Jamie D.wrote a review of Alpina BC 1550 Cross Country Backcountry Boot - Women's on April 11, 2014
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I went through 2 pairs of these boots last winter for my Nordic ski patrol job and unfortunately I too fell prey to the awful blisters of these boots. They did "get the job done" but left me unable to ski if I did any day longer than 6-8 miles. The Velcro on the ankle strap also began to come apart just 2 weeks out of the box.
Wanted to love them since they're Alpinas... But I just couldn't do it.