Perfect out of the box

Reviewed by Love my boots! from New Mexico on Wednesday, July 18, 2012
I got these for off-trail wilderness trekking in hard desert and mountain terrain. I could not be more pleased with the construction, the performance, the comfort or the appearance.

Like other satisfied reviewers, I have "duck feet" - long and bony with a wide forefoot and narrow heel. These boots fit me perfectly out of the box but because of their excellent design, they will fit a wide spectrum of feet. I wonder whether people who find these boots excessively stiff or difficult to break in are wearing the wrong size, or perhaps are accustomed to lightweight, soft hiking shoes.

In terms of quality these are some of the best-made shoes I have ever owned (and I am a shoe girl!); for comparison, they are as well-crafted as my Frye boots and just a little better than my Sorels and Börns.

I confess that besides having been let down by plenty of footwear that turned out to have been designed to look outdoorsy rather than actually perform outdoors, I'm also really turned off by the image of most puffy-soled, colorful hiking boots and shoes on the market of late. With their classic look and outstanding quality, these boots were the perfect solution for me.
  • Best Uses: Harsh Terrain, Heavy Loads, Long-Distance Hiking
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
  • Pros: Ankle Support, Comfortable, Excellent quality, Good Arch Support, Great looking, Sturdy/Durable, Wide Toe box
  • Sizing: Feels true to size
  • Was this a gift?: No
  • Width: Feels true to width
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