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Oboz Sypes Mid Leather Waterproof

rated 4 of 5 stars
photo: Oboz Sypes Mid Leather Waterproof hiking boot

Oboz fit, which is a "C" heel and a "D" toe box. Perfect (for me). But these are so narrow they might be a "B" width. Low volume for sure.

Pros

  • Price
  • Looks
  • Fit
  • Light
  • Nylon shank
  • Leather
  • Big enough toe box
  • Heel does not slip

Cons

  • Not enough structure for backpacking.
  • Needs a thin or medium sock; thick backpacking socks too thick for this boot.
  • Lowest volume Oboz I have ever worn.

Saw these on sale and figured why not? Leather, waterproof, and that Oboz fit that is AFAICT unique.

I have a foot that is (on a Brannock) size 12 arch, size 11 length size, a "C" width. In other words, short toes, long arch, narrow foot. Basically no shoe ever fit me well until Oboz came along.

For the record, Lowa makes one shoe suitable for backpacking in a "C" width (if you get the narrow version). Salomon claims none of their shoes are a "C".  

Anyway these fit, are fairly comfy, and look good and I got them new at 65% off. :-)

I took one star off because my thick hiking socks are too thick; the boots feel great in a light or medium sock but not enough room for my normal backpacking/hiking sock setup, which is the thickest hiking Smartwool sock plus a liner. They may be a "B" width—they are that low in volume. 

Background

Own three Oboz boots, and two Italian boots. Have owned Limmer, Zamberlan, Merrell, Asolo, Scarpa, Alico. Been backpacking for 52 years.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 56 dollars + tax + shipping

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