User Review: Vasque Women's Breeze GTX XCR
Use: regular treks
Break-in Period: immediate
Price Paid: can't remember
I have had a very hard time finding boots that fit me well; I need a wide toe box and a narrow toe and when my Hi-Tecs (I didn’t like them either) completely disintegrated after only 800 miles (my local store sent them back and I received a total refund!). I was desperately seeking a 'great' boot with a perfect fit and sadly, I ended up just buying these Vasque boots as an interim boot.
I have had them for about 8 months and have probably hiked about 800 miles since I live in the mountains and can hike 4 days a week. I bought them in the fall and hiked in all weather conditions with gaiters and even with the heaviest Smartwool trekking socks my feet were cold and breezy as they are probably best in the summer, but luckily I have found Alicos and Asolos to replace them for the upcoming summer and I doubt I will be wearing these soft slippers many more times. They have very little support in rough terrain and a couple times my feet have even started to ache because of too much flexibility in the sole and my ankles have bent in them many times. The sole is already starting to separate and the stitching is coming undone in a couple places and the netting is torn (but I expected torn netting).
They are very light, soft and comfortable, like a soft-cloud hiking boot, and they were comfortable right out of the box. They are not very waterproof and even the simplest hiking through a marshy area will encourage seepage, even before they started to fall apart. Probably these boots would be great for infrequent hikes on smooth trails on nice days.