Did they change the Alico Summit?

Reviewed by Ningbobilly from Northeast on Sunday, March 30, 2014
My priority was to find a high quality highly supportive boot that did not cost a ridiculous amount of mone. The reviews seemed to indicate Alico's were what I was searching for. My last 2 pairs (Garmont and Asolo) were my first and second with molded soles, and both lasted less than 2 years before the soles separated. The soles on the first pair separated completely, leaving me with an 8 mile trek back to the car in heavy rain on boots with no soles Not something I ever want to repeat.

Yes, they are beautiful rich 1 piece leather uppers with Norwegian welt construction. Yes they run short (I had to order a full size up) and wide. But stiff with a long break-in period? That's not what I received.

Mine feel like they have a 1/2 length mid-sole that ends before the ball of my foot. They are stiff enough to protect your feet from small rocks, but they are a lot more flexible in a rocking motion than I expected. And I'd guess they will become more flexible over time.

The uppers may be the best part of the shoe- firm, supportive and pretty comfortable out of the box (but they creak). The lacing system is very adjustable and helps them fit well. All that's good for walking on trails but not so much for scrambling up cliffs, traversing scree slopes or even loose rocky trails.

For comparison, I have a pair of Garmont Guide boots. They are great on mixed rock/snow/ice, but they are too stiff for hiking. Based on the reviews. I expected the Summits to be stiffer overall. I will update my opinion after l I have more time on them.
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