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Gear Review

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Tough on Feet

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've worn these on numerous hiking/mountaineering trips over the last three years; so much that the tread is nearly completely bald and many of the seams are splitting. I'm now in the market for a replacement pair, but I will not be buying the Asolo TPS 520 boots again. I believe they are simply overrated and way more boot than you typically need on any hiking adventure. When I was initially breaking them in, they inflicted serious pain on my feet; nasty blisters on the back of my heels, which reappear every season that I put them back on after a hiatus. And later, on a week-long hike in the Sierras, and many trips since, they've given me a nagging pain on the top of my big toe, basically where the bottom shoelace eyelet is. The pain became excruciating, but I never got rid of these boots because I've wanted to get my moneys worth. The boots are very durable; too durable and overly stiff, in fact. One thing I really like about them over more lightweight boots, though, is that they keep water out during ankle-deep stream crossings.

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Have you tried superfeet? the leather is definitely stiff at first, but my seemed to break in rather nicely. Fitting and proper socks should decrease the friction on your feet, eliminating blisters.

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I too had the bottom of the shoe lace eyelet give me a lot of trouble. It got worse as they got more broke in.

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As a matter of fact, I use Superfeet insoles religiously. Proper socks and sock liners too. This Asolo is stiff and sturdy to a fault.