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Glossary - Boot Terms

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Chippewa® IQ® Rubber Sole

An industrial-quality rubber sole featuring an aggressive tread pattern for ensuring high-surface contact.

Composition Safety Toe

35% lighter than a steel toe cap it has no heat or cold temperature transference, non electrical conduction or magnetic charge properties. It's non rusting and non-corrosive and meets or exceeds ASTM - F2413-11 standards for impact and compression.


stands for durability. It is 2x more durable than standard nylon, 3x more durable than polyester, and 10x more durable than cotton duck.

Cove Technology | MIG

Matterhorn Flexible Internal Metatarsal Guard™ Combined with a steel toe, the internal metatarsal guard provides additional protection against dangerous on-the-job accidents.

Meets ASTM F2413 Standard for Protective Footwear.

Cove Technology | STEEL TOE

Meets ASTM F2413 Standard for Protective Footwear.


A lining that pulls moisture away from the foot, with anti-bacterial qualities for dry, healthy feet.


DRYZ® foam keeps your feet cool and dry by absorbing moisture away from your feet in a gel-like substance. With a constant flow of movement, the gelled moisture dissipates continuously throughout the day and completely when shoes are removed.

Electrical Hazard

Electrical Hazard ratings indicate that the boots will protect the wearer from electrical hazards coming from the bottom of the boot in case they step on a live wire or current, up to a certain voltage level.

Flexwelt® Insole

Triple-density foam footbed with contoured arch support. It features air ventilation channels for moisture management, flanged perimeter edge for comfort transition, and flex groove in middle. Anti-microbial hydrophilic-filler resists odor and bacteria and absorbs moisture.


Goodyear® welt construction stitches the upper fabric, lining, and sole together, creating a single unit for added durability and flex. Goodyear® leather welt footwear delivers superior lateral support and is easily resoled, extending the life of the shoe or boot.

Goodyear Storm Welt

A second band of leather stitched between the welt and outsole, but folded and stitched in the opposite direction from the first welt. Essentially this creates a sealed space between upper and outsole, instead of a crevasse.


GORE-TEX Best Defense® military and tactical footwear offers durably waterproof and breathable all-weather protection with performance unmatched by any other waterproof, breathable military or tactiacl footwear.


A separate waterproof bootie that fits inside the boot that keeps water and wind out, while letting the foot breathe.

Handcrafted in the USA

In 1980, Chippewa Shoe Manufacturing Company embarked on a new campaign, - "Hand Crafted by people who care". The campaign focused on the skill of the craftsmen who work for Chippewa that are truly responsible for the high quality outdoor footwear by ORIGINAL CHIPPEWA®. Over the years, this campaign has evolved into our company philosophy that Chippewa products use only premium raw materials and are hand crafted in USA. To this day, our U.S. made boots still carry the "Hand Crafted in USA" labels as homage to the men and women that have built the Chippewa brand.


DRYZ IntelliTemp® a "Smart Foam" insulates while managing moisture, heat, and odor.

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