well, it can be anyway if you have funky weird feet like me. My old Solomon MT Lites are finally getting soft so it's time for a new pair of leather mountain/sheep hunting boots. I have some plastics but there's nothing like a good leather boot, a guy needs both. Kind of like leather ski gloves and leather holsters, there's nuthin like em
Anyway, I bought a pair of Merrell Expediton boots. For several reasons. They have all the right features of a mtn. boot. The sole seems a lot stickier than the generic vibram sole on my Lowa Civetta plastics ( the Solomons have a great sticky sole), they have some kind of plastic support up the side of the ankle that should help with lateral ankle support especially when the boot has been wet for days. (leather gets soft and can loose it's support.) But, most importantly is that they fit and were in town so I could try them on, as a bonus Beaver Sports was having 20 percent off on boots so I got the 250 dollar Merrells for 200 bucks. I just can't see 350 450 bucks for a pair of boots. The Lowa GTX Extremes are nice, maybe a little wide for me but not bad but... 420 bucks ?!?! I don't think so.... Even on sale at 340 is pushing it.
I walked to church in them one day, put about 2 miles on them, then a few days later went on the tuesday training hike and figured I may as well just go for it. I'm only up to 35lb pack but I usually like to have boots somewhat broke in before hiking up and down hill with a pack. I was pleasantly suprised. I only had one small heal blister and one starting to develop. But, I'm sure I'll have a few more by the time they are good and broke in. I figure new boots need about 50 miles on em before that are really broke in.
Time to suck it up, toughen up the feet and get rid of tenderfeet while I break in the new boots.