Peter Limmer & Sons Limmer Custom Boots
Reviewers Paid: $209.00-$395.00
The bottom line is that the more you wear them, the more comfortable they will become, and this process goes on for years and years and years ....
The important thing about Limmers is that you have to work with them. Some people are impatient, and expect them to be fairly comfortable right away. In my view, that's a mistake. When you first get your Limmers, they will be extraordinarily stiff and uncomfortable. But as you use them, they will gradually conform to your foot.
Ask anyone who has honestly put more than a couple hundred miles on a pair of these boots and you will discover that they wouldn't part with them for any amount of money.
Break-in Period: long
I have found this boot to be of the finest quality. I would much rather wear them all day any day, than any other footwear I own. Extremely comfortable, the weight is a non-issue as comfort by far makes up for it.
When treated with the proper leather conditioner they are for the most watertight. Durable sole as well.
I highly recommend this boot to anyone and it would be money very well spent.
Materials: All Leather
Price Paid: $250
I love my Limmers! They weigh a ton, especially when saturated with mud and water, but are the most comfortable boots I have ever worn.
There's an old saying that you don't break Limmers in, they break you in. I'd have to disagree. Peter Limmer measured my foot and the boot fit like a dream and required almost no break-in period. There's no insole or padding on the foot bed whatsoever, but I have never suffered a blister (I'm on the end of the third sole).
You can buy cheap lightweight boots and replace them every few years, or buy Limmers and have them for years to come!
Use: Heavy Duty Back Packing
Break-in Period: A week
Weight: 4 lbs each?? Size 13
Price Paid: $295
Unquestionably the best made, most comfortable boot I've come across. The lacing system actually isolates the top of the boot from the bottom (at least with round laces I use), so you can leave the footbed a little loose, but lace the ankles up tight.
Leather is beautiful in and out.
Use: heavy backpack/mountaineering
Break-in Period: a week?
Weight: 3.5 - 4 lbs
Price Paid: $209 at discount
I don't remember their weight now.
The Limmer Boot is made by Peter Limmer of Intervale in New Hampshire. Their custom boot is legendary. When I bought them (August 1994) they had an 18-month waiting period. Luckily I found a boot on their shelf that fit, so I bought it.
Single grain leather boot, old fashioned. Can take strap-on crampons. You cannot front point with these (said the salesperson in the store). Great boot. Came without insoles, might be a problem sometimes. It took me 50 miles to break them in but now they fit like a glove.
I have been on 56 peaks in the Sierra/Cascades since (including twice on Shasta) in spring and summer and fall and a few winter trips on snow/scree/rock, you name it (once on 50-deg ice too) and they have done me well.
Since it is leather, it does get damp and thus cold, but for an overnighter in the snow (with an over-gaiter) they have been fine for me. I have beaten the out if them. Sometimes (20 mile+ trips) I feel the lack of insoles bothering me, but they fit so well that an insole changed the fit, so I use them as I got them. Top marks from me.
Use: Rough trail w/heavy pack
Break-in Period: 50 miles
Price Paid: $250
I got my custom made Limmers in 1963 for $32.50. For over 30 years they have been comfortable, waterproof, and supportive of my feet.
While a little heavier than newer "hi tech" models they handle rough trails very well...providing great angle support even when I have done something stupid. A few years ago they were resoled and they look like new, but as a precaution I ordered a new pair, which should be ready in 1998 or 1999. They also have a Standard model available off the shelf for about $280, which should also be very nice.
I can't recommend a product more highly than Limmer. Given the years of good service they are cheap, a bargain. Just make sure that you get them fitted correctly.
Use: rough trail, heavy packing, anything you think you can do
Break-in Period: 1 to 2 months
Weight: 5 lbs
Price Paid: $395
All in all, a thoroughly unpleasant experience. I went to the factory and had my foot measured by a salesman. The boots I received never fit. I wore them dally to work and walked regularly 3-5 miles a day. I got enormous blisters when I tried hiking in them (after 6 months of break-in time).
Limmer wouldn't stand behind them and I ended up losing money when they would only give me part of my money back, along with a condescending note. Never again!
Use: A.T. hiking
Break-in Period: 6 months