BombAss Boots

Verified Buyer Reviewed by OzarkRob from Missouri Ozarks on Monday, December 7, 2015
I went from the standard Merrels and Hi Tecs to a lighter Solomon trail runner for hiking and backpacking. I loved the light weight, the quick drying, the sneaker comfort, and the low maintenance of trail runners. I did not like going through 2 pairs of shoes in a year and a half. So, I went to the other end of the spectrum and started researching all leather, welt construction, long lasting, old school backpacking boots.

I looked at Danner Mountain Lights, Merrel Wilderness Boots, Limmers, and the like and had decided that I had better buy some plastic hikers to get me through the year while I save up $300 to $400 for a nice pair of boots. That's when I found the Alico Boots at STP. You guys, I was kind of freaking out. I did a couple of days of feverish research into the brand, reading many helpful reviews on STP and other hiking forums, and a lot of Korean fashion blogs surprisingly. I looked at the Alico Tahoes, but with all of the Pre-Thanksgiving coupons and offers, I sprung for the Summits and got them for about $160.

I got the boots the day before Thanksgiving and I have worn them every day since then save one (that day I was doing some painting and stuff and didn't want to risk messing them up). They broke in fast. I didn't go hiking in them for a week or so, but wore them from sun up to sun down just doing everything; working, eating turkey, walking the dog, making dinner, standing, sitting, everything. They got softened up and they are very comfortable now. I have hiked maybe 10 miles in them so far and I am excited to take a longer trip soon.

They fit a little big. I usually wear a size 10.5 and I got these in 11 W. There is plenty of room for my super feet green insoles to go on top of the factory insoles and I still have room for extra socks if I want. However, I have not had problems with a single pair of socks and I don't have any sliding, toe bumping, or anything like that. I am glad I went bigger than smaller.

They do get wet with sweat and take at least 8 hours to dry completely. This raises an issue when I wear them out to dinner or drinks one night and try to wear them to work the next. I do take out the insoles at night and let them dry out. Not a problem at all.

One weird thing that happened is that something seems to have leaked out from the inside of the boot. The first time I hiked in them and got them sweaty and stretching, a dark soft spot appeared near two of the seams on one boot. The dark spot went away, but the spot stayed kind of soft and spongy. Not sure if there was a pocket of tanner, or oil, or glue or something, but it did stain a little bit from the inside out.

They look good and I am getting my Obenauf's HDLP in the mail today to treat them before the winter gets gross. I am excited to wear these boots to death and I plan to be wearing them as much when I am 60 as I do now that I am 30. I am glad I made the switch from the sneakers! (We will see if my tune changes when it is 100 degrees outside)
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