Every so often, a company develops a product so useful and distinctive, it becomes a classic in its own right.
That would include black engineer boots by Chippewa. Originally developed for locomotive engineers nearly 80 years ago, these boots also have found favor with motorcycle riders, rock ‘n’ rollers, and good old-fashioned working folks.
Billy Lovell, chief of product development at Chippewa, explains the features and benefits of the boot in the company’s “What the Tech” video series:
A partial transcript of Lovell’s comments:
“This is definitely one of our heritage products. It was developed sometime in the 1920s or 1930s. It was made for locomotive engineers of the day, who had to shovel coal into the fireboxes of the steam engines. So they needed a rugged product that would take care of their feet and protect them.
“This boot has a steel toe for protection. It’s made with heavy-duty, 5 to 5 1/2-ounce full-grain oiled leather. We’re using the Chippewa Vibram nitrile outsole. We have a six-iron midsole, and a Goodyear leather welt. We have a Texon insole (for comfort). We have a heavy-duty, thermal heel counter. We have the ankle buckle strap and the top strap; these can be cinched down to create a custom fit for your foot.
“I may have already mentioned this, but this boot was developed here in the USA, and it’s still made here in the USA, after all those years.
“This is one of my favorites. It’s not something that’s going to come and go. It’s definitely going to stay here for a long time.”