Well-crafted boots

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Eagle Scout from Tucson, AZ on Thursday, July 26, 2012
First and foremost, this is a very well made, classic hiking boot. The construction is very sturdy, with good metal hardware for the laces, the full-grain leather uppers are well sewn, and the lugs on the Vibram outsole are very deep, giving good traction on rough terrain. They are heavier than a lot of modern, synthetic hiking boots, which I listed as a "con", above, but you do get something in return for that: excellent ankle support, and good protection from rocks and other dangerous things that may try to poke your feet. They may not be naturally waterproof, but the full-grain uppers are waterproofable; you can find lots of tips online about preparing boots like these for waterproofing. Additionally, unlike many synthetic, glued boots, these boots can be re-soled when the outsole finally wears down.

If you're considering buying these boots, though, you probably already knew everything I wrote above, but what you want to know is, Will these boots fit you? That strikes me as an unfair question, since that really depends on the shape of your feet, not just your exact shoe size and width. Everyone's feet are different, as are the lasts that different boot companies use to make their boots, and it's very hard to judge a boot's fit without actually putting it on your foot. Once again, you can find lots of advice on finding well-fitting boots online, or hopefully at your local outdoor store (I've found the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club's online information quite helpful and sensible). These boots fit my American European mutt feet fine, and if they fit yours, then you'll be enjoying these very fine boots for a long time!
  • Cons: Heavy
  • Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational
  • Pros: Ankle Support, Great Traction, Sturdy/Durable
  • Was this a gift?: No
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