Best Boots 2
Asolo TPS 520 GV Hiking Boots, Women’s
If you’ve ever broken in hiking boots, you know what I’m talking about: It’s a bitch. And that isn’t even taking into account one suggested method you’ll stumble across if you poke around long enough on the Internet: Pee on them. Not a lot, just enough to loosen up the leather. I did not do this with my Asolo TPS 520 GVs ($248, REI). Instead, I put a lot of miles on them (and used saddle soap). Then I climbed up to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro—19,330 feet!—with nary a foot problem. Actually, the break-in period was harder than that. There was a time when I struggled with sock issues, blisters produced by sock issues, and blisters produced by sock issues that I made worse by using the wrong kind of Band-Aid. But all of that was user error. These babies—featuring “burly full-grain leather uppers” and GoreTex; seriously, get the GoreTex ones—fast became my feet’s best friend. These, and sock liners and a gross-sounding applicant called Body Glide that I applied to the rough spots on my heels. You decide about the peeing thing.