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I'm happy to report that the fit worked out for me, given some conflicting comments about sizing. For my feet - usually a straight US male 9 / EU 42.5 on the slightly narrower side - the size 9 Selvatica was just right. There is lots of space in front of the toes, quite enough above the larger toes, but just barely enough space next to and above the small toe. If you have a foot with small toe sticking out, do not get this boot. I was concerned that this may be a problem even for my feet after trying it out initially, however, on the trail I didn't feel any discomfort and the fit is just right.
Midfoot lockdown is great, heel fits well, the lacing system is very fine-tuneable. Supremely comfortable for a boot. Easy to slip in and out. Excellent traction. Waterproofing has held up at least for a short stream crossing. The blue-and-orange colorway is on the nicer looking side. GTX gets warm, but isn't a sweatfest like the Keen NXIS Evo Waterproof that I returned before getting the Selvatica.
The stock insoles are utterly useless, even more so than most other stock insoles, covering the already comfy midsole with the bare minimum of thickness/cushion and no arch support whatsover. If you're serious about exercising this boot, expect to invest in aftermarket insoles.
I still haven't figured out if there is any functional difference between this coloured boot and the single-coloured "tactical" Selvatica. Get whichever one is cheaper at the time, I guess?
I got this shoe as an Aku fan and it was on sale. I was looking for a good urban hiking shoe. I love it. It’s stiff enough to support my foot but soft enough to absorb concrete and asphalt. I like how it supports the whole foot. Right side too.
I’ve used many different European boot brands over the years but with AKU I have found a brand with consistent high quality and performance. My benchmark for a boot is that it can be worn straight out of the box and be used for a full day of mountain hiking and give me zero issues. Aku achieves this always. The Selvatica Mid GTX is exceptionally light weight but still manges to provide comfort and confidence on steep terrain up and down. I would have ideally preferred a stiffer sole and more rubber rand protection at the front but these are the compromises necessary for such a light boot. My use for these will be primarily long day hikes carrying a light pack but I have no doubt the boot will be able to manage every type of terrain except talus and rough scree. Recommended!