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Alico Cortina Backpacking Boots (For Men)

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Information about Alico Cortina Backpacking Boots (For Men)
Closeouts. Handcrafted in Italy of top quality rough-out leather, Alico Cortina backpacking boots are suitable for trekking and mountaineering in rocky terrain. The supportive design features a cushioned leather lining and a 360° protective rubber rand.
  • One piece, split rough-out leather upper
  • Napa leather collar and tongue lining
  • Leather lining
  • Reinforced heel with double-stitched leather overlay
  • 360° rubber rand for impact protection
  • Rust-resistant nickel D-rings and lace hooks
  • Nylon shank for support
  • Removable insole
  • Stiff, lugged Vibram® Zebru rubber outsole is crampon compatible and features high-profile sidewalls for traction and stability
  • Made in Italy
  • Visit our Hiking Footwear Guide
Specs about Alico Cortina Backpacking Boots (For Men)
  • Non-Insulated,Non-Waterproof
  • Gusseted tongue
  • Upper: Suede with rubber rand
  • Lining: Leather
  • Removable insole
  • Midsole: EVA
  • Outsole: Vibram® rubber lugged
  • Height: 6"
  • Heel height: 1-1/2"
  • Weight (pair): 4 lb. 8 oz.
  • Made in Italy
  • Visit our Hiking Footwear Guide

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Reviewed by Mtn Adventurer from mountains of western PA on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
First, as usual, compliments to Sierra Trading.

I own the Alico North Cape's, Guide's and now the Cortina, which, incidentally, I just ordered another pair for "inventory" :-)

All of the Alico boots are just incredible. However, each of them fits a bit differently. I have ordered the Summi... Read More
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  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by greydog from Spokane on Saturday, July 05, 2014
    These seem really good, decent support, construction details look excellent, etc. They are serious mountaineering boots, and thus require a lot of break in, so I am still wearing them around the house. The leather seems wonderful. I won't have a real opinion until I have put 100 or so miles on them
  • Reviewed by Mtn Adventurer from mountains of western PA on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
    First, as usual, compliments to Sierra Trading.

    I own the Alico North Cape's, Guide's and now the Cortina, which, incidentally, I just ordered another pair for "inventory" :-)

    All of the Alico boots are just incredible. However, each of them fits a bit differently. I have ordered the Summit, Backcountry and Wind-River. They were all a little wide, but all were very true to length. I'm a snug 11M in length, but 11.5M is a tad long, but it's what I wear now as my foot is flattening. Consequently, if you are a full D width and you are not in a between size like I am, you may be able to wear the Summit's, Backcountry and Wind-River.

    One word of caution on the Cortina's. The toe box and actually, the entire shoe is a bit more narrow than the rest of the line that I have tried. It seems, too, to be more narrow than normal between the heel and before your foot enters the toe box. I walked in the house quite a bit before giving them the heads-up because with the heavy rand, they aren't going to budge much. But now that I'm breaking them in, I think that they're going to be one of my favorite heavy-duty hikers. The support is just awesome. Good Italian boots like this are becoming rarer and rarer; I ordered another pair for later years.

    One thing that they don't mention in the Cortina specs is that they are "Perwanger" leather. If you are not familiar with this tannery and process, research it. Great water repellent leather. The Guide's are, too, but they are even heavier in leather thickness. Several models of Alico's are leather lined, which is fabulous. You can't line a boot in leather and have Gore-Tex, too, but with the Perwanger leather, you get the best of both worlds. Oh, and the other leather lined Alico boots have another type of water resistant leather (Alpin???); all are great, but Perwanger is special. Note that you use silicone based products on these leathers, NOT oil based. Silicone is used in the tanning process. I use Natur-seal by Red Wing.

    Lastly, I have been adding sole softec footbeds to my boots when I can (Sierra item #4284B). I have them now in the Cortina's, Guide's and an old school pair of Vasque boots that I still wear.

    Get the Italian boots while you can!!





  • Reviewed by The Boxing Kangeroo from Australia on Thursday, March 06, 2014
    So far so good, having followed a simple fitting method and now having worn them for about 6 hours without any sore spots I'm headed to the hills to give them a real workout. My normal fitting size is 8.5-9 UK these are 9.5 W US so with 2 pairs of socks they're a firm fit but not fully broken in, so will in time be able to tighten the lacing to get a better fit. Overall a very well made boot, comfortable (for now) and exceptionally well made.
  • Reviewed by Bingo from WestByGodVirginia on Thursday, February 13, 2014
    Boots are good but a little heavier that I thought... There is a rough inside the boot underneath where the laces end just at the base of your toes. dont like that much... I am a forester so boots be impotent.
  • Reviewed by Kevin from Colorado on Wednesday, February 12, 2014
    The only boot that accepts semi auto crampons AND comes in wide sizes that I could find. I wear a size 10.5 4E sneaker and was able to fit into an 11 Wide. With the stiff rubber rand that is nearly impossible to break in on most mountaineering style boots comes very painful blisters for those of us with wide feet! Thankfully this boot has kept me blister free. My only issue is that it is non-insulated and gets cold fairly quickly. Make sure to leave room for a couple pairs of socks if you intend to do some winter mountaineering.

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    • Answer Alex,

      I'm not sure what you are asking for. In my review, I said that the boots run true to size, particularly in the length. I wear an 11.5M and the length is just perfect. I felt that the boots run a bit narrow compared to other Alico boots.

      I ordered a size 12 in the sol softec insole from sierra and had to trim it a bit to fit the shoe.

      They come with a removable insole. Perhaps you just want to order the boots in your regular shoe size like I did and you might find that the insole that comes with them is OK. I wanted a bit heavier duty insole plus the ones that I got are moldable with heat.

      Craig
      Answered on 3/24/2014 9:43:53 AM by Mtn Adventurer from PA
  • Question “What length and width size shoe insoles from 9,5 Wide? Thanks.”
    Asked on 3/24/2014 2:18:18 AM by Alex from Moskow Russia
    • Answer Hi,

      I looked at all of the insoles that Sierra has and they are all medium. I think that you can get away with a medium width, but buy a size 10 in length and cut it back. You can use the insole that comes with the boot as a pattern. Just make sure that you fill the length so that they don't slip forward on you. Lastly, if you are concerned about the width, the sole should fit it the boot without cutting in to just test it and if it does not seem to work, find one at a local sports store.

      Craig
      Answered on 3/24/2014 5:55:08 AM by Mtn Adventurer from western PA mountains
    • Answer When I buy insoles I usually get them a size larger in the same stye. In your case I would get a 10 wide and then trim them down using an exacto knife.. It gives you a more custom fit and all shoes are created a little differently in size. So when you order insoles be careful.
      Answered on 3/24/2014 7:03:21 AM by Bingo from Huntsville AL
    • Answer G'day Alex,

      You should be good with standard insoles, but my advice is to caompare any replacements with the insoles supplied with the boots. As good as the boots are the insoles are a little hard for my liking so will be changing them once I've broken the boots in a bit more.

      Hope that helps

      Answered on 3/24/2014 6:22:01 PM by The Boxing Kangeroo from Australia