Last week, Arcane debuted the newest additions to the Chippewa Boot
collection in our boot shop. One of the new boots, the 6" Wedge Boot, features a mysterious, forgiving sole by Vibram that is known as the White Christy sole. It is not at versatile for formal wear as the dark V Bar or cork soles that comes on our other service boots, but the comfort and appearance are so striking that we had to do a little research.
After coming up short with answers on the history, composition or purpose of the White Christy soles, we decided to go to the source.. we reached out directly to Vibram's team for any answers. Vibram got back to us within hours and basically gave us the same answer that we have been giving inquisitive customers: "they're just ridiculously comfortable". Vibram rolled out the White Christy sole a few decades ago and they are mostly found on heritage-styled work boots, like the ones carried in our shop. Instead of a solid composition rubber, found in most soles, its an expanded rubber.. very similar to an EVA. The result is a lighter, cushier, cloud-like feel that is the most comfortable out-of-the-box boot experience we have ever had.
The distinct white Vibram soles are not abrasion or oil proof like the V Bar, which basically means that they break in quicker and will show strong personalized wear. Chippewa Service Boots are constructed with a Goodyear welt, meaning you can take them to your local cobbler every few years to resole with a brand new Vibram bottom. Enjoy breaking these boots in, they are our new favorites.
Founder and owner of Arcane Supply Co.
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