the money. Better than the Red Wing Iron Ranger boots I looked at the in the Red Wing store.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

April 26, 2012

Tom C

from St Paul, MN

I was looking for some boots that would last a long time. I'm tired of shoes wearing out! I live in Minnesota so my first inclination was to buy Red Wings, but they're priced like they want to keep them, so I browsed until I found these. I bought them and couldn't be happier. First, if you are not accustomed to buying Real Boots, be aware that these have a relatively lengthy break-in period. I've had them for about a month and they're super comfortable, but the initially stiff leather chafed, squeezed and otherwise made life uncomfortable for a few weeks at first. Especially at first, the comfort of these shoes depends strongly on exactly how you lace them - leather doesn't stretch and give throughout the day like tennis shoes or jeans. These are made with what appears to be full grain leather - it's thick, smells good and is sewn together well. The Vibram soles are a bit soft but this makes walking comfortable and can presumably be replaced if they wear out. The laces were waxed when they arrived but have softened up a bit. They look sharp, and if you're worried about the huge logo showing, it is very faint and usually under the pant cuff line. I'd recommend these to anyone. They're easily the best boots I've ever owned and I look forward to using them for years to come. A note of caution - I usually wear a 10, and bought a 9.5 based on reviewers recommendations. They were still too large, so I returned them for a 9, and those fit fine. Also, if your feet run wide the least bit, be sure to get the wide version. I don't usually, but did with these and they feel great.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size larger than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt narrower than marked

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

March 8, 2012

Anonymous

 

I've had a pair of these for about a year & I can honestly say they are the best boots I have ever had on my feet! They are durable, comfortable, the laces stay tied all day long & the fact that they have an eye instead of a hook at the top contributes to that. I am very hard on footwear & these have stood up to the wear & tear better than any I have owned before. I plan on buying another pair soon & putting them away in case they are unavailable in the future.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a full size larger than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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March 3, 2012

Stephen M

from United States

These are great looking work boots. They are a bit narrow, but they should break in well. They are really comfortable otherwise.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a full size smaller than marked

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

February 28, 2012

John M

from Los Angeles

I love these boots! They were recommended to me by a friend as being good quality boots for the price. You can get better boots for a lot more money, but these are fantastic for the price. I thought they were comfortable right away, almost no break in period. I'm on my feet all day and they keep my feet feeling good. My only complaint is the laces. I wore out the laces in about a month. I really love the leather and so far it has aged really well. They have removable insoles, which I like because I need a little extra arch support, so I put some arch support insoles in them. If full leather construction soles are not important to you, these are some great boots to check out.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

February 22, 2012

David P

from California

Needing a good boot with comfortable insoles, read the good reviews, purchased these, and determined this was indeed a great find. Feels very durable, good quality materials, and an easy break-in period. I bought a half size smaller than I usually buy. They fit narrow, so if you have wide feet, go with the EE. I'm very happy with these boots!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

February 16, 2012

Anonymous

 

Classic boots, classic lines. The leather took several wears to soften a bit and loosen oh so slightly. The soles are sturdy and the waxed laces very useful. A great look with jeans, not workbootish or Harleyish.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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