Real Mountaineering Boots – Fabiano Boots

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The market is flooded with mountaineering boots from many companies and I do not believe that people have actually seen a real mountaineering boot.  Their are many designer copies of genuinely rugged ones and  that look great but they never come close to the real thing.  Scarpa, a bootmaker, helped produce a line of mountaineering boots for a Boston shoe repair shop.  The founder of the shop, Fabiano, designed a line of boots and I was extremely fortunate to find a pair of them.

These boots are more than 40 years old and are virtually indestructible and can be resoled many times.  They feature a Norwegian welt which make them more waterproof than a normally soled boot.  Norwegian welted soles are when the uppers are turned outward and are stitched twice into the outsole and the insole.  The uppers are made up of multiple layers of leather and this makes them suitable for extremely harsh environments.  The materials and details of the boots make them extremely heavy making them weigh about eight pounds.

I am really happy that I finally obtained these boots.  Finding these boots was an arduous task as many of these old outdoors companies did not have a standardized sizing system.  The sizes of the boots almost never corresponded to the labeled size and customers buying these types of boots in stores would need to try on many boots before finding one that fit.  I finally have them and hope that they last for another 40 years
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  • Jhilla

    Pretty awesome.  What’s the suede like on them?  It must be incredibly tough.

  • Tuzz

    Can you suggest some other *real* boots for harsh conditions?  been looking at red wing irish setter elk hunting boots, and while they seem to have the substance, i’m not sure about the style. thoughts?

  • Deezer

    Shit. Those shoes are 40 yrs old and their skin looks younger than mine.

  • Benno Jones

    I have had a pair of Fabianos for about 35 years. Not exactly that model, but close. Fantastic hiking boots.