Closeouts These beautiful Alico Tahoe hiking boots are true classics. These boots are made of top quality, full-grain leather and are crafted by a small factory of artisans located in the Italian Dolomites.
Reviewed by Jim the Hobart-Hobbit from Tasmania, Australia on Thursday, July 23, 2015
After a fruitless search across Australia for old-school hikers - one piece leather, welted soles and the deliberate absence of Gore-sweat-tex - I was thrilled to discover the Alico boot range. After a bit of a read through past reviews, I plumped for the Tahoe boots.
The price was good, even with added shipping. But at the last minute I decided I needed a size change (10 to 10.5 - just to be a sure). The boots hadn't shipped and the changeover was an easy online chat away. No problem. Gotta love American customer service!
The boots arrived in just a few days - earlier than expected. And they haven't disappointed. In fact they're great. I love them. They look better in the flesh (well-formed stitched leather) than the photos suggest. Clearly some timeless design skills have gone into these.
Wore them around the house for a couple of days to soften them up. Then gradually broke them in. Now they're happily nestling my feet - even fitting my orthotics, with comfort. I've yet to do a major hike. But am very pleased with the boots around town. Perfect for our Tasmanian winter (not too hot; not too cold!).
The only change for me was to dump the original laces. They're ok, but a bit too stretchy. I replaced them with a set of Tobby red 160cm round laces. Not quite the iconic Danner look I would've liked - but it would cost me $65 to import some Danner 63's!
The Tahoe look great with the red rounds. I'm hoping these will last for a couple of decades.
PS If any of you lovely American folk feel like sending a set of Danner 63 red or green rounds Down Under to really complete this Tasmanian bushwalker's dream boot, please let me know! It surely can be done for less than $65...
Reviewed by Kel in Cleveland from Cleveland Oh on Tuesday, July 21, 2015
These boots are a sturdy well built hiking boot. They are a little stiffer than my other boots and I am planning a couple of 5 mile breaking hikes. The construction appears to be quit good and I am looking forward to years of good service.
Reviewed by Lance from North Carolina on Friday, July 3, 2015
I bought these boots to replace my favorite pair of boots, which were coming un-stitched after about ten years of wear. If you want full leather boots that are sewn, not glued, your choices are very limited. I bought these boots because they were the cheapest sewn leather boot I could find. The first day I wore them for about 7 hours straight. This was normal indoor and outdoor wear. They were so comfortable I forgot I was wearing them. My first hike in them was 4 miles. No problem. The longest has been about 8 miles, which was enough to make my feet a little sore. I have worn them as long as about 18 hours with no discomfort. They are lighter than I expected. I also bought a half size bigger than I normally wear in a shoe, because I like to wear heavier socks when hiking. I wear a size 8 shoe, and that half size was probably not needed.
Reviewed by Roger De Haan from Bitterroot Valley, Montana on Monday, June 1, 2015
This is the second pair of these boots I have bought. The first ones have taken me on hundreds of miles of trails in western Montana and Wyoming, and are the only boots I would wear for 10 to 15 days at a time backpacking on longer trails. They are comfortable (once broken in) and durable with one small exception. The leather that joins the heavy duty tongue to the heavy boot leather is a very thin and soft glove type leather. This thin connector tapers from maybe 1/2 in. to 2 inches wide at the top, and has developed several holes from wear. In heavy rain, the rain runs off my rain pants down onto the boots and into these holes. The result is instant wet feet when the rain starts, or walking through wet brush. I have now patched the holes in my old boots with Lexell flexible silicone adhesive and a piece of fabric, and I intend to get a few more hundred miles. I will save the new ones for the future but am considering a pre-treatment of the weaker leather to avoid the holes. Wish the manufacturer would correct this one small flaw in an otherwise great boot.
Reviewed by Macho Ranger from New Mexico on Saturday, May 9, 2015
Excellent boot. I have a pair of the Alico Summit boots and bought these to wear when I don't need such a heavy boot. Be aware that these are not No-break-in-tennie-style-fashion boots, though they are good looking enough to wear with my service uniform. They will take a while to form to your foot, but when they do you'll sleep in them. Very high quality leather.
Reviewed by Love To Hike from NC on Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Sierra Trading is where I got the boots. I get their sale coupons/pricing by email. The Vasque hiking boot (handmade by Italian cobblers) that I LOVED, wore and hiked in all over the world for many years appears to be the same design as the Backcountry boot below...but the Vibraum sole finally came half off when I was hiking in snow and ice...not good....but it did happen after MANY years of wear.
I recently purchased the Alico Tahoe when it was on sale for $119.00. Stitched sole, handmade in Italy by Italian cobblers, amazing leather, weatherproof...much like the original Vasque boot I had but the Tahoe is probably a better quality....the Vasque replacement boot Vasque is selling now is a POOR copy made in China....no craftsmanship in the Vasque boot!
I always wear a thin undersock and a THICK hiking sock to protect my feet....no blisters! Break in has been nonexistent...been on three hikes on the newbies and my feet feel great. The hikes are easier and I am surefooted on tough trails. Of course, part of the "magic" is the lacing technique. I did not seriously consider the Alico Summit....too heavy and too high for me. The ankle support on either the Backcountry boot or the Tahoe are plenty for the conditions I trek in. I sized up half a size to accommodate the THICK socks I wear over a pair of thin liner socks....even in July and August. A "just in case" is to keep the Johnson and Johnson Band-Aid Advanced healing Blister Ampoules with you....they will keep a blister from bursting if put on immediately....a lesson I have learned since I have had to wear the cheap Vasque replacements...which gave me blisters.... until my amazing new Alcio Tahoe's recently entered my life!
Everyone is different....from body to feet to how and when they hike/trek and what footwear is appropriate in their unique situations....these work for me.
Reviewed by George Cordes from Ohio on Tuesday, May 5, 2015
In 1983, I bought a pair of Redwing hiking boots. I wore those boots for the next ten years. When they finally wore out, I went to Redwing to buy another just like the last. Unfortunately, I learned that the first had been made in Italy and that Redwing had since shifted its sourcing to China. The replacement boots lasted about two years. The next set started showing flaws after only six months. After a series of disappointing experiences, I did my homework and searched for Italian boots. I found and bought these Alico's. They look and feel astonishingly similar to that pair I remember from decades ago. Even more surprising, the price is is competitive with the comparable model that Redwing sources from China. They now show as closeout. Buy them while you can still get them.
Reviewed by Old Man from Lost on the trail on Monday, May 4, 2015
Very nicely made. I saw no imperfections and the tongues center and stay centered well. I would recommend polishing with a neutral cream polish that contents a preservative old. Both the French and Swiss military issue kits with the perfect preservative cream without the oiliness of the oil treatments. Seal the stitching with a water proofing and they will be find for the occasional stream crossing.
The sizing for this boot is spot on in my opinion but some may initially like a 1/2 size large. The boots are traditionally made and require some break-in. If you have not had traditionally constructed leather boots with sewn welts, and are used to bonded or sneaker construction you may feel the boots are too tight and not comfortable. If this is the case you may like a 1/2 size larger. But doing so you will lose some support after use of the boots for awhile. If you are used to breaking in boots, meaning you are likely over 50 years old, these will fit wonderfully and break in well. But it takes time and gradually increasing use. Those not used to breaking in boots will likely send them back unnecessarily as being stiff and tight. IF you can stand with lacing snug and not discomfort or movement when first put on they are OK. DONOT get them too long it will limit down hill use.. the foot cannot mover around or slide foreward. about .4-.5" or 1cm longer than your longest toe is enough.
IF your old boots are toast and you need them for a big hike right away... plan on going slowly... and accept lacing tight to prevent movement. That is an old trick I learned long ago walking slowly will prevent much of the break in woes of blisters and the like. They will feel tight and stiff... that is the way all traditionally constructed leather boots are if you want good fit and support with long life later. Go slow and you will not develop problems.