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Overall: 4.8 / 5 based on 35 reviews
33 of 35 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Nearly Perfect Boots! -
Several of my friends wear these boots and have been wearing the same pairs for more than 10 years each. I compared the soles of my new boots against the soles of their 10 year old boots and they were barely different in terms of wear. For my feet, I need a heel cup inside these boots as my heel rides up without it. I prefer a full insole because it's less inclined to move when I insert my foot into the boot, but the insole must be very thin in the toe and ball section. These boots are built to fit normal feet. Insoles are a small price to pay for this level of comfort and quality.
Best all around hunting and working boot -
By: Pheasantguide from South Dakota
Both my wife and I have these boots and we wear them year round. They are perfect for long days of upland bird hunting as well as chores around the house and barn. These boots provide great support and my feet don't slide around because of the ankle fit.
Great item -
I have pondered this purchase for a long time. Almost $500.00 for a pair of rubber boots. Having worn them several times, I can say for me, they are well worth the money, extremely comfortable. My only disappointment is with the Orvis shipping dept. the Le Chameau box was just tossed into a larger Orvis box wiTh no extra packing. By the time the boots arrived, the original box was in pieces and the boots were just floating around in the larger box. Unfortunately, this is not the first time this has happened when ordering from Orvis. I plan on contacting the Chairman after the holidays. Orvis's shipping methods are unacceptable.
Simply Amazing -
By: Schatzman from New Hampshire
Top 1000 Contributor
Like many others, I struggled with the price point. I decided I wanted to try them on before committing that much money to boots. I decided to wake up early and drive from New Hampshire to the Manchester, VT store to try them on. I naturally decided to do this during the height of "leafer" season. It was worth every second of agony from driving during this time of year. These boots are fantastic. They go on easily. The zipper makes it so it isn't a struggle to take them off and on. I use them all the time. If I am taking my Flat Coated Retriever or hunting in the woods, these are my go to boots. If you are having a hard time justifying the money, trust me when I say they are worth it. I usually wear an 11 1/2-12. I ended up getting the 11s as these boots do run a tad big.
Great quality -
A tad expensive but worth for the handmade quality.
First Class Passage for Your Feet -
By: chris10452 from Gallupville, New York
Top 1000 Contributor
Everyone can relate to the '500 for a pair of rubber boots?' question, especially when 40 bucks will get a pair at the feed store. These are not designed for the quick step into the barnyard. These are to be worn, all day, field or barnyard or whatever the wet terrain. And when you come to the realization that the comfort of your feet largely determines the comfort of your day, the price won't seem prohibitive. There are many leather boots well worth 500. These are in that category. And it goes without saying that they'll cover the quick step into the barnyard when necessary. Then there's the heritage part. Few of us hunt birds to feed the family. We honor a tradition of shooting sports afield...like our favorite side-by-side 20 gauge and our field bag, these boots fill out the experience. The leather lining advantage cannot be overstated. Mine are a bit roomy (not enough to size down) but enough to warrant a shearling insert and the combination equals shear comfort. As in all day long comfort. Should play well in the cold weather, too. Do lubricate the zipper. I like it, even at the expense of being able to slip into the boot while standing, no-handed. Others recommend a thick wool sock and I agree. Fully waterproof and moisture management are processes that cost a little effort. Buy these for the long haul. I think they qualify for what one reader called being the best in the world in the category.
Amazing rubber boots -
By: claywave from Aberdeen, SD
These Chameau boots are phenomenal. Completely waterproof and comfortable enough to wear all day over varied terrain and conditions. A must-have if you want to keep going regardless of how wet it is.
Zipper a Relief for My Back! -
By: Hopp from Virginia
Having the zipper these wellies to get them on and off is such a relief on my back. The zipper works easily - important to use the spray for the zipper which comes with the boots.
Money Well Spent -
By: WiscoSkip from Milwaukee, WI
Top 500 Contributor
If you're going to invest in a pair of boots for walking, hunting, or general use invest the extra money and get these! I've spent hours hunting in mine and am always surprised at how comfortable they are. The leather lining is super soft and still allows for good breathability. The construction on these is vastly superior to ANYTHING. I love the full length zipper on the side which allows me to get them on/off easily and also air them out a little if I'm sitting down. Since getting them several friends have made the jump to them also and have been raving about them ever since! I definitely recommend in investing in the boot bag to store them when not in use and keep the rubber in top shop.
|Le Chameau Boots|
by Paul Fersen Orvis writer and Alaska guide
Every once in a while we stumble across a piece of outdoor gear that performs beyond all our expectations and becomes an indispensable part of our lives. We can’t imagine being without it and upon its eventual demise, due to our now ingrained dependence, we replace it within the day. It’s become that important.
In this case it’s a boot—the Le Chameau Chasseur. Built in France since 1927, each pair is handmade by a single boot maker from start to finish and is easily the finest rubber Wellington-type boot made. They are standard issue for estate shooting in Europe and Great Britain, and there is good reason. These people can afford the finest the world has to offer and they choose Le Chameau.
I bought my first pair 10 years ago. I’d worn rubber boots all my life in some form or another for fishing, hunting, farming and country living in general. I’d seen friends wearing Chameaus, but couldn’t grasp paying the premium price for something I thought I’d wear out as fast as I went through regular rubber boots. I’d generally go through a pair every couple of years, but I was encouraged by a hunting companion to at least try on a pair. He’d had the same pair for more than 15 years. Most rubber boots are a chore to get on and off. I was struck by the ease of sliding my foot into the glove leather lining, not something you find in normal Wellingtons. The comfort was actually a bit startling and the normal instantaneous build up of rubber boot heat and sweat never occurred. I bought them and I’ve not regretted it since.
For eight years I wore those boots almost daily—hunting, fishing, even hiking in sloppy weather. They are that comfortable and the fit and support are that good. Unlike most rubber boots the sole is solid and the fit around the foot and ankle is as good as a leather boot. I wore them as boat boots in foul weather off the coast of Cape Cod; quail hunting, and turkey hunting almost every day of the season. I’ve stood calf deep in water for hours and remained perfectly dry, which is remarkable given the full-zip design. I wore them to work in snow, and tailgating at my son’s football and lacrosse games in torrential rains.
I wore them as camp boots and work boots in Alaska, hunted ptarmigan across miles of tundra. In every case the comfort of my feet, which when bad can ruin any outdoor experience, was taken for granted. My feet were always warm, dry and the traditional rubber boot clamminess non-existent even in warmer weather. Somehow the leather lining seems to regulate the temperature and the resulting comfort is remarkable. I can’t explain it. I just enjoy it.
At 6'5" and 270 lbs. I put a lot of stress on boots, far more than most. I wore these boots almost exclusively for eight years and living and working in Vermont, subjected them to conditions and abuse far beyond what would be considered remotely normal for an estate-style hunting boot. I think it’s safe to say that under normal conditions these boots would last for decades. They finally sprung a slight leak, when I was turkey hunting one morning crossing a creek and I felt the water seep in. I couldn’t bear to be without them, so that afternoon, I went out and bought pair number two, which I wore hunting the next morning. The first pair while no longer technically waterproof, are still as comfortable as ever and they now serve as work boots for cutting wood chores and I expect that with two pair, they might just last me the rest of my life.
When my son turned 21, I bought him a pair of Chameaus as a birthday present. I’m not sure there is a better testimonial to a boot than that. It is a memorable moment for a father and son and I wanted him to have something that I knew personally was the best of its kind and would last him for years. Seems a bit strange that a boot could fill that role, but to an outdoorsman, a great boot is a necessity and you never realize to what extent it can affect you.