'Work Boots' By Chrome Industries

Put away your fixed-gear bike. Jump on a skateboard? Chrome is a bike brand, but this week the company unveiled a boot made for skateboarders, the moto crowd, and flat-pedal cyclists.

The 415 Urban Work Boot is waterproof and sold as having a “sneaker-like” fit.

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A steel toe is not included, but there is a padded ankle collar and Cordura or leather upper options. For insulation, the company uses a neoprene membrane that’s breathable and adds warmth.

We got a pair to test. They are good-looking and versatile for everyday wear with a slight punk/bike-messenger aesthetic. For a late-winter day on a bike — slushy, wet, mid-30s — our tester found the boots perfect for a flat-pedal city ride.

The midsole is very flexible — they bend in the hand like a shoe, not a boot. Watch out on ice and muddy terrain, the outsole has no lugs and is almost slick. Our tester spilled on an icy sidewalk in the boots.

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Lightweight they are not. But at 18.4 ounces in a men’s size 10 the leather Urban Work Boot is not heavy for what it is (a high-top, durable shoe/boot).

Chrome sells the boots for $120 and up ($150 for the leather version). They come with a 365-day warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

—Amy Oberbroeckling

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