Back at the beginning of the trip, I blogged about Alpinus boots I had bought for the trip, how I was hoping they would last the entire trip and keep my feet dry and safe and comfy.
Sadly, the reality was very different. To be fair, they were very comfortable, right up until this afternoon when I threw them out. But within two weeks of buying them, the rubber soles had started to come apart from the leather, on both boots. In spite of this, I made them last 3 months; I had them glued in Spain, again in Mexico, and again in Colombia.
By the time Ewelina and I were in the Galapagos Islands, the rifts were at least 5 cm long on each shoe, the leather was bulging into space and my feet were getting wet on the beach - and stinking of sea lion feces as a result.
Internet, take note: Alpinus hiking boots suck!
Today I finally replaced the broken Alpinus pieces of crap with a pair of Merrell boots, bought in the touristic part of Quito. This purchasing choice was based on rave reviews from my friend Al, whose main hobby is to wear hiking boots to industrial concerts and have his toes stepped on by very large Germans.
Hopefully the Merrells will last longer than their predecessors did. I'll keep you posted.