A few years ago, I bought a pair of hiking boots with a molded sole. Spent $250 for the things. I have to admit that they were comfy. They lasted less than a year; the sole ce off both boots, and because of the way the sole was attached there was no way to repair them. I just had the third sole put on a pair of Lowa's that I bought in the late ?70s. As far as I'm concerned these new boots are for the throw-away crowd who face all the adversities of hiking across the parking lot of the local mega box. I'm looking for a new pair of boots with the good "old" style welt and a similar rugged construction. Or, at least, something that can be repaired. Leroy Fayetteville, AR
Eh, thats too bad. I think you fell victim to a bad experience. Really, the current technology is both comfortable and, in most cases, durable. And they should have been repairable. Thats not a good thing.
The SL M3
But certainly, theres no real question that "old" technologysoles stitched to uppers with a Norwegian welt or Littleway stitchingis incredibly durable. And almost infinitely repairable.
A few makers still make boots in a traditional manner. Scarpa's SL M3, for instance, uses Littleway stitching, a "hidden" stitch line that binds the upper to the sole. Really tough, really replaceable. Price is $250. But these are great boots, and should last you for years.
Also take a look at Lowa Banff Pros ($280). They also use a stitched-sole design, and are renowned as a durable, heavy boot. Tough stuff.
The real deal is a boot such as the Limmer Lightweight (which is anything but at $260). These use good ol fashioned Norwegian welts, the kind with the visible stitching. Plus, 2.8 mm leather uppers, leather linings, and rubber midsoles. A lifetime investment.
So, shop around, and youll find what you seek.