The Perfect Prescription

Reviewed by Hal Smith from Bowling Green, KY on Wednesday, June 22, 2016
I just received my Alico Tahoe hiking boots from Sierra Trading Post and they are beautiful and seem to be very well constructed.

I bought these boots after having a discussion with an orthopedic surgeon friend about trying to heal my relapsing plantar fasciitis which causes me considerable nausea inducing pain and anguish. He suggested I look into finding a well made old school Norwegian welt stitched sole hiking boot which will conform to my feet as they break in. I started my research about a month ago, and examined boots from my local outdoor sporting goods store, read every review I could find. I looked at everything from Danner, Limmer, Vasque, Zamberlan and even a few obscure brands that were way out of my price range.

Years ago as a young photojournalist working in the mid-west, before my damaged feet started taking their toll on my recreational activities I wore a pair of Vasque Sundowners until they literally rotted off my feet after roughly 12-years of daily use and two resoles. Those boots were comfortable and well made unlike the newest version which seemed flimsy and poorly constructed. Since then I've tried a succession boots from various manufacturers: Asolo, Merrell and Danner. The last being the military version of Danner's Crater Rim which I found extremely uncomfortable.

The Tahoe for the price was too good to pass up, and I'm glad I didn't. The boots are as comfortable out of the box as my old Sundowners, the leather is thick and supportive yet supple. Though these boots are not leather lined the fabric lining used seems to keep my dogs dry. I'm a bit worried about the thin outsoles, but these boots can be resoled at my local shoe repair shop with a thicker Vibram sole when that time comes. Right now my new Alico Tahoes are a bit stiff, but they will break in given time and care.

I'm very pleased with quality of my new boots, and hope to get many years of service from them.
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