The pairs of boots I wrote about arrived and they are both so nice I had a hard time deciding. But I’m pretty sure I’m going to to with the Teva Montecito boots because they are a little lighter and make my feet feel a little more welcome.
I took some side by side photos to show how the soles on the Lassen Tepic are a little wider, but the soles are also smoother and therefore slippery. I was worried about the Montecitos having a contrasting sole but it’s darker than I expected. The Montecito is narrower in the ankle and I immediately notice that the heel won’t rub as much. And one other really nice thing about the Montecito that I didn’t realize was that the little elastic band that wraps around the back of the boot holds down the zipper pulls so they don’t jingle when you walk. Nice. The Lassen though are very sturdy and I think I would be really happy with them if I didn’t have the Montecito right here to compare. Both have plenty of room in the toes, aren’t heavy, and feel like they wouldn’t take too much time to break in really well. But, neither have removable insoles, which is my last point of hesitation as I like to have the option for my poor, ailing arch support needs. Do I think I could tromp around Seattle (and for ten days Paris) in either pair? I hope so!