bgregoire wrote:And they fit you without stretching? That would be the ticket.
no, they were in my cobbler workshop for a couple weeks! I have mutated feet, it's a miracle if anything fits me. That's where the overall quality of Andrew boots comes in - because of the quality of leather and skill of the cobbler the boots fit and support you better. The leather naturally conforms to your feet, even odd foot shapes. Even though the boot is oversize and too large in the heel area it's able to adapt and lace tight to my ankles on the first ski, the vast majority of boots can't do that.
I love these full-leather boots for everything hiking & skiing, it's always surprised me they're not more popular. For an extra $100 over most NNNBC boots you get something worth 10 times more IMO. For BC cross-country and telemark skiing I get such a great feeling of control from solid leather boots with the thick 3-pin sole underfoot. When I tried Fischer's 75mm boots I literally could not even get the boot to close tight on my ankle, there was like 1 inch of slack space over the back of my foot with everything tightened. And yet these boots vastly outnumber the ones from Andrew Shoes.
Much better to have one good pair of Andrew boots instead of 3-4 pairs of fake leather boots cranked out of a machine IMO.