AS Good as it Gets for an All Smooth Leather Hiking
has been crafting Boots
in Northern Italy for over 50 years. Their smooth leather classics, the SL M3s are about as perfect as a boot can be. (Zamberlan
makes a Smooth leather, w/ Calf leather lining that is comparable but lighter).I got my SLs 2 years ago and have worn them several times and they are in no way broken-in yet but the craftsmanship is remarkable. They appear as though they would last for decades w/ proper care of the uppers (keeping them clean with a stiff bristle nylon brush, warm water and occasionally whipping out the inside with a moist towel and warm water and let them dry naturally, never using artificial heat and when dry using a water proofing product like Nik-wax or Hydro Bloc creme on the outside and replacing the sole w/ the same Vibram sole as they came with and who knows how long they could last. The SLs are made to take the rigors of Backpacking, Hiking
or Trekking at low to mid level altitudes in 3 seasons and low level short Treks during cold weather. They are not insulated but a heavy Merino wool sock will work well to cushion your feet as well as keep your feet warm in Winter and cool in Summer and transfer moisture for a more comfortable experience. Leather is like your skin and needs to be taken care of to protect the natural oils found in the leather when it's new. If you are looking for a boot that you can wear right out of the box and enjoy what this boot has to offer than you must realize the break-in period can take many miles but that's what makes the SL M3 the beast that it is to be. Kind of like a very stiff pair of jeans
. They must be worn and looked after for quite some time before they have that nice, soft, lived in feel. Not like the Stone and Enzyme washed jeans
that most of us are familiar with that come already pre-softened. If you are a hard core Hiker you will know these are the “real deal."