On first examination I first thought these shoes looked rather pointed and not as wide fitting as boots. I am rather pleased to say I was wrong on both points. They are good looking comfortable shoes and once wearing them you forget that you are. I will certainly get some replacements in the future when required, but I don't think that will be too soon. Great service from Hill and Dale, thanks folks.
I actually use these for mountain biking - they are great in all weathers and are extremeley comfortable (especially with my wider feet - they have a wide/big toe box). Hill & Dale, as always, service was impecible.
Received in good condition
I've purchased Meindl shoes and boots for the past 20 years and never had any issues with fit or quality. I have worn out 5 pairs of Meindl Portland shoes and have been very happy with them, but these are now very difficult to source in the UK. However, the last two pairs of Meindl approach shoes purchased (Ontario and Mondello) have been less good. The Ontario are a vey tight width fit and sole stiffness is poor such that these are only now used for walking on flat, smooth surfaces. The Mondello shoes seem to be slightly different sizes in terms of length fit, in that the left shoe fits perfectly, but the right shoe is slightly larger and rubs my heel to the point of pain when walking for prolonged periods uphill (both shoes are marked with the same size fitting). I have never had this issue before with Meindl shoes or boots (or any other everyday shoes), so I'm pretty sure that I don't have different sized feet. The Mondello soles are extremly stiff and good on rough terrain, but can be a bit uncomfortable on flatter terrain. The Vibram sole is a big improvement on Portland and Ontario soles - particularly on slippery or muddy decents. Service and prices from Hill and Dale are as always excellent.