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Peter Limmer & Sons Limmer Custom Standard Boots

rated 5.0 of 5 stars
photo: Peter Limmer & Sons Limmer Custom Standard Boots backpacking boot
Version reviewed: custom

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 of 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.

Materials: Leather
Use: Rough trail w/heavy pack
Break-in Period: 50 miles
Price Paid: $250

I bought these in 1983 for 140 dollars. I still have them. They are the best best boots. I would not trade them for 5k. Would not. Great family and tradition!!!
Thanks you, Limmer Family
Bill Aronson, USAF Veteran


  • Durability
  • Comfort


  • None at all

Best boots I ever bought. I bought new/custom in 1983. We lived up in Alpendorf!! Yes, across from Limmer through the pillar stone.

I keep these like a new vet. I would not trade for the world. Get some!!!!!

Best boots made. My dad and mom had ski boots from the Limmer family too. We skied every weekend and holidays for 20 years as kids!!!!



over 40 years old and still great

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 140 us

Version reviewed: custom

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.

Materials: Leather
Use: rough trail, heavy packing, anything you think you can do
Break-in Period: 1 to 2 months
Weight: 5 lbs
Price Paid: $395

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.

Materials: Leather
Use: backpacking
Break-in Period: long
Weight: heavy

Version reviewed: custom

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!

Materials: Leather
Use: Heavy Duty Back Packing
Break-in Period: A week
Weight: 4 lbs each?? Size 13
Price Paid: $295

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

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.

Materials: leather
Use: heavy backpack/mountaineering
Break-in Period: a week?
Weight: 3.5 - 4 lbs
Price Paid: $209 at discount


  • Rugged
  • Uncommonly well constructed
  • Superior foot protection


  • Heavy ( takes getting used )
  • Long break in period ( worth every step)

I ordered my boots in 1977 and waited 12 months to get them. At that time they cost $87. Backpacker magazine had just rated the Limmer custom boot as the best boot in the world for the price. I still have that review.

In my opinion, they are still the best boot that I have ever hiked in. My pair has seen every condition imaginable, from torrential downpours to record-breaking cold here in the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia to Virginia. 46 years and still going.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $87

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Purchasing a pair of Limmer Custom Hiking Boots begins with making a $100 reservation on what they call "The Backlog." The Backlog has historically been a 2 to 4 year wait. The final payment for custom boots is due when your name comes to the top of the list in what is currently, about a three-year wait, but which can experience fluctuations.

In the meantime, if you are in need of boots, consider Limmer's ready-made options: The Limmer Standard, the Limmer Midweight, or the Limmer Lightweight, or if you are able to stop by for an in-person fitting, the Peter Limmer & Sons "Off the "Shelf" handmade boots.

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Price MSRP: $975.00
Reviewers Paid: $87.00-$395.00
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