About Chippewa


The Chippewa Shoe Manufacturing Company is instilled with the freedom and the ingenuity of this truly American aspiration. Our brand philosophy is built on a contemporary perspective of historical, political and cultural events that have shaped our nation. This viewpoint is a retrospect, expressing the strength and struggle of the American endeavor.

For more than 110 years, the Chippewa Shoe Manufacturing Company has supplied America with top-quality rugged boots and shoes for every purpose.

In the same decade Ford Motor Company was founded and the Wright brothers took their first flight, the Chippewa Shoe Manufacturing Co. was established by J. B. Piotrowski and John Andrejski in 1901. Named after Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, a small logging town located in the upper Midwest United States. Soon after the company's inception, demand for the rugged boots from the local logging community increased and the company relocated from the founders original workshop to a 5 story facility on River St. in downtown Chippewa Falls that still stands today.

Justin Brands, a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. company, acquired Chippewa Shoe Mfg. Co., in 1984. Justin Brands is the largest and one of oldest continuously run domestic boot manufacturers in the United States. Justin Brands is the recognized leader in Western and Outdoor footwear.

To this day, the Chippewa Shoe Manufacturing Co. has remained a true American Brand; representing American-centric principles by preserving a domestic manufacturing base with our U.S. factories. The brand reflects the authenticity and heritage of American manufacturing and is proudly handcrafted in the United States of America.

The past century has brought incredible changes in outdoor lifestyle footwear. Chippewa is now one of the last high-quality U.S. footwear manufacturers with a recognized reputation for tough, durable and dependable classic silhouettes.

Chippewa Boots, "The Best. By Far."

In October of 1901, Chippewa Boots was founded in their namesake city of Chippewa Falls, WI. Chippewa Boots was named after the city which was named after the Indian tribe in the region. Their quest was to one day, create the finest boots and shoes in the United States. At the time, Chippewa Boots employed 175 people, mainly women, and produced 1,200 pairs a day. In the beginning, Chippewa Boots mainly produced a high end logging boots for the pulp and paper industry. The Chippewa mainstay, Logger Boot, outfitted thousand of brave lumberjacks. They required sharp saws, honed axes, strong ropes and Chippewa Boots. Chippewa Logger Boots were quickly known as the best boots for the outdoors.

With the reputation Chippewa Boots was creating, their quality Logger Boots spread throughout the entire United States and in 1910 their factory increased production to 2,500 pairs a day! Chippewa Boots has played their part in every era. The Chippewa Engineer Boots through the 1930's. The Chippewa Arctic Boots for the cold-weather battles of World War II. Even through the 50's when Chippewa introduced Chippewa Snake Boots for hunters and outdoorsmen. Chippewa Boots have always been know for quality, durability and technology.

Quality & Features

Handcrafted in the USA

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.

Vibram® Outsole

Vibram® is the world leader in high performance rubber soles, targeted to the outdoor, work, recreation, fashion, repair and orthopedic markets.

3M™ Thinsulate Ultra Insulation

Thinsulate™ Ultra insulation is loftier and thicker than original Thinsulate™ insulation for even greater warmth and comfort, yet still thin enough to allow complete freedom of movement.


Dri-Lex® delivers heightened comfort through a moisture management lining system that is totally breathable and quick drying.


The Chip-A-Tex® waterproof membrane system is breathable. Water is locked out of the boot by the membrane shield but air passes through from the foot for maximum comfort.


Seam seal construction helps keep feet dry and comfortable.

Steel Toe

Steel safety toe cap meets or exceeds ASTM - F2413-11 standards for impact and compression.

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.

Electrical Hazard

Non electrical conduction of electrical potential or magnetic charges. Safety toe cap meets or exceeds ASTM - F2413-11 standards for impact and compression.

Dual Guard

Solid steel plate between outsole and insole prevents nails and other sharp objects from penetrating the foot. Safety toe cap meets or exceeds ASTM - F2413-11 standards for impact and compression.

Horween® Leather

For more than 100 years, Horween Leather Company has been supplying ORIGINAL CHIPPEWA® with some of the best leather in the world.


ORIGINAL CHIPPEWA® has been producing Steel Toe Safety Shoes for over 85 years. Gardtoes™ Safety boots are designed and built to protect against the most common accidents.

Vintage Vibram

In celebration of over 50 years of continuous partnership, Vibram® and Original Chippewa® have collaborated to re-issue cobranded vintage Vibram® soles with the same attention to grip, durability and traction.

CSA® Electrical Resistance

These soles provide electric shock resistance for any environment where accidental exposure to electrical currents is possible. Manufactured with electrical insulating properties to withstand 18,000 thousand volts and a leakage current not exceeding 1mA.

CSA®Sole Puncture Protection

Extra thick soles provide puncture protection from sharp objects in heavy work environments. Sole puncture protection to withstand impacts up to 125 Joules. Desgined to withstand a force of not less than 270 lbs. and resist cracking after being subjected to 1.5 million flexes.