I highly recommend these- full grain leather, sturdy, REAL, hiking boot for serious hikers!

Reviewed by hikermom from california on Monday, February 23, 2015
I found this fits true to size, when wearing a thicker wool sock and sock liner, it feels comfortable- not too much space so that my foot slides around, but also not so close to the toes so that my toes slam against the front- so true to size is just right. As a trail runner and casual hiker, I've been accustomed to wearing trail runners or a pair of mesh type hiking boots, which compared to these, make me think of them as a running shoe with ankle support. Well, i'm getting into hiking/backpacking more seriously and the class i'm taking made this style of boot a requirement- tough lug sole, full grain leather (no mesh) for waterproofing and snow conditions- and honestly, I didn't know what the big deal was, so off we went on a 13 mile hike on very rocky terrain, and I wore my mesh material hiking boots..not only did I almost slip several times but towards the end of the hike, the bottom of my feet felt as if i could feel every pebble and stone my foot went over- how could this be?!?! Thankfully, I ordered these Alico boots in time for our next rocky terrain hike (which involved rock scrambling, and some advance type rock climbing techniques)..let me tell you, WHAT A DIFFERENCE!! the firmness of the sole on these boots protected my feet from feeling the rough elements underneath me, I didn't experience any slippage, and truly gave me all the support my feet needed- these are serious hiking boots, and I have no idea how i hiked without these before!! Definitely takes some breaking in time, and I changed the foot inserts to help-but the sturdiness you get from this shoe makes it truly well worth the break in time. I will agree that the heel area can feel a bit loose, but I learned that's easily fixed with a proper hiking shoe lacing technique and you can find tutorials on how to do so on youtube. the only reason I did not give this boot a 5 is because they are my 1st "real" hiking boot.
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