An impulse buy in a sale, these boots have spent much of the last 2 years kicking around the house waiting for a some hot summer weather which has arrived in odd days and weeks. I have now put together enough experience of them in the few hot and sunny periods that we have had in the UK over the past couple of years to feel confident about writing a review.
A pair of short lightweight boots made out of leather with mesh sections built in to allow a flow of air into the boot to cool the foot. They have some protection for the foot and ankle and have a zip/velcro entry.
The sole is flexible and the heel is quite low, which combined with the lightweight nature of the boot make them comfortable to walk in even for extended periods of time. The insole is thin and could be more robust - I've changed mine- and they have a tendency to be pulled out when the boots are taken off after a long period of wear. The heel and sole do seem to wear quite quickly but I'm not sure if that is down to me or the boots.
Are they worth the money? I would say yes. They may be short and lacking the heavy armour of some touring and adventure boots but they are for a fairly specific purpose it seems - touring in hot weather on reasonable surfaces. And for that I would say that they excel. I have found them comfortable to wear on and off the bike,
As a sidenote, I have found that the boots are wearable even in rain as long as the weather is reasonably warm. The mesh panels serve the same purpose as the eyelets in jungle boots - they let water out as well as in, and allow the boot and foot to dry if they get wet. I rode in them through a seriously heavy thunderstorm with monsoon style rain and, although my feet got wet, both socks and feet had largely dried out by the time I got home some 30 minutes after I had ridden out of the rain.
Now superseded by a later model.