Quality Old School Boots

Verified Buyer Reviewed by PNGDDS from Charlotte, NC on Sunday, May 22, 2011
I own several quality lighter hiking boots, but was looking for a non-Gortex boot that I could have resoled...and the Alico Summit's fit that bill nicely. The Alico Tahoe's were a close second...but I felt the synthetic inner liner would be the weak link in a boot that otherwise would last forever with periodic resoling. A break in period is expected with a boot of this design, but it is well worth it. Once the one piece leather uppers take the shape of your feet, they are very comfortable. I initially took them out for several day hikes and found them to be quite stiff, but not uncomfortable right out of the box. I haven't gotten any blisters...but I haven't logged any multi-day backpacking trips on them yet. I added a Superfeet insole and that made a big difference to how they fit. The length of these boots in my size were dead on, but the overall volume seemed excessive, even with thicker backpacking socks. I ended up dropping the Superfeet liner in directly on top of the "stock" liner and that snugged them up to what I like. These boots are a bit on the heavy side, but the construction quality is second to none and they should outlast any "glued" together boot out there. So though I have the added weight and longer break-in period down as cons, for this type and quality of boot (just notice the thickness of the leather uppers!) this is normal. BTW, the soft leather inner lining is fantastic. My one gripe is that the painted brass rivets that hold the shoelace d-rings in place easily scratched showing the bright brass underneath. I noticed this after the first hike, but being that these boots weren't bought for their esthetics in the first place, I didn't mind too much. In summary, if you desire a stylish and light hiking boot...don't buy these Alico's! But if you are looking for a bomb-proof, work-horse, "old school" boot that will last a lifetime...look no further than the Alico Summit's. At STP prices, you really can't go wrong!
  • Arch Type: Low Arch
  • Best Uses: Backpacking, Harsh Terrain, Heavy Loads, Long-Distance Hiking
  • Cons: Heavy, Long Break-in, Painted rivets scratch
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
  • Pros: Ankle Support, Comfortable, Great Traction, Resoleable, Sturdy/Durable, Water Resistant
  • Sizing: Feels true to size
  • Was this a gift?: No
  • Width: Feels true to width
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