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Casual/fashion as opposed to actual hiking boot
on February 9, 2016
Trying in store is a must for such an expensive investment. By the time I figured out that the boots were just a tad too big for me, I had already worn it to the point where I could not return them. One issue is that the flex point of the shoe is quite un-predictable. On my left foot, the flex point slightly pinch my toes with every step, while on my right, the flex point fits with my natural step. By looking at the creases in the leather, the flex points on both boots are different. I am not sure how I can remedy this problem, but I suspect, as stated above, the sizing may be off.
The boot itself is built very tough. The quality is very much apparent in the materials. However, unlike the Danner website, I definitely do not recommend actually hiking with these boots. I have had these boots for a few months now, and I wear them with jeans when I decide to dress up from the usual tennis shoe.
I am a larger person (6 ft 250 lb +) and these boots do a good job fitting in with my body. Some boots make your feet look thin compared to the rest of your body. In addition, the thick outsole also complement a bigger body opposed to thin outsoles found in comparable boots.
Overall, I would not suggest getting these for actual hiking (something like Keens may be better). I usually wear 2E for dress shoes and tennis shoes, and I found that the boot width was fine for me. I would recommend getting maybe a 1/2 size down from what you normally get, or go with the lower size if you are in between. But again, great construction and quality, just don't expect to actually hike in them.