Hiking boots with a stitched welt
So I pull out my Merrill boots from the storeroom and decide maybe I should take them out for a test run as it's been a couple of years since I went backpacking. After about a ten mile trail hike around town, the sole completely separates from the upper. I looked like a hobo stumbling the last couple of miles to the house.
And this isn't the first pair of hikers with those cursed glued soles coming apart on me. I'll never buy another pair of those POS.
So who still makes an old school leather hiking boot with a fully stitched welt? I think Danner has a couple of models and they seem to have a top notch reputation. Anyone have any other suggestions?
Alico. Traditional construction in a few different weights.
Originally Posted by montanadave
STP has them VERY reasonable. It is worth the shipping. Sizing is true. Tahoes are not too heavy.
Try Danner. More expensive than some, but in my opinion worth it.
Danner are nice, considered to be Gucci in the UK ......... mainly 'cos they cost twice as much as they do here.
I personally think the ultimate boot is the Lowa Mountain GTX, they are foot sex personified.
Salomon XA Pro, 3D Fastpackers or Quest depending to what level of coldness you want to go walking in.
I own all three of them and loved then, i have used then CONUS and OCONUS and they last a long time.
this is a link to the Fastpackers and Quest, for the XA Pro you are going to have to:
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I personally think Merrells are cheaply constructed, and not surprised you had trouble with them.
Everyone has their own pet brand but I really would look at Lowa. Ive got a few pairs, and they do hold up really well. They are made with good materials, and not the junk Merrell uses. I even have a pair I used to ride on my Gixxer, and aside from a little discoloration they were just fine.
I would look at the ones with leather linings. They are better in the long run than synthetic material. Id also get a pair of Smart Feet insoles, and get the type that matches your feet. REI sells them so you can go in the store, and try different ones on.
Ive had a couple pair of danners over the years, and while they are nice boots I find them very heavy. They are not as comfortable for me either.
The Danner Mtn. Light, Danner Light II, and Explorer fit what you are looking for.
I have two pairs of Danner hikers and they are great boots, Gore-Tex and Vibram soles. They can be rebuilt and resoled. They are a bit heavier than Merrills and can be purchased through Danner at a discount if your military or LE.
Also take a look at the Hanwags from Lathrop & Sons,
Military Morons did a great review of the Hanwags on his site at
Great boots as well, but pricey.
Lowa's are handmade using the best materials.
Originally Posted by Belmont31R
The general issue boots worn by the German army have a leather lining. It is called the Camp Boot and even with no goretex provides better than excellent service in wet environments:
Originally Posted by Belmont31R;731536I
Its all a matter of fit with each boot type. Some are good others are bad.
Originally Posted by Belmont31R
Other boots to consider are the Meindl's and the Hanwags, also both handmade and valued greatly by military and SF types.
If you invest in a good pair of Lowa, Meindl or Hanwags - buy them from Germany, use the link I gave above and they are mucho cheaper - I'll help with language if you want. I personally know guys in the German Army who have had the same pair of Lowa for 10+ years, had them re-soled a couple of times and still swear that they are only just getting broken in nicely.
Last edited by Von Rheydt; 08-12-10 at 14:54.
Ditto for the Danner Mountain Light or Mountain Hikers. I have owned both and they have held up great. They are a quality boot and made in the U.S.A. SF is also issuing the Danner Combat Hikers which are a little harder to find.
I've had the exact same thing happen with Merrell boats. I switched to Asolo. I've had them in wet bogs and alpine conditions of brutal rock. NEVER a missed beat.
I've also had Vasques in the past (Sundowner is all leather). But the Asolo boots are rock solid. They are spendy, but they'll be on my feet on an alpine climb this weekend. And I won't worry about them coming apart.
Last edited by lovetashoot; 08-12-10 at 17:51.
I bought a pair of the Hanwag Mountain Lights a few months ago and I have been wearing them for SWAT and I have to say I really like them.
I was a die hard Danner guy and Lathrops talked me in to trying them. I really like them so far. When I tried them on I thought for sure they would be both heavy and hot but they are neither. They are a very comfy and stable boot.
I visited a few stores in my area today and tried on several brands. I liked the fit of the Danner's and the 6" height for ankle support. Unfortunately, none of the stores in town carried the models with the fully stitched welt so I went online and ordered a pair of Danner Explorers. I went back and forth between the Explorer and the Light II but the full leather uppers won out.
Should have them early next week and we'll see how they work out. Thanks to all for the advice and suggestions.
"Alico." - Yep. My Alico Tahoes boots are perhaps one of the better purchases I've made in years.