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My LL Bean Gore-Tex Speed Guide hikers have begun to leak, although there is little evident wear inside or out. I called Bean, and they advised that if I send them back, they will issue a full refund, even though I bought them about 6 years ago. Unfortunately, Bean has discontinued the Speed Guide, the best hiking boots I have ever owned or seen. They have combination leather/Keptrotec uppers and are 8 inches high.
I ordered Bean's fabric/leather Gore-tex Cresta Hikers, but find them completely unsatisfactory and plan to send them back. I wear size 13, and the size 13 Cresta hikers are nearly an inch shorter than the size 13 Speed Guide hikers. Naturally, they don't fit, as there is insufficient toe room. Furthermore, the Cresta is only 7 inches high, and I greatly prefer an 8-inch high boot. It is feels heavier than the Speed Guide, even though the Speed Guide is considerably larger.
The Speed Guide was made for Bean in Italy, and I wonder if the company that made it still offers a similar boot. Does anyone know the name of the company that makes boots for Bean. In addition, can anyone recommend hiking boots that meet my needs:
2. 8-inches high at low point (back).
3. Size 13 (US) with plenty of toe room -- high foot at the toes but narrow heels. The Speed Guides were European size 47 1/2.
4. Fabric/leather uppers preferred for lighter weight and flexibility.