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Old 05-15-2011, 02:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Chippewa vs. Carolina

I've been a member of this site since 2007, and I didn't even know there was a dedicated "Boots" forum until today!

Has anyone got any experience with Carolina boots? I've got a pair of Chippewa steel-toe engineer boots I've worn for the last four years, and I'm looking at a pair of Carolina steel-toe engineers to replace them. The Carolinas are a bit cheaper, and they're still American made. Anybody know how they compare?

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Old 05-17-2011, 10:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, in the interest of putting information out there for anyone interested, I got a pair of Carolinas to try. They run true to size, that is, the same as my tennis shoes. That's a big difference from the Chippewas, which run a size big (I wear a 9 1/2 shoe and bought an 8 1/2 Chip boot).

The Carolinas are ever so slightly narrower in the toe--which is not a good thing for me, since I have wide toes.

The soles seem a bit more flexible in the Carolina, as does the rest of the boot. Maybe the leather isn't quite as thick. They certainly would break in faster.

Obviously, comfort can't be directly compared, since the fit isn't quite a hundred percent, and my Chips are 4 years old and worn out.

My impressions are otherwise favorable, although the Chips do look more expensive. Of course, that's not a surprise since they are, after all, more expensive. I plan to swap the Carolinas (which I bought in regular width) for a wide and see if that works for me.
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Last entry here, and this is all the information I can give:

I tried exchanging the Carolina boots for a Wide, and I found out that they were a little too wide in general, and also bore a fairly striking resemblance to a pair of black rain boots (that is to say, really bulky and clunky looking).

I ended up returning them. I'll go with the Chips, because they offer a better fit for my foot, as well as nicer quality in general.
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Not for nothing the chips are the best boots i've ever wore for riding. I bought them at a indian dealer that was going out of business for half price (100.) around 1999 they are comfordable studry and wear like iron. just my 2 cents...........sandman
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Years ago I bought Carolina boots when I was a union carpenter working on the interstates. We hadn't surrendered to china yet, so most decent boots were still made here. Danners lasted 6 months, and Carolina's 2 days. The heel came off on day two, and the kept stretching so much that the laces touched even after adding two pairs of sox.
Never again. Buy aero stitch road masters, vitisse boots, or another high end brand. They actually last forever.
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Old 12-31-2011, 04:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I don't know but many years ago around 1968 my wife had a pair of Chippewa Indian boots that had fringe and came almost to her knees. She wore those boots for years and loved them to death.
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I can only comment about Carolina's double insulated,steeltoe,Vibram sole boot,I like them alot..bought em in 98 and wore them everywhere for 7yr.s then resoled them and wore em another 3yr.s until my new GF complained excessively about thier"scent" Ithen dropped them of to the Goodwill store...I still miss them.
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I have owned a pair of Chippewa motorcycle boots for 14 years now and they have been resoled once and had the velcro repaired once but I would not own any other boot. They go on and off easily with velcro closure, do not hurt your feet at all, and wear like iron. Go to Chippewa's site on line and check out stock number 27862. There are also several pair on e-bay for sale. Best boot I ever work for motorcycle riding.
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:45 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I was thinking about trying Red Wing Engineer boots since they can be bought locally and avoid the email order hassle/time with possible returns. How would the Red Wings compare to either of these brands?
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