Le Chameau Leather-Lined Men's Chasseur

These waterproof hunting boots will serve you well from the sporting clays course to the field.


  • Latex outer shell
  • Lined with full-grain leather
  • Full length zipper
  • Soft, aggressive tread
  • 17" tall, 17" around
  • Weigh 3 lbs. in size 10
  • Olive


  • Men's sizes: 39(7), 41(8), 42(9), 43(10), 44(11), 46(12), 47(13), 49(14). In D width.

Worn by European royalty and demanding gamekeepers alike. Made of natural latex, which is strong, durable, supple, and waterproof, these hunting and sporting clays boots are crafted by hand as they have been since 1927. Made in France.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.7 / 5 based on 48 reviews


44 of 48 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Great Boots - 11/11/2015

    Lovely, well made boots. However, They run quite large, even with a sock. I normally wear a size 10. Since they dont come in half sizes I went down to a 9 and it fit perfectly

  • 5/5

    Pricey, but worth it - 11/5/2015
    By: from Ortonville, MI

    I love rubber boots but I can't walk comfortably with them all day, and my feet get too warm and sweaty. These boots allow me to walk all day, in wet conditions and my feet feel dry and not tired. The leather interior molds to your feet for ultimate comfort.

  • 3/5

    I like a snug ankle fit - 8/30/2015

    Clearly nice boots but they do not fit tightly enough around the ankle for me. This causes a lot of heal lift which is uncomfortable.

  • 1/5

    greatly overrated - 3/31/2015
    By: from FL

    Fit poor. Loose at ankle and with leather lining much too slippery to stay on in mud. Heavy, stiff, and heel design too high for all day wear. Over all a very disappointing product which was returned as your records should demonstrate.

  • 5/5

    vive la france - 1/9/2015
    By: from Ostrander, OH
    Top 50 Contributor

    I have been wearing this pair for three years now, four seasons a year, under appropriate conditions and only when the need called for. Sadly, they still look new. Yesterday morning, early, I pulled them on to shovel some deep drifts of powder that had arrived unexpectedly in the night, and carry in some firewood, but they have been equally serviceable in the warmer months, as well. My recommendations: use the spray all over the boot, including the zipper (i bought a larger canister while at Sandanona); and pair with the Invincible Boot Sock all year around. Bonne chasse!

  • 5/5

    Outstanding Boots - 1/2/2015
    By: from Massachusetts

    I've used them in the rain/snow and they have been great! Easy on and off, also the leather lining keeps my feet from getting a clammy, as promised. Had a hard time justifying the price, but they are a quality boot and I'm sure I'll keep these for many years to come.

  • 3/5

    not for work - 12/25/2014
    By: from Dorset, VT

    Right a great boot especially the full zipper. once the lather gets damp at all it is very tacky and hard to either get your foot in or out. I have had about 4 pairs of these boots and right on two years straps and snaps start to break, soles start to tear away from the boot, and now the zipper is broken after 26 months of ownership. this is not a light work boot, but more like a "prance around the farm or town boot" I wear my boots all day doing moderate farm work and I think all the components of this boot wear awfully easily.

    Response from: Orvis Customer Service
    Posted: 1/5/2015 3:16:00 PM

    The Chasseur is not designed as a farm work boot. The acid in animal waste (manure) accelerates the oxidation of natural rubber and will degrade the boots faster than usual, particularly poultry waste which is very high in uric acid. The Chasseur is designed as a field and hunting boot and under normal and even hard field use has proven to last for years and years. Most Orvis employees working at Sandanona wear these boots daily and put much more than normal wear on them. They have proven time and again to last for many years. We recommend that this customer invest in less expensive rubber work boots for working in and around the farm and save the Chasseurs for hunting or foul-weather outings where dry comfortable feet are imperative.

  • 5/5

    Best Men's Boot for the Nature Lover! - 11/13/2014
    By: from Dublin, GA

    On purpose I have waited longer so I can judge these Le Chameau fairly after almost one year. Usually I wear a size 10½ but I got these in a size 11. Their fit is very comfortable, even with socks. If you Google: {My Hand Knitted Irish Aran Men's Vest} you will find more information with photos where I wear them. Great for outdoor life! Highly recommended and the good thing is that these high quality boots will last a lifetime!

  • 5/5

    Fantastic performance - 10/27/2014
    By: from Milwaukee, WI

    Certainly the best pair of boots I have purchased. Very comfortable, warm and good movement. Worth the money!

  • 5/5

    Practical Hunting Boot - 10/27/2014
    By: from Seacoast area of NH

    Boots are easy to put on/takeoff. Although they fit somewhat more loosely than my other size 13 boots, they are comfortable for walking for several hours. The extra room will be appropriate when I wear heavier socks later this Fall. I like the height of these boots as I occasionally underestimate the depth of water/muck.

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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.

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