Reviewed by Asolo #1 from BC on Friday, March 29, 2013
Typical product from Asolo which is outstanding design and comfort. I think it will be a very long time before the sole wears out as they seem to be built very well. Every pair of Asolo footwear I have had or still have fit perfect every time and I never have a problem. I have a high arch and a large heel.
Reviewed by Lookout Ranch from Sierra Foothills on Sunday, March 03, 2013
I got a pair of these from Sierra Trading Post just before leaving on a week-long trip to the Nevada high desert, Death Valley and Las Vegas, so I've put them through their paces, so to speak.
First the good news:
-- With laces all the way to the toe, these shoes are great for someone like me who has a low volume foot. These shoes can be laced to fit like a glove.
-- No break-in required. They fit nicely and felt great after walking just a few blocks near my home and adjusting the laces to taste. When I first put them on, part of the molded sole pressed against the forward part of my arch in an odd way, but this went away almost immediately.
-- My heel is locked in and feels really snug and secure, no slippage at all. I don't think I've ever had a new shoe fit so well in the heel.
-- The heel platform feels very solid and stable when walking.
Now the bad news:
-- The tongue isn't gusseted, so small grains of sand that are kicked up and land on top of the shoe in the course of normal walking have a way of making their way inside via the base of the tongue. After awhile, if you're walking in anything soft or sandy, you find yourself with a bunch of sand in the toe box. And no, it didn't come in over the top of the shoe. It took me awhile to figure this out, but that's how it is. Accordingly, these shoes are best suited for walking on hard surfaces.
Now the good or bad news, depending on what you want:
-- These are fairly lightweight. If you're walking on rocky, hard, uneven ground, you'll feel some of those rocks through the soles. If you want a lightweight shoe for walking on hard, mostly smooth surfaces, these are excellent. You may want something more rugged if you're concerned about rocks bruising the bottoms of your feet. These aren't rugged hiking shoes with tough soles.
Note on Sizing:
I typically wear sizes 11.5 or12 with a normal D width. As mentioned, I have a low volume foot with a low instep. The size 12 fit perfectly.
Overall I like them a lot. With my low volume feet, it can be hard to find shoes that fit well, and these really do. They're very comfortable and excellent shoes within the limits of their intended use.