Hi Quality - Low Frills - Good Value

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Once an Antelope from Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Purchased for use on both weekend and up to 12-day backpacking trips in the Appalachians, around the Southeastern U.S., and occasional Rocky Mtn. trips. So far, have only hiked about 6 miles in them wearing a loaded pack.

The wide width is fine (and probably accurate), but for a four-E guy like me, it required going up at least one additional size.

Heel box is very roomy, toe box is more roomy than practically every other make of hiking boot, but again, a big-toed, 4E guy will need a bit more room. Going up a size and a half and adding a good insole seems to have done the job for me.

It's a good-looking traditional, all-leather boot. 'Looks like it will be long-lasting - similar to some 20-year-olds of another brand I've put around 1000 miles on and which I still use for yard work. The lack of insulation and waterproofing is an advantage to me. I can be responsible for those issues as needed (and summer time on a dry trail isn't the place for it). 'Will add my own exterior waterproofing as needed and to my own specs. Construction is appropriate for easy re-soling too (but these Vibram Montagna soles won't wear out any time soon). After several years hiking in a big-name-brand boot that starts with the letter 'A' and which has a "custom" vibram sole, the large heel on these is very noticeable, but I think will be preferred for carrying a heavy pack (forward pitch to counter the weight on your back).

Hunting for something "not so great" to say about them I can only come up with the fact that the tongues seem a bit long, extending past the top edge of the uppers. This probably has a practical advantage I'm not thinking of, but so far requires a little management to get good shin comfort. With wear and softening of the leather, I'm confident any comfort issues will disappear. I guess a heel loop to assist pulling them on would be good too, but really not necessary and would just add another ounce or two of weight - I'll just be careful not to tug too hard on the padded collar.

I hope these boots continue to be made and to be sold by STP. It has become very difficult to find traditional, full-leather boots that aren't intended for extreme mountaineering and which aren't insulated, waterproofed, and/or put together with glue rather than stitching.

Like 'em.

Oh- also hope STP will survey its customers 1 or 2 years after purchase of big items like boots, tents, etc. as a follow-up to the immediately-after-purchase survey that this represents.
  • Arch Type: Low Arch
  • Best Uses: Heavy Loads, Long-Distance Hiking
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
  • Pros: Ankle Support, Comfortable, Great Traction, Sturdy/Durable
  • Sizing: Feels true to size
  • Was this a gift?: No
  • Width: Feels true to width
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