Give up glorified tennis shoes!

Reviewed by Klainmeister from Everywhere, OR on Saturday, January 30, 2010
You know, I've been hiking, hunting and fishing a lot in my short life and always have had issues with finding long lasting, quality boots. I've had Gore-tex lined boots, thinsulate boots, and just about every brand of high ankle supported boots out there and after about 2 years, they begin to fall apart, lose their waterproofness, and expand to the point where they are a half size too large. These Alico boots are exemplary as of being the opposite of the aforementioned. I usually wear a size 11 hiking boot and I ordered a size 11. Fit perfectly. I have somewhat narrow, normal arching feet and these things were perfectly snug and have plenty of room for my monkey-like toes. What really counts in boots though is quality. The leather is top-grade and the support is phenomenal--let alone the fact that the vibram sole is supportive, solid and replaceable. I broke them in doing a 23 mile hike in southern Utah through 8" of snow, kicking trail. The boots finally got wet on the last day of 6. They broke in easily without a hint a of a blister to be found! And that's on rough terrain! I was merciless with the ice and rocks and cacti and these boots took everything in stride. They are such high quality, my friend is considering ordering a pair over his broken in Danner's. Nevertheless, these boots reek of quality and impart confidence on the hiker. I would highly recommend these for those who aren't afraid of getting some Jeremiah Johnson boots. I hope that helps.

P.S. Use sno-seal liberally and they will appear new after every use. They loveth the bee's wax.
  • Best Uses: Day Hiking, Everyday, Harsh Terrain, Heavy Loads, Long-Distance Hiking, Wet Conditions
  • Cons: Heavy
  • Describe Yourself: Casual/Recreational
  • Pros: Ankle Support, Comfortable, Great Traction, Sturdy/Durable, Warm, Water Resistant
  • Sizing: Feels true to size
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