User Review: Vasque Women's Breeze
Materials: leather and nylon
Use: long day hikes on rough trails
Break-in Period: 2 days
Price Paid: $109
These are the most uncomfortable boots I have ever owned. They are ok for a few miles on flat terrain, but so are ordinary tennis shoes. I do mostly 8-15 mile day hikes in hot, dry climates. I have worked with expert boot fitters trying to salvage these boots, but nothing seems to work. I already have orthotics, and I have tried special lacing techniques to keep my foot from sliding forward in the boot.
I have been assured repeatedly that the boots are the correct size, but I still get blackened toenails from hiking more than five miles with any sort of incline. When I conducted an informal survey of people I hike with, 80% responded that they also had trouble with bruised toes from Vasque boots.