Reviewed by CtheB from Around on Thursday, September 19, 2013
I'll have to begin by saying that I returned them: they simply didn't fit my feet. I usually wear 10.5 wide in boots, and these did seem to be the right size, but there was to much contact between the boot and the joints of my large toe, and I know it would've meant serious blistering. But I would recommend you give them a shot. These are well-built, solid boots, and if they fit you will have a good pair for life (probably more). These are very sturdy, so they may be more boot than you need, unless you go off-trail, work in the field or need extra support for weak ankles. For day hikers this is overkill, but I'd say everyone should have at least one pair of boots like these so they can go into serious terrain when the opportunity arises. The classic double stitch soles will mean you can resole them when the solid soles finally wear out. It also means that you will not have to fear the sudden sole failure that can occur with modern, composite, glued on soles that you find even on highend boots. The Asolos I used in my special forces days were uber-comfortable, but after years of abuse several people had the soles detach from boots that appeared to have plenty of life in them. Fortunately it never happened to me, but the sight of the operators that had to finish missions with duct tape wrapped around there feet to attatch their soles convinced me to invest in classic stitched sole options.