Great boot / Great deal

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Sam from Georgia on Wednesday, January 21, 2015
I've worn a pair of Asolo 520's for years and figured that these would be a smart bet to buy online since the old 520's fit perfectly and are sadly falling apart. After researching to make sure that the soles are built on the same last (Asoflex 00 MR lasting board), I purchased an 11.5 wide. They arrived a bit bigger (longer and wider) than my old 520's (from 2008) but are fitting much better after some use and a good pair of orthonics.

Knowing that nubuck doesn't typically last as long as top grain is ok w/ me as the price of these is more than 1/2 off the asolo top grains (assuming you take advantage of an STP coupon). I'm treating the leather with Obenauf's LP which has darkened the leather handsomely and caused it to look and feel more like a top grain. The end result might last as long as my old ones did, who knows!

The boots look great. They are well constructed and do not appear to be blems or seconds. Mine arrived just like I would expect from Asolo and had not been previously worn.

They also offer the needed support for hauling heavy loads up and down steep slopes.

I took off one star because - around the oval shaped Asolo logo on the sides of the boots, the stitching had loose/frayed ends that had to be brushed with silicone to ensure the stitches would not back out. All other stitching and gluing was fine.
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