I'd also be doubly sure the Makalu fits well. These boots do break in, but they're not going to mold themselves to your foot. The opposite will occur. So try on a few boots of this type. Among them, Montrail's Moraine ($235; www.montrail.com); Lowa's Baffin ($230; www.lowaboots.com); Scarpa's Rio ($240; www.scarpa-us.com); and Garmont's Dakota Plus ($210; www.garmontusa.com). All are very capable, well-made boots that would serve you well across a wide range of trail and off-trail conditions.
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