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Alico Made in Italy Belluno Hiking Boots - Leather (For Men)

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Overview

About Alico Made in Italy Belluno Hiking Boots - Leather (For Men)

Closeouts. The Alico Belluno hiking boots are handcrafted in Italy of fine leather with a Vibram® outsole that creates plenty of all-terrain traction for quick trips or multi-day excursions.

Specs

Specs about Alico Made in Italy Belluno Hiking Boots - Leather (For Men)

  • Gusseted tongue
  • Upper: Leather
  • Lining: Dri-Lex®
  • Removable insole
  • Outsole: Vibram® rubber lug
  • Height: 5"
  • Heel height: 1-1/4"
  • Weight (pair): 2 lb. 8 oz.
  • Made in Italy
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Reviews

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4.277777 5 Overall Rating: 4.3 Based on 54 reviews

Most Helpful 5-Star Review

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Geopaul from Grand Canyon on Saturday, July 30, 2016
The new high-tech boots are inferior. They don't perform or endure well. Alico and Danner are the last of the exceptional, traditional style boot makers. I have all of Alico's hiking boots now. They are great. This model, Belluno, is more of a casual boot, with softer gum soles than the more s... Read More
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  • Reviewed by mallenfoto from Alexandria Va on Monday, May 7, 2018
    I had high hopes as these look like my beloved 25 year old Vasque Sundowners. They are nice as urban hipster boots or winter city boots but not off road.
  • Reviewed by Laminate Counter from Philadelphia on Monday, April 9, 2018
    If you could only have one pair of shoes, these would be the best choice. That makes them an ideal vacation shoe if you're doing to be doing a lot of urban walking but also some more rustic excursions. They're also great at home if you simply want a stable, supportive, water-resistant pair of boots that don't call attention to themselves the way modern hikers and sneakers do. Anyone with foot and ankle issues should consider these as well.

    I also have the Tahoe boots which are more of a serious hiking/backpacking boot so I'll use them as a basis of comparison.

    Details:

    Fit: True to size. You'll probably want to order half a size down from an athletic shoe or modern hiker. I wear an 11 in dress shoes + thin socks and these fit perfectly with slightly thicker athletic socks. They are too tight with the thick wool hiking socks I wear with the Tahoe. The fit is extremely secure and it's easy to lace these tightly if desired.

    Sole: The sole is a sticky compound with a mild amount of springiness and medium profile lugs. Not as hard or aggressive as the ones on the Tahoe, but more comfortable on concrete. They should provide somewhat better traction on snow and rocks, but will not stand up to a heavy backpack load. These soles may wear out faster with a lot of urban walking, but they can be resoled.

    Insole: The stock removable insoles in these are the bare minimum. They are a firm foam in the heel and arch with no rigid reinforcement and the forefoot is completely unpadded. I think they expect most people to replace them with their own preferred product as I certainly will.

    Construction: These are stitch-down construction which may not provide the strength and water resistance as the double-stitched (Norvegese) construction of the Tahoe. However, this is also a much lighter boot. The midsole is about 1/8" thick and harder than the outsole. The tongue and collar are well-padded with lighter fill padding in the upper. The Dri-Lex textile lining, also used in the Tahoe, does a great job of wicking sweat away from the foot. I have not worn either enough to know if it will be more likely to fail than a leather lining. The actual insole of the shoe (not the removable one) is a hard, rigid fiberboard.

    Leather: I got the waxed split leather which is sometimes referred to as waxed flesh. It feels dry and not waxy to the touch - nothing like a dubbed roughout. Water just rolls right off of it. If it begins to soak up water in the future, a wax-based dubbing treatment should restore its water resistance. The finish is matte with a lot of tonal variation vs. the smooth, shiny leather on the Tahoe.

    Value: At the Sierra price, nothing comes close to these in terms of quality. They are more than comparable to $300 offerings.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by WW Anyanka from Maryland on Tuesday, March 27, 2018
    Great in every way!
    Wish they were goretex lined but they just aren’t meant to be.
    Beautiful.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Ridge Runner from South Dakota on Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    This boot is of good quality leather and well made. For the most part it was comfortable for me. However, the toe box for me was a little narrow after trying both the D & W width. It is still a very good boot and well worth the money but I found the Tahoe to have a wide toe box which fit me better.
  • Reviewed by Old geologist from Kansas - flat lander on Monday, February 19, 2018
    I am an old school sort of guy when it comes to outdoor gear and apparel, though I’ve come to appreciate the materials, design and construction of modern outdoor enthusiasts gear and apparel (tents, rain jackets and backpacks for example). However, I firmly believe that old-world construction and materials of hiking/backpacking footwear still offers the best comfort, durability and serviceability options (i.e. full leather uppers, welted lugged soles) when compared to the glorified tennis shoes that go for hiking/backpacking boots now-a-days. Having admitted up front my bias please keep reading . . .

    I’ve purchased several pairs of Alico boots from STP and found all of them to be true to size, extremely comfortable after a reasonable break in period and durable, except for the synthetic liners. More on that later.

    The full leather uppers are extremely resistant to rock abrasions and lacerations. Especially in highly crystalline, metamorphic and angular rocky terrains. I’ve worn tennis-shoe like boots in similar areas and they were nearly shredded (mosltly along the many seams joining the fabric/leather panels together) after only 4 weeks or so of use. If you do not want to replace your boots every year or so, I’d suggest more rugged materials (leather) and construction techniques (the fewer the seams the better).

    My only observation is that I recommend Alico construct all of their boots with full-leather linings. The boots I’ve owned with synthetic/fabric liners have worn out “prematurely” causing comfort issues and requiring that I take a boot out of service.

    The argument against non-GTX linings is that they are not “waterproof”. I’ve never had wet feet issues with any leather lined boot, but then again the boots were properly maintained and suitably “snow-sealed”. Also, I’ve purchased third-party foot beds since the OEM foot beds are not to my liking. They may work for you, but I find after market foot beds a better option for me and STP sells these as well; one-stop shopping. WooHoo.

    Finally, STP sales and service are exemplary. I can’t recommend them strongly enough.

Question & Answer

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  • “how does sizing run- sometimes I'm an 11 1/2, sometimes a 12... what should I order for the ALico Belluno?”
    Asked by sam woid from new york on 4/23/2017 12:08:31 PM
    • Boot size runs a solid 1/2 size large. I am ALWAYS a size 8.5 no matter what. I have flat wide feet. Nonetheless, I decided to order size 8 instead (1/2 size smaller) - the boots fit perfectly and are very comfortable..
      Answered on 4/23/2017 1:31:34 PM by scrittiwolf from Vermont
    • Sounds like you live with the same dilemma as I, size-wise. My concern with these boots stems from the lacing system, apparently most folks who wear actual hiking boots like the ability to snug or loosen the boot further down toward the toes...whereas I prefer a wider consistent toebox(and make my adjustments with insoles and/or sock thickness.
      The problem I had with the Alico boots I tried was where the toe-box flexed( it bore downward and pinched the top of my toes)...so it was not a size issue. Strictly on size, I felt the 11 1/2 was a fit(as most seem to agree that the Alicos run a bit large).
      I would ad, I just "walk in the woods" as opposed to mountaineering, therefore I go for comfort and ankle protection(from sprains and scuffs) as opposed to concerns about climbing traction and such. Longevity has it's place. Hike safe.
      Answered on 4/23/2017 1:41:26 PM by redeyehawk from New Hampshire
    • According to our fit team this item is running true to size.
      Answered on 4/24/2017 10:41:56 AM by Product Specialist Greg from Sierra Trading Post
  • “Hi I tried Belluno at local store and the size is 42. What would be the corresponding US size here?”
    Asked by Wayne from Patagonia on 4/7/2017 4:07:25 AM
    • I googled your question on the internet and if your size is a Euro 42 then your foot is 10 1/4" long and a size 9.
      Answered on 4/7/2017 6:31:44 AM by Gary the skier from Idaho
  • “Hello

    What is the length of the size 8m and width and the 8w? Thanks.

    Asked by Birdwatcher from Massachusetts on 3/25/2017 9:30:53 AM
    • Sorry I got the 9 1/2.
      Answered on 3/25/2017 10:43:01 AM by Gary the skier from Idaho
  • “Is Alico Belluno Hiking Boots you have is USA or European size?”
    Asked by BrodPete from California on 2/9/2017 9:53:59 AM
    • The boots I have are in USA size.
      Answered on 2/9/2017 9:56:49 AM by Gary the skier from Idaho
    • I got a pair USA size 8 1/2
      Answered on 2/9/2017 11:59:22 AM by Merlin from California
    • USA ... 12 2E, I believe this is equivalent to a 45 or 46 in Euro sizes. This is the size I usually buy in boots. Having said that, my left foot is perhaps 1/2 size larger than the right and so I must defer to it ... so, it compelled me to write this poem:
      (Your Feet ... My Feet)
      Feet that ain't a pair/ What was he doin' when he went to work down there/ 11 1/2 fits the right, on the left it's kinda tight/ Get the 12 you say/ Then the right one floats around all day/ Ya kin wear thick socks, take that route/ But it don't work in a Sunday suit/ With them skinny shoes ya gotta wear/ What was he thinkin' when he went to work down there? M. Dennis Fiedler
      Answered on 2/9/2017 12:36:26 PM by redeyehawk from New Hampshire
    • US sized. 9 Belluno fits me well though I usually wear a 9.5 in US sizes. I haven't seen any Belluno's in European size which for me would be a 43 probably.

      Because they are somewhat large for the US size, I suppose it's possible these were originally UK/British sizes where I fit an 8.5/9. There's no other indication of that though so I assume these are US sizes that run half size large, which is not uncommon for Alico US sizing.
      Answered on 2/9/2017 4:26:39 PM by allroad from high desert
    • All sizing on our website is in US sizes unless otherwise indicated on the specific product page.
      Answered on 2/10/2017 8:18:32 AM by Product Specialist Greg from Sierra Trading Post
  • “What type of leather is used on the Belluno boots as opposed to the Tahoes? I know they are lighter, but I supposed I'm curious as to how they were able to save weight? Is it through thinner leather or leather that is not full grain? Thinner soles? Less overall durability?”
    Asked by Patrick from Texas on 1/28/2017 11:45:02 AM
    • When I compared the two, the Tahoe was larger. The leather appears to be the same but the dimensions are different.
      Answered on 1/28/2017 11:56:06 AM by Merlin from California
    • I'll try to answer based on the Belluno boots that I purchased - the leather is thick and not at all thin. The boots are heavy and comparable to my top-notch Asolo leather hikers. I don't think these Belluno boots are made from the very best full grain leather - my guess is they are constructed from one or two pieces of very high quality nubuck leather (they are most definitely not suede). The leather is very durable, even supple - the feel and heft of the boot is high quality - you'll be pleasantly surprised. The heels are Vibram and are very solid as well. The stitching is minimal and strong. These Belluno boots are handsome, somewhat dressy and would look great for the office - I wear them casually with jeans. They'd be fine for any mountainous hike too, but I'm sticking with my tried and true Asolos for that.
      Answered on 1/28/2017 12:44:15 PM by scrittiwolf from Vermont
    • I have the Belluno and the Tahoe--my Tahoes are from 10-15 years ago so I have to assume they're made the same as the ones you're comparing. I haven't weighed them but I bet the Bellunos are lighter as reported. From 10 feet away, the Bellunos and Tahoes might look the same but up close, everything about the Bellunos is trimmer, smaller, a bit sleeker: The width of the stitched area of sole around the perimeter is a few mm wider in the Tahoes which is noticeable up close, and Tahoes are overall a little bulkier all around compared to the Bellunos. The Belluno Vibram sole is thinner and trimmer in a way that made me doubt durability but I've been wearing them in summer and hard winter conditions and have not seen any wear--the black vibram on the dark brown Bellunos seem to wear as well as all my other vibram soles. The vibram sole on the mid-brown rough out Belluno is sort of half translucent (I've seen them up close in the store) and is not the same rubber composition as the black vibram. I also have the light brown Belluno with the light color translucent vibram sole and that one wears well too so I wouldn't be pessimistic about the non-black vibram. That trimmer vibram on all Bellunos will account for some of the weight difference.
      The Belluno leather is tops. I got these for work--my work is white collar city work but includes hiking about in the mountains so the Belluno looked like the rare thing that can go back and forth easily between the two. In snow and ice, the leather holds up, is really waterproof out of the box, and looks as high a quality as any boot leather I've used in 40 years of wearing alpine boots from Italy and Austria. I don't wear the Tahoes anymore because they seem clunky for this compared to Bellunos. I got more than one pair of Bellunos because they're that good. Despite the lightness (for a welted boot) they're supportive enough I wouldn't hesitate to use them for mid-weight loaded backpacking if I didn't have other boots for this.
      Answered on 1/28/2017 2:00:21 PM by allroad from high desert
    • Less overall durability is the best answer, particularly in the sole. I do not climb mountains, rather walk the woods; the Belluno is more the type boot I'd lean to, more for careful walking in town and country. The issue with any boot I've purchased centers around the questions of whether one can use the insole provided, what type socks can fit inside, and what size I need to accommodate these concerns. I have given away nearly as many boots as I have kept over the years, the right footwear is crucial to one's ability to stay active in the outdoors ... and I am not the daredevil type, longevity is massively more important to me than thrill-seeking. Note: Sometimes you need to buy, try, and let fly before you're sure its the right one, this is the downfall of mail order, however I've given away several in-store purchased boots, as well. At least with STP, returns are easy and deals are very good.
      Answered on 1/28/2017 2:23:02 PM by redeyehawk from New Hampshire
    • The leather is not full grain but the soles are just as durable. The belluno boots are better than the tahoes as I own a pair of those boots also. The are much warmer and more water resistant. Not %100 waterproof. I also own a pair of mountaineering boots that are designed for ice climbing and those boots are %100 waterproof. But for all around hiking I would definitely prefer the Bellunos over the Tahoes.
      Answered on 1/28/2017 2:43:41 PM by Gary the skier from Idaho
    • Not sure about the "type of leather" but I will say these boots are durable and lighter than any other hiking boot I have ever owned, and I have owned quite a few. I am very fussy about my footwear, and have purchased two pair of these boots. Leather is very strong, not thin, and the foot bed in extremely durable so no complaints there. It is definitely leather, and tough, as I use these boots out on my farm also.
      Answered on 1/28/2017 5:43:29 PM by The farmer from Adrian, Michigan

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.