Top positive review
Great boots so far (his and hers)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 September 2018
[Update November 2021]
My wife has continued to use these boots for our walks near home and last year for a few months in France (waterproofing not really required for either). We’ve just got back from a week in the Lakes where we did a lot of walking on flooded paths, bogs and the usual quite stony terrain etc. Both her and my boots stayed dry throughout (we do usually wear waterproof gaiters covering part of the upper), but that’s mostly to protect trousers from mud rather than because the boots need it. Both her and my boots remain comfortable and are mostly holding up well (soles linings etc). My wife uses custom insoles, but I have the standard Merrill in (despite having used more supportive insoles in other boots). The only additional negative I’ll add is that the trim on the uppers (I.e the leather-look scrappy bits over the mesh) has not held up well. The upper surface has just flaked and peeled off. Seems to happen when cleaning (even if just sprayed with a hose). Unsightly, but does not affect performance.
[Update: Dec 2018. Were managing to get at least one walk in a week since buying these averaging 6-9 miles now. Both of us find the boots supremely comfortable. My wife had some minor pressure under one toe on an 11 mile walk, but nothing major. We've not been out in downpours but wet grass and the odd stream splash has not been an issue. I would add to my review below that the soles are good and grippy, but not as stiff as a heavier boot, so you will feel a rocky surface through them slightly. Not a problem, just trying to give a better impression of what these are. We have not done any walking with more than a day sack so far and no scrambles yet either.]
Bought for my wife after I bought a men's pair. Both of us found the boots comfortable out of the box. My wife has quite a wide forefoot and a bunion on one foot, but no problems so far. I bought mine after having to give up walking for a while because I developed an issue with my heel rubbing in my (well-known major brand name) leather boots meaning I had to pre-pad or put Compeed on after about a mile on the trail. I spent ages travelling to specialists (Alt-Berg/George Fisher) trying to get a solution. Different lacing, socks, insoles did not help. I tried all the boots I could in store but no one could tell me whether or not I'd be OK with them.
Rather than wasting a pot of cash on boots like that, I went for these as they were a little bit less of a financial disaster if they were no good. Glad I did as I've had no problem with the heel in these.
We've just got back from a few days in the Lakes where we used them everyday for moderate walks over mixed ground including some rocky sections. Did a great job. I developed a slight pressure on one little toe towards the end of an 8 mile walk on which I'd done some sections as fast as I could over all terrains. I'd say that's not bad at all.
My wife mentioned some damp feeling on one boot after crossing a shallow stream, but we're not sure yet if there was any leak of if this was just the damp cold feeling you can get with most Goretex when the outer gets wetted out. Being a fabric/mesh I suppose this is more likely to happen quicker than a well-treated leather. There doesn't seem to be any kind of DWR on the outer on these.
But there's always the Gore-tex guarantee to lean on if needed. We both found the soles made crossing rocky sections quite comfortable, easy and fast. So far so good - will update if any issues (I do actually update my reviews if things change ratehr than just say it :-) ).