I've had these boots since 2010, and they are still my go to. They have survived two years of Peace Corps (my only pair of shoes to do so), the snow and mud of the Michigan Upper Peninsula, the deserts of Arizona, and are currently chewing up the Colorado Rockies. It's been a wild 5 years. I admit I was hesitant to buy boots which couldn't have new soles sewn on, but this is not an issue. Everything is still tightly held together. The only issue I have ever had was the outside clasp on the right boot broke, but a couple twists in the laces and I don't even miss it. The tread is wearing down, but I think I can get another 3 years from these. So long as Asolo keeps making this style, I will buy another pair. These boots have never given me blisters. <You read that right.
A couple things for those interested in these boots:
It's all leather, so expect some break in time. I don't think I put in 50 miles before they were comfortable.
Because these boots are meant for kicking *** and taking names on rough terrain, the tread is extremely hard and stiff. This means though that in wet (leaves, downed dead wood without bark) and icy terrain, they don't have great grip. That's just the nature of the material and is the same with similar boots. When you're boulder hopping at 13,000 ft., you'll appreciate the stiffness. I use SuperFeet inserts and can (and have) walked all day in these.
Less stitching means fewer things can go wrong. You're not going to blow any seams here, which was always my problem with previous boots.
Again: leather. Apply saddle soap and some waterproofing agent (mink oil/bear grease/Pecards) regularly to keep the leather supple and weather tight. I do this at least 6 x's a year.
Because of the Goretex, these boots are warm. There is a non-Goretex model made. These are not the best to have in the middle of summer in the Sonoran desert.
These are an investment. I have a friend who refuses to buy hiking boots over $100. He goes through about a pair every 1.5 years. He's spent more money on new boots (plus the break in time!) than I have with this one time purchase. And mine only become more comfortable with time. I know it's a chunk of change to drop, so ask for some gift cards at Christmas or your birthday. I promise they're worth it!