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.