Best Boot for the $

Reviewed by Brooks from Kalifornia on Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I have a pair of 20 year old Merrell Wilderness boots, but at the age of 55 my feet have increased one full size so I can no longer wear them. These are similar for 1/2 the $. Could possibly be made by the same manufacture in Italy.
NEVER USE SNOW SEAL OR A LIKE PRODUCT ON LEATHER BOOTS!
Whatever salesperson came up with this has NO experience!!!
Leather by it's nature is water resistant. If you want a water proof boot, buy a water proof boot! If you Sno-Seal boots, they will be water proof, but will get soaked from your sweat from the inside out, and will not be able to dry because the leather is clogged with wax... your boots will mold and rot from the inside out. All that is needed to keep an oil-tanned boot in great condition is regular shoe polish... like Kiwi.
It will restore the color and water resistant nature of leather. Once a year or after heavy use, take the boots outside and fill them with water with the garden hose. This will wash the perspiration salts out of the leather. Let them dry for 3-4 days with an insert or newspaper and use shoe polish and brush. Do not dry near heat, especially wall heater or camp fire. The glue that holds the sole on will loosen and the sole will separate.
Chrome tanned boots are not as water resistant, and are made for higher altitudes and rockier conditions, where it's dryer. All that is needed is a light touch of silicon spray. Chose the right boot for you application!

Now, after that rant... I think this is an excellent boot, fairly lightweight and rugged. Will last for years if cared for properly.
  • Best Uses: Cold Weather, Day Hiking, Harsh Terrain, Heavy Loads, Light Loads, Long-Distance Hiking, Wet Conditions
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer, Casual/Recreational
  • Pros: Ankle Support, Arch Support, Great Traction, Sturdy/Durable, Water Resistant
  • Sizing: Feels true to size
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