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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.


Specs about Alico Cortina Backpacking Boots (For Men)

  • Gusseted tongue
  • Upper: Suede with rubber rand
  • Lining: Leather
  • Removable insole
  • Midsole: Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA)
  • Outsole: Vibram® rubber lug
  • Height: 6"
  • Heel height: 1-1/2"
  • Weight (pair): 4 lb. 8 oz.
  • Made in Italy
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4.625000 5 Overall Rating: 4.6 Based on 8 reviews

Most Helpful 5-Star Review

Reviewed by Anonymous 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 Old Guys Rule from Oregon on Tuesday, September 1, 2015
    I have "duck feet" that are narrow and low volume, but wide in the toes. Most boots don't have enough curve, and press hard against my big toe. So finding boots that fit is a long, difficult process. These boots are snug from the heel to ball, the heel doesn't slip and yet have room for toe movement. There is a seam just over the toes that rubs a bit if laced tightly. However, I double-lace above the toe eyelet to prevent constricting the toes. This is a great fit for someone with my foot type. The boot quality is good, I really like the leather lining. I have had heavy leather climbing boots that waterproofed about as well as goretex, but breathed better. I hope these will waterproof that way also. Hard to find a high-quality leather boot like this!
  • Reviewed by Nick from Nevada on Saturday, September 6, 2014
    Great boots! Held up for nearly 3 months before needing first repair and is pretty typical for most boots I've owned. I love the breathability of non-waterproof lined boots for dry hiking conditions. And finding boots with a leather lining rather than material is always a plus for these types of boots. I have been going through a pair of heavy duty crampon-compatible hiking boots on average every 2 years (including re-stitching and re-soles to extend life) for the past 20 years. Every boot model comes with it's pros and cons so I don't worry about subtle details of which stitch blows out first or which lacing part rips out first. Overall the proliferation of high profile rubber rands have done wonders for prolonging the life of the uppers. Use the boots enough and eventually they wear out in many places. My only personal preference is for a slightly stiffer sole, but these are pretty spot on for prolonged rugged off-trail use. Steel shanks are bomber, but can also deform over time like my last pair of Sportiva Makalus that became landfill material because the right boot developed a reverse rocker.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by greydog from Spokane on Saturday, July 5, 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 Anonymous 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 6, 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.

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  • “Thank you very much that who replied. But I interisuet size of shoe insoles of Alico Cortina Backpacking Boots (For Men). I want to know what size do I need. I want to compare the size of these shoes with insoles from my old shoes.”
    Asked by Alex from Moskow Russia on 3/24/2014 7:52:00 AM
    • 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.

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

      Answered on 3/24/2014 5:55:08 AM by Anonymous from western PA mountains
    • 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
    • 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

About Alico

Nestled within the Italian Alps, the Dolomites are known for jagged peaks and deep crevasses that have challenged climbers for centuries. Alico boots are crafted by artisans who have perfected their craft in this awe-inspiring region. This rugged terrain has inspired a rugged line of boots designed for trekking, cross country skiing and telemarking. Alico hiking boots are made from oil-tanned, water resistant leather with moisture-wicking linings and state-of-the-art comfort. Alico ski boots for Nordic touring are equally robust and well-crafted. Whether your outdoor sport takes you to the highest alpine peaks or snow-covered forest trails, Italian-made Alico boots are sure to provide the superior stability, support and traction you need to go the distance.