sizing, skewed eyelets, etc.

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Z from New Mexico on Friday, April 17, 2015
It amazes me that no one in the shoe business is publishing their sizing in standardized unit (inch, cm). This is crucial for mail ordering. I've inquired about the length and width (presumably under the ball) of the insole of these summit boots and here is what I got from chatting with the sales reps at STP:

Size 10M: 11 3/8 x 3 3/4 ''
Size 10.5M: 11 1/2 x 3 3/4 ''
Size 11.5 M - 11 7/8 x 3 3/4 ''

Now you can do your own math to extrapolate to other sizes.

Based on this information, I first purchased size 10M, but they still seem a tad tight, so I exchanged for 10.5M which is about right length wise. However, note that if you want to use custom insoles, which would raise your entire foot from the footbed, go a half size bigger, because the (thermal-plastically treated?) toe box doesn't arise straight up but rather leans slightly towards the heel, effectively reducing the available length when you foot is raised by a custom insole. For reference my bare foot (the longer one) measures at 11 '', but you need to account for room required by socks, toe bang buffer, and also the shape of your feet (e.g. which toe is the longest, etc.)

Still, I ended up returning them because on both pairs I got, the D rings on the right boot do not seem to be aligned properly: the entire right row is more forward (i.e. closer to the toe box) than the left row, thus when tightening up the lace, you are pulling the right side backwards. This may or may not be an issue once the leather looses up after break-in, but I don't want to risk creating a systematic stress across the entire boot.

I also prefer a single piece tongue than the two-piece one used in the Summit.

Right out of the box, the material of the tongue gusset causes the boots to squeak when walking.

The interior leather lining seems flimsy
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