If you work in an area with a lot of snakes, Gila monsters, or other poisonous critters, we’ve got a pair of boots that can save you a trip to the hospital — or worse.
Billy Lovell, production expert at Chippewa Boots, explained the benefits and features of Chippewa men’s brown snake boots, which we carry.
A transcript of the video:
“First of all, we’re going to talk about the Vibram gum light outsole. This is the brown Robinson outsole. It is made from a gum light material, which is a semi-blown product. The advantage of this material is it’s extremely lightweight, extremely flexible, but it has a very high abrasion resistance. So it’s a great sole for the rugged outdoors. It’s never going to fail you.
“We’re using Goodyear welt construction with a leather welt — a Chippewa tradition. The leather portion of the boots, we’re using all-leather. But we’re using a 5 1/2-ounce leather and a 5-ounce inside leather, or lining leather. The total thickness of the leather we’re using on this boot is 10 ounces, or about 4 milimeters, or about 5/32 (of an inch). So wherever we don’t have the Cordura material here (on the shaft), always know that we have leather that’s at least 10 ounces thick. That’s what helps prevent the fang penetration (from snakes).
“On the shaft of the boot, we have what we call rattlesnake material. This material is made with a heavy-duty Cordura fiber. What’s special about it is the way it’s woven together. It has a very, very, very tight weave. In one square inch of this material, there are 25 intersections, or joints, so it creates a very tight knit, a very tight weave. It’s 1,000 denier Cordura nylon that we’re using. On the back side, it has a PVC coating. On the inside, we have a nice cow lining leather.
“So what makes a Chippewa snake boot is the thick leather that we use, and the combination of the rattlesnake material with the lining material we have on the inside.
“Additionally, we have these ankle buckles here that are adjustable, so if you want to make it tighter or looser around your ankle, you have that ability. We also have this strap with a buckle at the top that’s also adjustable so you can expand or contract the top of the boot.
“And one of the things we’ve done recently to our Chippewa snake boots is we’ve enlarged the top of the calf so that people with larger legs can get these on better. It also helps because people like to but their pants legs down into the top of the boot as well.”
If you’re fortunate enough to be in a non-reptile setting, we also offer dozens of of other Chippewa boots as well.