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Test-drive: Original Chippewa® for J.Crew

We asked intrepid adventure photographer Forest Woodward and photo retoucher Jim Lind to lace up our latest exclusive Original Chippewa boots for a day that took them from the cobblestone streets of Brooklyn to camping under the stars at Harriman State Park in Sloatsburg, New York.

In search of the perfect shot for publications like National Geographic Adventure and Outside magazine, Forest has traveled to the islands of the South Pacific and the Colorado Rockies, so we thought the short trip from Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood to Harriman State Park should be all in a day’s work for him. He and Jim biked over the Brooklyn Bridge to Penn Station to catch a train out of the city and even managed to get in a hike through the park before sundown.

“I’m constantly on the road, photographing in a variety of environments. I try to travel as light as possible, so having a single pair of boots that I can use both in the city and out on the trail is important.”

“I always look for something that will age nicely. A good pair of boots is an investment, so it has to withstand the beating of walking in the city. I typically fall in love with a boot after a few weeks of breaking it in.”

“I’m going to wear these as often as possible since they look professional and go with almost everything I own. It’s also good to know I can really rough them up when I need to.”

“These boots are going around the world with me. I’d wear them for a night out in Tokyo, tromping back home in the hills of Appalachia in the fall or a day of shooting on location in New York. Dress them up or down, knock them around, buff them
up—they’re going to have some stories to tell when I’m through with them.”

Photographs by Forest Woodward and Jim Lind. 

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