Chippe… Erm, Harley Davidson Boots 1970s

Harley Davidson is a motorcycle manufacturing company that has survived for over 100 years. Its a rare feat to stick around so long and also turn a handsome profit year after year.

Harley Davidson also features apparel and accessories to accompany their motorbikes for just as long. Boots are not exception. During the late 1960s and 1970s, Harley licensed Chippewa to manufacture their engineer boots.

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I don’t even think Chippewa changed their patterns. I think they just stamped the logo on the boots and hammered a metal logo pin into the heel.

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The pitting of the metal is the chrome wearing off over time. The instep buckle rivet (hidden by the strap) indicates that this is a 1960s pattern, as well as the rounded corner buckle shape.

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ANSI (American National Standards Institute) Z41.1 1967/75 marking indicates that these boots pass the standard for steel toe safety. The standard probably was implemented in 1967 and updated in 1975. This also helps date the boot as 1970s since the standards are updated every 20 years or so.

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The embossed Harley Davidson logo.

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Another indication that this is a 1960s / 70s pattern is that the back stay starts wide at the heel counter and eventually tapers to a narrow strip near the top of the boot opening. The modern boots made by Chippewa features a singular narrow width back stay.

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