Two outfits — one from Florida, and another from Georgia — were wearing Chippewa Trooper Boots, model #27950. These are standard-style tall police patrol boots with a bal-laced instep.
Awful. Look how poorly these boots wear. Bad sags at the ankle, due to the rather thin leather from which these boots are made. While the boots are leather lined, the lining is tissue-paper thin. The boots are covered with the thin plastic topcoat that Chippewa uses on their “hi-shine” engineer boots, but you can see that it scuffs easily.
These boots are comfortable, and have a decent insole. However, the main reason why cops wear these boots is cost — these are about the least expensive tall bal-laced motorboots available in today’s U.S. market. And they show how cheap they are, by the sagging, scuffing, and something else you can’t see — the “alpha” rubber sole. It is not a Vibram lug sole, but a rubber sole made of some cheap junk that leaves black melt marks on hot motorcycle pipes and on floors. These soles are about as useless as the soles on sneakers for use when operating a heavyweight motorcycle.Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know — some guys (and cops) swear by these boots. They are affordable, and give the general appearance of a traditional motorboot. They are the cheap equivalent to higher-quality boots made by Dehner and All American in the bal-laced style. One cop told me, “I don’t get a uniform allowance any more, so these are about all I can afford.” Another cop told me that his boots were supplied by his employer, and these were “low bid.”
For the guy who wears tall motorboots occasionally, or with leather fetish gear, these boots are fine. But if you will wear them while operating a heavyweight motorcycle, they won’t last long. The soles won’t hold up, the leather will scuff, and the boots will sag, badly. But if it’s what you get from an employer, or the only boots you can afford, then … you get what you pay for.
Life is short: know your boots.