AKU ALPINA PLUS GTX £175.95

Bird Watching (UK) - - Gear -

AKU is an Ital­ian brand that has been mak­ing high qual­ity footwear for more than 30 years. Some of their prod­ucts are made in Italy, and some in Ro­ma­nia – in­clud­ing the Alpina Plus GTX. This is a beau­ti­fully-made uni­sex boot with good en­vi­ron­men­tal cre­den­tials – the up­per is one piece of chrome-free nubuck leather. The GTX ver­sion also has a Gore-tex layer to keep wa­ter out. I found AKU’S siz­ing to be on the small side and had to go half a size up – not a prob­lem, but worth be­ing aware of. I wore them dur­ing a short trip to Por­tu­gal and a week of so bird­ing in Bos­nia in pretty warm con­di­tions, when you prob­a­bly wouldn’t choose to wrap your feet in leather. This isn’t a two sock boot – I wore them with sim­ple sports socks. My feet were warm, but not too warm. The boots were com­fort­able, pro­tec­tive, sure-footed with im­pres­sive grip (they have Vi­bram Me­ga­grip soles) and very sup­port­ive on a rocky, hill­side path. To see if they were wa­ter­proof, I took them into the edge of a Bos­nian river – and the wa­ter beaded off the leather. It’s been a long time since I wore leather boots. I re­ally like these. My notes say “great, de­lighted”. So, if your feet are cry­ing out for some lovely leather, find an AKU stock­ist and try these.

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