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Chippewa American Handcrafted GQ Apache Lacer Boot Reviews

100 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

76%Rated 5 stars

16%Rated 4 stars

8%Rated 3 stars

0%Rated 2 stars

0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

43% "Felt true to size"

84% "Felt true to width"

69% "Moderate arch support"

Additional 80 American Handcrafted GQ Apache Lacer Boot Chippewa Reviews

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October 18, 2015

Voscerote

from denver

Trying to get off the fence about these. They are beautiful--they're for the guy that wants tough boots but wants them to be pretty. I wear an 11.5 in some sneakers, never smaller than 11 fits, but I had to go all the way down to 10 for these. I crammed my foot into those for one evening at home, and the next day felt like one of my arches was bruised; too tight. Exchanged them for the 10EE and these seem closest to the right size. Problem (as with most "wide-size" options) they're just bigger in every way--they're longer, the heel is looser, the toe-box is "clowny" looking. All the work boots are like this and I guess the idea is that you buy giant socks, put an insole in and just try not to trip over things. I wore a pair of Georgia Giants 8-inch for about 7 years and I put 2 insoles in a size 10.5 and still had to wear super thick socks always. This is strange--I mean I want to be able to wear socks, but why would anyone want their shoes to be so much bigger than their feet? Isn't that hard to walk in? Also, lots of outdoor jobs require you to operate a vehicle, often with a clutch, so both feet should be maneuverable and not in danger of catching the brake pedal or something when you don't mean to. That being said, I think all boots in this category are like this (wolverines, redwings, etc.) and are much more expensive which is nuts. I think maybe the shape of boots has just slowly gotten ridiculous over the years since they are factory-produced, and there's no getting them properly sized unless the mold was cast from your actual foot. Also the leather for the 10EE is completely different from the D width which was buttery soft, a lighter color, and had an almost suede-feel. I guess the EE's are less popular so they use the hind quarters or something. I actually prefer the flatter, tougher leather of these, and oiled them to a darker color which is what I wanted anyhow. In conclusion, I'm done shopping and I'll just keep these and hope that after breaking in they are more nimble and less goofy-looking (in profile they look exactly like the ones in the video I noticed). But I will probably break-down and join the "hiker-boots" crowd once the snow comes. Those seem more sneaker-like and functional (and water-proof, and well-treaded), but look like crap. These will end up being drinking-boots. Oh well.

Brands I'd also recommend: georgia

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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October 15, 2015

Anonymous

from Pittsburgh

I exchanged the first order of the boots since they came in half a size larger. The new fit is still slightly loose on the heel when wearing regular socks - but do realize that you might wanna wear these with wool socks in winter - so don't get the size that will be as tight as snickers.

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

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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August 6, 2015

Anonymous

from California

This the first Chippewa boots I've bought and WOW Chippewa knocked this out of the park. No break-in period at all. Can be easily tightened from lose to as tight as you can stand. Bought the EE Wide and runs a little narrower that other boot manufactures.But that's alright with me because my feet are wide but were always a little too loose in other wides. I'm not done yet. The best quality about these boots are that they are MADE IN THE USA! OO-RAH.

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

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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August 3, 2015

Jonathan

from New York, NY

Nice rich color. My feet are flat and quite wide so I got the wide cut in a half size smaller than my dress shoe size and it fits very well. They don't weigh much and the sole absorbs shock.

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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No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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July 15, 2015

EJ

from London

I really like the boots. They are very comfortable and feel and look like high quality boots. The only issue I had is that I wear size 11 shoes for all shoes but I bought the 11 and they were too big. 10½ fit me perfectly.

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 true to width

 

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March 27, 2015

Anonymous

from Texas

By far the most comfortable shoes I own. They have great arch support and a comfortable insole so you can walk/stand/work for long periods in them without your feet hurting. They are surprisingly light weight while still feeling strong and durable. They have pretty good traction. I wore them out in the ice/snow and didn't have any problems with slipping. They take a few wears to break in. I usually wear a 10 and sometimes a 10.5. I ordered 9.5 in these and they fit just right.

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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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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March 6, 2015

Anonymous

from Maine

These boots are great. But absolutely run 1/2 size big. Downsize!

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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February 18, 2015

Christian

from ohio

Super comfortable and great looking (after the silly flag was removed). Order a full size smaller. Why even have sizes if not standardized?

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

 

February 15, 2015

Chris

from SC

The boots arrived very quickly due to Zappos 2 day delivery. The boots fit perfectly and within a few hours of wear broken in nicely. After a few days wear I applied some beeswax this improved the feel even more. These boots have become a favorite to wear. I would buy them again.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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January 28, 2015

Anonymous

from Philadelphia PA

I love these! Following several reviews, I went down a half-size and got a perfect fit. After a few wearings they're very comfortable and warm. They're look OK for casual work wear in winter but still can stand up to the cold. Highly recommended.

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 true to width

 

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January 22, 2015

Anonymous

from New Jersey

Leather uppers are bulletproof. Gumlite soles will wear out far more quickly than the Vibram heavy lug soles especially if you wear them for work. The tradeoff is that the Gumlite sole is light. Nice if you do a lot of walking in your boots.

Brands I'd also recommend: Redwing (U.S. made)

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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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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January 11, 2015

Arvin S

from Fords, NJ

The leather is a bit thin, so it'll give your shoes odd wrinkles, unless you're into them then it's not a big deal. It's not worth the price they're posted, but keep in mind you're also paying for the service and shipping. OVERALL, these are good boots that get the job done, but they make weird wrinkles due to the leather.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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January 2, 2015

Anonymous

 

I first saw the Chippewa brand boot on the J Crew site. It was very similar to this style, except that it had a loop on the back. Also it cost a lot more and was always excluded from their sales. I bought these for my son and son-in-law for Christmas, and they both loved them. I think they were a great substitute for the pricier ones, and I was able to give them a quality work boot that they could also wear with jeans and look good. They do run a half size big. As usual, great service from Zappos.

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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Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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January 2, 2015

Anonymous

 

I first saw the Chippewa brand boot on the J Crew site. It was very similar to this style, except that it had a loop on the back. Also it cost a lot more and was always excluded from their sales. I bought these for my son and son-in-law for Christmas, and they both loved them. I think they were a great substitute for the pricier ones, and I was able to give them a quality work boot that they could also wear with jeans and look good. They do run a half size big. As usual, great service from Zappos.

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

Runs Large

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

 

December 16, 2014

Anonymous

 

I like them and prefer American made. These come from Wisconsin. They look exactly like in the pictures (in the video they looked slightly different). I put a protective coating on them and the original color darkened and changed a lot. I preferred the original color but I want them to last. I ordered a half size smaller and they fit though the original size might have worked also.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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December 8, 2014

Craig J

from Pittsburgh PA

Very comfortable, classic boot. Hiked 8 hrs. the first time worn with no problems. Light weight with good traction sole. Comparable quality but lower priced than Red Wings.

Brands I'd also recommend: Red Wing

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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November 19, 2014

Anonymous

from United States

I was worried about buying boots online, but I couldn't find these locally. Was worried about the size, so I bought two pairs -- one a full size smaller and one a half size smaller. Turns out the full size smaller was the best fit. I need the wide size, so maybe that's why? Anyway, these boots were surprisingly comfortable right out of the box. With a good pair of socks they seem good to go. Bought some mink oil and Obenauf's for treatment. I expect to wear these a lot! (I can do without the flag emblem in the laces, but whatever.) Thanks to all the other reviewers and to Zappos for great service.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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November 9, 2014

David H

from Broomfield, Colorado

This is my first foray into boots, and I have been very pleased with my purchase. I've had no problem being on my feet all day when wearing them, and they look great. I started out a half size smaller, but ended up going a full size down. The EEE width has fit me fine, despite not having especially wide feet. The boot is a bit darker than the picture might suggest, but still looks great. I would recommend these to anyone that is looking for a stylish boot that is comfortable as well.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a full size smaller than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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November 7, 2014

Anonymous

 

These are the best boots I've ever owned in every way. They are made of very high quality materials, so give them a few days to break in. You won't be sorry. Once they're broken in, they feel to your feet like a well-worn baseball glove does to your hand. Also, I would order them at least a 1/2 size smaller than you would typically wear because they run a little large. Enjoy.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a full size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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October 22, 2014

Anonymous

from San Rafael, CA

I am very happy with these boots, they were comfortable right out of the box. They do run big, I am a 13 but went with a 12 after reading reviews and the fit is just right. I also went with the wide and am glad that I did because if this is wide I do not want to see medium. The quality of materials and construction are just what I was looking for at a price that beats the competition.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a full size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

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October 6, 2014

Anonymous

from Boston, MA

Solid boot and great value. Missing some of the details of the other, more expensive competitors, but if you can't (or won't) pay more than $200 for boots, these are hard to beat. I normally wear a 13 in sneakers and have a wide foot. The 12 EE fit much better than the 13 EE; however, despite the EE width, these run narrow. I took them to a cobbler to stretch them and that worked well enough (he also commented on how well crafted they were). Not crazy about the hex nut eyelets and the top eyelet above the speed lacing really makes no sense at all (maybe to save your pant hem from wear and tear?). Also I ordered the chocolate color and to me, there's just something about the leather that looks a little cheap. I don't have a lot of confidence in how the patina on the leather will develop over time. I wish I had gotten the lighter Rodeo version.

Brands I'd also recommend: Frye, Danner, Red Wing Heritage

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

Runs Narrow

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September 19, 2014

Anonymous

from The great state of Nevada

Really nice ankle boot here, this is the second pair I've ordered. Leather is nice quality and the boot is immediately comfortable - no long break in period. For me it was true to size. Be aware this boot has no insulation and may leave your feet chilly if out in the cold for extended periods. Also noted that on my first pair the heel padding inside the boot wore thru after a few months but this seems typical of all boots I've worn. Overall a very great boot.

Brands I'd also recommend: Timberland

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

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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September 12, 2014

John H

from Grand Junction, CO

A basic well made and American made work / casual boot. Have worn this model for many years. Too many to recall. Last pair with the cap toe is going on 15 years. Still wearable for work, but need new pair to break in and can wear casually until they look only suitable for work. Great buy and great service from Zappos. Used to buy from Cabelas, but they have gone over to China.

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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June 17, 2014

Nick U

from United States

These are quality boots! They take longer than normal to break in, it's been 2 weeks and still not there yet. Listen to the reviews, they run long & narrow. I'm sure they will hold up, I've been hard on them already & they still look great. Made in USA!

Brands I'd also recommend: Danner

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

Runs Narrow

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April 11, 2014

Anonymous

from Seattle WA

I was recently searched for a boot made in the USA. I found these. I read that they run a half size big. I usually wear an 8 so I ordered a 7.5. Perfect fit. The leather was a bit stiff initially, but after a few days and a application of mink oil, they loosened and fit like a glove now. Very happy with them and am looking to buy another pair now.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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