Great value in stitchdown welt boots

Reviewed by Brisket from Texas on Thursday, June 30, 2016
After having experiences sole separation issues with a several high priced boots I decided years ago to go back to Goodyear & Norwegian welt boots and have never looked back. Sometimes old tech is better than new tech. I have both the Alico Summit and the Alico Tahoe to my rotation and have found both to represent a tremendous value in quality hiking boots.

The Tahoe boots have logged more miles as they are more suited to my more frequent day hikes on rocky trails but when packing a load I would generally opt for the Summit boots. To make them work best for me I first treated the leather uppers with Obenauf's LP. Next I tossed the insoles replacing the insoles with ones from Superfeet that provide more comfort & support and then replaced the laces with Kevlar laces that are stronger and glide through the eyelets more easily.

I find the Alico boots to run more true to US size than many other Euro boots that I typically need to go up a half size with. The Dri-Lex moisture wicking liner while not as plush and sexy as the leather lining on the Summit boots does as good a job in managing the results of the Texas heat as anything else that is surrounded by a full grain leather upper. The absence of a Gore-Tex or similar waterproof membrane helps greatly in this area. Rubber outsoles always involve a compromise between grip and wear resistance and I have always found these Vibram Roccia soles to serve my needs very well.

While not the most comfortable or supportive day hiking boots I have worn the ones that come to mind that are noticeably better than these cost 2x-3x more.
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