Montana Explorer from Northwest,
I had a pair of Asolo boots that I wore for 9 years and
worked great. I put around 1500-2000 miles on them. I never
got any blisters. So when buying new boot I decided to stick
with Asolo. I bought these boots. I wore them around campus
and to work to break them in for two months before I started
putting them into heavy use. They worked great. The boots
were comfortable and sturdy. However when I put a backpack
on they changed totally. I got the biggest blisters on my
heals that I have ever had. I tried all different sorts of
socks and bandaging techniques to fix my heals but the boot
just kept eating them up. Finally I had to return them for a
pair of boots that I could carry weight with. I also found
that they leaked water. Even when waxed they still leaked.
So first thing, these boots are gorgeous and versatile. I've
worn them to work, I've worn them to teach high schoolers
(side job), and I've worn them to casual events. The "BUT"
is that they are exactly my size, in other words, there's no
way I can wear thick socks. This was a warning others gave
in reviews, but I didn't heed them. The only other issue is
that they are a little tight along the top of the midfoot,
but I have faith that the leather will wear in a bit and
this won't be a problem. Overall, I'm happy with them and I
anticipate buying a pair in another color as soon as a sale
comes along (but in the wide version or one size larger so I
can wear thicker socks if I want).
I love these!! I can wear them without worry as they are
water proof and with the distressed brown color scratches
are natural to the boots. I would give them 5 stars except
the shaft that attaches is slightly awkward with how it
hooks underneath. I had to tighten them so that they would
not move and cause a gap in between. Once I did that they
are terrific and I wear them all the time! Love these!