Quick out-of-the-box impressions

Reviewed by Mickey from Salt Lake City, UT on Monday, June 11, 2012
Just some first impressions. I got these to replace some fancy all-leather Vasques with Gore Tex that I bought 20 years ago. Paid good money for them, but unfortunately they were the glued-type instead of proper Norwegian welt boots. They sat in the closet for 15 years, and when I brought them out last week they literally disintigrated in my hands. The glued soles peeled off. The rubber bumpers around the sole crumbled into dust. I decided then and there to invest in properly made shoes.These Alicos fit the bill. If you appreciate old school craftsmanship you'll want to frame these and hang them on the wall. It's almost a shame to wear them. I read at least a hundred reviews on this site before buying, so I had certain expectations. I was wrong. They're not medieval torture devices. I wouldn't dare try a long hike without breaking them in, but they ARE comfortable out of the box. I don't find them "heavy", either. Compared to cheap Malaysian "hiking boots", which are just sneakers with knobby soles, I suppose they're "heavy." But as REAL boots go they're quite reasonable.Expect to replace the insoles. I don't think the originals were actually intended to be used every day. Insoles are a matter of personal preference, so I like the idea of throwing away the "place holders" and getting the ones I prefer. Why pay for something you're not going to use?Fit seems accurate. I measure 10 1/2 exactly, and between D and E width. I ordered "10 1/2 Medium" and they're just snug. No slop, but good wiggle room for my toes. The heels did seem to slip just a tad, which was easily solved by double-lacing the hooks at the ankles. (Which is why hiking boots have such long laces, I learned recently. You can customize the lacing to adjust the fit. You'd think I would know that after all these years.)I love them! They absolutely ooze quality, and you just don't see many boots like this these days. Many specialty stores don't even bother to stock these type of boots, which is a shame. You get what you pay for....and in this case, you get a lot MORE than you pay for! You can easily spend this kind of money on glued-up [*]boots with nylon bits that will be in shreds after a season. These are very reasonably priced, and considering you can expect many year of service I'd call them downright "cheap." Inexpensive shoes are not "cheap." They're MORE costly in the long run, and make you miserable in the short run. Do yourself a favor and get GOOD shoes.
  • Arch Type: Low Arch
  • Best Uses: Day Hiking, Long-Distance Hiking
  • Cons: none
  • Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational
  • Pros: Beautifully made, Comfortable
  • Sizing: Feels true to size
  • Was this a gift?: No
  • Width: Feels true to width
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