Review – Chrome Industries Storm 415 Workboots

Chrome Storm 415 Workboot Review
When I reviewed the Chrome Industries Summoner Backpack earlier this year I was impressed by the quality, durability, and attention to detail in the Boulder brand's product — it has since become my go-to travel bag. With this in mind, their range of workboots also got me interested… could the Chrome Storm 415 Workboot be the ideal waterproof and comfortable casual boot for cycling errands and adventures? This is my review…

Chrome Industries were the pioneers behind the original sling bike messenger bag. More than 20 years ago in the city of Boulder – Colorado the brand created the now famous bag out of seatbelt buckles and straps, five-bar webbing, and double-lined bombproof interiors. Their strapline now reads 'Building Indestructible Gear Since 1995' — a claim that they reliably hold true to.

Work boots need to be indestructible, and the Chrome Workboots were designed for the factory workers in the Chrome headquarters; demanding constant daily use, for those often on their feet — they needed to be comfortable, practical, and reliable.

The Chrome Storm 415 Workboots are the waterproof offering in Chrome's extensive range of footwear. Given UK weather conditions, and that I would be wearing boots in the winter, the waterproofing seemed like a worthwhile investment.

Over the last few months I have been testing the Chrome Storm 415s both on and off the bike; eager to see if they were as durable, practical, and comfortable as the Chrome bags.

The first thing to comment on, is the fit. The Chrome Workboots are quite a narrow design, particularly in the toe-box; so they are in truth unlikely to be suitable for those with wide feet. I opted for a Size EU45 — my common choice in cycling shoes such as Sidi, as well as in casual shoes and running shoes from brands like Salomon. The fit is rather narrow in the toe box for me, although a good length and width further down the foot. Luckily being leather, the 415s have stretched out a bit over time, and I have also fitted slightly slimmed insoles than the padded EVA foam ones that comes as standard; the boots are now comfortable to wear unless walking a long distance. If you are between sizes, then I would recommend sizing up — these do seem to come up slightly small.

Moving onto the design, and the practical features. The Chrome Storm 415 Workboots use Chrome's own STORM fabric, which is a waterproof membrane placed underneath the full-grain leather to keep out the elements. The footbed is a soft EVA foam, and the soles are a super grippy vulcanised rubber. The combination of the materials results in a waterproof, breathable, flexible, and secure piece of footwear.

To improve durability, the Storm 415 Workboots feature rubber bumpers on the heel cup and toe cap; as well as strong steel eyelets for the lacing to avoid fraying and tearing. The boots seem to be lasting well with repeat use, even in damp conditions.

If you are looking for a pair of smart everyday boots, which you can rely on to keep your feet comfortable and dry, and to give you a secure footing both on and off the pedals, then the Chrome Storm 415 Workboots are a good investment.

From walks along the beach, to office meetings; these are a top performing pair of kicks.

>> Shop the Chrome Storm 415 Workboots at chromeindustries.com here <<

Chrome Storm 415 Workboot Review

Chrome Storm 415 Workboot Review

Chrome Storm 415 Workboot Review

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