by Jason Flores
Logger boots are a completely different beast to standard work boots. The heel is higher, the cut is way higher, and they tend to be significantly tougher and more durable.
I've previously avoided this type of boot because well, I'm not a logger. And rather than tackling uneven surfaces, I spend most of my working day on concrete or something else flat.
Recently, however, I decided to give the Chippewa Super Logger a go. The reason, other than curiosity, is that many people swear by them (including construction workers). They also look like the ideal choice for Winter.
In case you can't tell from the image, these are tough, heavy, 9 inch boots. Despite this fact, the break in period was minimal. They were comfortable enough to work in after about five hours of light wear.
Like most logger boots, they have a heavy duty two inch heel. The purpose of the heel is for tackling uneven terrain. I tested this theory over the weekend and it does indeed make a massive difference in terms of both stability and traction.
I can definitely understand the popularity of these boots among loggers, railway workers, firemen, etc.
As for me, the heel just made them feel awkward. Compared to standard work boots, you don't just get taller, your entire posture changes.
Which is annoying because if it wasn't for that, I couldn't fault them.
I tested them over the course of a week and while I didn't like my posture, my feet were always happy.
There's a ridiculous amount of shock absorption in the thick soles. So they more than pass the long shift, over hard surfaces test. The heel does also provide excellent arch support.
The uppers are also well designed. They look tough but they're not overly restrictive and the padding on the inside is soft and very snug on a cold day.
So basically, these boots are very comfortable but only if you're comfortable with a two inch heel.
As well as protection from the elements, these boots will protect you from just about all on the job hazards. Built into the boot there's both a steel toe and full electrical hazard protection. Both meet ASTM standards. And the outsole is slip resistant against both oil and water.
Each boot is equipped with 400 grams of Thinsulate. This, combined with thick leather, is more than enough insulation for most peoples version of Winter. And yet, it's not enough to prevent moderate Summer wear too.
In terms of waterproofing, they kept my feet dry in both rain and a puddle of approximately 3 inches. The Logger also employs Chip a Tex membranes which allow air to leave your boot while keeping water safely outside.
I obviously won't be wearing these boots long enough to find out but I recognize quality craftsmanship when I see it. Customer reviews aside, the leather and sole are ridiculously thick. There's plenty of triple stitched seems and the sole is made with ever reliable Goodyear Welt Construction.
Logger boots are special boots designed to be used by workers who work in the logger industry. They are used to work through the muck, brush, and other undergrowth and also help you to climb in any place if needed.
Yes, Chippewa is regarded as one of the best work boots that is reliable and comfortable. In most cases, they are specialized in outdoor work, and any field works like riding. Chippewa boots are good, depending on how you use them.
Yes, Chippewa is a helpful boot for those workers who work in wet and uneven terrains. They are good for your feet if you get the best size for your feet. Although they do not provide arch support, they feel good.
Some loggers need steel-toe boots for their work, like warehousing workers and others involved in heavy cargo. Some may need to wear them because they desire, although it is not required.
Chippewa boots come with a range of boots based on their style and size. They also have a different width model. Some are small, and others are wide; they run true depending on your size bought.
In conclusion, these boots weren't for me but I can certainly understand why so many people like them.
If you're on the market for a pair of logger boots, the Super Loggers therefore get my full recommendation. All safety features are present and accounted for. Waterproofing and insulation levels are spot on. And the quality craftsmanship and superior comfort levels more than justify the price tag.
On the other hand, if you're not specifically looking for a high heeled boot, make sure that you understand the difference that it can make to your posture before you buy.
About Jason Flores
Jason Flores spent his childhood breaking around in his grandpa's workshop getting to know a thing or two about handiness. At the same time, he loves fashion. As such, he's become invloved in writing about fieldwork fashion to pass on his precious passion.