It is time to step into Fall.  Some of you like to keep rocking the sandals until the snow falls, but the rest of us want to keep our feet warm in the chilly damp weather.  Stylish boots are always welcomed during this season change.  One company that knows how to combine fashion with functionality is Chaco’s.  Chaco’s started out producing only sandals but today has a sleek line of boots (and shoes).  They are a brand that sits close to home, literally (for me).  They have a Rockford, Michigan based factory that produces all the custom orders, and also houses the ReChaco Repair department.  The Chaco brand has been around since 1989 and started with developing sandals that didn’t slip off while traversing rivers.  They have been expanding their collection to shoes and boots all while staying true to their roots of making simple, versatile products that provide superior comfort and durability.

We were giving the opportunity to try out their new women’s Barbary boots.  Putting them through all day adventures in the cold, rain and shine, check out how they held up.

Key Features:

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    • Variegated wool and premium waterproof full grain leather upper
    • Traditional lace system
    • Fold-down collarCHAW-J105340-102014-F15-032
    • Comfortable wool and fleece lining
    • Leather pull tab
    • Removable, women’s specific, pigskin-lined LUVSEAT™ PU footbed
    • Instant-comfort EVA layer
    • Injection-molded nylon shank
    • Mountain Lifestyle outsole
    • Non-marking EcoTread light rubber outsole with 15% recycled content
    • 3mm lug depth
Barbary Review Breakdown


The perfect combination of wool and waterproof leather on the outside protects your feet from rain and wind, but still allows your feet to breathe.  Equipped with Chaco’s removable Luvseat footbed and a wool and fleece combination lining.  The outsole is made with a non-marking eco tread that keeps you from slipping on wet slick surfaces.  The fold down collar adds the perfect balance of casual style.  Be prepared for all the compliments.

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The Luvseat footbed provides support from heel to toe with just the right amount of cushion.  No need to break them in.  They are comfortable right out of the box.  The Barbary boots are made for cool weather and when paired with some thick cozy socks, work top notch at keeping your feet warm.  The toe box is wide enough so you can wiggle your toes and allows the proper air circulation.  These boots will keep your feet warm and dry on those chilly Fall days (and maybe into the early winter season with light snowfall).

20151026_140749 copyDurability:

Made with a non-marking eco tread mountain lifestyle outsole and a premium leather upper,  these boots have held up just fine during any outing.  While we’ve only had them for a couple months, they show no wear and tare yet.   Dirt and water just brush right off.  As with any boot or shoe, they will start to fall apart.  The seams will begin to separate, and the soles will be start to ware down.  We haven’t had the boots long enough to say how superior the longevity and durability are.  So far so good, though.


With Chaco’s use of high quality materials combined with the comfort and trend-worthy style, these Barbary boots are well worth the price.   They offer a warranty that covers any product defect, and free returns/exchanges on un-worn footwear.  For their popular sandals (not available for their boots or shoes, yet) they have a great program called ReChaco Repair which means instead of tossing away your worn out or broken favorite pair of sandals, you can send them in to have them repaired to like new condition.  This saves waste from going to the landfills, and saves you from having to buy another pair.  Boom!  Double win.  Great company, great boots.

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Chaco Women's Barbary Boot - Style Review
Best suited for those who want comfort and style combined into one pair of awesome boots.
The Good
  • Comfortable and cozy
  • Eye catching style
  • Water resistant outer leather
The Not So Good
  • The stylish wool on top is probably not suitable for deep snow.
9.4Overall Score
Reader Rating: (11 Votes)

About The Author


Photographer, travel enthusiast and outdoor adventurer, Beth has no trouble enjoying life. She is always looking for the next “hidden gem” in the world of travel, the latest in outdoor gear to help her get there, and new and improved photography equipment to help document every moment. With her adventurous spirit and creative eye, Beth makes a great addition to our team.

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