Great all around boot, great price for a Chippewa...
I bought these 4 years ago as a "weekend / general purpose" type boot. I have worn these infrequently for this time, only occasionally as a daily wear. Mostly for nights / weekends for light / medium duty purposes. I can't attest to their durability as daily wear, but for my purposes they have held up extremely well. Tread has held up well, and the stitching has not frayed. Probably my only gripe are the laces, they still work fine and have not broken, but have frayed a bit and some of the outer sheathing has torn off. I'd recommend better quality laces, however they do work well enough. Overall they have held up well, I wouldn't worry much about durability as daily wear given my experience with them.
Comfort wise I was very impressed. I have always like the way Chips fit my feet, I expected comprises to be made with this considering the price, however I was pleasantly surprised. To this day I think this is one of the more comfortable boots I own, Arch support is reasonably good, but with a good pair of inserts you're in good shape wearing these all day. A couple years ago I even ended up walking across Boston, MA for a whole day wearing them, I have worn some sneakers less comfortable. Brand new they didn't need too much breaking in and even 4 years later still have good support to them. The steel toe is comfortable and I can easily forget they are even a safety toe at all minus the extra weight, no cutting into my foot or uncomfortable creasing / bending in my experience with these. They are as heavy as you would expect an 8in steel toe boot to be, I'm used to wearing heavy boots and these are reasonable in my opinion.
These aren't advertised as waterproof or resistant, however do a good job at keeping my feet dry in wet and rainy conditions so long as I'm not slogging into calf deep puddles and walking for two hours through a torrential downpour. They aren't insulated, however my feet keep plenty warm with a good pair of socks during New England winters. Not surprisingly they are hot the summer.
I was curious how these boots would fair for the price considering they're an "affordable" Chippewa. I don't think they would hold up as long as a higher tier Chip in severe daily conditions, but for most other cases I think they will do great. I have been very happy with mine and do recommend them for some one looking for a less expensive but still reasonably good quality logger boot. As an extra or backup boot they would do exceedingly well.
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Chippewa Boots: Men's Steel Toe 55026 EH 8 Inch Logger Work Boots
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