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These may be the best-condition Pivetta boots you’ve ever seen. I am the second owner of these P-5s, or “5s,” and they have just around 100 miles on them. As the pictures show, they are just barely starting to show creasing on the outside ankle and forefoot, and indeed, they have only just begun to break in. These are stout boots, made of a single piece of smooth full grain leather. They have a single seam in the back, and a full leather lining. They have a full leather foot-bed; a full-length leather midsole. Vibram-made Pivetta soles and a ¾ length nylon shank. Perfect for hiking, and capable in the steeps.
These were manufactured in Italy in the late 1960’s, and imported by the Berkeley Ski Hut during the height of the Yosemite craze. This makes them some 40 years old. The original owner wore them once, forgot about them, and then decided to list them on ebay a couple months ago. Anyways, these are an ideal all-mountain boot, capable of both the approach and the climb; I have personally walked multiple ten mile days in them, and have climbed 5.8 in them. The internal Littleway stitching allows a very closely-trimmed sole, meaning they edge incredibly well. They are perfectly waterproof, all the way to the top of the bellows on the tongue. I have treated them with Obenaufs LP since I received them, and they are in wonderful condition.
They are marked “11 B” and they seem to fit true to size. I wear an 11 in most shoes, and, as I bought them through an ebay auction, took a chance on these, thinking all I could do was see what happens…well, I know now they are just a tad too narrow for me. I don’t want to resort to putting them on a stretcher bar. If I had the time/inclination/space to make them my dedicated summer high-mountain rock boot, I might, but my life as I live it precludes my keeping this pair of boots. I guess I don’t really have a “narrow” foot anymore, but thought I’d give these a try. Pivetta’s narrow boots were unique in that they are only made narrow in the heel area, with the ball of the foot staying a normal “D” width.
The only way to get boots made like this today is through a custom bootmaker…and I’m going to say that I think, to the best of my knowledge, a person living in the United States cannot buy new, one-piece, full-grain-leather, Italian-made boots. Zamberlan is the closest, but their boots have way more seams than these Pivettas. These boots will last decades—and tens of thousands of miles—with proper care and maintenance. They will be your best friend through the worst conditions, and you’ll never have to worry about a seam blowing out. They may be the last hiking boots you have to buy.
You’ll pay some $600+ dollars for a pair of Pete Limmer’s boots. You’ll pay $1600 for Van Gorkom’s boots. I would be fool and a moron to offer these up for less than $100. Please understand, they are worth so much more to me—and to anyone with narrow-ish, low-volume feet like me—than $100, but I’m not looking to take advantage of anyone. Accordingly, I will only accept payment through Paypal, for your protection and mine, and can have these boots boxed and shipped within a day or two of your payment clearing. I just let one of the best pairs of boots in the world slip through my hands; don’t make the same mistake…