Disappointed with Alico

Reviewed by Johnny Marine from The Berkshires on Friday, August 12, 2011
I gave a poor review because after less than a 36 hour break in time and within 10 miles of my first hike the inside leather seam on my heal tore apart from the inside sole stitching. I looked at all reviews to see anyone had the same problem and one guy did mention inferior interior leather. I have exchanged the boots and I am waiting on my new pair, hopefully I can write a better review, the rest is my opinions about the boot. I had been eying these boots for quite some time now, and after seeing my size was almost gone plus working with a colleague of mine in the Park Service and seeing how his looked like he went to the moon and back in them I decided it was time to pull the trigger. My colleague did have the same problem in the same area with the interior leather but he believed his happened quite some time after purchasing the boot.
When they arrived, I loved the look, loved the leather, and they fit great. I got sized up at a store to make sure my foot had not grown since my last boots. Contrary to what many reviews say, the break in period was very minimal. I wore them around the house after work for 2 days, then wore them to work for four days, and I must say they were much more comfortable then my old boots (also another Italian leather boot). I am also 6'1'' 235. I do not know if weight matter with break-in time but figured it could only help. One review said cheaper softer leather makes for a no break in time. I had also seen many people complain about the weight, and they are heavier than most boots. But with weight you also get durability, and support. I spent 8 yrs in the Marine infantry hiking everywhere or as they say humping and to me your feet are your most important aspect while hiking, w/o your feet you are not moving and I disregard weight of boots if they are durable and supportive. Next I conditioned them up, and was ready for my first weekend hike on the Long Trail in Vermont. As soon as I stepped out of the car it started down pouring, and within seconds of the rain my feet were soaked. No boots could stay dry in this rain. We set up camp that night and headed out in the morning. Now a big pro is with the porous leather surface they dried out in just a few hours of the morning hike as gore-tex could of taken quite some time. By mid morning we stopped and I took my boots off to dry my feet when I noticed the seam had fell apart on the inside. I was so disappointed not even 10 miles into my 32 mile hike and my boots were breaking down. I thought this cannot be happening how could boots that cost this much with these great reviews breakdown quicker than a pair of shower sandals? This really upset me. I finished the hike with getting very painful blisters on my heal due to the breakdown of the interior leather mole skin did not help. So, now I have exchanged them and I am hoping they were just a freak defective pair.I just find it unacceptable especially for the retail price and description. Hopefully I can write a better review when I get my new exchanged pair. Good luck and best wishes on your search for the ideal boots.
  • Arch Type: Low Arch
  • Best Uses: Day Hiking, Everyday, Heavy Loads, Long-Distance Hiking, Wet Conditions
  • Cons: Poor inter leather
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
  • Pros: Ankle Support, Comfortable, No Break-in
  • Sizing: Feels true to size
  • Was this a gift?: No
  • Width: Feels true to width
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