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Chippewa American Handcrafted GQ Apache Lacer Boot Reviews

72 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

64%Rated 5 stars

12%Rated 4 stars

24%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 27 American Handcrafted GQ Apache Lacer Boot Chippewa Reviews

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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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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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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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Fit Rating

Felt a full size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

Runs Narrow

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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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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 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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Fit Rating

Felt a full size larger than marked

 

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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!

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

Great Support

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

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

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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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 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

 

Poor Support

Great Support

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

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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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

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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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

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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

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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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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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

 

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March 29, 2013

Adam D

from Brooklyn, NY

Like many others who bought this boot, I was seriously considering a Red Wings boot (the Iron Ranger). When it really comes down to it, this boot has almost everything I wanted from the Iron Ranger for much less money. They have a leather midsole, they're double, if not triple stitched, they can be resoled pretty easily, and they're just built well. While the leather isn't as "buttery" and consistent as the Iron Ranger, the leather is actually nicer than it appears in the product photos. The contrast midsole is a really nice touch and stands out more than expected, which is a good thing. The American flag spangle can be removed pretty easily, which makes the boot look much nicer. If you want to be patriotic, consider that you just bought solid, good quality, American made boots - no flag pin necessary. My one complaint is that one side of one of the boots I received was a really crumpled looking leather as opposed to a smooth leather. As they break in, it looks better though, and it's more of a cosmetic thing - that piece of leather still feels durable. Even with that, I feel like I've won some kind of prize for getting such a great quality and nice looking boot for so much less than the Iron Ranger.

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 true to width

 

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

 

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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March 1, 2014

Benjamin

from Seattle, WA

These boots are good but when I spend this much on boots I would expect them to last. While the uppers have lasted fine I wore out the soles in less than a year. The tread on these boots is shallow to begin with but paired with the vibrax sole they wear out exceptionally fast. Also the ankle support isn't great and the soles rolled outward on me quickly and I've never had a pair of boots do this before.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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February 11, 2014

Patrick

 

Looks nice out of the box, but after about a year's worth of wearing, I've found the toe to crease in a very ugly way. I expected some wrinkling and creasing of the leather, but the seemingly low quality of the leather has caused several thick, fat wrinkles on the left toe while leaving more expected fine creasing on the right. I've mentioned this on some online style forums, and found others had the exact same issue; leading me to believe it's a problem with quality rather than how I wear them. Otherwise a perfectly fine product. Durable and relatively comfortable.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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December 23, 2013

John

from Lawrence, KS

These were high quality, comfortable boots when I tried them on. My foot measures 12.5 on a Brannock device, and the size 12 fit me well (making them a half size large). I decided to return them though. I'm admittedly a city slicker looking for some stylish boots that can run the gamut from jeans and a t-shirt to an OCBD and a cardigan. These were a little too bulky and bulbous for the latter, in my opinion. I know work wear boots are in style these days though, so you may disagree. All considered, I would recommend them as long as you understand these are thick, serious boots for a lumberjack look. They'll look anachronistic in the city - which might be exactly what you're going for.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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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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April 23, 2013

Jay P

 

Not a bad boot for the price. Not perfect. The arch support on the right boot is noticeably higher than on the left boot, a little uncomfortable. Hopefully this will compress down with time. Also the boots have developed squeaks in the last with time.

Brands I'd also recommend: Wolverine 100 Mile

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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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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March 21, 2013

Anonymous

from Seattle, WA

These are descent boots, they fit the price point well. I would not recommend these boots for wear in any super wet conditions. I took mine to Park City Utah for a week and it just about tore my brand new boots up even, after sprayed with a water repellent. The break in period was shorter then I expected as the leather is already pretty soft. Its not a stylish boot but nice enough to wear from warehouse to office and you got to love the American Flag Logo. USA!

Brands I'd also recommend: Danner

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Felt a half 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 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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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

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