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5.0 out of 5 stars These boots may go all the way to 11 and I'm not talking size., 20 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Salomon Men's Quest 4D GTX® Multisport Outdoor Shoes (Shoes)
Initially, I was unimpressed. In fact, I would have bought robust, enduring, trustworthy leather as I have done in the past (eg. Brashers - now sadly too inferior to contemplate) but something is awry with the boots business and retail philosophy. Apparently, after forty years of walking, they now tell me I have abnormally wide feet. I see bare feet a lot, I do yoga, and there is nothing untoward about mine, in fact mine are better than most: no protruding joints, bunions or askew toes, and perfectly graceful arches. But shops refuse even to show me any - the chart says "no". Even the amazingly wide range of Altbergs are all too narrow. How can a specialist industry not specialise in perfectly good and beautifully wide feet? I'm size 9, btw.

These were the only boots which "might fit you, Sir", one retailer offered. I bought them, wore them with distrust. I was told to clean them after each walk and spray them with conditioner which I've done. Each time I ventured out with them I reluctantly awarded them four out of five stars. There was no reason not to give them five stars other than I hated the boots industry for giving me Hobson's Choice. Yesterday, however, after several months use, I turned a corner. After a long, blistering walk, with no blisters, I think these boots are all right. I think they'll do.

I've read the comments and I won't expect them to last as long as leather did. If they do 200 miles, or a year and a bit more, I'll be satisfied, to be honest. You can't get decent shoes for everyday less than 80 or 90 quid these days. They last about a year. I don't know but 130 for serious, all season, waterproof hiking boots seems reasonable. I don't want to dwell on my boots anymore, I want to enjoy walking and for the money it's worth it.
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Initial post: 31 Mar 2015 15:49:22 BDT
ian russell says:
Additional review: In two weeks, I will have had these boots for a year. I thought it worth an updated review. Though for the first six months I would brush them off weekly and apply waterproofing spray, but I confess, over the last six months, I have been increasingly lazier to this chore. However, the boots have not shown any signs of leaking. One one occasion though, I felt some damness whilst walking through melting snow. It was odd that it occurred in both feet simultaneously. Taking them off afterwards, I found a damp patch on the inner socks of both feet - I wore an everyday "office" pair under my hiking socks that day - local to the sole below the big toes and similarly local to each of the heels, about the size of a 50p piece. My hiking socks didn't feel particularly damp and the insides of the boots felt dry. I think it must have been condensing sweat. The boots are great, fabulous to walk in. I hope they don't alter the specification or manufacture, I hope to buy another pair soon, just in case.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 May 2015 16:27:39 BDT
Me says:
Great review, thanks. I do know what it means to find a boot that really does the job...it feels like looking a gift horse in the mouth. I have another brand but they seem to be wearing out a tad quickly. The thing is though, they are so very, very comfortable and still water proof.
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But from your review I might just take a shot at these and see.
What is the underfoot grip like in muddy conditions.? Also are the heels fairly low to the ground ?, it is something I like as it feels more natural to have fairly low flat heels.
Thanks in advance
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