- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 44.5
I bough these shoes a year ago. Initially they were so nice I was hesitant to use them. I use them to hike forest trails in California. With the recent rain, they have been initiated into ten mile hikes through soggy, mud laden trails with streams criss crossing washed out paths.
A couple of things... First, though they were purchased mail order, they fit perfectly, as if they had been designed for my feet. Second, they are on the heavy side for a hiking shoe, but the stiff sole and strong upper are also intended to tolerate summer and fall mountaineering on mixed terrain. Third, the waterproofing is, after a year of use and maybe six hundred miles of outdoor hiking, flawless. Fourth, this shoe's construction is among the best I have ever seen.
I agree with the reviewer who said the support of the shoe is very good. You can walk all day in these shoes. Someone else said there may be quality issues. Really? The soles are worn because I like the shoe so much I wear them regularly, on and off trail. The rand is in perfect condition. The lining is like new. They don't leak. Quality issues? The shoes are amazing, if you would call "amazing" a quality issue.
FYI - If you plan on scuba diving in the Bahamas wearing these, the shoes will likely leak. If you plan on a moon walk with these, your spacesuit may have difficulty maintaining a vacuum. But if you are not planning on scuba diving or walking on a lunar surface with these shoes, you probably can't go wrong.