Alico Tahoe Hiking Boots (For Men)

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Specs about Alico Tahoe Hiking Boots (For Men)

  • Non-Waterproof,Non-Insulated
  • Gusseted tongue
  • Upper: Leather
  • Lining: Dri-Lex®
  • Removable insole
  • Midsole: EVA
  • Outsole: Vibram® rubber
  • Shank: Steel
  • Height: 5-1/2"
  • Weight (pair): 3 lb. 6 oz.
  • Vibram®
  • Made in Italy
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Verified Buyer Reviewed by hikermike from lagrange ga on Tuesday, July 3, 2012
I now own and have used all three alico boots offered at sierra - Summit, Tahoe and Guide. I have hiked at least 200 miles in each style from steep to flat, soft to rocky, wet and dry. These boots were clearly made by very experienced professionals and the workmanship of these Italian cobblers is si... Read More
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  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by hikermike from lagrange ga on Tuesday, July 3, 2012
    I now own and have used all three alico boots offered at sierra - Summit, Tahoe and Guide. I have hiked at least 200 miles in each style from steep to flat, soft to rocky, wet and dry. These boots were clearly made by very experienced professionals and the workmanship of these Italian cobblers is simply top drawer. Quality control is superb. This grade of workmanship is unfortunately very very hard to find these days. You young hikers may have never seen a pair of boots made this well, nor will you appreciate the difference for a few months of use. But make no mistake, these boots are an absolutely unbeatable value. I have bought several pairs to set back... for my kids. You can bet your life on these boots and I do not say that lightly. They will all out last the latest trendy "glue on Mtn sneakers" 4 or 5 to 1. "Mtn sneakers" with glue on soles can fail suddenly without warning. That type of failure can be very problematic in real wilderness - I know from experience. Put some obenaufs on these regularly and you will be significantly older when you finally have to put them out to pasture. They will be your favorite hiking companions with each scuff and scratch will tell a story.

    These three boot styles are extremely well constructed but very different in significant ways.
    The Guides are monstrous, indestructable, hard core and sho' nuff real mountaineering boots. Most people should NOT buy these. These are not "fun" boots to wear. They are very adjustable, stable, supportive and indestructable but very heavy as you would expect. You tend to feel like Herman Munster in these. They are a maximum boot for maximum support, strength, regidity and traction on slope. They will not fail you. Break in is a total b....! not kidding!

    The Summit is my favorite. I can go from the office to a serious trail and heavy pack without missing a lick. Break in is close to non existent Sure footed in all areas, not too heavy or clunky. You do not look too weird in the civilized world with these on. Why are they more $ than the Tahoe? They are leather lined (fine grade too) which is very valuable for comfort and longevity. Worth the money. Just as important is the lacing system allows you to custom tension the foot bed and the ankle lace tensions seperately. This is critical to a real bp boot and they do this in spades. Clearly these have been Dolomites proven.
    The Tahoes are more like the "standard American" hiking boots-- like M..... and V..... but still much better made than any of those. They are same top quality construction but fabric lined and the lacing is not quite as adjustable as the Summit or the Guide.
    So there you go in a nutshell. If in doubt and you can afford it buy the Summits. If hard core is your plan get the Guides and never look back. If price is important, and you do not value the customizable tensioning get the Tahoes. These Boots will impress you even if you are used to the best. good luck mike
    • Arch Type: High Arch
    • Best Uses: Cold Weather, Day Hiking, Everyday, Harsh Terrain, Heavy Loads, Light Loads, Long-Distance Hiking
    • Cons: Heavy, Long Break-in
    • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
    • Pros: Ankle Support, Comfortable, Good Arch Support, Great Traction, Sturdy/Durable, Warm
    • Sizing: Feels true to size
    • Was this a gift?: No
    • Width: Feels true to width
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by gm0n from Missouri on Monday, December 7, 2015
    If you prefer an old school (leather midsole, Norwegian welt) over a modern constructed (molded plastic midsole, turned under glued welt) you'll be impressed by these Alico boots. They scream QUALITY. They have a Vibram Roccia sole, gusseted U throat one piece upper, 5 single rivet D ring lacing eyelets on the bottom and 2 single rivet hooks on top. They are cut from one of the most beautiful hides I've ever seen. The stitching is also PERFECT (haven't bought a pair of Asolo, ever, that I can say that about).
    These boots are relatively flexible, not nearly stiff enough for front pointing and very comfortable. They had a very minimal break in period. These are not winter mountaineering boots, but a near perfect 3 season hiking and long haul backpacking boot. They are very light weight for their construction style but may seem heavy if you're accustomed to fabric and plastic modern boots, but you'll never get fabric boots to waterproof as well as full leather hides (even with Goretex liner) or hold up as well. With proper care there's no reason these boots shouldn't last 10+ years of heavy use.
    My only surprise was that they were high volume (ran long, wide and tall). Italian lasts generally run narrow, but not Alico's. I normally wear a 10.5-11 D. I ordered a 10.5 D and it was surprisingly roomy even with heavy wool single socks. I compensated for this by adding a thin gel insole under the provided insole. After that the fit was PERFECT. What GREAT boots!
  • Reviewed by WesBird from Indiana on Thursday, January 7, 2016
    I ordered Alico Tahoe's back in November, and I fell in love with them. Everything about this except the fact that the Ds were a little narrow on me, which is my fault. I would have rated them a 5, but after 2 months of sidewalk breakin the stitching holding the upper tongue came undone. STP processed the return no questions asked (Great!), but the replacements I received are a completely different leather. It has a very Pleather look to it, but the tag on the boots swear it's a waterproof FGL. I've been on Alico's website and spent some time searching the net for "watherproof leather Alico Tahoes." and I've yet to find anything. Also unless I'm missing something, STP does not state that this boot comes in a waterproof leather option. I'm trying to get a call into STP to figure this out, but not having much luck.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by hiker hankster from Wisconsin on Sunday, January 1, 2012
    Ahh Italia ! I bought the Tahoe boots for use as both a comparison and backup to the Merrell Wilderness Hiking Boot of comparable style and use - mainly for 2-3x/week hikes. STP's price was extremely competitive during the 2011 Christmas / Holiday sale, around $135. I've owned them now for almost 2 weeks - long enough to get-in 6 hikes over rolling and moderate fields & hills mainly in Wisconsin state and county park trails under moderate 30-40 lb pack load. At first, I found the flat arch insoles quite uncomfortable as my feet have medium arch height. However, I use aftermarket insoles on almost all footwear, and after adding a pair of Green Superfeet, was quite elated. Prior to adding the "Greenies", leg strain and overall foot discomfort for me was 4-5/10, too much discomfort to really enjoy a quality boot. However, for the 3rd hike, the addition of the "Greenies" made a 12 mile hike feel like 1 or 2 miles. Paired with a thin first sock and second thick wool-blend sock, the pair fit like a glove. In temperatures of all hikes that hovered just under freezing, the sock / boot combination maintained an excellent level of warmth. If it was too warm or cold, I expect changing sock types based on temperature range would be the answer. As I enjoyed additional padding with the "greenies" insoles, the break-in period for me was mostly complete after two 15-mile hikes.

    The tongue is a bit short in that it surpasses the top shoestring crossing by just around a centimeter, and does not extend an inch or more above the top of the boot - this may cause debris to collect or catch. Lateral width of the tongue for the top same area seems to be enough, although it is not substantial or excessive. nevertheless, the ankle feels appropriately supported and "encased". The tongue width seems wide enough to offer good padding during lateral foot landings, where one foot is not level like the other.

    The design of the upper ankle wraparound being padding for around one inch from the top will hopefully not wear out sooner than expected compared to having leather there instead. That is why I'm rating a score of 4 instead of 5 - I'm cautious about the durability of the upper back heel padding design.
    • Arch Type: Low Arch
    • Best Uses: Cold Weather, Day Hiking, Harsh Terrain, Light Loads, Long-Distance Hiking
    • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
    • Pros: Ankle Support, Comfortable, Great Traction, Sturdy/Durable, Warm
    • Sizing: Feels true to size
    • Was this a gift?: No
    • Width: Feels true to width
  • Reviewed by Brooks from Kalifornia on Tuesday, March 10, 2009
    I have a pair of 20 year old Merrell Wilderness boots, but at the age of 55 my feet have increased one full size so I can no longer wear them. These are similar for 1/2 the $. Could possibly be made by the same manufacture in Italy.
    NEVER USE SNOW SEAL OR A LIKE PRODUCT ON LEATHER BOOTS!
    Whatever salesperson came up with this has NO experience!!!
    Leather by it's nature is water resistant. If you want a water proof boot, buy a water proof boot! If you Sno-Seal boots, they will be water proof, but will get soaked from your sweat from the inside out, and will not be able to dry because the leather is clogged with wax... your boots will mold and rot from the inside out. All that is needed to keep an oil-tanned boot in great condition is regular shoe polish... like Kiwi.
    It will restore the color and water resistant nature of leather. Once a year or after heavy use, take the boots outside and fill them with water with the garden hose. This will wash the perspiration salts out of the leather. Let them dry for 3-4 days with an insert or newspaper and use shoe polish and brush. Do not dry near heat, especially wall heater or camp fire. The glue that holds the sole on will loosen and the sole will separate.
    Chrome tanned boots are not as water resistant, and are made for higher altitudes and rockier conditions, where it's dryer. All that is needed is a light touch of silicon spray. Chose the right boot for you application!

    Now, after that rant... I think this is an excellent boot, fairly lightweight and rugged. Will last for years if cared for properly.
    • Best Uses: Cold Weather, Day Hiking, Harsh Terrain, Heavy Loads, Light Loads, Long-Distance Hiking, Wet Conditions
    • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer, Casual/Recreational
    • Pros: Ankle Support, Arch Support, Great Traction, Sturdy/Durable, Water Resistant
    • Sizing: Feels true to size
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    • Answer I found these boots to run true to size and width. I usually find hiking boots to run small compared to work boots or hunting boots . Did order these 1/2 size larger than my work boot size. Room in the toe box was good.
      Answered on 1/10/2016 12:55:41 PM by Kel from Cleveland, oh
    • Answer Not at all. This boot runs true to size in length. About true in width (maybe just a hair wide), compared to American lasted boots. But it is high volume, (the foot area is tall from insole to top of boot). I had to get a thin gel insole to put under the insole. After making this adjustment they fit better than most boots I've owned. They broke in quickly and are extremely comfortable. These are 'old school" boots in construction, so they DO require some break in and don't have the same feel as newer (running shoe style boots). You will also have to seal the welt to achieve water tightness. It's worth yhe trouble.
      Answered on 1/10/2016 12:56:25 PM by gm0n from Missouri
    • Answer The Alico Tahoe boot is wider than the typical Euro boot but not as wide as a true 2 or 4E. The leather on most most boots can be stretched pretty easily but if your foot width exceeds the last width then you will feel like you are walking on the "edge" of the boot which is uncomfortable, or worse. My left foot fit and the boot felt fantastic. My right foot is abouut 4 and 7/8 across at its widest point which is wider than my left so I ultimately had to send them back which was disappointing as I liked everything about them and would have been a great hiker.
      Answered on 1/10/2016 1:00:30 PM by Bon Air Hiker from Richmond VA
    • Answer I bought the wide fit & they were good fit, with my orthotics. Definitely wider than a Zamberlan or other Euro lasts I've tried.
      And I guess you can always return them if they don't fit!
      Answered on 1/10/2016 2:23:56 PM by Jim the Hobart-Hobbit from Tasmania
    • Answer As a women I wear a men's size 7. These were as perfect a fit for me as I could ever hope to find. There is a good amount of room in the toe. The heels are roomy for me, but my foot does not slide forward. They are beautifully crafted boots.
      Answered on 1/10/2016 2:55:50 PM by Corey the Farmer from virginia
    • Answer No, I normally wear 10.5 and I had to return them and get size 10. The width is normal.
      Answered on 1/10/2016 3:04:39 PM by weertske from Washington
    • Answer I believe that American boots size is bigger than Euro boots'. As an Oriental, I prefer Euro boots size because it fits on my feet. However, I don't think there are many different characteristics between American and Euro boots.
      Answered on 1/12/2016 6:10:38 AM by Baik from South Korea
    • Answer According to our fit models this item is running true to size.
      Answered on 1/12/2016 5:12:31 PM by Product Specialist Greg from Sierra Trading Post
    • Answer Yes, I also wear them in the city. We get a lot of rain in Baton Rouge and the Alico's are perfect for keeping feet dry and comfortable in any environment, from hiking paths to sidewalk puddles and small streams. I used to sell Fabiano, Asolo, Pivetta boots at Sierra Designs in the mid-70's and these are of equal quality, in both design and materials... I expect these boots to last at least 20 years before they need new soles...
      Answered on 6/30/2015 7:58:47 AM by Barney in Red Stick from Louisiana
    • Answer Sure. I wear them on desert sand and rock and on cement and asphalt pavement. If you wanted to keep them cleaned and polished, they'd be fine as good casual shoes with jeans or khakis. Very sturdy and strong yet not heavy. I love these boots. I wear 10 and 1/2 and either 10 and 1/2 or 11 work. My 11s are great. Great boot.
      Answered on 6/30/2015 8:34:25 AM by Desert deployer from Middle East
    • Answer These seem to be quite comfortable, and would probably be fine in the city.
      Answered on 6/30/2015 8:59:25 AM by Product Specialist Greg from Company Headquarters
    • Answer These seem to be quite comfortable, and would probably be fine in the city.
      Answered on 6/30/2015 8:59:31 AM by Product Specialist Greg from Company Headquarters
    • Answer These seem to be quite comfortable, and would probably be fine in the city.
      Answered on 6/30/2015 8:59:35 AM by Product Specialist Greg from Company Headquarters
    • Answer It kind of depends if this is a technical or aesthetic question. As far as good looks and style goes, I would wear these boots anywhere in our town. But technically they are a stiff boot designed to give good foot and ankle support on sharp rocks and steeply angled sidehills. After I have done a long hike in these I am ready to change into my sneakers for a softer feel on smooth ground.
      Answered on 6/30/2015 10:21:25 AM by Roger De Haan from Victor, Montana
    • Answer For the Tahoe boots, there's no difference except sizing - same materials, same design... Great boots, extremely well-made.
      Answered on 2/25/2015 7:49:49 AM by Barney in Red Stick from Louisiana
  • Question “Do these boots have a waterproof liner?”
    Asked on 1/1/2015 10:10:26 AM by Murat Sean from georgia
    • Answer Yes, they have what looks like GoreTex inside the boot, though it isn't labeled GoreTex. The leather is also extremely waterproof, but if you're going to get really gnarly wet then SnoSeal around the welt wouldn't be a bad idea. The tongue is attached to the boot on the sides all the way up to the top of the tongue (there's a term for this, but I forget at the moment), which will also prevent water from getting in. They're solid.
      Answered on 1/1/2015 10:28:05 AM by Frank Beta from Northern California
    • Answer These boots do have a liner but regardless of what claim they may make (I don't know if they claim waterproof) they will hold water out a while but are NOT WATERPROOF.
      Answered on 1/1/2015 10:45:49 AM by Mark from pa
    • Answer Although these boots do not have liners, with the proper waterproofing I have found that they function at an elite level for general outdoor activities.
      Answered on 1/1/2015 1:10:19 PM by Steve Feuerstein from New York City
    • Answer No they do not
      Answered on 1/1/2015 1:46:36 PM by Adkhunter from Bloomingdale ny
    • Answer No, there is no liner in these boots
      Answered on 1/1/2015 2:55:46 PM by small farmer from Kentucky
    • Answer No they do not. I keep mine well oiled. A product called snow seal. Stomping through mud and puddles the day ends with dry feet. Best straight up leather boots around.
      Answered on 1/1/2015 5:06:09 PM by Hiker1 from Minnesota, MN
    • Answer No, just a moisture wicking liner.
      Answered on 1/1/2015 8:24:41 PM by Hikeallegheny from Michigan
    • Answer No, the leather is water resistant and breathes better than a waterproof breathable liner.
      Answered on 1/1/2015 11:20:58 PM by GregL from No. Calif
    • Answer No waterproof insert
      Answered on 1/4/2015 12:26:19 PM by ks nc from North Carolina
    • Answer If your comfortable in a five normally get a five! Long break intime but super high quality boot ! Want to get another pai just in case!!!
      Answered on 11/16/2014 12:21:22 PM by joseph streamline from colorado
    • Answer I would go with size 5.5
      Hope that this helps. By the way the boots are great!
      Answered on 11/16/2014 2:58:00 PM by Europhile from Indiana
    • Answer These boots are true to size ,get 51/2 and wear a hiking sock and change the insoles to super feet green and you will be happy
      Answered on 11/16/2014 4:05:06 PM by Adkhunter from Bloomingdale,ny
    • Answer 5.5 if you plan on hiking mostly and wearing heavy thick socks. But for everyday use in warmer climates, perhaps the 5 would be more accurate. Mine were a little large, but mostly use with thick socks. Not sure about how easily a wrong size would be to return since mine worked out so well. But worth a shot either way. Hope that was helpful for ya "tiny feets". Enjoy!
      Answered on 11/16/2014 8:04:16 PM by Hike here, Hike there from Minnesota
    • Answer Bought these for my husband and he felt they were true to size.
      Answered on 11/17/2014 5:45:10 AM by ks nc from NC
    • Answer For boots that can be resoled, I suggest either Danner or Irish setters. However I cannot vouh if they have sizes that small. Good Luck!
      Answered on 11/17/2014 6:26:38 AM by small farmer from Kentucky
    • Answer Stiched
      Answered on 10/29/2014 5:36:25 AM by Adkhunter from Bloomingdale,ny
    • Answer I have both the Tahoe and the Backcountry boot. The picture of the dark brown actually looks like it is the Backcountry and the light brown the Tahoe. The Backcountry is glued and the Summit and Tahoe are stitched. I think that Sierra has switched up some of the photos by accident.
      Answered on 10/29/2014 5:46:28 AM by Hikeallegheny from Michigan
    • Answer I have both the Tahoe and the Backcountry boot. The picture of the dark brown actually looks like it is the Backcountry and the light brown the Tahoe. The Backcountry is glued and the Summit and Tahoe are stitched. I think that Sierra has switched up some of the photos by accident.
      Answered on 10/29/2014 5:46:29 AM by Hikeallegheny from Michigan
    • Answer It is a triple layered, triple colored sole sewed onto to the boot. The base piece, the black rubber part of the sole is glued to the middle section or mid-layer of the sole. Based on the picture above, the pair I have clearly have a different sole than the one used in the darker brown which appears to be one piece.
      Answered on 10/29/2014 5:57:25 AM by Steve Feuerstein from New York
    • Answer Mine are stitched, which is what I wanted and expected. I didn't notice the difference in the picture. I purchase these boots because I had a similar pair, which I just had repaired and continue to use. I like the boots so much, I wanted to make sure I had a pair when the old ones finally wear out, although they still seem to have considerable life left in them. As you may guess, I really like these boots, and I am equally pleased with the new pair even though I am still getting to know them.
      Answered on 10/29/2014 1:48:36 PM by John from Pennsylvania
    • Answer I ordered the Dark Brown Tahoe boots and they are stitched (same as the Light Brown photo style, only darker). A huge selling point for me was the stitching.
      I think STP has posted an incorrect photo for the Dark Brown Tahoe.
      Answered on 10/29/2014 2:23:55 PM by lilyscout from Texas
    • Answer I ordered the Dark Brown Tahoe boots and they are stitched (same as the Light Brown photo style, only darker). A huge selling point for me was the stitching.
      I think STP has posted an incorrect photo for the Dark Brown Tahoe.
      Answered on 10/29/2014 2:25:30 PM by lilyscout from Texas
    • Answer They are stitched!
      Answered on 11/16/2014 12:26:39 PM by joseph streamline from wyoming
  • Question “are this boots waterproof or not some reviews say they are 100% waterproof while spec say non waterproof?”
    Asked on 9/6/2014 2:55:31 PM by stan the worker from north carolina
    • Answer They are as water proof as full grain leather boot can be. They have a lining, but the lining is intended to wick not prevent moisture, like waterproof liners. That being said, I've treated them and they have stayed dry so far (day hikes and wooded geocaching).
      Answered on 9/6/2014 3:40:54 PM by Hikeallegheny from Michigan
    • Answer Haven't gotten them wet yet, so I can't say.
      Answered on 9/6/2014 3:56:23 PM by ks nc from nc
    • Answer These boots are water resistant oiled leather. Water resistant, not waterproof, they breathe better than waterproof with a membrane.
      Answered on 9/6/2014 4:34:25 PM by GregL from NorCal
    • Answer I have not worn them in damp conditions. The tongue design would prevent water from filling the boot unless submerged. They are good boots.
      Answered on 9/7/2014 9:27:16 AM by Tucson Kid from Tucson
    • Answer I have worn these boots regularly for around the past 12 years. I can't recall my feet or socks ever getting wet. However, the leather does not repel water, and the boots should be air dried, if the leather has soaked up much moisture.
      Answered on 9/8/2014 9:18:54 AM by General Wear George from Florida
    • Answer If you wax them up they will be fairly water resistance but they do not have a Gore-Tex liner so eventually they will leak.
      Answered on 9/11/2014 6:27:18 PM by Engineerrock from Arkansas
  • Question “About sizing, Are these boots sized like a work boot or a athletic shoe?”
    Asked on 4/1/2014 7:10:19 AM by Glenn from California
    • Answer Not quite sure what you mean as I have never discerned a noticeable difference.
      What I will say is that I have a rather wide foot and a high arch; these are the most
      comfortable new boots I can ever remember finding. The fit is excellent and the
      craftsmanship stellar. The only catch is that the 'break-in' is serious but that's easily
      remedied with a few good long hikes or several days just wearing them. Worth the
      effort and the price is incredible for handmade Italian hiking boots.
      Go for it!!!
      Answered on 4/1/2014 8:03:23 AM by Pteryldactyl from Mendocino, Northern California
    • Answer Like a work boot! The Alico Tahoe has quite a lot of interior volume. I tried a smaller size when I noticed the boot's volume, but chose the larger size for the length that I needed. To take up some volume, I purchased a pair of high quality insoles ("Sole" brand) and new medium thickness Smartwool hiking socks. The boots then benefit from a break-in period of a few day hikes. Also, check out the boot lacing pattern alternatives on this Sierra site. After break-in, I headed out backpacking overnight, with a good load of camera gear, traveling in very rugged Rocky Mountain terrain. The Alicos were in their element on this trip, and performed wonderfully -- supportive, comfortable, no hot spots, and good protection. Athletic shoe? No, although with the volume taken up as I described, these boots will have good overall contact as they continue to soften and mold to your feet. Athletic shoe? No. The Alicos are built with Norwegian welt outsole construction. A Salomon light hiker would be the athletic shoe comparable.
      Answered on 4/1/2014 9:07:33 AM by Hugh from Montana
  • Question “Would you be able to provide the European Sizing for this boot in a US 13?”
    Asked on 3/11/2014 9:14:20 AM by Trekker from Wisconsin
    • Answer According to our online sizing chart a US 13 would be a EU 47. You can view the size chart here: http://www.sierratradingpost.com/lp2/size-chart/
      Answered on 3/11/2014 11:16:33 AM by Product Specialist Greg from Sierra Trading Post
    • Answer 46. Wonderful boot, beautifully crafted but stiff as a board...HUGE break-in time but worth it.
      Answered on 3/11/2014 1:00:29 PM by Pteryldactyl from Mendocino, Northern California
  • Question “Are these boots lined entirely with leather? ”
    Asked on 10/31/2013 12:28:17 PM by Frank from Wisconsin
    • Answer The boots according to the information in the Specs tab indicate they are lined with a Textile (cloth) lining.
      Answered on 10/31/2013 1:27:01 PM by Prod. Spec. Kevin from Sierra Trading Post