Hmmm. Some negative reviews prior had me concerned but a couple of things about this boot that lured me in:
1. Backpacker Magazine - Editors' Choice 2011: Salewa Alp Trainer Mid GTX
2. No Blister Guarantee
3. They were hard to find
I normally wear a mens size 10 and I bought a size 10.5. This size worked great! I hiked Kilimanjaro and over 100 miles of training hikes in this boots. I always wore smart wool liners with Light to Heavy smart wool hiking socks. No blisters. 1 Hot spot on my bunion the first time out. No problems there after.
I have used Keens & Vasque boots prior to the Salewa's. They are all good boots but the Salewa's are more comfortable and perform much better in the different conditions on the Trail.