Reviewed by rdtindsm from central iowa on Thursday, February 16, 2012
Bought these mostly because the price on STP was too good to pass on.
I bought a pair of full on Asolo hiking boots, but wanted something to use for day to day wear in and around mountain villages and trails. Bought these for pre-trip training to save wear on higher-$$$ shoes. This review is based on limited use.
The build quality seems to be up to or better than industry norms; the sockliner is particularly good. Soles seem a little flexible; I can feel some stones on trail, but not enough to be bothersome. Rand coming up over the toe is a plus.
The lacing system includes both fabric loops and eyelets punched in the leather. The eyelets are a bit small - I had trouble getting the aglets of the lace through the holes. Lost one plastic aglet trying to pull the lace out.
Compare to Keen Voyager: higher priced Keens purchased at retail have massive rand over the toe and a stiffer sole for heavier duty use.