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Chippewa American Handcrafted GQ Apache Lacer Boot Reviews

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Customer Fit Survey:

42% "Felt true to size"

82% "Felt true to width"

71% "Moderate arch support"

Additional 46 American Handcrafted GQ Apache Lacer Boot Chippewa Reviews

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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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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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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!

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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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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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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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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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

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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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

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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Felt narrower than marked

 

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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

 

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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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April 2, 2014

Gordon L

from Los Angeles, CA

I love this boot. Stylish and comfortable from the first time I put them on. I wear them every day to work. Very good value.

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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January 18, 2014

Anonymous

 

Great boot. Provides excellent arch support, probably the most arch support I've felt from a shoe/boot without inserts. Boot feels comfortable, and doesn't appear to require a long break-in period. The one negative I would say is that there pretty slippery in snow. We had some snow showers yesterday that resulted in about 1" of accumulation and they were slipping a little as I was walking. Overall a great boot, especially since it's welted and the soles can be replaced down the road.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

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December 22, 2013

Anonymous

from West Chester, PA

I am very happy with these boots. They look great, are comfortable and feel very durable.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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November 1, 2013

Ben

from United States

These are really great, but the rolled leather ankle rim is digging my left ankle like no other. Had Red Wing iron rangers for 3 years and wore them out. These are heavier and definitely more robust, but have DOUBLE the break-in time. It's going to take 2-3 weeks to break them in, and I'm just having to suck up a really sore ankle. So sore, in fact that I thought I was going to have to take them off. But, it's getting better. Love the boot so I want to make it work.

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 true to width

 

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October 3, 2013

Jake

from Vermont

These boots are awesome. I was worried they would be too narrow after ordering them but they fit perfectly. I normally wear a size 11 but a size 10.5 regular width fit great. They look great and you can tell they're built with quality. I love them already and I've only had them for a few weeks.

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

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Felt true to width

 

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September 29, 2013

Dan S

from Andreas, PA

I've been impressed with these boots; impressed enough to write a review. Very high quality materials (leather, laces, soles), excellent construction. They look great, and are wearing like iron. Broke in easily within a week or so. They are a bit narrow, and I did end up going with a size 10, vs my normal 10.5. Couldn't be happier overall. And, of course, they're made in the USA.

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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September 25, 2013

Anonymous

from Troy, NY

These are, hands down, the best boots I've ever owned. I have been searching for a US made, quality, repairable boot for a few months. I've read many reviews online, and talked to guys at work who are wearing boots in the field all day. I went with Chippewa for the price and style. I realize there are other US made boots of perhaps finer quality, but the price is much steeper. I wanted a boot that would look good worn casually, but could stand up to some real use out in the field if necessary. I also wanted a boot that would be repairable, so that if I did my part and maintained the leather, I could expect many years of service. This boot appears to fulfill the quality criteria in spades. The sole is able to be remanufactured, and is good Vibram quality. The one stand out feature is the comfort. I read that these boots tend to run large, but perhaps a bit narrow. I ordered a half size down from my normal 11.5, and when I put them on out of the box, they felt as if they'd actually been made specifically for my foot. The break in period for the boots is more like adjusting a pair of already broken in boots that you haven't worn in a while, than a brand new pair that have never been on a foot. These boots are so comfortable, and the fit so precise, that I may take them hiking. Buy these boots if you're looking for an excellent quality boot, at home in the field, or on the street, that are beyond comfortable. Just remember, they do run about a half size large.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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July 13, 2013

Anonymous

from Indiana

Great footwear. They were comfortable straight out of box. They are almost too nice to wear on farm (that is my intended use). Instead, I wore them to my office job (business casual). They looked great. I gave them to my brother who has ankle problems and also works in office. I will buy another pair (for myself) if the high top provides support for his ankle.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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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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May 30, 2013

Anonymous

from new york ny

Excellent boot, it's a nice fit and can do double duty in the office or in the field. The fit is good, it feels a little snug compared to my Thorogoods (which are my real work only boots) which I like, I don't feel like I'm clomping around in them. I put some sno-seal on mine as I'm often in wet conditions and they have been watertight. Quality and fit are excellent.

Brands I'd also recommend: thorogood

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 28, 2013

John M

from Pasadena, CA

I like these boots a lot. They were recommended to me as a good boot for the price and I totally agree. I thrashed them, wearing them as a barista on my feet all day, 40 hours a week and sometimes off work as well. They are very comfortable and needed no break-in period. The laces didn't last long, which is the only thing that bothered me. If you clean the leather you can keep them looking good for a long time. For me, the soles started to wear out before anything else-- but if you want a replaceable sole, you should probably go with Red Wings and pay a little extra.

Brands I'd also recommend: Red Wings, Wolverine

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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March 14, 2013

Anonymous

from Akron, OH

These boots are great, but I recommend ordering a full size down. I normally wear a size 9, but I had to get a size 8 to get a good fit. (I initially ordered a size 8.5, but I had to return them. The return process was quick and painless, by the way.) I also recommend ordering a wide size. They seem to run a bit narrow. In terms of looks, these boots look really nice. I use them for work and people have commented that they look very much like quintessential work boots. But they could just as easily be cleaned up and worn casually. They're pretty all-purpose.

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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No arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt narrower than marked

 

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February 8, 2013

Russell W

 

---The Bad--- Boots run about a full size big. I'm normally an 11.5, but I could (with thin socks) rock the 10). I went with 10.5 as a happy medium. Good choice. ---The Good--- These boots are amazing. They're stylish, so I can wear them to work as business casual. I can also rock them to a local rodeo. They're durable, especially with some leather treatment. I'll buy another pair soon.

Brands I'd also recommend: Redwing, Wolverine,

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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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!

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Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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!

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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

 

Runs Narrow

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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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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 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

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

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