FINALLY! My perfect hikers again.

Reviewed by Arizona from Boston on Tuesday, January 26, 2016
So, this has been a ten year journey to replace my Raichle hikers- and I am thrilled. I cannot tell you how many pairs of fine boots I have bought and returned.

30 years ago I bought a pair of Raichle boots from EMS, put them on and was in heaven for 20 years of trekking. At 15 years, the soles cracked- EMS resoled but they were not quite the same. In the meantime, Raichle boots became impossible to find and I looked all over the US and elsewhere to find a replacement.

When I saw these Alicos, I couldn't imagine they were the same boot, but they looked exactly like them. Well, after purchasing, they feel like they were built on the same last and with the same specs- only some minor materials differences.

Notable attributes:
Stiff sole and toebox.
Leather breathable lining.
Anatomical integrated tongue, no folds, no leaks.
Rigid ankle support.
Ankle bone and heel pockets.
Sticky rubber lugs.
Soft mid-height cuff.
Slight rocker.

I am a 7.5 M with toe bunions- so a difficult fit. When I first put these on I was fearful that I should have ordered an 8. Though because of the solid fit, I might have been ok to do so and wear heavier socks, after a few days wearing inside, the liner has moulded perfectly to my idiosyncracies, without issue and I have plenty of room for a heavy SmartWool sock.
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