Perfect initial break in

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Scott the Long Walk Guy from Wisconsin on Tuesday, June 9, 2015
I read a lot of reviews about hiking boots hurting your feet, but they're supposed to be unforgiving to a degree. They're not supposed to be soft and flexible, for then they would be useless in supporting your weight over uneven terrain. A good pair of hiking/backpacking boots (I've owned more than a few pair dating back to 1973) need to be broken-in gradually, or as I used to say "My feet need to be acclimated to the boots". When I received my Neutrons and tried them on with a light sock, I knew they would be perfect. They were relatively rigid, had a great firm sole and were a bit snug. As I continued to wear them, they accepted my feet more and more, to where they feel like an extension of my feet. I know that I'll eventually need a heavier sock and that's okay too. But don't expect a good hiking/backpacking boot to feel just right straight out of the box. If it does, it will punish you later. My first pair of Asolo Meridians broke in the same way. They served me well until they eventally came apart after years in very rough terrain. I hope that these Neutrons will serve me as long as the others.
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