Vintage hiking style and quality

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Jim the Hobart-Hobbit from Tasmania, Australia on Thursday, July 23, 2015
After a fruitless search across Australia for old-school hikers - one piece leather, welted soles and the deliberate absence of Gore-sweat-tex - I was thrilled to discover the Alico boot range. After a bit of a read through past reviews, I plumped for the Tahoe boots.

The price was good, even with added shipping. But at the last minute I decided I needed a size change (10 to 10.5 - just to be a sure). The boots hadn't shipped and the changeover was an easy online chat away. No problem. Gotta love American customer service!

The boots arrived in just a few days - earlier than expected. And they haven't disappointed. In fact they're great. I love them. They look better in the flesh (well-formed stitched leather) than the photos suggest. Clearly some timeless design skills have gone into these.

Wore them around the house for a couple of days to soften them up. Then gradually broke them in. Now they're happily nestling my feet - even fitting my orthotics, with comfort. I've yet to do a major hike. But am very pleased with the boots around town. Perfect for our Tasmanian winter (not too hot; not too cold!).

The only change for me was to dump the original laces. They're ok, but a bit too stretchy. I replaced them with a set of Tobby red 160cm round laces. Not quite the iconic Danner look I would've liked - but it would cost me $65 to import some Danner 63's!

The Tahoe look great with the red rounds. I'm hoping these will last for a couple of decades.

PS If any of you lovely American folk feel like sending a set of Danner 63 red or green rounds Down Under to really complete this Tasmanian bushwalker's dream boot, please let me know! It surely can be done for less than $65...
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