Womens Le Chameau Leather-Lined Chasseur

This handmade women's hunting boot is steeped in tradition.

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These women's hunting boots are worn by European royalty and gamekeepers alike. Made of natural latex, which is strong, durable, and supple. They're made by hand as they have been since 1927. Lined with full-grain leather so they will never leave you clammy. Leg is full-length zipper gusseted. Soft, aggressive tread grips on most surfaces. European whole sizes. Boot shaft is 15" tall, 15" around. 1.25" heel. France.
Women's boot sizes: (U.S. size) 36(5½), 37(6), 38(7), 39(7½), 40(8), 41(9), 42(10)

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Womens Le Chameau Leather-Lined Chasseur is rated 4.875 out of 5 by 24.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Boots for a Duchess Biggest surprise at our family's Christmas and my wife loves them: look, fit and comfort. She feels like the Duchess Kate.
Date published: 2016-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love These Boots Read the reviews on sizing and took their recommendations. I ordered a size smaller. They fit like a glove even though they are boots! These are SO comfortable. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2016-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Too snug around my calves Firstly, Orvis has great customer service, online/phone/web. Super fast and they really work for you, to help you get what you need or want. The boots were beautiful, well made and all around exactly what I was looking for, except that once I pulled them on over my calf....it was too tight. I don't think I would be able to wear yoga pants with them. I'm 5'45" 140 lbs and dont consider myself large. I had to return them :( all the way to Canada. Which I paid the shipping myself so I could get a full refund. Customer service made this process simple and painless process. Would definitely order from Orvis again. Thank you!
Date published: 2015-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Boots! I ordered the boots for use on the farm during the summer rain and winter snow and have found the to be perfect so far! The natural latex helps the boots to fit snug on the calves with a large zipper tab that enhances zipping and the snap buckle really adds a nice touch. After seeing my boots, my husband decided to order a pair also!
Date published: 2015-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these! Was searching for a pair of rain boots that are comfortable, offer good support and stability, and easy to get on and off. Walk muddy, wet trails regularly with my labradoodle and needed to be able to wear these for extended periods of time to stay warm, dry and comfortable. Tried many brands; these more than fit the bill and are worth every penny!
Date published: 2015-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bird Dog Training Bought these boots for training of German Shorthairs and NAVHDA tests, They are tough to put on as the zipper and calf area are tight but I expect will get better with use. Kept me from falling in the lake at a NAVHDA test. They grip really well on wet rocks and uneven terrain. Once on they are comfortable.
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mr. & Mrs I have had a pair for a year and liked them so bought a pair for my wife!
Date published: 2014-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Greenies Bought these for my wife for Christmas after years of other rubber boots and this was a great purchase. Not clobby, but contoured. Excellent fit and the leather lining avoids the clamminess of neoprene. Tread is aggressive and sure footed. Zippered side gusset allows for easy on/off while remaining snug. Hands down worth the extra money.
Date published: 2014-12-19
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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.

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