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Long and narrow. Very tight in the toes. No insoles.
on October 6, 2013
I'd like to start by saying these are extremely well built and very, very nice looking boots. They would also be very comfortable if they were wider in the toe box. However, these boots shipped without any insoles. First I thought they were meant to have no insoles, but after walking in them without, there is no way. The stitching on the goretex caused a blister to form quickly on the bottom of my foot. Also, they were very hard with no cushion on the foot bed. I called Amazon and they were prompt to send me another pair and they checked to make sure there were insoles in this pair but there weren't. So, they put some orthotics (in retail packaging) in the box. These hard plastic half soles just made it even worse. I purchased insoles from Danner and they don't fit the boots properly. The boots are a little longer than the insoles. This did 2 things: 1) solved the problem with the hard, uncomfortable foot bed, 2) Made the boots extremely tight. I'm hoping they loosen up over time because I can't return them now, but they are very tight still after maybe 1.5 - 2 miles of overall walking in them. They still aren't broken in by my standards yet so this may change. Bottom line is this- Very well constructed, beautiful boots. I would say casual because the rough out will look like hell if you go hike in any dirty, or wet conditions. Bottom sole wears very quickly on shake roof and again the rough out leather wears terribly if you kneel at all so work boots they are not. Very nice comfortable casual boots for someone with long, narrow feet. If you have wide feet, forget it. If you wear a 14D, try these 13EE boots, order insoles separately, and you'll probably give these a 5 star.
....If the fit changes for the better after they are broken in (may take a couple years at this rate), I'll update this rating.