Would not purchase these again

Reviewed by Ryan hunter/hiker from Eastern Washington on Thursday, January 3, 2013
Please be careful if you purchase these boots. After doing a lot of research I purchased these boots (My first pair of Alicos). I have been completely dissapointed with the boots. They are very, very stiff. I have probably put in 40 or 50 hours hiking in these boots and can not get them broke in. I have tried a number of techniques and none of them seem to work. The boots are still unusable for most uses. If you are just planning on working around the house or are using them for work they would probably still work. I was taking them hunting and was hiking up steep inclines and declines and they have left me with blisters 2 years in a row. This last year after starting to develop blisters again after 2 hours of hiking I decided to put them up and wear tennis shoes on my hunt rather than wear these boots anymore. The 2 main problems that I had were that they are so stiff they slip in the heal area and it doesn't matter how tight you lace them they will still slip. Mine also developed a crease over the toe box area which bruised the top of my foot. You might be able to break these in over a longer period of time, but I bought them and intended to use them in my lifetime. I would just be very careful and make sure that you either have a lot of time and a great technique to break these boots in or that you are not using them for more extreme hiking.
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