In A Nutshell
The best waterproof boots of 2016 are Chippewa’s Super Logger Steel Toe Waterproof Insulated Boot. They are high-end leather safety boots that are hand-crafted for rugged outdoor use. They blend traditional craftsmanship with the latest in waterproof and insulation technology to produce a boot that is both fashionable and durable.
Chippewa has been making quality boots in America since 1901. Over the course of a century they have built a loyal following among professional and recreational outdoorsmen. Chippewa boots are famous for their use of only the best premium raw materials and commitment to quality manufacturing.
The Waterproof Steel-Toe Super Logger is Chippewa’s best waterproof boot, and the best waterproof boot of 2016. The genuine leather is protected with Chip-A-Tex waterproof membrane system. Chip-A-Tex locks water out of the boot with a membrane shield, but allows air to pass through to keep feet from getting sweaty. The boots are further waterproofed with Dri-Lex moisture management system, which allows the boots to breathe and dry quickly. A removable Texon 460 waterproof insole prevents moisture from entering.
A Vibram Tacoma Logger Outsole increases boot stability, provides slip resistance and gives the boot traction in a variety of terrains, including wet surfaces. The thickly treaded leather outsole is attached to the upper leather using Goodyear welting.
Goodyear welting is the oldest and most durable method used in shoe construction for attaching the upper part of the shoe to the outsole. It is an additional strip of leather that runs between the outsole and insole, and makes the sole more durable and waterproof. It makes the boot easier to resole, so Chippewa boots can be resoled and will last for years.
In addition, the Super Logger gets our choice for best waterproof boot because of its quality insulation and protective steel toe. The steel toe exceeds ATSM F2413-05 standards for impact and compression, and is safe from electrical hazards. 3M Thinsulate Ultra Insulation provides superior warmth and comfort so that the boots can be worn in cold weather and in snowy conditions.
Chippewa also manufactures waterproof leather boots for women. The Oiled WP Logger Rugged Boot comes equipped with the same outdoor features as its male counterpart. It is insulated with 400 grams of 3M Thinsulate Ultra insulation to keep the feet warm and dry in the winter. The women’s version is made with a single stitched welt and is imported, which is unfortunate.