Love these boots

Reviewed by Horace from Northeast on Sunday, February 26, 2012
I love these boots. I bought them four years ago for working on trails, chopping wood, and carrying heavy loads over tough terrain in northern Maine, especially in winter. As many others have mentioned, this is an old-school, heavy-duty alpine boot. Like most heavy leather boots, the break-in period was long, over one year, but the pay off was a boot that is so comfortable I can work in them all day long and forget they're on. For me, the combination of long-term comfort, fit, durability, and support of a traditional leather boot is hard to beat. They look good too, getting a rich, dark brown patina over the years. Finally, they can be fixed and resoled as needed.

As for fit, like most Italian alpine boots that I've seen, the toe box is a little narrow, so I bought them a size up. I also use heavy wool socks and liners and a felt insole - it gets cold in Maine. They are very warm and fit perfectly.

Overall, the boots are very solid and well-made, but the quality of the leather and craftmanship is a notch below the very best and more expensive Swiss and German leather boots I have used (e.g. Limmer Standards). The Alicos are priced right; I would not pay more.

The Perwanger leather and the one piece design make the boot very water resistant, but water will seep in through the welt stitching. Welt Seal takes care of that (and protects the threads), and my feet have never been wet, even when standing in 4-5 inches of cold pond water.

One nit: there is no information on STP or the Alico site about proper treatments for these boots, and there is contradictory information on the web. The Perwanger leather is waxed and impregnated with silicone, I think. The Perwanger site (www.perwangerleather.com/pflege_en.html) says "Use only Fluocarbon sprays to waterproof the product. Do not use oils or fats, as they may damage the impermeability." I use a little Lexol to condition the leather, SnowSeal in the winter, and a high quality shoe cream with silicone at other times. Seems to work well, but more official info. would really help.

Overall, great boot, and I hope they keep on making 'em!
  • Best Uses: Cold Weather, Harsh Terrain, Heavy Loads, Wet Conditions
  • Cons: Heavy, Long Break-in
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
  • Pros: Ankle Support, Comfortable, Good Arch Support, Great Traction, Sturdy/Durable, Warm, Water Resistant
  • Sizing: Feels half size too small
  • Was this a gift?: No
  • Width: Feels too narrow
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