User Review: Alico Guide
Price Paid: $200
I'll second a lot of opinions here, however...
Came to this site, as I'm looking for another pair, got 5-6 years out of my first, including one resole, and they were just plain beyond worn out. Have 10-11 years out of this last set (I'm getting a lot more sedentary.)
This is a stiff boot, and of exceptional quality. They happened to fit me well out of the box and although they broke in slowly, they were for me always comfortable, never really blistered, or rubbed. Support is exceptional, still even on my second set, but my feet seem to have gotten fatter with age, and I need to move up a 1/2 size. One of the last truely made boots you can buy.
If you are looking for this style of boot, you can't do much better IMO. As mentioned factory insoles are worthless, I like Superfeet Green in mine. Unfortunately I see the original guide on the Alico site in Italy but only the New Guide model on Sierra, which does not look like my current boot. I sort of fear ordering a set (I'm in AK now, no one seems to carry them locally) as I'm not sure how different the new ones will be.
As mentioned also, you must waterproof this boot in the manner you would do a classic boot. I can still stand in 5 inches of water all day long in mine and never have wet feet. I read somwhere a ridiculous suggestion to just spray them with silicone for cosmetic purposes I presume, it won't cut it.