Q:

Does anyone still make unlined or leather-lined hiking boots?

Does anyone still make unlined or leather-lined hiking boots? Shoes with a synthetic lining make my feet really hot and sweaty. Any suggestions? Tim Sonoma, California

Jul 15, 2008
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Raichle Mountain Crest Boots

Raichle Mountain Crest Boots

A:

You’re having a hard time because hardly anyone makes leather-lined boots these days. Most makers use a knit nylon, as it requires no break-in and is pretty durable (also probably simplifies manufacture). But I agree that leather linings are great. They mold to your foot to create a custom fit, and, once broken in, they are extremely comfortable.

If you can find them, Raichle’s Mountain Crest ($185) boots have a leather liner. I’ve worn similar Raichle boots, and they’re fantastic. Be sure to NOT get the GTX model with the Gore-Tex liner, as, breathability aside, those will be sweatier than the non-Gore-Tex model. Raichle boots are not as commonly found as they were once upon a time, but Oregon Mountain Community in Portland has them.

Another boot with a leather lining is the Limmer Lightweight ($265), made by a famous New Hampshire company. These boots will be a lifetime investment, I assure you. They are also available as a full custom boot, but for hundreds more and a long wait. Unless you have a weird foot size, you should be fine.

You may also want to see a podiatrist. You may have hyperhydrosis (fancy Latin term for “sweaty feet"), and there are treatments for that.

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